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Thursday, 5 July 2012

PSV Eindhoven.



Philips Sport Vereniging (Philips Sports Union) - is a sports club from Eindhoven, Netherlands and is best known for its professional football department.
After Gerard and Anton Philips gave the foundation order, the club started out as a works team for employees of electronics conglomerate Philips in 1913.


PSV have garnered many honours in the football arena and have been credited as the club where many successful players such as Gullit, Romário, Koeman, Ronaldo, Cocu, and van Nistelrooy made their name. PSV, as with most Dutch clubs has difficulty competing with the salaries that are being paid elsewhere on the continent, but its remarkable heritage means it will always be a springboard for the professional development of talented footballers.

In 1988, coached by Guus Hiddink and with a team featuring Koeman, Gerets, Lerby and Kieft, PSV won the European Cup for the first and so far only time in their history, beating Benfica on penalties after the final ended
0–0 in Stuttgart.
Hans van Breukelen was the hero, stopping the crucial penalty, with Eindhoven converting all their spotkicks. Curiously, PSV took the trophy despite not winning any of its final five fixtures in the competition.
PSV is one of only three European Cup-winning clubs in the Netherlands, alongside rivals Ajax and Feyenoord.


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Holland 1978 - No.5 Krol.



One of the best defenders of his generation, Ruud Krol was a crucial component in the legendary Dutch 'total football' side of the 1970s. His versatility meant he could play in any position along the back four or midfield. Krol made his debut for the Netherlands in 1969 against England, and would go on to earn 83 caps.

Krol was also part of the majestic Ajax side that was managed by Rinus Michels and led on the field by Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Piet Keizer. Together they famously won three consecutive European Cups from 1970. He played for his hometown club for the majority of his career until 1980 when he moved to the NASL to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps for one season. He then joined Napoli where he played for the next four.


Krol was a key member of the great 1974 Dutch team that was probably the best side to not win the World Cup, and he captained the 1978 team that returned to the championship game only to lose to the host nation yet again.
He retired from international football in 1983, as Hollands most capped player of all time.


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Sao Paulo 1992 - No.10 Rai.


São Paulo is Brazil's most internationally lauded team and third in South America, after Boca Juniors and Independiente, with 11 international titles.
The 1990s saw the golden era of the club, when they had one of the best ever teams in Brazil and South America. Under the coaching of Telê Santana, they dominated home and abroad and won back to back Intercontinental trophies beating Johan Cruyffs Barcelona dream team in 1992, while the 3-2 win over Milan has gone down in the annals of the game as one of the most spectacular matches in history.

Rai spent the better part of his 15-year career with São Paulo and Paris Saint-Germain, winning 15 major titles with the two teams combined, and nearing the 100-goal mark. For Sao Paulo he blossomed into a prolific striker under Santana and it was he who scored both goals to beat Barcelona in Tokyo.

Raí played with Brazil for more than one decade, helping the country win the 1994 World Cup.
He is the younger brother of Brazilian footballer Sócrates.
In 2005 São Paulo became the first Brazilian club to have won three Copa Libertadores titles.
They competed in the Club World Championship in Japan in December of that year and a 1–0 scoreline against Liverpool was enough to give São Paulo its third Intercontinental title.


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Japan.


In 1991, the owners of the semi-professional Japan Soccer League agreed to disband the league and re-form as the professional J. League, partly to raise the sport's profile and to strengthen the national team program.
Japan is now one of the most successful teams in Asia having qualified for the last four consecutive World Cup finals with second round advancements in 2002 & 2010 and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times
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The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Soccer Nippon Daihyō.
Although the team does not have an official nickname as such, it is often known by the name of the manager. For example, under Takeshi Okada, the team was known as Okada Japan.
The three-legged crow, Yatagarasu, is a creature found in various mythologies and arts of Asia. It is believed to represent the sun and is the messenger of the gods.

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River Plate 1996 - No.10 Ortega.



The first to pull on the coveted number 10 shirt for Argentina after Maradona’s suspension for a failed drugs test in 1994, he was undoubtedly the heir apparent.
So similar to Maradona in his glorious dribbling skills, exquisite set pieces, and wonderful vision, he also inherited the bad parts of Diego’s genius, and due to his volatility, Ortega never remained at one club for an extended period of time.
Before he left for Europe in 1997 he was already a River legend, for moments like his goal and all-round match-winning performance in a 3-0 drubbing of eternal rivals Boca in La Bombanera in 1994.


'El Burrito' -The Little Donkey- had 3 spells with River and his winner against Chacarita in 2009 was perhaps his last magical moment for the Buenos Aires club. It's fitting that it was a lob, along with the chip, a discipline in which he was an absolute master.
Ortega never lived up to the 'new Maradona' tag, but his haul of 5 Argentina league championships, 1 Copa Libertadores medal and 88 caps and 17 goals for Argentina, show that he was still a great player in his own right.


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