Can PSV secure their spot in the play-offs of the Champions League on Wednesday 29th of August? Thats the big question. But what we do know, is that they are well on their way.
By beating their rival Bate Borisov in the last round of the qualifications, with 2-3 in the away game, PSV has a good chance to qualify during their home match. Even a draw, or even 0-1 or 1-2 loss, will do to reach the very lucrative group stages of the world famous UEFA Champions League. But of course PSV will fight for a victory to qualify with dignity.
PSV has a long history in the Champions League, after winning the European Cup in 1988, they were among the first teams in 1992, when the UEFA decided to change the traditional knock-out model of the competition, to one with group stages. This got extended over the years and now grown to the billion dollar tournament. It may have lost some of its charm, but sure attracts a lot of attention, money and top-players.
If PSV manages to qualify again, it means a huge boost for their budget, and may bring some of the best international football stars to compete against, in at least 3 home games. Typically the atmosphere at the European matches is much more vibrant than the average national league match.
There are still a few tickets available, so if you are willing to join, check here quickly. If you dont manage to get tickets, get at least to the city center for some pre-match fun (especially at Stratums Eind) and watch the match in a bar between the locals for some extra atmosphere. The match starts at 21.00, the pre-match any time you like.
for Eindhovennews by Remco