Thousands of fans honour Dutch football legend
Rotterdam’s Feyenoord club fans have given the funeral procession of Dutch football legend Coen Moulijn a send-off from the club’s ground. He died in the early hours of Tuesday after being admitted to hospital in Rotterdam on New Year’s Eve following a stroke.
Moulijn played in 720 matches for Feyenoord from 1955 to 1972. He is given much of the credit for the club’s ascendancy during that period, when it won the Dutch National Championship five times and the European Cup and Intercontinental Cup once each.
Thousands pay respects There was loud applause as the coffin passed the fans, who set off fireworks, waved flags and sang songs. The funeral procession stopped for a time at the life-size statue of Moulijn outside the Feyenoord stadium.
The hearse, followed by seven coaches carrying mourners, then drove to Rotterdam City Hall where thousands waited to pay their last respects to the legendary Feyenoord player. The coffin was then taken to Hofwijk Crematorium for a private service.
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