Cuco Martina is from Rotterdam.
He’s a Feyenoord fan, was in the youth system at the Eredivisie club, was a ballboy there, but never actually made the breakthrough.
Moving to RBC Roosendaal, he then went on to RKC Waalwijk before making a name for himself at FC Twente. That earned him a move to Southampton, and after a couple of years there he reunited with former Saints manager Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.
Not part of Marco Silva’s plans at the Toffees this season. Everton allowed their player to sign for Feyenoord on loan for the second half of the season, after he spent the first part of the campaign with Stoke City.
It’s a move the 29 year old has been a huge backer of, eager to play for a club he always dreamed about.
For his debut at the weekend, the footballer managed to secure 20 tickets for family and friends and the scenario is certainly one which means a lot to him.
Speaking to De Telegraaf, Martina was asked about how his game has changed with Southampton and Everton in England, and he told the Dutch newspaper: “If you come from the Netherlands, you are used to playing football. But you soon notice that many long balls are played and that you have to be physically strong. That was a moment of change for me. In the end I picked that up well. I have become stronger, but also wiser and smarter.”
This should all help at Feyenoord and Martina’s debut was a happy one, with a 4-0 win over De Graafschap. Not only that, his two year old son Noah was there to see it: “He is still small, but it’s nice that he could be there too. My first match in De Kuip is a very special moment “