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PSV Eindhoven

PSV's crest
Full name Philips Sport Vereniging NV
Nickname(s) Boeren (Peasants)
Lempkes (Light bulbs)
Rood-witten (Red and whites)
Short name PSV
Founded 31 August 1913 (1913-08-31)
Ground Philips Stadion
Ground Capacity 35,000[1]
General manager Toon Gerbrands
Manager Phillip Cocu
League Eredivisie
2014–15 1st
Website Club home page

The Philips Sport Vereniging (Dutch pronunciation: ,[2] English: Philips Sports Union), abbreviated as PSV and internationally known as PSV Eindhoven [3] is a sports club from Eindhoven, Netherlands. It is best known for its professional football department, which plays in the Eredivisie, the Dutch football top division, since its inception in 1956 and, along with Ajax and Feyenoord, it is one of the country's "big three" clubs that have dominated that competition.

The club was founded in 1913 as a team for Philips employees. PSV’s history contains two golden eras revolving around the UEFA Cup victory in 1978 and the 1987–88 European Cup victory as part of the seasonal treble in 1988. The team has won the Eredivisie 22 times, the KNVB Cup nine times and the Johan Cruijff Schaal nine times. Currently, PSV is 28th on the UEFA club coefficients ranking.[4] Throughout the years, PSV established itself as a stepping stone for future world class players like Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romário, Ronaldo, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben.

Since its foundation, it has played in the Philips Stadion and has upheld its club colours (red and white). Its elaborate connection with Philips can be witnessed in its sponsoring, shared technology and board member ties. Fans have named themselves 'boeren' (Dutch pronunciation: , Dutch for either peasants or farmers), taking pride in Eindhoven's status of being a provincial city and their Brabantian heritage.


  • History 1
    • Foundation and first decades (1913–1962) 1.1
    • Van der Kuijlen era and UEFA Cup victory (1963–1978) 1.2
    • Hiddink and the European Cup victory (1979–1989) 1.3
    • Developing talent (1989–1999) 1.4
    • Dutch hegemony (2000–2008) 1.5
    • Recent years (2008–present) 1.6
  • Crest and colors 2
  • Stadium & training facilities 3
  • Support and rivalries 4
  • Organization and finances 5
  • Statistics and records 6
  • Honours 7
    • Domestic 7.1
    • European 7.2
    • Worldwide competitions 7.3
    • Domestic results 7.4
    • European results 7.5
  • Current squad 8
    • On loan 8.1
    • Retired numbers 8.2
    • Jong PSV 8.3
  • Personnel 9
    • Technical staff 9.1
    • Management 9.2
  • Former managers 10
  • Former captains 11
  • Notes 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Foundation and first decades (1913–1962)

PSV's first league winning team in 1929

To serve the need for activities with Napoleonic Wars. It was not until 1916 though, that the football department switched its name from Philips Elftal to PSV.[6] Because of World War I, the first possibility to enter a league was in the 1915–16 season. The club's first ever match was a 3–2 defeat against Willem II Reserves on 19 September 1915. The team did achieve promotion that season to a newly created Third Division of the Brabantian FA. Under the guidance of coach Wout Buitenweg, PSV got promoted in 1918 and 1921 as well, eventually reaching the Eerste Klasse. The team got relegated in 1925, but its stint in the Second Division only lasted one year when PSV got promoted again. Since 1926, PSV has always played in the highest possible domestic league.[7][8][9]

That year, defender Sjef van Run was brought in and a year later Jan van den Broek joined PSV; two players that would shape the squad in the coming years.[10] Behind the scenes, Frans Otten became chairman of the entire PSV sports union. He was responsible for bringing the club to a new level with new accommodations and stadium expansions. After winning the district league in 1929, PSV entered the championship play-offs. In that competition, it won 6 out of 8 matches. A 5–1 win against Velocitas from Groningen meant that PSV was crowned league champions for the first time.[11] In the following three years, PSV won the district league every year, but it could not win the play-offs until 1935. In that year, the team secured the second championship ever in a 2–1 victory against DWS.[10]

Due to World War II, attendances decreased significantly and in 1940, PSV player Johan Brusselers died in combat.[12] After the war, PSV signed two new strikers: Piet Fransen in 1948 and Coen Dillen in 1949.[13] In 1950, PSV got its first post-war success when the team defeated HFC Haarlem in the KNVB Cup final; the match ended in 4–3 after extra-time.[14] A year later, PSV won the district title after EVV failed to win their final match. Even though coach Sam Wadsworth resigned during the championship play-offs, the title was won after a 2–1 win over Willem II. The 1950–51 season was Dillen’s breakthrough, scoring 21 times and earning the nickname ‘The Canon’.[15] Besides Dillen and Fransen, a memorable player of the early 1950s success was goalkeeper Lieuwe Steiger, who ended up playing 383 matches for PSV.[16]

In 1955, PSV became the first Dutch club to enter the

  • Official clubsite of PSV (Dutch) / (English) / (Spanish)
  • Official Supportersclub (English) / (Dutch)

External links

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  1. ^ a b c d e Caretaker manager.


Dates Name Notes
1985–1987 Ruud Gullit [26][115]
1987–1990 Eric Gerets [115]
1999–2000 Luc Nilis [116]
2000–2005 Mark van Bommel [117]
2005–2007 Phillip Cocu [118]
2007–2010 Timmy Simons [119]
2010–2011 Ibrahim Afellay [120]
2011 Orlando Engelaar [121]
2011–2012 Ola Toivonen [122]
2012–2013 Mark van Bommel [123]
2013–2015 Georginio Wijnaldum [124]
2015– Luuk de Jong [125]

Former captains

Name Nationality From To Honours Notes
Meijnders, KeesKees Meijnders  Netherlands July 1914 June 1916 -
Buitenweg, WoutWout Buitenweg  Netherlands July 1916 June 1921 -
Vos, JanJan Vos  Netherlands July 1921 June 1922 -
Leavy, JohnJohn Leavy  England July 1922 June 1926 -
Hoogstede, BenBen Hoogstede  Netherlands July 1926 June 1927 -
Klein, IgnazIgnaz Klein  Netherlands July 1927 June 1928 -
Klein Wentink, JoopJoop Klein Wentink  Netherlands July 1928 June 1929 National Championship 1928–29
Hall, JackJack Hall  England July 1929 June 1935 National Championship 1934–35
Wadsworth, SamSam Wadsworth  England July 1935 June 1938 -
Broek, Jan van denJan van den Broek  Netherlands July 1938 June 1942 -
Delsen, CoenCoen Delsen  Netherlands July 1942 June 1945 -
Wadsworth, SamSam Wadsworth  England July 1945 June 1951 KNVB Beker 1949–50, National Championship 1950–51
Topping, HarryHarry Topping  England July 1951 June 1952 -
Leeuw, Huub deHuub de Leeuw  Netherlands July 1952 June 1956 -
Broćić, LjubišaLjubiša Broćić  Yugoslavia July 1956 June 1957 -
Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick  England July 1957 June 1958 -
Dijcke, Cees vanCees van Dijcke  Netherlands July 1958 June 1959 -
Bročić, LjubišaLjubiša Bročić  Yugoslavia July 1959 June 1960 -
Binder, FranzFranz Binder  Austria July 1960 June 1962 -
Appel, BramBram Appel  Netherlands July 1962 June 1967 Eredivisie 1962–63
Nikolić, MilanMilan Nikolić  Yugoslavia July 1967 December 1967 -
Blokland, WimWim Blokland  Netherlands December 1967 June 1968 -
Linder, KurtKurt Linder  Germany July 1968 June 1972
Rijvers, KeesKees Rijvers  Netherlands July 1972 January 1980 Eredivisie 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, KNVB Beker 1973–74, 1975–76, UEFA Cup 1977–78
Reker, JanJan Reker  Netherlands January 1980 June 1980 - [nb 1]
Libregts, ThijsThijs Libregts  Netherlands July 1980 June 1983 -
Reker, JanJan Reker  Netherlands July 1983 June 1986 Eredivisie 1985–86
Kraay, HansHans Kraay  Netherlands July 1987 March 1987 -
Hiddink, GuusGuus Hiddink  Netherlands March 1987 June 1990 Eredivisie 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, KNVB Beker 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, European Cup 1987–88
Robson, BobbyBobby Robson  England July 1990 June 1992 Eredivisie 1990–91, 1991–92
Westerhof, HansHans Westerhof  Netherlands July 1992 June 1993 Super Cup 1992
Mos, Aad deAad de Mos  Netherlands July 1993 September 1994 -
Rijvers, KeesKees Rijvers  Netherlands September 1995 December 1995 - [nb 1]
Advocaat, DickDick Advocaat  Netherlands December 1994 June 1998 Eredivisie 1996–97, KNVB Beker 1995–96, Johan Cruijff Shield 1996, 1997
Robson, BobbyBobby Robson  England July 1998 June 1999 Johan Cruijff Shield 1998
Gerets, EricEric Gerets  Belgium July 1999 June 2002 Eredivisie 1999–2000, 2000–01, Johan Cruijff Shield 2000, 2001
Hiddink, GuusGuus Hiddink  Netherlands July 2002 June 2006 Eredivisie 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, KNVB Beker 2004–05, Johan Cruijff Shield 2003
Koeman, RonaldRonald Koeman  Netherlands July 2006 October 2007 Eredivisie 2006–07
Wouters, JanJan Wouters  Netherlands November 2007 December 2007 - [nb 1]
Vergoossen, SefSef Vergoossen  Netherlands January 2008 June 2008 Eredivisie 2007–08
Stevens, HuubHuub Stevens  Netherlands July 2008 January 2009 Johan Cruijff Shield 2008
Lodeweges, DwightDwight Lodeweges  Netherlands January 2009 June 2009 - [nb 1]
Rutten, FredFred Rutten  Netherlands July 2009 March 2012 -
Cocu, PhillipPhillip Cocu  Netherlands March 2012 June 2012 KNVB Beker 2011–12 [nb 1]
Advocaat, DickDick Advocaat  Netherlands July 2012 June 2013 Johan Cruijff Shield 2012
Cocu, PhillipPhillip Cocu  Netherlands July 2013 Present Eredivisie 2014–15, Johan Cruijff Shield 2015

As of 27 June 2013.[9]

Former managers

Last updated: 22 June 2013
Source: PSV

Position Staff
Board of directors Jan Albers (chairman)
Jan Hommen
Hans van Breukelen
Bert van der Els
General manager Toon Gerbrands
Manager operations Peter Fossen
Treasurer Erik Hendriksen
Director of football Marcel Brands


Last updated: 1 July 2013
Source: PSV

Position Staff
Manager Phillip Cocu
Assistant manager Ruud Brood
Chris van der Weerden
Goalkeeping coach Ruud Hesp
Fitness coach Egid Kiesouw
Team manager Mart van den Heuvel
Press manager Thijs Slegers
Academy director Art Langeler

Technical staff


For the reserve squad of PSV Eindhoven see: Jong PSV

Jong PSV

99 – Phoxy (Mascot)

12Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Retired numbers

No. Position Player
24 MF Marcel Ritzmaier (at NEC until 30 June 2016)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

On loan

No. Position Player
1 GK Jeroen Zoet
2 DF Nicolas Isimat-Mirin
3 DF Héctor Moreno
4 DF Santiago Arias
5 DF Jeffrey Bruma
6 MF Davy Pröpper
7 FW Gastón Pereiro
8 MF Stijn Schaars
9 FW Luuk de Jong (captain)
10 MF Adam Maher
11 FW Luciano Narsingh
14 DF Simon Poulsen
15 DF Jetro Willems
16 FW Maxime Lestienne (on loan from Al-Arabi)
No. Position Player
17 FW Florian Jozefzoon
18 MF Andrés Guardado (vice-captain)
19 FW Jürgen Locadia
20 DF Joshua Brenet
21 GK Luuk Koopmans
22 GK Remko Pasveer
23 MF Rai Vloet
25 DF Menno Koch
26 DF Clint Leemans
27 FW Steven Bergwijn
29 MF Jorrit Hendrix
30 DF Jordy de Wijs
32 MF Kenneth Paal
33 DF Suently Alberto
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2015

As of 1 September 2015

Current squad

European results

Below is a table with PSV's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

Domestic results

Worldwide competitions




In 2010, PSV made international headlines when they humiliated former European champions Feyenoord 10–0.

Willy van der Kuijlen currently holds the record for the most league appearances and the most league goals. He played 528 matches and scored 308 goals between 1964 and 1981.[107] Willy van de Kerkhof played the second-highest amount of league matches for PSV; he appeared in 418 Eredivisie fixtures.[108] The third-highest in the list is Jan Heintze with 395 games.[109] The second-highest goal scorer for PSV is Coen Dillen, who produced 288 goals.[110] Third in the list is Piet Fransen with 210 goals.[111] The record for number of goals in one season stands at 43, scored by Dillen in the 1956–57 season. This figure is also a national record.[110] Another domestic record is the amount of consecutive minutes with a clean sheet. The number stands at 1159 minutes, which PSV achieved in 2004 with two different goalkeepers: Heurelho Gomes and Edwin Zoetebier.[112] The largest transfer fee PSV have ever received was for Ruud van Nistelrooy; Manchester United paid €30 million for the striker in 2001.[113] Mateja Kežman's move to PSV in 2000 was the most expensive incoming transfer; €11,3 million was paid to FK Partizan.[114]

PSV’s 22 league championships are the second highest in Dutch football, behind Ajax (33).[101] The nine KNVB Cup victories are the third-highest, after Ajax (18) and Feyenoord (11).[102] PSV won the most Johan Cruijff Shield’s so far (9).[103] The double was achieved four times, with the one in 1988 being part of the treble – a feat only achieved by six other European clubs.[104] Between 1985 and 1989, and between 2005 and 2008, PSV won the Eredivisie four times in a row; the only other club accomplishing this (once) was HVV Den Haag.[101] In recent decades, the team has been consistently competing for the top spots in the league: in the Eredivisie all-time standings (since 1956), PSV are second behind Ajax.[105] PSV have played in a European competition every year since 1974. Only FC Barcelona (since 1959) and Anderlecht (since 1964) have a longer streak in play.[106]

Coen Dillen playing for PSV in 1959. He scored 288 league goals for PSV, including 43 in the 1956/57 season – a domestic record until this day.

Statistics and records

PSV’s budget in 2011 was 60 million euro.[98] Before 2011, PSV’s budget would only remain balanced if the team would qualify for the UEFA Champions League every year. But disappointing performances since 2008 meant that the club ended up with a yearly €10–20 million negative balance, forcing the club to cut costs and obtain new revenues. The ground under the stadium and the training facilities were sold for €48,4 million to the Eindhoven municipality in a leasehold estate construction. PSV also took out a €20 million loan with Philips and additional loans with local entrepreneurs.[99] The club also introduced sponsoring on the back of the player kits. Freo, part of De Lage Landen, was the company to present its name there.[100]

PSV was founded by Philips and in the first decades, the club was only open to employees. The club did sign players from elsewhere, though; one of the perks of playing for PSV was that players who were offered a football contract, were always offered a Philips job as well. Philips has been kit sponsor since 1982 and the PSV home ground has included the Philips name since its foundation. The company pays 7,5 million euro per year for the sponsoring and will remain kit sponsor until at least 2016.[94][95] Frits Philips, chairman of the company between 1961 and 1971, became an icon for PSV during his lifetime. At five years of age, he conducted the ceremonial kick-off at the first Philips Elftal match in 1911.[5] Frits Philips would become intertwined with PSV and Eindhoven; his 100th birthday was widely celebrated in the city. Frits Philips had his own spot in the stands until his death and would sometimes provide pep talks to the squad during half-time.[96] PSV was often a way for Philips to introduce its technology to the public. In 1950, a match between PSV and FC Eindhoven was the first televised match in the Netherlands, with Philips supplying the technique.[15] And in 1958, Philips installed four floodlights in the stadium.[97]

PSV was an [93]

Organization and finances

PSV’s main rivalry is with Ajax, with both teams regularly competing for the league title in the last forty years. The PSV fans, whose club has reserved the kit number ‘12’ for them, refer to themselves as ‘boeren’ (peasants); the word can be heard chanted through the home ground after every PSV goal. Its reference designates taking pride in their Brabantian heritage, as opposed to the metropolitan Amsterdam area. The Brabantian identity also plays a fundamental role in the club's culture with the Flag of North Brabant being incorporated in shirt design and being displayed in and around the stadium. PSV used to have an ongoing rivalry with FC Eindhoven, which originated in the 1910s. FC Eindhoven, being the older team, manifested itself as the ‘people’s club’, whereas PSV was only open to Philips employees. In the 1940s and 1950s, PSV and FC Eindhoven were both competing for the league title, which increased the feud and divided the City of Light in ‘red-white striped’ and ‘blue-white striped’.[58] Fixtures between the two sides were named the 'Lichtstadderby' ('City of Light Derby'). After FC Eindhoven’s decline in the seventies, the rivalry disappeared. Nowadays relations between the two sets of supporters are generally friendly,during the annual pre-season derby supporters even sit in the same end without any major incidents. Although a friendly rivalry still exists it's mostly felt on the FC Eindhoven side. However it is not uncommon for people in Eindhoven to go to FC Eindhoven on Fridays (the usual matchday in the Eerste Divisie) and to go to PSV on a Saturday or Sunday. In recent times, FC Eindhoven was PSV’s feeder club on several occasions and the clubs share a women’s team and youth setup.[90][91][92]

[89] The official club anthem was composed by Kees van der Weijden and Jo Vermeulen. It was introduced in 1950 and is currently sung at every home match at 19 minutes and 13 seconds into the game – the time mirroring the club’s foundation year.[88] During pre-season, PSV also holds an Open Day for people of all ages; the event gives the opportunity for sponsors and new player signings to be presented.[87][86] Besides the fan unions, there are several sets of fans who work together on [84] The second one, PSV Fans United, serve a more specific purpose: to improve the atmosphere in the stadium.[83] PSV currently has two independent fan bodies. The ‘Supportersvereniging PSV’ was founded in 1920 and currently consists of 14,000 members. They own a fan base within the Philips Stadion.

PSV have attracted around 33,000 people to Eredivisie matches on average in the last years. The record attendance stands at 35,200, achieved in a match against Feyenoord at 17 November 2002.[80] The club always reserves tickets for away fans and individual ticket purchases; the maximum number of season ticket holders therefore is 29,200. All season tickets were sold out in 2007 and 2008. More recently in 2013, PSV sold 28,000 season tickets.[81] Research showed that over 25,000 season ticket holders hail from Noord-Brabant, with other significant groups coming from Limburg, Gelderland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland and Belgium.[82]

Support and rivalries

The Philips Stadion has been awarded four out of five stars by the UEFA Stadium Rankings.[75] The ground hold several designated areas. The lower terraces on the East stand are considered the proper location for the fanatic viewers. There are also separate areas for youngsters up to sixteen years old, for the disabled, and for fans of the visiting team in the north-west upper corner. A stand named the ‘Family Corner’ specifically serves children up to twelve and their parents. For business representatives, the stadium has business rooms and suites, totaling 1186 seats.[76] Besides football-related activities, the stadium holds merchandising stores, offices and three restaurants, including the Michelin-star assigned Avant-Garde.[77] For the centennial celebrations, a PSV Museum will be revealed in the stadium.[78] Training sessions by PSV are conducted on De Herdgang, located in the outskirts of Eindhoven in woodland surroundings. With ten fields and fitness facilities, it also accommodates all PSV youth and amateur teams. Its last major renovation occurred in 2006.[79]

Four 40-meter high floodlights were installed in the stadium in 1958, making evening matches possible. The lights were inaugurated with an exhibition match against Anderlecht.[74] In 1977, the main stand was completely rebuilt, but an alkali–silica reaction ten years later caused the concrete to crack. Chairman Jacques Ruts, who was previously introduced to the skybox in the United States, considered a new stand to be an opportunity to attract more sponsors. The new main stand – two tiers, with skyboxes in the middle – was introduced in a friendly match against A.C. Milan in 1988. In the nineties, the other three stands are also elevated. The last major renovation was the closing of the four open corners of the stadium. Along with creating more seats, the new corners had window blind-type constructions, which allowed air to flow through in order to let the grass breath.[73] The completion was celebrated in October 2002, with the capacity increased to 35,000.[48] In the summer of 2005, the club removed the tall fences around the pitch, replacing them with lower railings keeping the spectators off the grass. Unauthorized persons who do invade the pitch will receive a €15,000 penalty and a ten-year-ban from visiting the ground.

PSV have played at the Philips Stadion since its foundation in 1913, when it was still named Philips Sportpark. The venue was built in the Strijp borough, and more specifically in the Philipsdorp area – a neighborhood set up in 1910 by Anton Philips in order to provide accommodation to employees. A football field was simultaneously laid out where PSV’s predecessor, the Philips Elftal, played its first match in on 15 January 1911 against Hollandia from Woensel.[5][72] In 1916, the first wooden stand was built, providing seating space for 550 viewers.[73] Another stand with 900 seats was built in the thirties. In 1941, a running track was added, but it was removed seventeen years later. During World War II, the stadium was damaged by the war; the reparations took place after the liberation of South Netherlands in 1944.

PSV Under-19 plays a match on De Herdgang's main field
The Philips Stadion

Stadium & training facilities

Because of the close ties with Philips, PSV have had the same jersey sponsor without exception since 1982, the year jersey sponsorships were introduced in the Eredivisie. This is a record in Dutch football. PSV’s first clothing sponsor was Le Coq Sportif, from 1970 to 1974, when it switched to Adidas. They remained sponsor until 1995, when they were replaced by Nike, until Umbro became the shirt sponsor in 2015, ending a 20-year relationship between PSV and Nike.

The colors red and white were chosen at the founding meeting in 1913 by Jan Willem Hofkes, the first chairman of the club. He apparently appreciated the contrast between his red raspberry drink and his white notepad.[6] Inspired by the club colors, the first kit consisted of a red-and-white vertically striped shirt, black shorts and red-and-white horizontally striped socks. This combination was worn until the seventies, when the club switched to a completely red shirt, which was worn with either white or black shorts. The red kit was changed back to a striped version in 1989. The red-and-white stripes have remained ever since, albeit in very varied adaptations. The shorts would also often change between black and white. During Ruud Gullit's tenure at PSV, he personally changed the shorts from black to white, in an attempt to improve the stature of the kit.[69] For the centennial celebrations in 2013, PSV have temporarily switched to an all-red jersey with white shorts and socks. Its design choices were meant to reminisce the kits worn during the 1987–88 season.[70][71]

PSV’s first crest consisted of a light bulb and the words ‘Philips Sport’ in a circular shape. Its next incarnation was a shield-shaped logo with red-and-white vertical lines, topped off with the letters ‘PSV’. The third design of the crest proved to be a durable one; its oval shape, red-and-white horizontal lines and a flag with the PSV letters incorporated remains used until today. Only minor changes have occurred: the border color and addition of horseshoe-shaped figures, a circle around the three letters and the addition of two stars to commemorate winning twenty league titles. Early incarnations of the oval version also included dots for the abbreviation ‘P.S.V.’. For the centennial celebrations in 2013, a laurel wreath and the number ‘100’ in gold were temporarily added to the crest.[68]

The first club crest. The light bulb in the center represents the company Philips

Crest and colors

Huub Stevens returned as coach in 2008, but disappointing performances and clashes between Stevens and the squad resulted in his resignation six months later.[57] Caretaker Dwight Lodeweges wrapped up the season with a fourth place.[58] The following year, Fred Rutten was appointed as coach. In his first two seasons, PSV reached the third place twice. With Rutten as coach PSV beat Feyenoord 10–0 in a home game on October 24, 2010. A historical win and biggest defeat of Feyenoord in their club history. Meanwhile, the club experienced liquidity problems, but secured its future through loans and property sales.[59] Key players Afellay and Balázs Dzsudzsák were sold and as a consequence, director of football Marcel Brands spent 25 million euro to improve the squad.[60] But in the 2011–12 season, the team dropped out of the title race early again, which led to Rutten’s dismissal. Phillip Cocu finished the season as caretaker, leading the team to a third place and a KNVB Cup after beating Heracles Almelo.[61][62][63] For the 2012–13 season, Dick Advocaat became head coach, while Mark van Bommel returned from A.C. Milan. Despite 103 league goals, the team ended as runner-up in both Eredivisie and KNVB Cup. Advocaat, who struggled with the job’s intensity, left after one season.[64][65] In 2013, Cocu was appointed as head coach.[66] On 18 April 2015, PSV won the Eredivisie after a 4–1 win over Heerenveen. This was their first league title since 2008 and it ended a four-year domination of the league by AFC Ajax[67]

Recent years (2008–present)

After the 2004–05 season, Van Bommel, Vogel, Park and Lee left. With new signing Timmy Simons and youth prospect Ibrahim Afellay, PSV reached the Champions League knockout stage again. In that round, Olympique Lyonnais revenged PSV by winning 5–0 on aggregate. The team did win the league, but lost the cup final to Ajax.[52] Afterwards, Hiddink left and Ronald Koeman replaced him. Westerhof, who lost support from the board, resigned soon after Hiddink’s departure. Jan Reker became general manager.[50] During the 2006–07 season, league leaders PSV squandered a 12-point lead, enabling AZ and Ajax to equal their 72 points before the last round. A surprise AZ defeat in the last fixture meant that PSV’s 5–1 victory against Vitesse was enough to edge the title win; PSV had a single goal difference with Ajax.[53][54] Koeman was criticised by the board after losing a big lead, but was eventually allowed to remain as coach. In the 2007–08 season, after Cocu and Alex left, the team was disqualified from the KNVB Cup after fielding a suspended Manuel da Costa. In October, Koeman took up the coaching job at Valencia, prompting PSV to first appoint Jan Wouters and then Sef Vergoossen as caretakers. The fourth title in a row was won in the last match, again against Vitesse.[55] After the title, Gomes and director of football Stan Valckx voiced criticism towards Reker, forcing the club to choose between Reker and Gomes. Subsequently, Reker sacked Valckx and sold Gomes to Tottenham Hotspur.[56]

Gerets was released and Guus Hiddink returned to the club as coach and director of football, with Arjen Robben, Park Ji-Sung, Lee Young-Pyo joining PSV.[42][47] Their first season immediately brought a league title, secured in the last match against Groningen.[48] But in the 2003–04 season, PSV failed to reclaim the championship.[49] In 2004, the PSV board clashed with Hiddink and Van Raaij concerning the expenditures. Van Raaij left in September and Hiddink never got along with his successor Rob Westerhof, who sided with the board.[50] Even though Kežman and Robben left in 2004, Hiddink had gradually built a powerful squad, with Gomes, Alex, Park, Lee, Van Bommel and the returning Phillip Cocu. The Eredivisie was won five matches before the end and Willem II was beaten in the cup final. After eight consecutive Champions League group stage eliminations, PSV reached the knockout stage. There, they beat AS Monaco 2–1 on aggregate and Olympique Lyonnais after penalties. The first semi-final against AC Milan was lost 2–0. In the return, PSV took a 2–0 lead but a late goal by Massimo Ambrosini ended the hope to reach the final, despite an injury-time third goal by Cocu.[40][51]

In the 1999–2000 season, Van Nistelrooy bagged 29 goals after just 23 matches, but after two serious injuries an imminent transfer to Manchester United was forced to be postponed for a year.[43] PSV were comfortably crowned league champions in Gerets’ debut year, creating a 16 point-gap with runner-up Heerenveen.[44] The 2000–01 Eredivisie was also won with new striker Mateja Kežman, who replaced Van Nistelrooy and the departed Nilis. The cup final was lost to FC Twente after penalties.[45] In the UEFA Cup, PSV faced 1. FC Kaiserslautern at home; fans threatening to storm the field during the match prompted Gerets and some players to personally intervene. PSV was fined by UEFA and forced to play a European match on neutral ground.[37] After Van Nistelrooy left, PSV ended second in the 2001–02 season and got eliminated in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals by Feyenoord.[46]

Dutch hegemony (2000–2008)

Early in the 1994–95 season, De Mos was fired and replaced by Dick Advocaat (after Kees Rijvers temporarily took over).[17] PSV saw Van Breukelen retiring and signed Luc Nilis in 1994, who formed a powerful duo with another signing: a 17-year-old Ronaldo. The Brazilian striker scored 30 goals in his debut season, while Nilis was named Dutch Footballer of the Year in an otherwise trophy-less year. After an injury-filled 1995–96 season where he still managed 12 goals, Ronaldo left for Barcelona.[38][39] That season, PSV won the cup after a 5–2 win against Sparta.[40] In the 1996–97 season, when Harry van Raaij became chairman, Advocaat had created a team with players like Phillip Cocu, Jaap Stam, Boudewijn Zenden and Wim Jonk. It led to the Eredivisie title, with Nilis becoming league top goalscorer (21 goals). In the 1997–98 season, the team came in second behind Ajax in both league and cup. It resulted in Cocu, Stam, Zenden, Jonk and Advocaat leaving PSV, forcing the club to build a new squad.[39][41] Robson temporarily returned in 1998 for one year so that desired coach Eric Gerets could get his coaching badges. Again, Nilis showed to be highly compatible with a poacher-type striker; new signing Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 31 times in his first season. In the season's last round, PSV beat FC Utrecht 3–2 with a last-minute goal by Arnold Bruggink – just enough for Champions League qualification.[42][43]

After the European Cup win, PSV outsmarted many clubs by signing Romário. After a first season with 19 league goals, his hat-trick in the November 1989 match against Steaua București (5–1) – including a memorable solo effort – was his big breakthrough.[33] In 1989, after Koeman left, PSV ended second in the league, but won the KNVB Cup after defeating Vitesse (1–0).[28][34] Hiddink left the team in 1990, to be replaced by Bobby Robson. In his two seasons at the club, PSV won two league titles; the first one on goal difference (with Ajax) and the second one in the penultimate match against Groningen.[35] Meanwhile, Romário – league top scorer in 1989, 1990 and 1991 – was admired by fans, but sometimes also renounced by the squad for being unprofessional and selfish. Robson had frequent clashes with Romário, but the striker never changed his ways. These events, plus the lack of European success meant that Robson was let go in 1992.[36] While Gerets retired, Hans Westerhof took over as coach, but only won the Super Cup in his single season at the helm.[17][37] In 1993, Romário was transferred to FC Barcelona.[33] Westerhof was replaced by Aad de Mos, who led the team to the third place.[17]

Romário during a PSV training session in 1989

Developing talent (1989–1999)

After the summer break, Willy van de Kerkhof, present at both the 1978 and 1988 triumphs, was honored with a farewell match.[31] The 1988–89 season again resulted in the double: Hiddink’s squad won the title (albeit with less dominance than the year before) and PSV beat Groningen in the cup final. In comparison, the international competitions were disappointing. The Intercontinental Cup against Nacional ended in a 2–2 draw, but PSV lost the penalty shoot-out with 7–6. The team was also beaten in the UEFA Super Cup by KV Mechelen (3–1 on aggregate). In the European Cup, Real Madrid got its revenge by eliminating PSV in the quarter-finals.[32]

Eric Gerets (left) posing with the European Cup, together with Frits Philips (right)

The 1987–88 season turned out to be PSV’s best year in history. The Eredivisie was won four matches before the end after many high scoring matches, leading up to 117 goals. The cup was also won after beating Roda JC 3–2 after extra time.[29] The European Cup campaign started with wins against Fenerbahçe and Rapid Wien. Subsequently, PSV managed to reach the final with only draws. The quarter finals against Bordeaux were decided by Wim Kieft’s away goal. A vicious foul by Hans Gillhaus on Jean Tigana was praised by Koeman, which prompted UEFA to suspend him for the semi-final return leg against Real Madrid. Again, an away goal in the first leg (a notoriously lethargic shot by Edward Linskens in Bernabéu) meant that the second leg’s 0–0 was enough to proceed. The final against Benfica, held in Stuttgart, remained goalless. In the penalty shoot-out, Van Breukelen saved Benfica’s sixth penalty by António Veloso, which meant that PSV had won the European Cup and completed the treble.[30]

Hans van Breukelen celebrating with the European Cup after the match in Stuttgart

In 1985, chairman Jacques Ruts and Ploegsma decided on a change of direction: Hans Kraay became the new director of football (supervising Reker in 1985–86, and taking over altogether in 1986–87) and PSV started to sign players with flair, like Ruud Gullit, Søren Lerby, Gerald Vanenburg and Eric Gerets. Gullit, who quickly was appointed as captain, contributed to the team that headed the league table for the majority of the 1985–86 Eredivisie and claimed the title after an 8–2 win against Go Ahead Eagles. Being unhappy with his personal development, Gullit heavily criticized PSV and Kraay in a March 1987 interview. The management’s subsequent warning was deemed too lenient by Kraay, who resigned. Gullit’s strained relationship with the club meant that he left for A.C. Milan in the summer for a world record fee of 7,7 million euro.[26] Earlier that year, Guus Hiddink replaced Kraay and Ronald Koeman joined PSV. That season, the squad suffered early eliminations from the Dutch cup and European Cup, but secured the title in the penultimate match.[27][28]

After the UEFA Cup victory, the team chemistry started to suffer, which was reflected in the results. Not long after a 6–0 UEFA Cup loss against Saint-Etienne, Rijvers was sacked and the squad disintegrated.[24] Van Beveren, unhappy with the declining success and Rijvers’ departure, left for the United States after 291 league games and years of captaincy.[23] Van Gelder also quit in 1980 and was replaced by Kees Ploegsma. Even though PSV invested in players like Hallvar Thoresen and Jurrie Koolhof, success remained absent. Thijs Libregts' (coach from 1980 until 1983) highest league position was the second place and in 1983, Jan Reker took over. A clash between Van der Kuijlen and Libregts led to the former’s departure in 1982 after nearly 18 seasons at the club.[22][25]

Guus Hiddink as coach of PSV in 1988

Hiddink and the European Cup victory (1979–1989)

A year later, PSV managed to win its first ‘double’. With defender Huub Stevens joining the team, the league title was secured after a 4–1 result against Feyenoord. Earlier, a 1–0 victory over Roda JC meant that PSV won the national cup as well. In the European Cup, the final was only narrowly missed after a 1–0 aggregate loss against AS Saint-Étienne in the semi-finals.[17][23] After the two consecutive titles, PSV ended second in 1977. The following year, Edström left the squad but PSV nonetheless enjoyed a strong league campaign. In April 1978, the team secured the title without a single loss. The domestic cup ended early after a shocking 1–6 first round loss against FC Wageningen (PSV’s biggest home loss ever to date). The UEFA Cup campaign proved to be more successful; after wins against Glenavon, Widzew Lodz, Eintracht Braunschweig and 1. FC Magdeburg, the team faced FC Barcelona. A 3–0 win in the first leg was nullified by the Catalans in the return leg, but a single goal by Nick Deacy in Camp Nou meant that PSV could progress with a 4–3 aggregate win. The two-legged final against SC Bastia first produced a goalless draw in the first match. The return leg in Eindhoven ended in a 3–0 win, with goals by Willy van de Kerkhof, Deijkers and Van der Kuijlen, giving PSV its first European trophy.[24]

Willy van der Kuijlen celebrating with the UEFA Cup after the final victory in Eindhoven

Between 1968 and 1972, Kurt Linder coached PSV. His team reached two Dutch cup finals and the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Van der Kuijlen had trouble fulfilling his promise after an encouraging career start in the sixties, though – partly because of a lack of chemistry between him and Linder’s harsh coaching style. The early seventies in football were dominated by Ajax and Feyenoord and it was not until the appointment of Kees Rijvers as coach in 1972 that would mark the start of increasing success for PSV. With Van der Kuijlen and goalkeeper Jan van Beveren as the stars of the team, Rijvers created a new squad by signing Ralf Edström, Gerrie Deijkers and the twins Willy and René van der Kerkhof. Things improved for Van der Kuijlen when Rijvers built the team around him, giving him a free role in the process. Van der Kuijlen, a technical player, formed a successful striker partnership with Edström, who was famed for his heading ability. It led to a Dutch cup victory in 1974, and after a blistering season start (no defeats in the first season half) and 28 goals by Van der Kuijlen, PSV also won the league for the fifth time in 1975.

In the 1962–63 season, marking PSV’s fifty-year anniversary, the club appointed Bram Appel as the new coach. The first results were disastrous though, with a mere six points from the first six fixtures. A sudden revival led to a first place at the winter break and a 5–2 victory over Ajax in June meant that PSV could celebrate its fourth league title, with Pierre Kerkhofs leading the goal scorer charts with twenty-two goals.[18][21] The following year, PSV ended second in the league but more significantly, reached the Europa Cup I quarter-finals for the first time, where it was eliminated by FC Zürich. Appel remained coach for five years; the position was later on followed up with short stints by Milan Nikolić and Wim Blokland.[17] Willy van der Kuijlen was signed in 1964, who produced 23 league goals in 1966 and became the league’s top scorer at age 20.[21][22]

The PSV squad (1963)

Van der Kuijlen era and UEFA Cup victory (1963–1978)


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