PSV fans pack town hall square to celebrate 25th league title

Peter Bosz (centre) and his players soak up the atmosphere on Stadhuisplein. Photo: ANP/Robin van Lonkhuijsen

Around 100,000 PSV fans packed the centre of Eindhoven on Monday to celebrate the club’s first Eredivisie title in six years.

Fans started gathering on Stadhuisplein hours before the official presentation at 7.30pm, when mayor Jeroen Dijsselbloem led the players one by one up to the stage to soak up the cheers.

As the rain began to fall and the square filled with the red smoke of flares, captain Luuk de Jong held the championship plate aloft, before coach Peter Bosz grabbed the microphone and belted out We Are The Champions.

Local singer Guus Meeuwis then stepped forward and led the crowd in a rendition of his hit single “Brabant” to round off the celebrations.

Two hours earlier the team set off from the Philips Stadium for a tour of the city on the back of a flatbed truck, a characteristic feature of the Brabant club’s championship parades.

Bosz’s team secured the championship on Sunday with a 4-2 win at home to Sparta, having lost just once all season.

The team has already scored 107 goals, the third biggest haul in an Eredivisie campaign, and can match Ajax’s record points total if they win their final two matches.

Bosz, 60, who admitted to needing an “aspirin” after sealing the title on Sunday, said retaining the trophy next year would be a huge challenge.

“Make no mistake: getting there is very hard, but staying there is much, much harder,” he said.

“Feyenoord were better this year, but they didn’t become champions. Everyone will be gunning for us, so we’ll need to be even better.”

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation