Full name: Philips Sport Vereniging NV
Nickname(s): Boeren (Farmers) Rood-witten (Red-whites) Red White Army
Founded: August 31, 1913
Ground: Philips Stadion Eindhoven / (Capacity: 35,000)
Chairman: Jan Reker
Manager: Huub Stevens
As its name indicates, the club started out as a works team for employees of electronics conglomerate Philips on August 31 (then Koninginnedag), 1913 to celebrate the centennial defeat of the French in the Napoleonic wars. PSV's home stadium, the Philips Stadion, 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, Romário, Ronaldo, Luc Nilis, Jaap Stam, and Ruud van Nistelrooy plied their trade and talents. Their success was built on the foundations laid down by other famous players like Willy van der Kuijlen, Jan van Beveren, Jan Poortvliet, the Van de Kerkhof brothers who also played for the Dutch national team in the 1970s when the club won the UEFA Cup in 1978, defeating Bastia 3-0 in the final.
Despite being able to scout South America and most of Europe for budding talents, many of them have indirectly made PSV as a springboard for professional development such as Ronaldo and Eidur Gudjohnsen who spent two seasons at the club as well as Mateja Kežman and Arjen Robben, and most recently, Park Ji-Sung and Lee Young-Pyo.
Famous coaches such as Guus Hiddink (who between stints at PSV coached the Dutch national team to a fourth-place finish in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and South Korea 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 was ended in 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 European Cup for the first and so far only time in their history, beating Benfica on penalties after a goalless 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 Bordeaux and Real Madrid on away goals, with all four matches ending in draws. Following the European Cup win, PSV faced off with Libertadores winners, Club Nacional de Football of Montevideo. After a 2-2 draw, Nacional went on to defeat PSV Eindhoven in penalties to win their 3rd World Club title. Guus Hiddink still calls that game one of the hardest defeats of his career. Under Hiddink's supervision PSV won three Eredivisie titles, three KNVB Cups and the European Cup.
After Hiddink left, English coach Bobby Robson, who managed the England national 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 ten 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 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 European Cup 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 1997-1998 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 most goals in the competition. Even in the cup final, Ajax proved to be to strong for the Boeren. The UEFA Champions League campaign ended in the group round, finishing second behind Dynamo Kyiv, despite having played good matches against FC Barcelona and Newcastle United.
Eredivisie (Dutch League): 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, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
KNVB beker (Dutch Cup): 8
1949-50, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1995-96, 2004-05
KNVB Cup runner-up: 6
1938-39, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1997-98, 2000-01, 2005-06
Johan Cruijff schaal (Dutch Super Cup): 7
1991-92, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03
Johan Cruijff Shield runner-up: 5
1990-91, 2001-02, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07
UEFA Champions League: 1 / 1987-88
UEFA Cup: 1 / 1977-78
Peace Cup: 1 / 2003
Russian Railways Cup: 1 / 2007
Current squad: Black = VIP / Red = New Player
2 DF Jan Kromkamp
3 DF Carlos Salcido (vice-captain)
5 DF Mike Zonneveld
6 MF Timmy Simons (Captain)
7 MF Mika Väyrynen
8 MF Edison Méndez
9 FW Danko Lazović
10 FW Danny Koevermans
13 DF Alcides
15 MF Jason Čulina
16 MF Ismaïl Aissati
18 DF Eric Addo
19 FW Jonathan Reis
20 MF Ibrahim Afellay
21 GK Bas Roorda
22 MF Balázs Dzsudzsák
23 DF Fagner
24 DF Dirk Marcellis
26 MF Tommie van der Leegte
28 MF Otman Bakkal
29 FW Género Zeefuik
31 GK Cássio Ramos
38 DF Rens van Eijden
DF Francisco Javier Rodríguez
DF Jérémie Bréchet
MF Reimond Manco
FW Nordin Amrabat
MF Stijn Wuytens