The Philips Sports Association was officially founded on Aug. 31, 1913, as a sports association for and by employees of Philips. It is the festive end of a large Philips sports festival celebrating one hundred years of Dutch independence. Several sports can be played. Football is one of them.

Three years earlier, on December 12, 1910, the foundations are laid for what will grow into today's football club PSV. Employees of Philips founded the Philips Elftal. This team plays its first match on Frederiklaan in early 1911. It is exactly the location where the Philips Stadium now stands. Unique in the Netherlands. The five-year-old Frits Philips, who later becomes a club icon, kicks off the match against Hollandia from Woensel.

The team joins the Philips Sport Vereniging on Oct. 22, 1913, but retains its own name until Oct. 31, 1916. In the early years, PSV remains a club for employees of the N.V. Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken. It is not until 1928 that people from outside the company are allowed to play sports at PSV.

The absolute highlight in club history is the 1987-1988 season. Under the leadership of coach Guus Hiddink, PSV won the European Cup I, the national championship and the cup.

The Golden Year

PSV is considered a breeding ground for top international footballers. Dozens of talents have developed into absolute stars at PSV Academy and the Philips Stadium.

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