Feyenoord Rotterdam was founded in July 1908 as Wilhelmina and adopted a variation of its current name in 1912. Historically, Feyenoord have been one of the three most dominant clubs in Dutch football, alongside Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. The club's main rivals are Ajax, with the two clubs contesting what has become known as the Klassieker, or Classic. The rivalry is based around Rotterdam and Amsterdam being the two biggest cities in the country and matches between the two clubs have often turned violent.
The club's crowning moment came in 1970, when Feyenoord won the European Cup, defeating Scottish club Celtic in the final. After finishing 1-1, the match went into extra time and looked to be heading for penalties, but Ove Kindvall scored three minutes before full time. In the process, Feyenoord became the first Dutch side to win the competition.
Feyenoord have been hugely successful both on the domestic and European scene. In total, the club has won the Eredivisie title 14 times, including back-to-back wins in the 1960-61 and 1961-62 seasons. They have lifted the KNVB Cup 11 times, the Intertoto Cup three times and the Johan Cruijff Schaal twice. In addition to their European Cup win in 1970, Feyenoord have also won the UEFA Cup on two occasions, most recently in 2001–02. In the aftermath of their European Cup victory, they also won the Intercontinental Cup.
Some of the more notable players to represent Feyenoord over the years include names like Peter Houtman, Ove Kindvall, Ruud Gullit, Robin van Persie and Pierre van Hooijdonk.
The club plays home matches at De Kuip, officially known as the Feijenoord Stadion, which currently has a total capacity of 48,000. The club has been planning to construct a new stadium for several years. The new stadium was initially intended to be the biggest in Europe, although after the Netherlands failed in their bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, those plans were put on hold.