|2015-2016 League Title|
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club. The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.
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 23 times, the KNVB Cup nine times and the Johan Cruijff Schaal ten times.
|1988 European Cup|
GK: Jan Van Beveren
Considered one of the best keepers in the 1970's. In 1970, Van Beveren joined PSV Eindhoven, where he won three Eredivisie titles, two domestic cups and the UEFA Cup in 1978. He had 32 caps. His career with the national team was cut short because of a feud with Johan Cruyff. He missed the WC Finals in 1974 because of that.
GK: Hans Van Breukelen
He started his career with FC Utrecht and then, Nottingham Forest. He moved to PSV in 1984, where he became a star. For the nnational team, he was a fixture since 1980. However, he helped the Oranje to reach a major touranemt until in 1988, where they won the first ever trophy for the national team.
GK: Heurelho Gomes (Brazil)
He started Cruzeiro in Brazil. He made a name for himself at Dutch club PSV, and also spent six years at Tottenham Hotspur. He also played for 1899 Hoffenheim. Earned only 11 caps, largely to fierce competition with Dida and later Julio Cesar. He went to the WC in South Africa.
RB:: Eric Gerets (Belgium)
Eric Gerets is considered one of the greatest European rightbacks in history. His best club career was spent with Standard de Liège and PSV Eindhoven. He won the 1988 European Cup with PSV as their captain. He also played briefly for AC Milan and MVV Maastricht. Gerets was capped 86 times. He played a big role as the Red Devils finished second at the Euro 1980 and reached the semi-final of the WC 1986 Finals.
He played for The Netherlands in the 1934 FIFA World Cup. He also played for PSV Eindhoven, appearing in 359 league matches between 1926 and 1942.
CB: Jaap Stam (Holland)
He was at one point the most expensive Dutch player and the most expensive defender in the world when Manchester United bought him for 10.6 million pounds. He played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax. As well as club trophies, he won several personal awards, including being voted the best defender in the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League. Stam played 67 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring three goals. He was in their squads for three UEFA European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
CB: Alex (Brazil)
Alex was a star with Santos at home. Having been bought by the Premier League club Chelsea in 2004, he was loaned to Dutch team PSV and he won 3 Eredivisie titles with them. Alex finally joined the Chelsea squad in the summer of 2007. In his time at Chelsea, he won the FA Cup in 2009 and a league and FA Cup "double" in 2010, as well as reaching the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. He joined Paris Saint-Germain for £4.2 million in January 2012 and won Ligue 1 twice with the club, moving to Milan on the expiration of his contract in 2014. Alex earned 17 caps for Brazil between 2003 and 2008, winning the 2007 Copa América and finishing as runner-up at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
CB: Ernie Brandts (Holland)
His greatest club career was spent with PSV Eindhoven, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1978. He was the starting centre-back in the 1978 WC Finals, where Holland reached the Final.
CB: Ronald Koeman (Holland)
Koeman was the rock solid sweeper of Holland 1988. He was capped 78 times. He also won two European Cups, one each for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona. He scored the winning goal for Barcelona's victory in 1992. The Cup was Barcelona's first ever European Cup. In Holland, he played for the big three, namely Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.
LB: Jan Heintze (Denmark)
Heintze played with PSV Eindhoven, winning the European Cup in 1988. He also played for Bayer Uerdingen and Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. He played 86 matches for Denmark between 1987 and 2002, but missed the 1992 European Championship because of an injury. He was their captain for his last two years with the national team.
LB: Jan Poortvliet (Holland)
He was a long time member of PSV Eindhoven. He played for Oranje at the WC Finals in 1978 and Euro 1980.
DM: Mark van Bommel (Holland)
In Holland, his career was associated PSV, where he had two separated stints. However, his most famous part of his career was spent with Bayern Munich. He was their first ever non-German captain. He played 79 times for Holland and was a main player as Holland reached the Final of South Africa 2010.
|Mark Van Bommel|
CM: Phillip Cocu (Holland)
He started his professional career at AZ. In 1990, Cocu moved to Vitesse Arnhem. In 1995, he joined PSV Eindhoven, where he won the KNVB Cup and the Eredivisie title in 1997. Cocu played for FC Barcelona between 1998 and 2004. There, he would become club captain, win La Liga in 1999 and play two Champions League semi-finals. During Cocu’s second stint at PSV, he won another three Eredivisie titles and reached the Champions League semi-finals. After a year at Al Jazira, Cocu retired from professional football. With 101 caps, Cocu is fifth on the list of most Dutch international appearances. He also played at the 1998 and 2006 World Cup, as well as the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships. During his career, he mainly played as a defensive ‘playmaker’ midfielder, but became equally known for his ability to be fielded as a defender, wing back, winger or forward.
CM: Willy van de Kerkhof (Holland)
He was a member of the 1974 World Cup team, but it was the 1978 WC Finals, where he carried the team to the Final. His twin brother Rene was also a part of the team. He played for FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven.
CM: Rene van de kerkhof (Holland)
Willy's twin brother. His best year was in 1978 while playing for PSV. He was the runners-up at the World Cup, he also won the UEFA Cup, the Dutch championship and the KNVB Beker. He also played in Hong Kong. He is well remembered due to the incident before the 1978 World Cup final, when the opponent Argentinians objected to the cast he wore on his injured forearm since it could have injured an Argentinian player.
RW/LW/FW: Arjen Robben (Holland)
He was an important player for Bayern Munich's dominance in Europe as they reached three Champions' League Finals in 4 years, winning one. For Oranje, he helped Holland to reach the WC Final in 2010 and then the semi-final in 2014. He also played with Real Madrid.
He amassed Eredivisie totals of 372 games and 112 goals for Ajax and PSV combined, winning fifteen major titles between the two clubs, including the 1988 European Cup with the latter. Subsequently he played in Japan, France and Germany, in a 20-year professional career. Vanenburg earned more than 40 caps for the Netherlands, appearing at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988 and winning the latter tournament.
AM: Willy van der Kuijlen (Holland)
In 1964, he was signed by PSV. Van der Kuijlen ended up playing for the club 18 years, winning three Eredivisie titles, two domestic cups and the UEFA Cup in 1978. He was also crowned Eredivisie top scorer three times. After short periods with MVV Maastricht and Overpelt, he retired at age 37. Capped 22 times. His international career was limited due to his clashes with Johan Cruyff.
AM: Ruud Gullit (Holland)
He was the iconic captain of Holland 1988. In 1987, he moved from PSV Eindhoven to A.C. Milan for a world record transfer fee. He was an important player for AC Milan during the 1980's where they won two straight European Cups. He was the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. He spent one season with Sampdoria winning the Italian Cup in 1994.
ST: Luc Nilis (Belgium)
He played for K.F.C. Winterslag, R.S.C. Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven and Aston Villa. During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy, who signed for PSV in 1998. He joined Aston Villa, but his career there was limited to a serious injury. Capped 58 times for Belgium.
ST: Coen Dillen (Holland)
Dillen spent 12 years with PSV Eindhoven. He scored 43 goals in the 1956/1957, a goal record for a single season that still remains unbroken. He was 5 times for Holland.
ST: Wim Kielf (Holland)
Kiev played for Ajax in the late 1970's and then, moved to Italy in 1983. He played for Pisa and then, Torino. In 1987, he joined PSV and immediately won the European Cup in 1988. For the national team, he was a part of the Golden Generation that won Euro 1988 and participated at the WC in 1990 and Euro 1992. He mainly used a substitute role at both Euro 1988 and the WC in 1990.
ST: Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Holland)
He was a prolific goal scorer. He won the top scorer award in three different European domestic leagues. He started with PSV Eindhoven. He spent 5 seasons with Manchester United where he was voted as their best player twice. With Real Madrid, he finished second as the European Golden Boot. Van Nistelrooy earned 70 caps and scored 35 goals for the Netherlands.
|Ruud Van Nistelrooy|
Romario helped the Seleção to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup, receiving the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He missed the 1998 WC Finals because of an injury. One of very few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals. He was best remembered for his stint with Barcelona.
ST: Ronaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldo was widely considered among the greatest ever to have play the game. He led Brazil to two WC Finals matches, winning the one in 2002. He scored 8 goals in 2002. He was the winner of Ballon d'Or twice and the FIFA World Player of the Year three times. He is the second top-scorer in WC history. He played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and for both AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Mateja Kezman, Piet Fransen, Soren Lerby, Hallvar Thoresen, Ivan Nielsen, Arthur Numan, Wilfred Bouma, Erwin Koeman, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, André Ooijer, Ralf Edström, Björn Nordqvist, Ibrahim Afellay, Jefferson Farfan.
-- I am not familiar with Sjef van Run and Toon Brusselers.
-- Ronaldo has limited time with PSV, but he scored 42 goals in 46 games. I cannot ignore that stats.