Feyenoord has definitively secured a Champions League spot after a 'remarkable season'.

Following closely behind league leaders PSV, Feyenoord secured a top-2 finish in the Eredivisie on Thursday evening. This marks the first time since the 1992/'93 (champions) and 1993/'94 (runners-up) seasons that the Rotterdam club has ranked among the nation's top two football clubs in consecutive seasons. With their fourteenth KNVB Cup victory and a spot in the 2024/'25 UEFA Champions League group stage secured, it's fair to say Rotterdam is celebrating a successful season.

Feyenoord could come close to matching the points record from the 1972/'73 season

Of course, the 2023/'24 season isn't as successful for Feyenoord with a second-place finish as last season when the residents of De Kuip clinched the national championship. However, Feyenoord has had an excellent season numerically, with a points total that hardly falls short of the glorious 2022/'23 season.

After 31 rounds, Feyenoord currently stands at 75 points, just one less than at this stage last season (76 points). If Feyenoord wins the remaining matches of this season against PEC Zwolle, N.E.C. Nijmegen, and Excelsior Rotterdam, the team led by coach Arne Slot (with a total of 84 points) could even surpass last season's championship points total (82 points). Moreover, only in the 1972/'73 season did Feyenoord collect at least 84 points in an Eredivisie season (85 points, adjusted to 3 points per win).

Igor Paixão celebrates the winning goal against N.E.C. Nijmegen in the cup final

Feyenoord surpasses last season.

And it's not just in terms of points that the 2023/'24 season could end better for Feyenoord than 2022/'23; the team has also improved on many underlying statistics this season compared to last. This Eredivisie season, Feyenoord has averaged 2.6 goals per game, up from 2.4 last season. Additionally, the Rotterdammers concede fewer goals per match in the league (0.8 vs 0.9). In the 2023/'24 Eredivisie, Feyenoord takes more shots, more shots on target, and achieves significantly higher Expected Goals than last season. Defensively, Feyenoord also allows the opposition fewer attempts and shots on goal per game.

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The Arne Slot Effect

Since Arne Slot took the helm in Rotterdam (starting the 2021/22 season), Feyenoord has improved each season, often showcasing highly attractive football. Where earlier in the century, discussions at De Kuip often revolved around 'rolling up the sleeves' and 'winning duels,' terms like 'pressing' and 'tiki-taka' have dominated in recent seasons. With this attacking style, Feyenoord has also reestablished itself in Europe. After reaching the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League in 2021/22 and the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League in 2022/23, Feyenoord made a strong showing on Europe's highest stage this season: the UEFA Champions League. By finishing in the top-2 of the Eredivisie this season, Feyenoord is once again guaranteed Champions League football next season. In 2024/25, due to a new competition format, that means at least eight matches in the Champions League, including four in what will undoubtedly be an electrifying Kuip.

Key players in the spotlight

The composition of Feyenoord's squad remains a question as the club's strong performances have put many players in the spotlight of other European top clubs. Key players such as Santiago Giménez, Lutsharel Geertruida, Mats Wieffer, and Dávid Hancko have experienced rapid development in the Eredivisie 2023/'24 season and may be heading for transfers this upcoming summer. Additionally, Justin Bijlow, Calvin Stengs, and Quinten Timber are also prime candidates to make Ronald Koeman's final selection for UEFA EURO 2024.

Particularly notable is 22-year-old Timber, who had an exceptional Eredivisie season. The midfielder started in thirty games, scoring seven times and providing eight assists. Timber, who made his debut for the Dutch national team just over a month ago, also created the most chances from open play of any player in the league this season (64). Feyenoord will certainly hope that he makes the EURO squad and continues to display his skills at De Kuip next season.

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