robin van persie succeeds karim el ahmadi as feyenoord captain

11:00    02 Aug 2018

Robin van Persie
Veteran striker Robin van Persie has been named as the new captain of Eredivisie giants Feyenoord.

The 34-year-old replaces Moroccan Karim El Ahmadi in the role, ahead of his first full season since rejoining his boyhood club from Fenerbahce earlier this year.

El Ahmadi vacated the captaincy at the Eredivisie club after moving to Saudi Premier League side Al Ittihad last month.

The Moroccan led Feyenoord to a fourth-place finish in the Dutch top flight last season, before going on to star for the Atlas Lions at the 2018 World Cup.

Van Persie was handed the captaincy by Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Wednesday.

Jordy Clasie is the vice-captain, Eric Botteghin the second vice-captain, and Steven Berghuis fourth in line.

Van Persie expressed his delight at the appointment: “It is a great honour for me to be Feyenoord captain. Especially because I grew up at this club.”

Feyenoord will open their 2018/19 Eredivisie season with a match away to De Graafschap on Sunday, August 12.

You can watch live Eredivisie action on Fox Sports 2 next weekend, starting with defending champions PSV Eindhoven hosting FC Utrecht on the evening of Saturday, August 11.

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