Jan
24
2008
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De Kuip – Feyenoord’s Tub

If you hear Rotterdammers talk about getting into “The Tub”, the chances are the conversation will be about kick-off time rather than bath time. After all, this is precisely how De Kuip, the nickname of Feyenoord’s home of the last 70 years, translates into English.
The Stadion Feijenoord, to use its official moniker, earned this nickname from its oval shape — its designers supposedly had a gravy boat in mind – yet its fame stems not simply from the successes of Feyenoord, the 14-time Dutch champions and arguably the Netherlands’ most passionately supported club, but also from its long history of staging showpiece occasions.
From Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 rout of Atletico Madrid in the 1963 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final to Feyenoord’s own 3-2 UEFA Cup final triumph over Borussia Dortmund in front of their ardent fans in 2002, De Kuip has held ten European club finals.
Befitting its reputation as one of European football’s great theatres, it was also the backdrop for the final of UEFA EURO 2000 when David Trezeguet’s golden goal gave France a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Italy.