Crowds were flocking to home games leading to the club deciding to build a new Feijenoord Stadion, popularly called De Kuip (The Tub). National titles were collected around this time in 1936 and 1938 as the club continued to prosper.
On the 2nd April 1956 A.V.V. De Volewijckers were defeated 11-4, with Henk Schouten netting nine times. At this time a fierce rivalry with AFC Ajax was built, with matches between the two being dubbed 'de Klassieker'. Daan den Bleijker gave Feijenoord a very memorable moment with four goals in a 7-3 win over Ajax in 1956.
The 1969-70 season saw Feijenoord under Head Coach Ernst Happel, embark on another European Cup campaign. Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur were hammered in the first round, before AC Milan were overcome. A win against ASK Vorwärts Berlin set up a semi-final tie against Legia Warszawa, which was won 2-0 on aggregate.
In 1971, Feijenoord won their 10th Dutch Championship before changing the club name to Feyenoord in 1974. The 1973-74 campaign was another success in European competition. Starring players of the period included Wim Jansen, Wim van Hanegem, Coen Moulijn, Hans Kraay and Johan Boskamp.
A fine run in the UEFA Cup led to a semi-final win over VfB Stuttgart. This set up a two-legged final against Tottenham Hotspur. The first leg at White Hart Lane ended 2-2, before Feyenoord won the second leg 2-0 with goals from Wim Rijsbergen and Peter Ressel, in a game marred by crowd trouble at De Kuip.
The 1989-90 season Feyenoord only just avoided relegation and hit financial problems as their sponsor, HCS went bankrupt. Former player Win Jansen came in as manager to steady the ship, and things improved. The 1991 Cup was lifted with a solitary Richard Witschge goal seeing off BVV Den Bosch.
Rapid Wien knocked Feyenoord out at the semi-final stage of the 1995-96 UEFA Cup-Winners Cup before the club made their Champions League debut in 1997-98. The signings of Aurelio Vidmar, Christian Gyan and Patrick Allotey attracted the attention of the authorities as the club were accused of fraud.
Sadly for the club, they were about to embark on a barren period. A 4-1 Cup final defeat to FC Utrecht in 2003 was as close to honours as it would get for a while. Good news came as Chairman Jorien van den Herik and the club were found not guilty of the fraud claim.
Things got worse as Feyenoord were banned from European competition because of hooliganism and the side missed out anyway on a qualifying place for the first time in sixteen years.
Verbeek was soon replaced with Mario Been coming in for the 2009-10 campaign. Former manager Leo Beenhakker took over the role as Technical Director. The move didn’t pay off, with Feyenoord losing one game 10-0 to PSV in October 2010. In July 2011 a players revolt led to the departure of Been.
Around the same time Feyenoord revisited their plans for the construction of a new stadium by 2018, holding 63,000 fans. Many supporters were against the plan and set up the Red De Kuip campaign, meaning Save De Kuip. Their preferred option was the addition of a third tier on top of the current stadium to make a capacity of 68,000 and a huge financial saving.