Feyenoord Basketball

Last updated
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Leagues Dutch Basketball League
Founded1954;67 years ago (1954)
Rotterdam Basketbal
Feyenoord Basketbal
Arena Topsportcentrum Rotterdam
Location Rotterdam, Netherlands
Team colorsRed, Black, White, Gold
Main sponsorZeeuw & Zeeuw
PresidentChiel den Dunnen
General manager
Head coach Toon van Helfteren
2018–19 positionDBL, 8th of 9
Championships1 Dutch Cup
Website www.rotterdambasketbal.nl//

Feyenoord Basketball is a Dutch professional basketball club based in Rotterdam. The team plays in the Dutch Basketball League (DBL) and plays its home games at the Topsportcentrum next to De Kuip in Rotterdam. It is the basketball section of the football club Feyenoord.


Rotterdam won their only trophy in 1985, when they won the domestic NBB Cup. The team has reached the semi-finals of the Dutch League playoffs twice in history. Until its name change to Feyenoord in 2018, the club was known as Rotterdam Basketbal.


The Rotterdam Challengers in an away match against the GasTerra Flames in 2010 GasTerra Flames 2010-04-10.jpg
The Rotterdam Challengers in an away match against the GasTerra Flames in 2010

Challenge Sports Rotterdam started in 1954 under the name AMVJ Rotterdam. [1] The first sponsor of the club was Gunco in 1988, which was their first year in the highest Dutch league. They only lasted a year and demoted to a lower division. In 1991 they returned with sponsor De Schiestreek, followed by the Rotterdam firm Idetrading in 1995. After a sponsorless year, Gunco then again returned as title sponsor in 1999. Johan Haga has made possible following a restart. This created a new name, new look, new logo and a change in the player selection. [2] In 2002, the team took the name Rotterdam Basketbal, without sponsorname. In 2007 the team was renamed to Rotterdam Challengers, but in 2010 they again took the name Rotterdam Basketbal. Starting with the 2011–2012 season, the name became Rotterdam Basketbal College, to underline the importance of the youth in the team. During the 2013–14 season, the club got a new main sponsor in Challenge Sports and the team's name was changed to Challenge Sports Rotterdam. [3]

In May 2018, Rotterdam reached the DBL semi-finals for the first time in 12 years, after upsetting Den Bosch in the quarter-finals, 1–2. [4] This month the club announced as well that it would be named Feyenoord Basketball starting with the 2018–19 season, as the team became a part of the multi-sports club of association football club Feyenoord. [5]

On 15 April 2019, Toon van Helfteren signed a 2+1 contract to become the head coach of Feyenoord. [6]


Due to sponsorship reasons, the club has known several names:


Current roster

Feyenoord roster
PF 0 Flag of Lithuania.svg Mikalauskas, Arunas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)23 – (1997-09-14)14 September 1997
G 2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Latinovic, Pavle 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)20 – (2000-07-01)1 July 2000
F 3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Van Lierop, Dante 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)21 – (2000-01-04)4 January 2000
G 4 Flag of Suriname.svg Wip, Yamill 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)23 – (1997-11-30)30 November 1997
PG 5 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Bruining, Mack 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)23 – (1997-07-04)4 July 1997
F 6 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Stolk, Coen 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)23 – (1997-06-26)26 June 1997
F 7 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kherrazi, Mohamed 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)30 – (1990-06-29)29 June 1990
F 8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg de Pree, Raidell 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)23 – (1997-11-17)17 November 1997
F 9 Flag of the United States.svg Davis, Juan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)24 – (1996-08-15)15 August 1996
PG 10 Flag of the United States.svg Brushier, Dalven 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)23 – (1998-04-23)23 April 1998
F/C 11 Flag of the Netherlands.svg van der List, Jeroen 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)31 – (1989-12-09)9 December 1989
F 13 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hirs, Max 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)21 – (1999-07-25)25 July 1999
F 32 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vis, Tommie 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)20 – (2000-09-16)16 September 2000
PG 33 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kanda-Kanyinda, Ordane 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)24 – (1996-09-09)9 September 1996
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mitchell Liesveld
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Yannick Verweij
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Yannick Spruit Bleeker
Team manager
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hesley Matroos

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 5 October 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Individual awards

DBL Most Improved Player
DBL All-Rookie Team
  • Yasalde Pas Costa – 2007
  • Yannick Franke – 2014
  • Nigel Onuoha – 2015

Club records

Bold denotes still active with team. As of 14 April 2021:

Games played Ties Theeuwkens 283
Points scored Ties Theeuwkens 1,862
Rebounds Robert Krabbendam 917
Assists Ties Theeuwkens 433
StealsStephan van der Schoot277
BlocksChaz Briggs85
Three-point field goals Ties Theeuwkens 376


Season by season

SeasonTierLeaguePos.Postseason NBB Cup
1988–891 Eredivisie 9
1991–921 Eredivisie 11
1992–931 Eredivisie 8Quarterfinalist
1993–941 Eredivisie 9
1994–951 Eredivisie 8
1995–961 Eredivisie 3Quarterfinalist
1996–971 Eredivisie 6Quarterfinalist
1997–981 Eredivisie 6Quarterfinalist
1998–991 Eredivisie 8Quarterfinalist
1999–001 Eredivisie 8Quarterfinalist
2000–011 Eredivisie 5
2001–021 Eredivisie 10
2002–031 Eredivisie 9
2003–041 Eredivisie 9
2004–051 Eredivisie 4Semifinalist
2005–061 Eredivisie 4SemifinalistRunner-up
2007–081 Eredivisie 6Quarterfinalist
2008–091 Eredivisie 10
2009–10 1 Eredivisie 104th round
2010–11 1 DBL 104th round
2011–12 1 DBL 8Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 DBL 10 4th round
2013–14 1 DBL 9 Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 DBL 5QuarterfinalistQuarterfinalist
2015–16 1 DBL 6Quarterfinalist
2016–17 1 DBL 5Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 DBL 5Semifinalist
2018–19 1 DBL 8Quarterfinalist
ChampionsRunners-upPlayoff berth
SeasonTierLeagueFinishWinsLosses Win% Playoffs NBB Cup Head coach
Rotterdam Basketbal
2012–13 1 DBL 10th333.083 Fourth Round
2013–14 1 DBL 9th729.194 Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 DBL 5th820.286Lost quarterfinals (Landstede), 0–2 Armand Salomon
2015–16 1 DBL 6th919.321Lost quarterfinals (Donar), 0–2 Armand Salomon
2016–17 1 DBL 5th1216.429Lost quarterfinals (Den Bosch), 0–2 Armand Salomon
2017–18 1 DBL 5th1517.469Won quarterfinals (Den Bosch), 3–1
Lost semifinals (Donar), 0–4
Fourth Round Armand Salomon
Feyenoord Basketball
2018–19 1 DBL 8th925.265Lost quarterfinals (ZZ Leiden), 0–2 Quarterfinalist Richard den Os
Jan Stalman (a.i.)
2019–20 1 DBL 5th1210.545N/A [lower-alpha 1] Quarterfinalist Toon van Helfteren
2020–21 1 DBL 5th1011.476TBD Semifinalist Toon van Helfteren

Head coaches

2003–2008 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Erik Braal NBB Cup runner-up: 2006
2008–2009 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Stansbury
2009–2011 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Zlatko Jezerkic
2011–2013 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Randy Wiel
2013–2014 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ferry Steenmetz
2014–2018 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armand Salomon
2018–2019 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Richard den Os
2019 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Stalman (interim)
2019–present Flag of the Netherlands.svg Toon van Helfteren

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  1. The 2019–20 season was cancelled prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

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