Category Archives: EREDIVISIE


Go Ahead Eagles of Deventer have soared into the top flight for the first time in seventeen long years.

Eagles had defeated FC Volendam 3-0 at home on Thursday but lost the return in Volendam 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, winning 3-1 on aggregate. The last time Go Ahead played in the highest league was in the 1995/1996 season when they finished bottom.

Roda JC have avoided relegation by scoring a last-minute winning goal against Henk Ten Cate’s Sparta Rotterdam. After the first match ended goalless Mario Bilate earned Sparta an early lead in Kerkrade on Sunday. However, Mark-Jan Fledderus equalized via a free-kick in the 73rd minute and also became match winner in the 90th minute through another free-kick: 2-1.

If Roda would have been relegated the southern province of Limburg would have been without representation in the Eredivisie for the first time in history, with VVV, MVV and Fortuna Sittard already playing on the second level.



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FC Utrecht 1 ( Duplan 46)

FC Twente 2 (Tadic 34, Chadli 36)

FC Utrecht win 3-2 on aggregate

Utrecht keeper Robin Ruiter is mobbed by celebrating fans
Utrecht keeper Robin Ruiter is mobbed by celebrating fans

FC Utrecht survived a second-leg fightback to wrap up a 3-2 aggregate win over FC Twente and clinch a berth in UEFA Europa League competition next season

After defeating Twente 2-0 last week Utrecht were in pole position to take the European spot ahead of Sunday’s matrch.

But two wonder goals in two minutes gave Utrecht a fright as Twente looked to scrape through. Dusan Tadic on 34 minutes and Nacer Chadli (36) hit two long range beauties giving goalkeeper Robin Ruiter no chance of saving.

But Frenchman Edouard Duplan, also on target in midweek, hit the crucial goal a minute after the restart for Utrecht after hyet another howler from Twente goalie Sander Boschker. The goalkeepers mis-kicked clearance was failed to get under control from Felipe Gutierrez, Duplan robbed the Chilean and slotted home in the empty goal.

Utrecht’s prize is a place in the second qualifying round for next season’s UEFA Europa League.




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FC Twente 0

FC Utrecht 2 (Van der Gun 9, Duplan 59)

A clanger by Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker gifted Utrecht a tremendous chance of Europa League football next season. Jan Wouters’ side take the two-legged tie home with a two goal advantage with Twente due to travel to Utrecht for the return leg on Sunday in the season climax.

Cedrick van der Gun celebrates his opening goal

The home side’s coach Alfred Schreuder was without first choice goalkeeper Nikolai Mikhailov and right full-back Roberto Rosales, but playmaker Nacer Chadli returned to the side. Jacob Mulenga was absent with an injury for Utrecht but his replacement Edouard Duplan played a leading role in the game.

Utrecht defended well and left the home team frustrated throughout the match, the team from Enschede lacked creativity and as the first half progressed it was looking worse for Schreuder’s men. They did not start the game well and found themselves a goal down inside ten minutes.

In the first chance of the game, Cedrick van der Gun scoring on nine minutes with a header losing marker Edson Braafheid from a Tommy Oar corner.

On the hour mark, Utrecht’s lead was doubled. Frenchman Duplan pressurised Twente’s veteran goalkeeper Boschker into an costly error. The 42-year-old rushed out of the goal to meet the ball after a Rasmus Bengtsson long ball, but the keeper miskicked and grazed the ball as Duplan was pressing. Duplan was left with an open goal and it was an opportunity not to be missed.

In the final phase, Schreuder brought young attackers into play with substituates Tim Hölscher and Felitciano Zschusschen looking for a goal. However, it was defender Braafheid who had the best chance late on, but his shot went wide.

Nana Asare will be unavailable for Utrecht in Sunday’s return leg as he received his second yellow card, defender Jan Wuytens is also suspended.



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Go Ahead Eagles are flying towards the top flight as Roda and Sparta cancel each other out in tonight’s Eredivisie Relegation/Promotion playoffs.

Gretige Eagles lonken naar Eredivisie

Go Ahead Eagles 3 (Houtkoop 8, Antonia 70, Kolder 82)

FC Volendam o

Go Ahead Eagles have all but confirmed their next season in the Eredivisie with a emphatic 3-0 victory over fellow Jupiler League side FC Volendam this evening.

The hosts took the lead after eight minutes with a great individual display of the ruthless in-form Xander Houtkoop.

Go Ahead subsequently failed to build on the goal, with Volendam goalkeeper Sonny Stevens several times coming to his side’s rescue.

After the break, Volendam urged forward more often but the Eagles remained by far the most dangerous team. Again, Stevens kept his team in the match with some good saves until Jarchinio Antonia eventually breached the net. The game was finished off by Marnix Kolder with eight minutes remaning as Volendam were reduced to ten men with a second yellow card for Paul de Lange.

It is hard to see whether Erik ten Hag’s side can turn this around in Sunday’s return leg, on this performance it looks to be an impossible task.


Sparta Rotterdam 0

Roda JC 0

Ruud Brood’s Roda JC cling onto survival by taking a 0-0 draw back home for Sunday’s second leg against Henk ten Cate’s Sparta Rotterdam.

Roda nearly grabbed the opening goal with Hungarian hitman Krisztián Németh missing early opportunities. But the best chance of the game fell to the Mark-Jan Fledderus after half an hour of play, his free kick got the best out of Spaerta’s German goalkeeper Nico Pellatz.

In the second half, the anxious Sparta found it hard to attack and in particular striker Donovan Deekman spurning some great chances to clinch the game for his team.

Roda’s top scorer Sanharib Malki was quiet until in the final stages placing his shots wide.

A poor game, which before the kick-off most were chomping at the bit at the thought of these two sides looking to entertain.



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Henk ten Cate’s Sparta are through to the playoff finals

The promotion race is heating up with the final four teams set for finals of the playoffs on Thursday and Sunday in two-legged affairs. Go Ahead Eagles face FC Volendam and Sparta Rotterdam play Eredivisie relegation threatened Roda JC.

In Sunday’s action, the surprise of the round was in venlo as VVV‘s fate was sealed as they are are now relegated to the second tier as they slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against Go Ahead Eagles.

The Eagles only finished sixth in the Jupiler League but could yet claim an unexpected place in the Eredivisie. The goals scored by Jarchinio Antonia (14), Quincy Promes (81) and Marnix Kolder (89) seeing them to a huge 4-0 aggregate win.

Roda JC, who found themselves alongside VVV in the relegation play-off zone, have avoided relegation (so far) as they emphatically smashed De Graafschap 6-1 for a 7-2 aggregate win.

Jordan Garcia-Calvete fired De Graafschap ahead to give the team from the second tier the aggregate lead, but it was one-way traffic after that, with a brace by the consistent Sanharib Malki and on-loan striker Frank Demouge effort putting Roda 3-1 up at half-time. Malki completed his hat-trick two minutes after the restart, while Mitchell Donald’s two goals

Eerste Divisie runners-up FC Volendam won 4-1 over MVV on aggregate with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Top scorer Michiel Kramer (44), Ludcinio Marengo (80) and Robert Muhren (90) notching for Volendam as Mark Veldmate hit MVV’s consolation.

Jupiler League’s third place side Sparta Rotterdam are also through after drawing 1-1 with Helmond Sport for a 5-3 aggregate win. Toni Varela put Sparta ahead 55 minutes before Emrullah Guvenc levelled late on.

The finals of the playoffs begin on Thursday so join us then and over the weekend for full coverage here at Total Dutch Football.



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Edson Braafheid (centre) notched a goal at either end as Twente defeated Groningen

FC Twente 3 (Braafheid 12, Gutierrez 84, Chadli 90)

FC Groningen 2 (Braafheid 23OG, Krim 26)

FC Twente win 4-2 on agg

FC Twente advance to the finals of the Europa League playoffs after two late strikes made them surpass FC Groningen’s fight-back in a 4-2 aggregate victory on Sunday morning.

Edson Braafheid scored a goal at either end, but first scoring for his side with a low drive from the edge of the box to put his team in a comfortable 2-0 position after 12 minutes.

A horribly sliced attempted clearance by Braafheid equalised for the visitors and Slovenian Andreas Kirm took advantage of a terrible goalkeeping error. Twente’s Sander Boschker totally mistiming the rush-out and Kirm nipped in front of the ‘keeper and finishing coolly to put Groningen in the lead.

But goals in the last six minutes put the hosts through. A whipping cross by Swedish defender Rasmus Bengtsson was headed in by Chilean trickster Felipe Gutierrez. On 84 minutes, Gutierrez rose above his fellow Chilean Stefano Magnasco at the back post to head past the helpless Marco Bizot.

The win was cemented with an excellent finisher from the impressive Nacer Chadli. Unchallenged just inside the penalty area, the Belgian curled the ball into the corner to make it 4-2.


FC Utrecht 2 (Toornstra 9, 82)

Heerenveen 1 (Uth 89)

FC Utrecht win 3-1 on agg

FC Utrecht will meet Twente on Thursday evening in the first leg of the final after seeing off Marco van Basten’s Heerenveen 3-1 on aggregate on Sunday afternoon.

A stunning long-range free-kick from midfielder Jens Toornstra opened the scoring after only nine minutes, which meant Van Basten’s eleven had to chase the game.

And chase they did, especially Icelandic hotshot Alfreð Finnbogason going close on many occassions with Utrecht goalkeeper Robin Ruiter holding his goal well. The game was finished off for good with eight minutes to go with Toornstra grabbing his second goal.  A surging run down the right by Mark Van der Maarel was hit straight at goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfledt and Toornstra smashed home the rebound.

The Friesen side grabbed a consolation goal from Mark Uth, which initially looked like it has been chalked off after Joey van den Berg had dived in the box before Uth took his shot. The right decision was made by referee and the goal was given.



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NEWS: Fred Rutten leaves Vitesse

Fred Rutten will not be the coach of Vitesse next season. After discussions with club president Merab Jordania and technical director Ted van Leeuwen, the coach announced on Saturday afternoon that he will not agree to contract extension and has left the club.

Rutten leaves after only one season in charge of Vitesse

Rutten spent only one season in charge of the Arnhem club and led them to fourth place in the league and qualification for Europa League football.

Explaining the reasons behind the departure, Rutten told “There is no conflict between me and the owner. We exchange simple conversations, but it appears that our visions are far apart for the future of this club.”

“I’ve had a great year in which not only did we achieve the target of European football, but we also challenged for the title. For myself, it was an interesting experience, an experience I positively look back on, because you fully enjoy working with a serious group of players who were willing to work for you. I thank Vitesse for the opportunity and the fans for the support throughout my time here.”

In turn, Vitesse thanked the coach for the past year: “Together with his staff, Fred Rutten brought the club to a higher level with his methodical approach. We wish him every success in his future.”



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NEWS: De Vrij signs new deal at Feyenoord

Staying – Stefan de Vrij signs on until 2016 at Feyenoord

Feyenoord central defender Stefan De Vrij has joined team-mate Jordy Clasie and elected to extend his stay at the Rotterdam club.

Oranje international De Vrij had been linked with Premier League rivals Everton and Liverpool but the 21-year-old has elected to join Clasie in deciding to extend his stay at De Kuip.

The Rotterdam outfit announced on Thursday morning that battling midfielder Clasie had signed an extension to his current deal to keep him at the club until 2016. The club have quickly moved to tie up the future of another young mainstay by convincing De Vrij to extend his deal until 2015, his deal was due to expire at the end of next season.

Despite much speculation regarding his future, De Vrij insisted he is delighted to have agreed to an extension and is hoping to help deliver silverware to the club after they were pipped to Champions League football on goal difference by PSV Eindhoven.

Speaking to Voetbal International, De Vrij said: “I still see a lot of room to improve myself and the team. I am very pleased that I can continue to be part of Feyenoord. I hope that we will be fighting for silverware again next season.”

Technical director Martin van Geel was quick to hail De Vrij’s decision to stay in Rotterdam and believes both he and Clasie will be vital to the club’s fortunes next term.

“It’s fantastic that we have brought our talks with Stefan to a satisfactory conclusion along with the agreement with Jordy,” Van Geel told “These are two are key to our team, so we are very happy that they have extended their contracts with Feyenoord with an eye to next season.”



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Narrow 1-0 away wins for FC Twente and FC Utrecht give both teams a great platform to progress in this weekend’s second legs in the Europa League playoffs.

Twente players gather around Felipe Gutiérrez after his goal

FC Groningen 0

FC Twente 1 (Gutiérrez 22)

FC Twente took a big step towards the second round of the playoffs to qualify for European football, to salvage something from a poor season overall for the Enschede team. Twente finished sixth in the Eredivisie this season and the 1-0 win at FC Groningen on Thursday gives them a great chance of proceeding further on Sunday in the return leg.

With a half empty stadium and the rain pouring down, it was a desolate atmosphere in Groningen and the home crowd had nothing to cheer about after 22 minutes.

After Luc Castaignos and Willem Janssen had missed earlier opportunities, Felipe Gutiérrez made a beautiful, subtle movement to finish home for the only goal of the game, in the 22nd minute from a cross by former Groningen midfielder Dusan Tadic. Castaignos thought he had made it 2-0 late in the second period but it was chalked off for offside by the linesman.

The visitors then kept the upper hand throughout the game and they should have extended the lead through Roberto Rosales and Tadic. The home side were created chances occasionally, but in all fairness Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker was barely tested.


Cedric van der Gun is greeted with congratulation by his team for his vital goal

Heerenveen 0

FC Utrecht 1 (van der Gun 69)

FC Utrecht take home a 1-0 advantage against Marco van Basten’s Heerenveen, whose poor run continues.

It was a lacklustre first-half, as both teams seemed very hesitant to press forward and leave gaps in defence. After having played 69 minutes, the visitors took the lead through a Cedric van der Gun header, the striker meeting a cross from Jacob Mulenga.

Heerenveen pressed for a equaliser but to no avail, and Van Basten’s team will have to find form quickly to keep their European adventure alive when they meet again on Sunday.



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On-loan striker Xandro Schenk hit the solitary goal in GAE’s big 1-0 win over VVV

Go Ahead Eagles 1 (Schenk 80)

VVV Venlo 0

VVV Venlo’s race for survival has fell at the first hurdle with a 1-0 defeat away to Go Ahead Eagles, they will be aiming to get back on track this Sunday in the second leg.

The only goal of the game was scored by Xandro Schenk (on-loan from Ajax) in the 80th minute. Go Ahead showed the more of the initiative and the opportunities for VVV were scarce.

VVV will have it all to do on Sunday with Go Ahead Eagles in pole position to move into the next round of playoffs.


Brandley Kuwas celebrates his goal against MVV Maastricht


FC Volendam 1 (Kuwas 76)

A Brandley Kuwas goal gave FC Volendam a narrow lead heading into their second leg on Sunday at home to MVV Maastricht.

The match began with a poor first half as both teams were evenly matched without creating many opportunities. Volendam seemed a lot sharper than the hosts and in the second half they came alive with most chances falling to Ludcinio Marengo, but the attacker could not get the ball past MVV goalkeeper Bram Castro. But with fifteen minutes to go, Kuwas grabbed the all important goal sliding in to finish.


After defeating Helmond Sport, Sparta Rotterdam take a 4-2 lead home

Helmond Sport 2 (Brouwers 84, Grabovac  90)

Sparta Rotterdam 4 (Luirink 25, Calabro 44, Bel Hassani 63, Mahi 90+3)

Sparta coach Henk ten Cate was disappointed with his side’s performance in their 4-2 away win over Helmond Sport, as he thought they should have scored EIGHT!

Sparta, undefeated under Ten Cate, went into this game with a different style and formation and pulled away into a 3-0 lead just after the hour with first-half goals from Gijs Luirink and Sandro Calabro, with Illiais Ben Hassani adding in the second half.

But a late rally from the hosts saw the lead reduced to a goal with Davy Brouwers and Zarko Grabovac made in the final stage worrying for the Rotterdam side, but an injury time Mimoun Mahi strike gave the visitors a two-goal cushion for the second leg.


Anco Jansen is congratulated by teammates after the opening goal

De Graafschap 1 (Jansen 35)

Roda JC 1 (Demouge 55)

Roda JC has a took their first step towards in saving themselves from relegation with a vital 1-1 away draw against De Graafschap in Doetinchem.

Pieter Huistra’s side took the lead in the first half after Anco Jansen found some space and finished well on 35 minutes but a Frank Demouge (on loan from Bournemouth) header grabbed the important leveller.  They meet in Kerklade on Sunday in the return leg.



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FEATURE: PSV to finally strengthen their defence?

With another season over and yet another season without trophies, PSV have gotten a lot of criticism lately. They spent loads of money on new players (mostly midfielders and attackers) over the last few seasons, which made them big favourites at the start of the season. Having scored an astonishing 103 goals in 34 matches, the attacking strikeforce seems very good, but due to 43 goals conceded, they eventually lost the title to Ajax, who claimed their third consecutive title. Fans have voiced their concerns about the transfer policy of the club. PSV should invest more in their leaky defense and give youth more chance in their opinion.

So, after head coach Advocaat announced that he would leave the club at the end of the season, PSV promoted assistant manager Phillip Cocu to the head coach role. In the presentation of their long-term plans, Cocu and Brands mentioned both investing in defense and youth as the new priorities for next season.

Over the last weeks, many articles about possible transfer targets for PSV popped up in Dutch media, with most of them confirmed by PSV staff. We made a list of potential signings and also included a list of players that will or might leave the club during the next transfer window.

Leaving – Mark van Bommel retired this weekend


Boy Waterman: Has been PSV’s first choice goalkeeper for most of the season, but was criticised by many fans. Contract expires this summer and according to VI, Cocu wants to let him go in order to give youth goalkeepers Jeroen Zoet and Nigel Bertrams a chance to compete with Tyton.

Wilfred Bouma: Senior defender in his second term for PSV. Played a few matches last year but was considered to slow for PSV’s defence. Today, new head coach Cocu has told Bouma that there will be no space for him in next year’s squad, so Bouma will have to make place when his contract expires this summer.

Marcelo: If anything has been made clear this season once more, it is the fact that PSV’s defence was once more incapable of making a strong impression. Among fans, Marcelo is the main victim of criticism. Made some fatal mistakes. Thijs Slegers, Voetbal International’s PSV watcher, announced a few days ago that Bundesliga side Werder Bremen appear to be interested in buying the 25-year old Brazilian defender. No formal approach has come in though, according to PSV technical director Marcel Brands.

Stanislav Manolev: Was loaned out to Fulham in January, and has told Dutch media that he is hoping for Fulham to activate the buyout clause in his contract.

Atiba Hutchinson: Player with the most appearances for PSV this season. Naturally a central midfielder, but switched to right back after Stanislav Manolev went on loan to Fulham in January. Earlier (in December 2012), 30-year old Hutchinson announced that he would not renew his expiring contract in order to be able to have one last adventure.

Orlando Engelaar: PSV already tried to get rid of him at the beginning of this season. Very expensive player wage-wise and mostly benched or in the reserves. His contract expires this seasons and PSV have announced not to renew his deal.

Mark van Bommel: Played a key role in PSV’s season. The 36-year old legend returned at the beginning of the season to play for PSV one last time. Despite recent attempts by PSV fans to get him to stay he announced his retirement at the end of the season.

Kevin Strootman: This 23-year old midfielder has once more had a very strong season alongside Van Bommel. With his performance, loads of clubs, including Manchester United, are interested in aquiring the services of the Dutchman.

Jeremain Lens: Had a good season as he scored 15 and gave 10 assists, but has been very open about his ambitions. He has already expressed his desire to play in the Bundesliga or Premier League several times.


Jeroen Zoet (RKC Waalwijk): This young goalkeeper will return from two seasons on loan at RKC and is looking to compete for first goalkeeper with Tyton, after having had a good season in Waalwijk.

Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht): 20-year old defender who has impressed this season for his current club FC Utrecht, with his team conceding 41 goals (less than PSV!). According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, PSV technical director Marcel Brands has already approached Mike informally if he would be interested in joining PSV.

Virgil van Dijk (FC Groningen): Another defender who has played a very solid season for his club, leading to interest from clubs in- and outside of the Netherlands. Marcel Brands was spotted in Groningen on the last day of the season as Groningen lost 0-2 to Ajax to check out the young defender.

Santiago Arias (Sporting Lisbon): Highly-rated young right-back from Sporting Lisbon. Has been a transfer target this whole season, but with both Manolev and Hutchinson expected to leave, a right back is now top priority.

Karim Rekik (Manchester City, loan): Dutch central defender currently playing for Manchester City. Played only one match for City this season, and isn’t expected to play much next season either. As reported by Thijs Slegers (Voetbal International), PSV might try to bring him to Eindhoven on a temporary deal.

Luis Felipe Ramos (Ituano): This young (16-year old!) Brazilian defender is currently on trial with PSV. If he turns out to be good enough for PSV, he can be brought in instantly as he appears to be able to get a European passport.



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NEWS: Feyenoord nails down Clasie

Feyenoord has clinched highly-rated midfielder Jordy Clasie to a one-year contract extension, and the young prodigy is now contracted to the club until the summer of 2016.

Feyenoord capture Jordy Clasie until 2016

Clasie went through his entire youth development of Feyenoord and during the 2010/2011 season he was loaned to Excelsior, where he debuted in the Eredivisie. Since returning, the past two seasons, the midfielder has notched up 66 league games for Feyenoord and scored five goals, and has made the number six shirt his own.

Talking to, the 21-year-old midfielder is delighted with the new deal: “My choice is to stay longer at Feyenoord, I want to help this club next season to play for trophies.”.

The future of Clasie has hung in the air for some time now, being linked with various clubs and the latest being in Italy with Fiorentina. The Dutch international added: “It means a lot to me to be able to stay here. I have been here fourteen years now and they have been fantastic to me. The last two years have been the most enjoyable and I consider myself and the team are doing well.”.

Technical director Martin van Geel states that it was important that the club sorted the future of Clasie out as soon as possible: “Over the last two seasons, Jordy has been an important part of Ronald Koeman’s team and has made great strides in his own personal development. He has already gained five international full caps for Holland. We always said to him that we would talk in May at the end of the current season, and we saw this as a vital part of the summer transactions, regarding the future of this tremendous young prospect.”.

Feyenoord also hopes to gain an agreement with central defender Stefan de Vrij on a new contract. The players current contract ends in July 2014. De Vrij has been linked with a move to the English Premier League with Everton.



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NEWS: Phillip Cocu confirmed as new PSV coach

On Monday morning, Phillip Cocu was appointed new PSV Eindhoven head coach on a four-year deal.

Cocu replaces Dick Advocaat, who had previously stated his intention to step down at the end of the season if PSV Eindhoven failed to win the Eredivisie title. With the club finishing as runners-up and seven points adrift of Ajax in the standings, the former Holland coach is stepping aside to give Cocu the chance to lead the club.

42-year-old Cocu, who enjoyed two spells at the Eindhoven club as a player and six years at La Liga giants Barcelona, spent three months as PSV’s interim coach at the end of last season following the dismissal of Fred Rutten, before Advocaat then came in to take over the reins.

At a press conference on Monday morning, general manager Tiny Sanders said the appointment of Cocu will signal a shift in focus from instant success to bringing through young players and building a team for the future.

“PSV and Phillip Cocu have agreed a four-year contract as head coach,” Sanders said. “This expresses the intention to build a new PSV with the involvement and appearance that characterises the club.

“Both parties see the selection of Phillip Cocu, after a good debut as interim coach, as the right choice.

“After focusing on the championship in 2013, partly fuelled by the return of Dick Advocaat, we are now aiming to implement a long-term vision.

“Extra attention and investment will be made in our youth system. While individual training and guidance and a recognisable style of play at all levels are important examples of our priorities.

“Qualification for the Champions League this year is a great windfall but is secondary to the priorities previously mentioned.

“PSV would like to thank Dick Advocaat for his hard work in the 2012/13 season and wish him every success in his future challenges.

“He was willing to show his loyalty and was the same passionate man with a warm heart as he was during his first spell in charge, so we are very grateful.”

Faber, van der Weerden and Cocu to lead PSV for the next four years

Cocu will be joined by assistants Chris van der Weerden and Ernest Faber.

The former Oranje international said: “We are all eager to start. This is a challenging job with an ambitious new staff.

“We are going to build a new team. There will be changes in the squad. PSV will always go for the title but there is time enough.

“I am someone who likes to learn step by step and don’t want to go too fast. I also think you’re never too old to learn.

“I’m ready to take this step. It is a long-term thing but I am someone who, if he start something, wants to do well.”

It is rumoured that Ruud van Nistelrooy and recently retired Mark van Bommel will join the coaching staff in Eindhoven in the next few weeks.



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