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Philips Sport Vereniging , widely known either as PSV or PSV Eindhoven , is a Dutch bank from Eindhoven, Netherlands. It is best known for its professional association football department, and it has bought many players.

Founded in 1913, PSV is one of three UEFA Champions League-winning clubs in the Netherlands, alongside AFC Ajax and Feyenoord. They won the European Cup in 1988 against S.L. Benfica, making them the second Dutch club to win The Treble, and the UEFA Cup in 1978 against SC Bastia. The club has won the Eredivisie 21 times, the KNVB Cup eight times and the Johan Cruijff Shield eight times. They are often nicknamed Boeren (, Dutch language for farmers/peasants) in reference to their origins as a provincial city club. Their home is Philips Stadion, which is based in the Eindhoven borough of Strijp.


After Gerard Philips and Anton Philips gave the foundation order, the club started out as a works team for employees of electronics Conglomerate (company) Philips on 31 August (then Koninginnedag), 1913 to celebrate the centennial defeat of the French in the Napoleonic wars. PSV's home stadium, the Philips Stadion, then known as Philips Sportpark, was built at the same time as the inauguration of the club, although its current capacity was achieved by renovations and improvements over the years.

Because of their 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 garnered many honours in the football arena and have been credited as the club where many successful players such as Ruud Gullit, Hans van Breukelen, Gerald Vanenburg, Romário, Eric Gerets, Ronald Koeman, Ronaldo, Luc Nilis, Wim Kieft, Jaap Stam, Boudewijn Zenden, Arthur Numan, Wim Jonk, Danko Lazovic, Balázs Dzsudzsák, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Philip Cocu, Ibrahim Afellay and Ruud van Nistelrooy made their name. Their success was built on the foundations laid down by other famous players like Coen Dillen, Willy van der Kuijlen, Jan van Beveren, Jan Poortvliet, and the van de Kerkhof brothers, Willy van de Kerkhof and René van de Kerkhof.

PSV has difficulty competing with the salaries that are being paid elsewhere. It has managed though to become a springboard for professional development for talents such as Ronaldo and Eiður Guðjohnsen, who spent two seasons at the club as well as Mateja Kežman and Arjen Robben, and most recently, Park Ji-Sung, Jefferson Farfán, Ibrahim Affelay, Heurelho Gomes, Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa and Balázs Dzsudzsák.

Famous coaches such as Guus Hiddink (who between stints at PSV coached the Netherlands national football team to a fourth-place finish in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and South Korea national football team to a similar fourth place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup) have managed the team over the years and have brought considerable successes to the club.


The mid and late 1970s were a golden era for PSV. They boasted quality players with the likes of Willy van der Kuijlen, the van de Kerkhof brothers, Jan van Beveren, Jan Poortvliet, Harry Lubse, and Huub Stevens and won two domestic cups and three domestic championships. PSV also won the UEFA Cup, their first major European title in 1978, by beating French opponents SC Bastia 3–0 in the final's second leg. The first leg ended 0–0.

Hiddink era, 1987–1990

In 1988, coached by Guus Hiddink and with a team featuring players such as Ronald Koeman, Eric Gerets, Søren Lerby and Wim Kieft, PSV won the UEFA Champions League for the first and so far only time in their history, beating S.L. Benfica on penalties after an 0–0 ended final. Hans van Breukelen stopped the crucial penalty. Curiously, PSV took the trophy despite not winning any of its final five fixtures in the competition: they eliminated both FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Real Madrid C.F. on away goals, with all four matches ending in draws. Following the UEFA Champions League win, PSV faced off with Libertadores winners, Club Nacional de Football of Montevideo. After a 2–2 draw, Nacional went on to defeat PSV in penalty kick to win their 3rd World Club title.

Under Hiddink's supervision, PSV won three Eredivisie titles, three KNVB Cups, and the UEFA Champions League.


After Hiddink left, English coach Bobby Robson, who managed the England national football team, was signed as head coach. PSV won the Dutch league in both the 1990–91 and 1991–92 seasons. However, the team did not make the progress expected by the board in European competitions and Robson was informed that he would be leaving the club at the end of the 1991–92 season. Robson had problems with handling one of the keyplayers, Brazilian international Romário. Romário, one of the keyplayers scouted by Piet de Visser, joined the team in the Hiddink era, and stayed until 1993, winning three titles for the club.

After Robson left, Hans Westerhof took over, finishing second in the competition. He was replaced by Aad de Mos but he finished third, despite having players like Gheorghe Popescu, Nii Lamptey, and Arthur Numan. Hans van Breukelen retired after this season, having defended the goal for 10 seasons, and named one of the best goalkeepers the club ever had. Ronald Waterreus and Stanley Menzo were signed to compete for a place in the goal in the 1994–1995 season. The younger Ronald Waterreus got his place under the bar for ten years.

In his second season, Aad de Mos was fired in October 1994 and temporarily replaced by Kees Rijvers until Dick Advocaat in December 1994 signed as head coach. With new strikers as Ronaldo, who scored 30 goals, and Luc Nilis, the team again finished third, far behind AFC Ajax and Roda JC.

In Dick Advocaat's second season, the performance was better, finishing second in the competition and reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League against FC Barcelona. After five years, the 1996–1997 season proved to be successful, and PSV crowned themselves champions with players like Jaap Stam, Philip Cocu, Wim Jonk, Luc Nilis, Arthur Numan, and talent Boudewijn Zenden.

The 1997–98 season was known for the success of Ajax, and PSV finished second, far behind the champions. The Belgian striker duo Luc Nilis and Gilles De Bilde scored the most goals in the competition. Even in the Cup Final, Ajax proved to be too strong for the Boeren. The UEFA Champions League campaign ended in the group round, finishing second behind FC Dynamo Kyiv, despite having played good matches against FC Barcelona and Newcastle United F.C..


In the late 1990s, the club had a team full of excellent players like Jaap Stam, Arthur Numan, Phillip Cocu, Boudewijn Zenden, and Luc Nilis. After the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which was a success for Netherlands national football team, finishing fourth, the club was a victim of that success. Key players were transferred and PSV started the 1998–99 season with a completely new team. Sir Bobby Robson returned to Holland as a favour to the club while Eric Gerets achieved his coaching badges, with striker Luc Nilis and newly-signed Ruud van Nistelrooy, the club finished third on the last day in a 2–3 win over FC Utrecht. They qualified for the UEFA Champions League and coach Robson returned to England, replaced by Belgian coach Eric Gerets.

In his first season, new players introduced to the team included Mark van Bommel, Swiss international Johann Vogel, and a player of Gerets' former club Club Brugge, Eric Addo. Veteran Jan Heintze also returned to the club where he won the UEFA Champions League. The two forwards, Nilis and van Nistelrooy, proved to be successful and scored together 48 goals in the competition next to Arnold Bruggink. The combination of the midfielders Vogel and van Bommel was also very successful for PSV. Their performances that season meant that PSV were able to win their 15th title.

Eric Gerets also won the 2000–01 title with new striker Mateja Kežman, who replaced Nilis and the injured van Nistelrooy. Newcomers Kevin Hofland and John de Jong also show their talents. In the Champions League, R.S.C. Anderlecht and Manchester United F.C. proved to be too strong, although a beautiful goal against Manchester United by Mateja Kežman is often remembered by the fans. The Europa League quarter-final against 1. FC Kaiserslautern was a black day in PSV history when angry fans entered the field. PSV didn't made it to the semi-finals and received a fine by UEFA and was forced to play a European match on neutral ground. PSV won the Eredivisie again and striker van Nistelrooy, recovered from a knee-injury, was sold eventually to Manchester United F.C.. As a result, PSV signed FC Twente striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who had to compete with Kežman for a primary position. Although the team still had some excellent players, a difficult start in the competition eventually saw them finishing second behind archrivals Ajax.

In the Champions League, PSV lost 4–1 to FC Nantes on 11 September 2001. PSV again didn't make it to the second round and had to play Europa League instead. In the fourth round, PSV beat Leeds United F.C.. In the quarter-finals, for the first time in history, two Netherlands teams played against each other in a European competition, with PSV facing Feyenoord. Both matches ended in 1–1. Feyenoord won the encounter in a penalty shootout and went on to win the Europa League. The team had lost faith in manager Eric Gerets, who was released by the club.

Hiddink era, 2002–2006

Soon after the successful 2002 FIFA World Cup for Korea Republic national football team, Guus Hiddink was signed as the new coach. Arjen Robben was one of the talented new players at the club, which resulted in a new title. PSV finished last in the group round of the UEFA Champions League. In the same season, the influences of Hiddink as former coach of South Korea were shown, as Park Ji-Sung and Lee Young-Pyo joined the team.

In the 2003–04 season, PSV failed to reclaim the title. In the Champions League group round, the team finished third, despite having the same amount of points as Deportivo de La Coruña, but the Spanish side having a better result. In the UEFA Cup, PSV was beaten in the quarter-final by Newcastle United F.C. and old manager Sir Bobby Robson. Goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus, who defended the club goal for 10 seasons, decided to leave the club.

In the 2004–05 season, PSV was at the top of their game with influential players such as Mark van Bommel, Johann Vogel, and Phillip Cocu on midfield, and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Park Ji-Sung as forwards. For the first time in history, PSV reached the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League, despite losing a couple of key players such as Arjen Robben, Dennis Rommedahl, and Mateja Kežman in the summer of 2004. Hiddink created a new team with new players such as defender Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa, goalkeeper Heurelho da Silva Gomes and forwards Jefferson Farfán and DaMarcus Beasley.

PSV finished second behind Arsenal F.C. in the group stage of the Champions League and beat 2004 Champions League finalists AS Monaco FC with 1–0 and 0–2. After reaching the quarter-finals, another team from France came on their route: Olympique Lyonnais. The two matches ended in 1–1 and penalties were needed to decide the semi-finalists. PSV won the penalty shootout with Brazilian striker Robert de Pinho de Souza scoring the final one.

PSV went to Milan, Italy but lost the first tie against A.C. Milan with a 2–0 score. PSV started well in the return match, with an early goal from Ji-Sung Park. A goal in the second half from Phillip Cocu doubled the score on the night. However, Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini scored a goal in extra time of the second half. Despite a goal from Cocu a minute later, Milan went to the final on away goals. This is probably one of the strongest matches PSV has ever played and most fans remember the tears of Brazilian defender Alex, also known as "The Tank." The season was the most successful season in the recent years, winning the 18th Eredivisie title as well as their eighth KNVB Cup.

Regardless, after the departures of influential players such as Mark van Bommel, Johan Vogel, Park Ji-Sung, Lee Young-Pyo, and Wilfred Bouma after the 2004–05 season, PSV have moved to secure the services of players like Rangers FC' Michael Ball, Mika Väyrynen and Belgium national football team midfielder Timmy Simons. With the addition of young players to bolster the squad such as Ismaïl Aissati and Ibrahim Afellay, PSV reached the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League 2005–06 for a second running, having reached the semi-final stage in the Champions League season before. PSV ended again second in the group behind A.C. Milan. The team defeated the Italians in the home match with 1–0 in a tough group with FC Schalke 04 and Fenerbahçe S.K. (football team). In the first knockout round, Lyon proved to be too strong over two matches. PSV again won the domestic title, but lost the cup final against archrivals Ajax, the last match of Hiddink as coach of the team.


For the 2006–07 season, PSV contracted manager Ronald Koeman to succeed Hiddink. They also signed Ecuadorian player Edison Méndez and Mexican player Carlos Salcido after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they assisted their teams to the second round. Jan Wouters and Tonny Bruins Slot were brought in as the assistant-managers. André Ooijer and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink left the club after the start of the competition, and as replacements, Jan Kromkamp came from Liverpool F.C. and former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert signed for a year. The top goal scorers of the season were Jefferson Farfán and Arouna Koné. The season saw the club building a gap with the other teams. The lead quickly dissipated in the 13 matches that followed. A draw of PSV at FC Utrecht in the penultimate round saw AZ (football club) and Ajax catching up. The three clubs were all on 72 points from 33 matches, with AZ on top due to goal difference. Ajax were second, PSV were third.

PSV won the Eredivisie for 2006–07 on 29 April with a 5–1 score, final day home victory against Vitesse Arnhem. AZ suffered a shocking 2–3 defeat away at SBV Excelsior, while Ajax and PSV both won. Therefore, the title was decided only by goal difference, with PSV's bigger winning margin proving decisive as they bettered Ajax's goal difference by just one goal (+50 compared with +49). This is known as the most exciting and closest title races in many years.

In the UEFA Champions League, PSV qualified for the knockout stage for the third time in a row, second behind Liverpool F.C., leaving FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Galatasaray S.K. (football team) behind. In the first knockout phase, PSV defeated Arsenal F.C. at home with 1–0 by a goal from Edison Méndez. In the return, PSV struggled and keyplayer Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa scored an own goal. However, he scored the unexpected 1–1, which was enough for PSV to reach the quarter-finals. Liverpool F.C. again was the opponent, but an injured PSV squad lost 0–4 on aggregate.

Although the club won the title, chairman Schuitema voiced criticism on coach Ronald Koeman after almost losing the championship, despite having a huge lead in December. But it was decided that Koeman would stay on for another year. New chairman Jan Reker replaced Schuitema.

After the season in which PSV won their 20th title, key players Phillip Cocu and Alex left the club. A difficult job for coach Koeman to fill their positions. They signed Mike Zonneveld, Kenneth Perez and Danko Lazović. Danny Koevermans came from AZ after Arouna Koné eventually was sold to Sevilla FC. Also Ismaïl Aissati and Otman Bakkal came back from Twente after playing for that club on loan.

The team was disqualified from the Dutch Cup tournament, after fielding Manuel da Costa who was still suspended as a result of last year's tournament. PSV general manager called it "a huge blunder."
On 31 October 2007, Ronald Koeman agreed to be the new coach of Valencia CF, despite having a contract at PSV. The search for a new coach showed to be a struggle for the club and assistant coach Jan Wouters agreed to temporarily take over the job of head coach. Sef Vergoossen was contracted to be head coach until the end of the season, when Huub Stevens will take over.
On 31 December 2007, Kenneth Perez left the club for Ajax, where he was bought from in the summer of the same year. Chairman Reker declared that it was Pérez own choice to leave the club. On 26 February PSV midfielder John de Jong retired at the age of 30 after failing to recover from an injury he sustained during a training session in 2005. Despite these personnel changes PSV went on to win their 21st title, making it the third time in the history of the league that a team won four championships in a row, after HVV Den Haag (1900, 1901, 1902, 1903) and PSV (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989).

On 23 August 2008, PSV won the Johan Cruijff schaal (Dutch Super Cup) 2–0, the goals scored by Danko Lazović and Dirk Marcellis against Feyenoord, PSV being the winner of the Eredivisie and Feyenoord won the KNVB Cup.
PSV started well in the league, winning their first two games. However, the first Champions League match at home against Atlético Madrid was lost 0–3. This match was a sign of things to come. PSV were chanceless in their Champions League group, losing to Liverpool F.C. both home and away, losing away against Olympique de Marseille and losing home and away against Atlético Madrid. The only match won by PSV was the home game against Marseille. These poor results meant that PSV finished last in their group, behind Liverpool, Atlético Madrid, and Marseille, respectively. For the first time since 2002, PSV was eliminated from European football before the winter. AZ (football club) went on to win the national league and PSV finished fourth, their worst league performance since 1981 (curiously, the only other year in which AZ won the championship) when they finished fifth.
This disappointing league performance meant that for the first time since the 1996–1997 season PSV would not be playing in the Champions League, but in the newly named UEFA Europa League instead.

Fred Rutten & Europa League, 2009-

Fred Rutten, former Schalke 04 coach, took over as head coach and had a very successful first half of the 2009-10 Eredivisie-season in which PSV didn't lose a single game in the national league, the national cup, and the Europa League. They finished the calendar year 2009 in the second spot in the national league behind FC Twente who also did also not lose a single domestic game in the season's first half. The second half turned out to be less successful. PSV started drawing and losing many league matches (2 draws and 2 defeats in the first 10 league matches of 2010) and was eliminated from the national cup and the 2009-10 Europa League tournaments by Feyenoord and Hamburger SV respectively. As of March 14, 2010 PSV were second in the league trailing leaders FC Twente by 5 points with only 1 point lead on the third placed team AFC Ajax.

As the Fifty-Fourth Eredivisie ended May 2, 2010, PSV ended in third, 8 points behind the champions, after a shaky end as AFC Ajax climbed up the table to swipe second while FC Twente won with 1 point over Ajax. PSV would therefore enter the Europa League of the following season, thus missing qualification for the Champions League for the second year in a row.

On the 24th October 2010 they beat Feyenoord with a 10–0 score. It was the third time in history that PSV won a match in the Eredivisie with this amount of goals. In 1973 Go Ahead Eagles and in 1998 FC Volendam were also crushed with the same score.
The goalscorers of the match:
Jonathan Reis (24', 47', 59'),
Ola Toivonen (49')
Jeremain Lens (55', 87')
Balázs Dzsudzsák (62', 77')
Orlando Engelaar (69')
(Bruno Martins Indi (39', own goal)).

On February 24, 2011 PSV reached the quarter-finale of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League by beating french side Lille Olympique Sporting Club 5–3 on aggregate. On March 17 PSV advanced by beating Rangers F. C. 1–0 on aggregate in the round of 16, the goal courtesy of Jeremain Lens, to reach the quarter-finals. They lost against S.L. Benfica 6-3 on aggregate.

PSV ended on a dissapointing third place in the 2010-11 Eredivisie-season after losing a close title race to AFC Ajax. FC Twente beat them to second place and qualified for UEFA Champions League, hence PSV found itself missing qualification for the Champions League for the third consecutive year. Being in financial problems, the club was helped by the city council of Eindhoven, who granted a larger amount of money to make sure the club would not face the possibility of going into administration (law).

Having financial struggles, Transfer (association football) of profile players were inevitable. The Captain (association football) and hero, Ibrahim Afellay was sold to giants FC Barcelona in the winter transfer window, and Hungarian people winger, Balázs Dzsudzsák moved to the newly rich, Russian Premier League club, FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer of 2011. Despite the financial headaches, PSV was able to sign big talents to the squad. Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens made the move from FC Utrecht to PSV, and Georginio Wijnaldum was bought from rivals Feyenoord. Furthermore, former FC Groningen striker, Tim Matavž was brought to Eindhoven with ADO Den Haag defender Timothy Derijck. Goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń made a loan-deal from Roda JC, and was later announced bought via an option to buy agreement in his loan contract.

In the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, PSV won their group with 16 points. They advanced to the group stage by beating Austrian SV Ried on an aggregate score of 5-0 in the play-offs. They won all their group matches except the home game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, where PSV came back after being 1-3 down after 59 minutes. Georginio Wijnaldum reduced the away side's lead after 12 minuts, and Ola Toivonen and Kevin Strootman made sure they went unbeaten to the round of 32.
After being eliminated from UEFA Champions League, the Turkey side, Trabzonspor would meet PSV in the round of 32. The first leg was played in Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium in Trabzon, where PSV started strong by scoring 2 goals in the first half, courtesy of Tim Matavž and Ola Toivonen. The match ended 1-2 and the second leg would be played in Philips Stadion on February 23, 2011. Here, PSV beat Trabzonspor 4-1 by goals from Dries Mertens, Tim Matavž (twice), and Kevin Strootman. In the first leg of round of 16 in March, Valencia CF beat PSV 4-2 at Estadio Mestalla, Ola Toivonen scored on a penalty and Georginio Wijnaldum scored a late goal.


The Philips Stadion is the PSV home base. Since the founding of the club, PSV's home base is still at the same place where the PSV sports grounds were established in 1913. It was first inaugurated by the five year old boy named Frits Philips, in January 1911 when the Philips Elftal played their first game. PSV was not founded yet. The neighborhood where the stadium is located is the Philipsdorp ('Philips village'), close to the centre of Eindhoven. The current capacity has been achieved by various modernisation programmes.

The stadium can accommodate 35,000 people on match days. Plans to further expand the ground to 45,000 seats are being examined, this would have been a mandatory task if the World Cup of 2018 or 2022 would have been hosted by the Netherlands and Belgium. The average attendance for the season 2007–08 was 33,600.
All seats are covered and heated.
In the summer of 2005, the board of the club decided to remove the tall fences around the pitch, replacing them with 90 cm high 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 Philips Stadion.

The stadium has been host to many European Cup matches, and was one of the Dutch venues for the 2000 UEFA European Football Championship competition jointly organised by the Netherlands and Belgium.

In 2006, the UEFA Cup Final between Sevilla FC and Middlesbrough F.C. was held in this stadium.

The stadium also features a Michelin Guide-starred restaurant (Avant Garde) situated high above the pitch and available for meals wrapped around matches. No other stadium in the Netherlands holds a Michelin starred restaurant.



- Eredivisie: 21
- - 1928–29, 1934–35, 1950–51, 1962–63, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05 Eredivisie, Eredivisie 2005–06, Eredivisie 2006–07, Eredivisie 2007-08
- KNVB Cup: 8
- - 1949–50, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1995–96, 2004–05
- Johan Cruijff-schaal: 8
- - 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2008–09


- European Cup: 1
- - 1988 European Cup Final
- UEFA Cup: 1
- - 1978 UEFA Cup Final


- Phillips Tournament: 3
- - 1982, 1984, 1985
- President's Cup (Korea): 1
- - 1983 President's Cup Football Tournament
- Torneo Internacional de Fútbol de Maspalomas: 3
- - 1984, 1985, 2000
- Villa de Madrid trophy: 1
- - 1984
- Peace Cup: 1
- - 2003 Peace Cup
- Russian Railways Cup: 1
- - 2007

Domestic results

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


Companies that PSV Eindhoven currently has sponsorship deals with include
- Philips – Main Sponsor
- Nike, Inc. – Official Partner
- Mercedes-Benz – Official Partner
- Bavaria Brewery (Netherlands) – Official Partner
- Rabobank – Official Partner
- VDL Groep – Official Partner
- De Lage Landen – Official Partner
- Menzis – Official Partner
- Banning – Official Partner
- Brain Wash – Official Partner
- Ernst & Young – Official Sponsor
- VolkerWessels – Official Sponsor
- The Coca-Cola Company – Official Supplier
- Athlon Car Lease – Official Supplier
- Maison van den Boer – Official Supplier
- Freo – Shirt Sponsor

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Notable former players

Main Article: List of PSV Eindhoven players

Technical staff

Former Managers


Current hierarchy of captains

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