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PSV Eindhoven is a Dutch football club based in Eindhoven. The club was founded in 1913 as Philips Sport Vereniging.
This article is about the European matches op PSV. In Europe, PSV won the 1977-1978 UEFA Cup and the 1987-1988 European Cup. Most recent European success was the semi-final in the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League which PSV lost against AC Milan on a away goal.
Although not the oldest football club in the Netherlands, PSV has always been a successful club in club competition. Not only did they managed to win the Dutch title 21 times, but also they made fame in Europe. In 1955, PSV was the first Dutch club to participate in the European Cup, the first season in which the UEFA introduced a new club competition. However, this first season was very unsuccessful for PSV, in which they lost the first leg against Rapid Wien by 6-1. Only Peter Fransen did manage to score the first European goal voor the club. The same player scored in the return. PSV won 1-0 against the club from Vienna but it was far not enough to progress to the second round.
In the season 1963-64 PSV participated in the European Cup for the second time in which they made it to the quarter-finals. They eventually lost against FC Zürich. The biggest success gained PSV in the 1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup. PSV made it to the semi-finals, but Real Madrid proved to be to strong. Revenge against the Spanish winners would come in 1972 and in 1988, the most successful year for the club from Eindhoven.
PSV participated in the UEFA Cup for the first time in 1971 against the East-German club Hallescher. Again, it was also the first edition of a new European Cup, just like 16 years before. After a draw on homesoil, the East-Germans withdrew from the competition after the first leg. The following match against Real Madrid was a repeat of the semi-finals of the 1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup. PSV lost the first leg by 1-3, but in the Netherlands, the return was played in Den Bosch, PSV won 2-0 and managed to book a place in the third round by winning on away goals. In the quarter finals Belgian club Lierse SK proved to be to strong.
The first golden era, also mentioned as the silver era, proved to be the seventies. In the 1977–78 UEFA Cup, PSV won the trophy, the first European trophy for the club. In their first final the played against French opponents SEC Bastia. In a return on home soil, after a 0-0 draw in the first leg, PSV scored 3-0. The legendary squad with Jan van Beveren, Willy van der Kuijlen, and the brothers René and Willy van de Kerkhof is still remembered by PSV-fans.
Ten years after the succes of winning the UEFA Cup, PSV gained another memorable performance. In the Eredivisie PSV proved to be unbeaten, but in Europe, fans were hoping for succes. In the 1987-88 European Cup manager Guus Hiddink created a team that beat Galatasaray, Rapid Wien and Girondins de Bordeaux on away goals. In the semi-final, PSV ended up again against Real Madrid. The first leg in Madrid ended in 1-1 by a goal from Edward Linskens. In the dazzling return, PSV held the Spanish side on a 0-0 draw and went to the final.
The final played in the Neckarstadion, Stuttgart against Portugese side Benfica ended up in penalties, after both sides failed to score. Fortunately, PSV-goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen was one of the most talented keepers of the Netherlands and he stopped the crucial penalty of Portugese defender António Veloso. It was one of the most important safes of Van Breukelen als the club won the European Cup for the first (and only) time. The squad is still loved by fans and most important players were captain Eric Gerets, Ronald Koeman, Wim Kieft, Gerald Vanenburg, Jan Heintze and Søren Lerby.
In 1992 the name of the European Cup was changed into the UEFA Champions League. In the 1992–93 UEFA Champions League PSV was again the first Dutch club who played in the tournament. They reached the Group stage, although this proved to be very unsuccessful with just one point out of six matches.
From the 1997-98 until the 2008-09 season PSV was a one of the few clubs who participated in every Group Stage-edition. Although the results were diverse, PSV reached the second round for the first time in the 2004-05. Before that, the club was unable to qualify for the knock-outphase, but ended up in third or fourth place.
The 2004-05 proved to be the most successful Champions League season to date. PSV with captain Mark van Bommel, Philip Cocu, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Wilfred Bouma, Swiss midfielder Johann Vogel, Brazilians Heurelho Gomes and Alex, Jefferson Farfán and Koreans Ji-Sung Park and Young-Pyo Lee progressed to the semi-finals after winning from Olympique Lyon after penalties. In the first leg against AC Milan the Italians were deadly efficient by scoring 2-0. In the return in Eindhoven, PSV played one of their best matches ever scoring 2-0, before Massimo Ambrosini scored a fatal away goal. A late goal by Cocu was not enough for one of the best teams of PSV in history.
Last Update: 18 March 2011