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Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s quiet revolution returns Feyenoord to summit | Ed Aarons

The former Arsenal and Rangers midfielder has taken the Dutch ‘club of the people’ to the verge of their first title since 1999 despite his unassuming nature

Just when Feyenoord supporters thought it was safe to crow after 18 years in the wilderness, along came Bertrand Traoré, Kasper Dolberg and co. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side travel to Excelsior on Sunday knowing victory would secure a first Eredivisie title this century, although Ajax’s 4-1 victory over Lyon in the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday has already threatened to put something of a dampener on the celebrations.

“All the emotions are a little bit spread at the moment,” admits Bert Konterman, the former Rangers and Holland defender and a member of the Rotterdam club’s 1999 title-winning side. “Half the country supports Feyenoord and the other half Ajax so some people really don’t know whether to be happy or sad.”

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