The Journeyman | Rotterdam or Anywhere: Part 3 – Season 1 Reflection

After winning leagues in Portugal, Spain, Germany and England, perennial title winner Robí Sebastian Jesús di Lathamé took a major challenge and sprinkled his magic dust across the Eredivisie.

Our Feyenoord side dominated the Dutch league and bagged the Dutch Cup just for good measure. It was a great season that’s seen the Feyenoord board dishing out an A+ review. Cheers lads.

Below we’ll take a look back on our first campaign in the Netherlands and our key players from the season.

Feyenoord key performers

Striker Gergo Benedek broke the club’s record goalscoring tally with his 29 goals for the season – smashing the previous high of 19 set back in 2022.

He was followed by right-winger Olli Koskinen with 16 goals in 43 games, then impressive young midfielder Dani Lammers with eight. Centre-back Mustafa Albayrak and attacking midfielder Yakubu Antwi both scored seven, then left-wingers Peter Geerts and Zsolt Papp scored five.

The exciting Papp also led the way with 16 assists and a ridiculous average rating of 7.82 from just 20 appearances – as he was constantly injured. Right-back Brutil Felomina chipped in with nine assists as did Koskinen. Attacking midfielder Ramon Campi only mustered seven assists and two goals from 44 appearances, so he’s getting sold! Lammers and Geerts both got five assists.

Ilounga Post set a new clean sheets club record of 27, surpassing the previous record of 25 set in 2033. He also set a new Eredivisie clean sheets record with 22, beating the previous high of 21 set by a long-serving Ajax keeper in 2033.

We had 15 players average above a 7.00, which is always the hallmark of a successful side.

Award winners

Koskinen won the fans’ player of the season with 35% of the vote, followed by Benedek (28%) and centre-back Mustafa Albayrak (27%). Lammers won goal of the season, which surprisingly wasn’t his ridiculous overhead kick against Ajax. And Albayrak won young player of the season. While I won the Eredivisie Managers’ Manager of the Year award.

Eredivise team stats

Our tally of 56 goals was the third best in Eredivisie, behind Ajax’s 61 and PSV’s 57. However, we only scored five goals from corners, one from direct free-kicks, but 11 from indirect free-kicks. We also had the best shots on target ratio of 53% and second most shots on target with 282, but only a 10% conversion rate.

We only ranked 11th for possession with an average of just 46%. Fourth place finishers VVV Venlo led the way with an impressive 63%.

But we had the best defence in the league with just 17 conceded in 34 games, although we’d only conceded 10 after 30 games… We only conceded two from corners, one direct free-kick and four from indirect free-kicks. And we had the most clean sheets with 22, four more than Vitesse and five more than PSV.

Eredivisie player stats

Benderek finished as the second top scorer in the Eredivisie, with his tally of 16 only bettered by PSV wonderkid Mustapha Bangura. They also had a winger score 15, while 37-year-old Joshua Zirkzee bagged 13 for AZ! Koskinen was the 7th top scorer in the league with ten.

Papp got the third-most assists in the league with ten in just 14 matches, only two behind the league-high of 12. If only we’d had him fit for the entire season! While Koskinen created the fourth most chances in the league with 14, way off the 29 created by PSV’s David Markic.

Centre-back Adrie van de Sande made the fourth most interceptions. While Post conceded the least goals in the league, letting in just 17, and kept the most clean sheets with 22.

A look around Europe

Our previous club Man City defended the Premier League at a canter with 92 points, ten clear of Man United. Real Madrid walked to the La Liga with even more ease, racking up 102 points ahead of another former club Valencia in second on 88. Inter wrestled Serie A back from Juventus, and another former club Dortmund won their fifth successive Bundesliga title. While Benfica won their first title since 2027.

City of course won the Champions League against Valencia, while Everton won the Europa League on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The summer also saw the World Cup 2038 take place in South Africa. The first major surprise of the tournament saw the hosts knock out Germany on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the second round. Reigning champions England (who I won the World Cup for, of course) needed extra-time to get past Tunisia then Brazil.

Another major surprise saw Serbia knock out Spain in the quarter-final, and they were joined in the semis by England, who beat Holland 1-0, Argentina, who beat Italy on penalties, and France, who beat Ireland 2-1. Serbia were only denied by France on penalties, while Argentina thumped England 3-0.

England then beat Serbia 3-0 to finish third, but manager Pep Guardiola’s role is now insecure. Argentina became world champions by beating France 1-0 with a goal from my former Valencia striker Facundo Pelosi, who’s now a bonafide superstar worth £82 million at Inter – who signed him from Valencia for £153 million in 2035.

Join us next time as we look to rebuild the Feyenoord squad for a Dutch title defence!

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