Ajax vs Feyenoord: H2H, De Klassieker Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More
The rivalry between Ajax and Feyenoord goes way beyond football – in essence, De Klassieker has its roots in the bitterness between the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
People from Rotterdam feel that Amsterdam natives possess delusions of grandeur – ‘while Amsterdam dreams, Rotterdam works’ is a phrase they use to describe their feelings.
We take a closer look at the Ajax vs Feyenoord rivalry including the H2H (stats correct – March 14, 2023), how to watch the Eredivisie live, the history of the De Klassieker derby and more.
Ajax vs Feyenoord H2H
The two teams have met 200 times across all competitions, with Ajax leading the all-time H2H record with 92 wins to Feyenoord’s 59 and 49 matches finishing as draws.
Ajax also have a significant advantage in terms of silverware won, claiming 75 trophies against the 36 lifted by Feyenoord.
Notable Ajax vs Feyenoord Results
- Feyenoord 9-5 Ajax – Eredivisie – August 1960
- Feyenoord 9-5 Ajax – Eredivisie – November 1964
- Ajax 3-3 Feyenoord – Eredivisie – April 1970
- Feyenoord 1-5 Ajax – Eredivisie – April 1972
- Ajax 8-2 Feyenoord – Eredivisie – September 1983
- Feyenoord 1-4 Ajax – KNVB Cup – May 2010
- Feyenoord 6-2 Ajax – Eredivisie – January 2019
- Ajax 3-2 Feyenoord – Eredivisie – March 2022
Ajax vs Feyenoord Live Streams
Mola TV is the best place to watch Eredivisie matches, with live streams available to subscribers across various digital devices.
There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live Eredivisie games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.
One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart TVs.
De Klassieker Derby History
The two clubs first played each other in Rotterdam in October 1921, with the match ending 3-2 to Ajax. However, Feyenoord protested about the result.
The home side argued that one of Ajax’s goals was dubious and should not have stood. Astonishingly, their appeal was upheld and the match was declared a 2-2 draw.
The decision laid the foundations for a level of animosity between the two clubs that makes disagreements between other rivals look timid by comparison.
Much of the early rivalry centred around their respective stadiums, with each club trying to outdo the other in terms of capacity.
The bitterness heightened when the Eredivisie was launched in 1956, bringing an end to the regional league system that had previously existed in the Netherlands.
The 1970s was a noteworthy era for the rivalry, with the two clubs establishing themselves among the elite by winning several European trophies.
Riots involving both sets of fans became commonplace, making De Klassieker one of the fieriest fixtures played in European football at the time.
Relations between the two clubs were not helped when Ajax legend Johan Cruyff did the unthinkable by signing for Feyenoord in 1983.
The rivalry has continued apace since then, with matches between the two sides always requiring a massive police presence to keep the respective fans in check.
Ajax vs Feyenoord Controversies
Off-field incidents have blighted De Klassieker since the 1970s and reached a new low when an Ajax fan was beaten to death by Feyenoord thugs in 1997.
Two games were played without away fans during the 1997/98 season, but this did little to dampen the level of hatred between the two sets of supporters.
Feyenoord player Jorge Acuna was taken to hospital after his team were attacked by Ajax hooligans during a reserve match between the two clubs in 2004.
Further incidents ensued over the following years, leading to the mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam to ban visiting fans for five years in 2009.
However, after Ajax fans threw fireworks on the pitch during the 2014 KNVB Cup Final, the club imposed a ban on them from travelling to Rotterdam for another three years.
Other incidents include Ajax’s clubhouse being burned down, which was attributed to Feyenoord thugs, although no arrests were made.
Feyenoord hooligans often chant anti-Jewish slogans when their team faces Ajax, as the latter has long been associated with Amsterdam’s Jewish community.
There have been further problems involving rival fans at amateur matches and youth games, highlighting the lengths they will go to engage with each other.
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