Wellington Phoenix FC
Wellington Phoenix Football Club is a New Zealand professional football club based in Wellington. It competes under licence from Football Federation Australia. Phoenix entered the competition in the 2007–08 season after its formation in March 2007, by New Zealand Football to replace New Zealand Knights as a New Zealand-based club in the Australian A-League competition; the club is one of the few clubs in the world to compete in a league of a different confederation from that of the country where it is based. Ernie Merrick was the head coach following the resignation of founding coach Ricki Herbert late in the 2012–13 season, until his own resignation on 5 December 2016. Andrew Durante has been the club captain since the 2008–09 season succeeding from the inaugural captain, Ross Aloisi; the club's highest achievement is reaching the A-League Preliminary Final in 2010. The club plays matches at a 34,500-seat multi-purpose venue in Wellington, their home kit consists of yellow stripes. During the stages of the 2006–07 A-League season, Football Federation Australia removed New Zealand Knights A-League licence due to the club's financial and administrative problems and poor on-field performance.
After the resignation of the New Zealand Knights board, FFA transferred the licence to New Zealand Soccer, which administered the club for the rest of the season before its subsequent dissolution. FFA provided NZS a provisional A-League licence to sub-let to a suitable New Zealand team to enter the 2007–08 A-League season. FFA set an application deadline to NZS and subsequently delayed that deadline to give more time for potential applicants in New Zealand to apply along with NZS support. While NZS was given a chance to apply with a new sub-licensee, a Townsville-based consortium, Tropical Football Australia expressed interest and prepared an A-League application to replace the place held by the Knights. However, TFA pulled out with the understanding of the FFA's preference to retain a New Zealand team for the league. TFA resubmitted its bid in the following year as a potential A-League expansion franchise under the name of "Northern Thunder FC", changed to "North Queensland Thunder", however this bid died after expansion for the 2007–08 season was cancelled.
After much delay, the final amount needed for the application came from Wellington property businessman Terry Serepisos in the latter stages of the bid. Serepisos, the club's majority owner and chairman, provided NZD $1,250,000 to ensure the beginnings of a new New Zealand franchise and a continuation of New Zealand's participation in the A-League. FFA finalised a three-year A-League licence to New Zealand Football who sub-let the licence to the Wellington-based club; the new Wellington club was confirmed on 19 March 2007. The name for the new club was picked from a shortlist of six, pruned from 250 names suggested by the public, was announced on 28 March 2007. Serepisos said of the name, that "It symbolises the fresh start, the rising from the ashes, the incredible Wellington support that has come out". Despite the backing of FIFA, AFC president Mohammed Bin Hammam stated that due to AFC criteria the Wellington team must move to Australia or disband by 2011. However, in an interview aired on SBS on 21 December 2008 FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated unequivocally that "It is not the matter of the Confederation, it is the matter of the FIFA Executive Committee...
If Wellington will go on play on in Australian League as long as Australian league wants to have them and Wellington wants to stay Both association in this case, New Zealand Soccer and Australian Football are happy with that we will give them the blessing. The Confederation can not interfere with that.". In the 2009–10 season Wellington Phoenix became the first New Zealand side to reach the playoffs of an Australian Football competition when Adelaide United beat Brisbane Roar 2–0 in the 26th round, it meant that Brisbane, which before the match was the only team, outside of the top 6 that had a chance of making the playoffs, no longer could. The Phoenix overcame the Central Coast Mariners on Friday the 12 February 2010 to finish fourth place which meant it would host a historic playoff game against Perth Glory on 21 February 2010; the Phoenix beat Perth by penalty shootout. Phoenix hosted a home game against Newcastle Jets on 7 March after the Jets won its away game against Gold Coast United by way of penalty shootout.
The Phoenix won in extra time 3 -- 1. In the Preliminary Final against Sydney FC, the Phoenix lost 4–2 in controversial circumstances. After being locked at 1–1 through goals from Chris Payne for Sydney and Andrew Durante for Wellington, Payne missed a header and deflected the ball into the goal off his hand. Andrew Durante, marking Payne went straight over to the linesman, but the goal stood. "I went straight to the linesman. I knew 100 per cent. I spoke to the ref at halftime about it and he said it wasn't deliberate. It's pretty funny that one; such a big game and such a big occasion, for something like that to change the game is disappointing." Sydney FC strikers Alex Brosque and Mark Bridge both scored break-away goals as Phoenix pushed forward. Eugene Dadi added a late consolation goal. Phoenix striker Chris Greenacre said. "It just rips the heart out of you. We got back in the game with a good goal and that takes it away from you, it wasn't to be. I think, they played some good football but I thought we had withstood it OK.
If we went into hal
Indian Super League
The Indian Super League is the men's top divisional football league in India. It is the one among the two co-existing top tier football leagues in India along with I-League. For sponsorship reasons, the competition is known as the Hero Indian Super League; the competition is contested by 10 teams and will run in a span of 7 months from September to March and it is organized by All India Football Federation. Founded on 21 October 2013 in partnership with IMG, Reliance Industries, Star Sports, the Indian Super League was launched with the goal of growing the sport of football in India and increase its exposure in the country; the competition's first season took place in 2014 with eight teams. During the first three seasons of the Indian Super League, the competition operated without official recognition from the Asian Football Confederation, the governing body for the sport in Asia; the competition operated along the same lines of the Indian Premier League, the country's premier Twenty20 cricket competition, with the league campaign lasting for 2–3 months and matches held daily.
However, before the 2017–18 season, the competition earned recognition from the AFC, expanded to ten teams, extended its schedule to five months. Unlike most football leagues around the world, the Indian Super League does not use promotion and relegation, instead choosing to grow the league through expansion, similar to Major League Soccer in United States. During the league's first four seasons, two teams have been crowned champions, both winning twice each. ATK won the first title in 2014 before winning their second title in 2016. Chennaiyin are the other club to be crowned as champions, having done so in both 2015 and 2018. Football in India has existed in many forms since the game first arrived in the country during the 19th century with the first nationwide club competition, the Durand Cup, being founded in 1888. Despite India's early history in the game, the country's first nationwide football league did not begin until the semi-professional National Football League commenced in 1996. Prior to the creation of the National Football League, most clubs played in state leagues or select nationwide tournaments.
Ten years after the formation of the National Football League, the All India Football Federation, the governing body for the sport in India, decided to reformat the league as the I-League in an effort to professionalise the game. However, during the following seasons, the league would suffer from a lack of popularity due to poor marketing. In September 2005, the AIFF signed a 10-year television and media contract with Zee Sports; the deal would see Zee broadcast the National Football League and I-League, as well as other tournaments organized by the AIFF and select India international matches. However, in October 2010, the deal between the AIFF and Zee Sports was terminated five years early after differences between both parties related to payment and how to grow the game in India. A couple months on 9 December 2010, it was announced that the AIFF had signed a new 15-year, 700–crore deal with Reliance Industries and the International Management Group; the Indian Super League was launched on 21 October 2013 by IMG–Reliance, Star Sports, the All India Football Federation.
The competition was announced to take place from January 2014 to March 2014. A few days however, on 29 October 2013, it was announced that the ISL would be postponed to September 2014. At first, it was announced that bidding for the eight Indian Super League teams would be complete before the end of 2013 and that there was high interest from big corporations, Indian Premier League teams, Bollywood stars, other consortiums. However, due to the rescheduling of the league, the bidding was moved to 3 March 2014, it was revealed around this time that not only would bidders need to comply with a financial requirement but they would need to promote'grassroots' development plans for football within their area. In early April 2014, the winning bidders were announced; the selected cities/state were Bangalore, Goa, Kochi, Kolkata and Pune. Former India cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, along with PVP Ventures, won the bidding for the Kochi franchise. Another former Indian cricket player, Sourav Ganguly, along with a group of Indian businessmen and La Liga side Atlético Madrid, won the bid for the Kolkata franchise.
Meanwhile, Bollywood stars John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan won the bid for the Guwahati and Pune franchises respectively. Bangalore and Delhi were won by companies while Goa was won by a partnership between Videocon, Dattaraj Salgaocar, I-League side, Dempo; the first team to be launched was the Kolkata franchise as Atlético de Kolkata on 7 May 2014. On 7 July 2014, the team announced the first head coach in Antonio López Habas; the next day, Kolkata announced the first official marquee signing in the Indian Super League, UEFA Champions League winner Luis García. All eight teams were revealed as Atlético de Kolkata, Bangalore Titans, Delhi Dynamos, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City, NorthEast United and Pune City. However, on 21 August 2014, it was announced that due to Bangalore's owners dropping out, Chennai would be given a franchise instead; the team was named Chennaiyin FC. At the same time, the original marquee players were Luis García, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pirès, David James, Freddie Ljungberg, Joan Capdevila, David Trezeguet.
The inaugural season began on 12 October 2014 at the Salt Lake Stadium when Atlético de Kolkata defeated Mumbai City, 3–0. The first goal was scored by Fikru Teferra; the inaugural final was held on 20 December 2014 with Atlético de Kolkata becoming champions after defeating Kerala Blasters 1–0 at the DY Pati
ATK (football club)
ATK is an Indian professional football club based in Kolkata, West Bengal, that plays in Indian Super League under licence from the All India Football Federation. It was established on 7 May 2014 as the first team in the Indian Super League, plays its home games at the Salt Lake Stadium; the team is owned by Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd. which consists of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, alongside businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka and Utsav Parekh. For first three seasons Spanish La Liga club Atlético Madrid were a co-owner Goenka bought the shares owned by Atlético Madrid. After the end of their partnership with Spanish giant, Atletico de Kolkata has been rechristened to ATK in July 2017; the team's name and colours are derived from their former Spanish partner. Under coach Antonio López Habas, Atlético won the first match of the Indian Super League, they won the inaugural season. Two years under José Francisco Molina, the team won on penalties against the same opponent in the final.
ATK holds the most ISL trophies along with Chennaiyin FC. In March 2014, it was announced that the All India Football Federation, the national federation for football in India, IMG-Reliance would be accepting bids for ownership of eight of nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. On 13 April 2014, it was announced that Sourav Ganguly, Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh, Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid had won the bid for the Kolkata franchise, it turned out to be the most expensive franchise, being purchased for 180 million. On 7 May 2014, the team was launched as Atlético de Kolkata; the club signed their first player on 4 July 2014 with the acquisition of former Real Madrid midfielder Borja Fernández. The team went on to sign two more Spaniards: their first head coach, Antonio López Habas, marquee player, former UEFA Champions League winner Luis García, on 8 July 2014.
Luis García was named the first marquee player of the season. The first Indian signing by the club took place in round one of the 2014 ISL Inaugural Domestic Draft in which Atlético de Kolkata selected Cavin Lobo, midfielder for the city's I-League team East Bengal FC, with their pick, they were the biggest spenders in the draft with an expenditure of 39.1 million, their biggest signing being Sanju Pradhan for 7 million. In the International Draft, four of Atlético de Kolkata's allotted seven picks were Spaniards, including defender Josemi, a UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005. On 6 September, the team bolstered their midfield with the acquisition of Mamunul Islam, captain of the Bangladesh national team, who stated that the move would help relations between East Bengal and West Bengal; the club played their first match on 12 October 2014 at home against Mumbai City FC in the opening Indian Super League match. Fikru Teferra scored the first goal in team and league history in the 27th minute as Atlético de Kolkata went on to win 3–0.
By finishing third in the league, the club qualified for the end-of-season play-offs, where they advanced via a penalty shootout past FC Goa in the semi-finals after a goalless draw. At the final against the Kerala Blasters at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, Atlético won 1–0 with an added-time goal by Mohammed Rafique. At the end of season awards, García was named the Most Exciting Player. On 5 June 2015, the team acquired Canadian international forward Iain Hume, whose five goals had helped Kerala to the final of the previous season. In the second season's domestic draft, Atlético de Kolkata had the first pick, choosing Pune F. C. goalkeeper Amrinder Singh for a fee of 450,000. On 29 July, with García released due to his injury record, the team brought in Portugal international forward Hélder Postiga as their new marquee player. García's role as captain was taken on by his compatriot Borja. Postiga scored twice in Atlético's first game of the season, a 3–2 win at Chennaiyin FC, but was substituted in the match due to injury, missed the rest of the campaign.
Pelé, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, watched the 2–1 win over Kerala at the Salt Lake Stadium on 13 October, Atlético's first home game of the season. Hume scored two hat-tricks in November, in 4–1 wins against Mumbai City, FC Pune City; the latter result made the team the first to qualify for the play-offs, where they lost 4–2 on aggregate to Chennaiyin. In March 2016, it was reported that López Habas would leave the club due to concerns over his ₹23.5 million annual salary. On 25 April, he left for Pune. On 3 May, he was replaced by former Villarreal manager José Francisco Molina. Postiga returned to be the marquee again, but suffered another long-term injury early into the second game of the season; the club's ownership admitted that they had wanted a different marquee due to his record, but had been unable to sign one. Atlético de Kolkata finished in fourth place, taking the final position in the finals, were drawn against first-place Mumbai in the semi-finals, they hosted a 3–2 win in the first leg, with all goals in the first half, including two by Hume, advanced with a goalless draw in the second leg.
In the final, away to Kerala on 18 December, Kolkata fell behind to a goal by their former player Mohammed Rafi, equalised before half-time with a header by defender Henrique Sereno. The game went to penalties, with Hume having Atlético's first
Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
The men's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was held from 4 to 20 August 2016. It was the 26th edition of the men's Olympic football tournament. Together with the women's competition, the 2016 Summer Olympics football tournament was held in six cities in Brazil, including Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro, which hosted the final at the Maracanã Stadium. Teams participating in the men's competition were restricted to under-23 players with a maximum of three overage players allowed. In March 2016, it was agreed that the competition would be part of IFAB's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time. Brazil captured their first gold medal after defeating Germany on penalties. Nigeria won the bronze medal by beating Honduras 3–2; the match schedule of the men's tournament was unveiled on 10 November 2015. In addition to host nation Brazil, 15 men's national teams qualified from six separate continental confederations. FIFA ratified the distribution of spots at the Executive Committee meeting in March 2014.
On 2 May 2016, FIFA released the list of match referees. The tournament was held in seven venues across six cities: Mineirão, Belo Horizonte Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília Arena da Amazônia, Manaus Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador Arena Corinthians, São Paulo The men's tournament was an under-23 international tournament, with a maximum of three overage players allowed; each team had to submit a squad of 18 players. Each team might have a list of four alternate players, who might replace any player in the squad in case of injury during the tournament; the draw for the tournament was held on 14 April 2016, 10:30 BRT, at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. The 16 teams in the men's tournament were drawn into four groups of four teams; the teams were seeded into four pots based on their performances in the five previous Olympics, plus bonus points awarded to the six confederation qualifying champions. The hosts Brazil were automatically assigned into position A1.
No groups can contain more than one team from the same confederation. The top two teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals; the rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows: points obtained in all group matches. In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. On 18 March 2016, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time. 6 goals 4 goals 3 goals 2 goals 1 goal Own goals Hiroki Fujiharu As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament Football – Men, Rio2016.com Men's Olympic Football Tournament, Rio 2016, FIFA.com FIFA Technical Report
2013 FIFA Club World Cup
The 2013 FIFA Club World Cup was the 10th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country. It was hosted by Morocco, played from 11 to 21 December 2013. Bayern Munich won the title for the first time after defeating Raja Casablanca 2–0 in the final. There were four countries bidding to host the 2013 and 2014 tournaments: Iran Morocco South Africa United Arab Emirates In October 2011, FIFA said that Iran, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates all withdrew their bids, leaving Morocco as the only bidder. FIFA announced Morocco as host on 17 December 2011; the venues for the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup were in Agadir. The official emblem of the tournament was unveiled in Casablanca on 2 September 2013. Pre-sale tickets were available from 14 to 27 October 2013, while the open sales phase began on 28 October 2013. A tour of the FIFA Club World Cup Trophy took place from October to December 2013, starting from Yokohama, the site of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final, before visiting the cities of each participating team, ending at Casablanca before the start of the tournament.
The appointed match officials were: For the second year in a row, goal-line technology was used for the tournament. GoalControl GmbH was chosen as the official goal-line technology provider. Following successful trials at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, FIFA approved the vanishing spray to be used by the tournament referees to mark the ten-yard line for the defending team during a free kick; each team named a 23-man squad by the FIFA deadline of 29 November 2013. Injury replacements were allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match. A total of 31 nationalities were represented in the squads of the seven teams; the draw was held on 9 October 2013 at 19:00 WEST, at the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh, to decide the "positions" in the bracket for the three teams which entered the quarter-finals. If a match was tied after normal playing time: For elimination matches, extra time was played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out was held to determine the winner.
For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time was played, a penalty shoot-out was held to determine the winner. All times are local, WET. Note: As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013, FIFA.com Official Site FIFA Technical Report
Labasa is a town in Fiji with a population of 27,949 at the most recent census held in 2007. Labasa is located in Macuata Province, in the north-eastern part of the island of Vanua Levu, is the largest town on the island; the town itself is located on a delta formed by three rivers – the Wailevu, the Labasa, the Qawa. The latter two are connected by an 8-kilometre canal; the main street of Labasa prides itself for having the first set of traffic lights in the entire island. The surrounding areas of Labasa are farming areas, which contribute to much of the industry in the town; the largest crop grown is sugar cane. The large Fiji Sugar Corporation sugar mill in Labasa town is the only such mill on the island. Due to political changes and loss of overseas markets, sugar cane farming and production has been decreasing; this has been reflected in the increasing migration of people to the main island of Viti Levu, in search of employment opportunities. Labasa Hospital is the referral center for all health centers and hospital on the island of Vanua Levu, has been expanded.
Labasa is an agricultural town, off the tourist track. Labasa now has a couple of good hotels to stay in. There is at least one good movie theatre and several good restaurants in the main street providing a range of local and Chinese flavours. There is a large market towards the end of the town where one can buy and sample a range of foods, fish, poultry and other local products. A large taxi stand and a bus stop is by the market, it has some popular tourist spots while the people of Labasa are quite well known for their hospitality. The Labasa soccer team is known as the "Babasiga Lions". Incorporated as a town in 1939, Labasa is governed by a 12-member town council, whose members elect a Mayor from among themselves. Councillors serve three-year terms. Labasa's current Mayor, elected on 28 October 2005 following the municipal election to the town council one week earlier, is Dr Pradeep Singh of the Fiji Labour Party. Leslie Williams was chosen as his deputy, but was replaced by Shivlal Nagindas on 30 October 2006.
In 2009, the Military-backed interim government dismissed all municipal governments throughout Fiji and appointed special administrators to run the urban areas. As of 2015, elected municipal government has not been restored; the special administrator of Labasa, along with nearby Savusavu, is Vijay Chand. Shiromaniam Madhavan Roy Krishna Isaiah Thalari
The Philips Sport Vereniging, abbreviated as PSV and internationally known as PSV Eindhoven is a sports club from Eindhoven, that plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football. It is best known for its professional football department, which plays in the Eredivisie since its inception in 1956. Along with Ajax and Feyenoord, PSV is one of the country's "big three" clubs that have dominated the Eredivisie; 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 24 times, the KNVB Cup nine times and the Johan Cruyff Shield ten times. PSV is 39th on the UEFA club coefficients ranking. Throughout the years, PSV established itself as a stepping stone for future world class players like Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romário, Phillip Cocu, Jaap Stam, Jisung Park, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben.
Since its foundation, it has upheld its club colours. Its elaborate connection with Philips can be witnessed in its sponsoring, shared technology and board member ties. Fans have named themselves'boeren', taking pride in Eindhoven's status of being a provincial city and their Brabantian heritage. To serve the need for activities with Philips employees, the company founded its own football team in 1910: the Philips Elftal, its ground was the Philips Sportpark, located on the same location as the present day stadium. Financial turmoil and worker strikes led to a quick demise of the team and in 1913, its successor emerged, Philips Sport Vereniging, founded on 31 August, it was the day that Philips organized celebrations and sports competitions in light of the centennial defeat of the French in the Napoleonic Wars. It was not until 1916, that the football department switched its name from Philips Elftal to PSV; because of World War I, the first possibility to enter a league was in the 1915–16 season.
The club's first match was a 3–2 defeat against Willem II Reserves on 19 September 1915. The team did achieve promotion that season to a newly created Third Division of the Brabantian FA. Under the guidance of coach Wout Buitenweg, PSV were promoted in 1918 and 1921 as well reaching the Eerste Klasse; the team was relegated in 1925, but its stint in the Second Division only lasted one year when PSV were promoted again. Since 1926, PSV has always played in the highest possible domestic league; that year, defender Sjef van Run was brought in and a year Jan van den Broek joined PSV, two players that would shape the squad in the coming years. Behind the scenes, Frans Otten became chairman of the entire PSV sports union, he was responsible for bringing the club to a new level with new accommodations and stadium expansions. After winning the district league in 1929, PSV entered the championship play-offs. In that competition, it won. A 5–1 win against Velocitas from the city of Groningen meant that PSV was crowned league champions for the first time.
In the following three years, PSV won the district league every year, but it could not win the play-offs until 1935. In that year, the team secured the second championship in a 2–1 victory against DWS. Due to World War II, attendances decreased and in 1940, PSV player Johan Brusselers died in combat. After the war, PSV signed two new strikers: Piet Fransen in 1948 and Coen Dillen in 1949. In 1950, PSV got its first post-war success when the team defeated HFC Haarlem in the KNVB Cup final. A year PSV won the district title after EVV failed to win their final match. Though coach Sam Wadsworth resigned during the championship play-offs, the title was won after a 2–1 win over Willem II; the 1950–51 season was Dillen's breakthrough, scoring 21 times and earning the nickname "The Canon". Besides Dillen and Fransen, a memorable player of the early 1950s success was goalkeeper Lieuwe Steiger, who ended up playing 383 matches for PSV. In 1955, PSV became the first Dutch club to enter the European Champion Clubs' Cup.
The two matches against Rapid Wien ended in 1–6 and 1–0. Other success in the 1950s remained absent but in the 1956–57 season, Dillen scored 43 times, a Dutch record that still stands today; the approaching 1960s marked a shift in player's heritage: the team went from Brabantian men to players nationwide. Representative for this policy were defender Roel Wiersma, who arrived in 1954 and captained the team for a decade, Piet van der Kuil, who came from Ajax for the equivalent of €59,000. Dillen left the club in 1961 after being club top scorer every year from 1953 to 1961. In 1962, Otten decided to quit as chairman of the sports union. By board member Ben van Gelder had started to mold the club in his way. Throughout the next two decades, he became responsible for turning PSV into a full-fledged professional organization. In the 1962–63 season, marking PSV's 50-year anniversary, the club appointed Bram Appel as the new coach; the first results were disastrous, with a mere six points earned from the first six fixtures.
A sudden revival led to a first place at the winter break and a 5–2 victory over Ajax in June meant that PSV could celebrate its fourth league title, with Pierre Kerkhofs leading the goal scorer charts with 22 goals. The following year, PSV ended second in the league but more reached the Europa Cup I quarter-finals for the first time, where it was el