After winning the European Cup in 1988, PSV managed to bring one of the worlds most talented players to the Philips Stadium; Romario de Souza Faria. During the early nineties he was undoubtedly the star player in Holland -98 goals in 109 games- and it was inevitable a bigger club would pinch him.
Romario would go on to reach the pinnacle of the game, winning a World cup and being crowned World player of the year.
After his departure to Barcelona in 1993 his position at PSV was taken by yet another great emerging Brazilian talent; Ronaldo.
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.