Bayern Munich make history – treble winner number nine

BAYERN MUNICH joined the illustrious list of teams that have won the treble of domestic league and cup and Champions League when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon. The Bavarians’ success is remarkable given they changed manager earlier in the campaign, appointing Hans-Dieter Flick as head coach. Flick had been the number two at […]

Can Bayern or PSG join the list of treble winners this season?

SURPRISINGLY, only eight teams have managed to win a comparable trio of competitions, although many have gone close. Some of this select group have been built around outstanding individuals, such as Lionel Messi and Ajax’s Johan Cruyff, while others – like Celtic in 1967 –  were founded on the team ethic. Inevitable comparisons will be […]

PSV Eindhoven…still part of the family

The Netherlands has three globally recognisable teams: Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven. Popular opinion suggests that Ajax and Feyenoord dominated Dutch football for decades, but while it is certainly true that the Amsterdam-Rotterdam axis stood astride the Netherlands in the 1960s, the 1970s belonged to Ajax. The Cruyff-led side won 12 major prizes in that […]

PSV may struggle to keep their table-toppers together

PSV Eindhoven are the winter champions in the Netherlands, topping the Eredivisie by four points with title holders Ajax in second place. Such is the reduced status of Dutch football these days that PSV may be vulnerable to losing some of the players who have taken them to the summit this season. Players like full […]