UEFA Champions League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|PSV Eindhoven||PSV Stadion - EindhovenWednesday 24 October 2018|
18.55CET (18.55 local time) Group B - Matchday 3
|Tottenham Hotspur FC|
Date of birth: 22 April 1977
Playing career: Fortuna Sittard, PSV Eindhoven (twice), Barcelona, Bayern München, AC Milan
Coaching career: Netherlands Under-17s (assistant), Saudi Arabia (assistant), PSV Eindhoven (youth), Australia (assistant), PSV Eindhoven
• Born in the province of Limburg in south-east Netherlands, Van Bommel spent seven seasons with local club Fortuna Sittard, making his debut at 16, before joining PSV in 1999, when he was named Dutch talent of the year.
• The tough-tackling midfielder won the Eredivisie title in his first two seasons, skippering PSV to the second of those triumphs and two further titles, the second of which, in 2004/05, was accompanied by victory in the Dutch Cup, a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and his election as Dutch footballer of the year for the second time.
• In 2005 joined Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona and helped the Catalan club win the Liga and UEFA Champions League in his only season before leaving for Bayern. Won German league and cup doubles in 2007/08 and 2009/10, Bayern reaching the UEFA Champions League final in the latter campaign, before he moved to AC Milan, where he was a Serie A champion in 2011, claiming his eighth league title in 12 years.
• Ended his playing career in 2013 following a season back at PSV – he was sent off in his final appearance – having won 79 caps for the Netherlands, appearing at the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and 2010, the latter under Bert van Marwijk – Van Bommel's father-in-law – when the Dutch reached the final. Retired from international football after captaining the side at UEFA EURO 2012.
• Started his coaching career in January 2014 as assistant to Maarten Stekelenburg with the Netherlands' Under-17 side, before two years working alongside Van Marwijk with the Saudi Arabia national side. Took charge of PSV's U19 side in April 2017 and, after acting as Van Marwijk's assistant with Australia at the 2018 World Cup, succeeded Phillip Cocu as PSV head coach that June.
Date of birth: 2 March 1972
Playing career: Newell's Old Boys, Espanyol (three times), Paris Saint-Germain, Bordeaux
Coaching career: Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham
• A tough-tackling central defender, Pochettino was a product of Newell's Old Boys in Argentina where he briefly played with the legendary Diego Maradona during his five years in the senior squad.
• He moved to Europe in 1994 to join Spanish side Espanyol and won the Copa del Rey in 2000, before joining Paris in January 2001. After a stint at Bordeaux, returned to Espanyol, initially on loan, before hanging up his boots in 2006 having won another Copa del Rey. Capped 20 times by Argentina, appearing in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
• Switched to coaching with Espanyol in January 2009, with the club lying third from bottom in the Spanish Liga; guided them to a tenth-placed finish. Under Pochettino, three further mid-table finishes followed before a slow start to 2012/13 prompted his departure.
• Surprisingly resurfaced in England at Southampton in January 2013, succeeding Nigel Adkins; introduced a high-pressing, attacking style which helped the club keep clear of relegation trouble. In his first full season in charge, took Saints to eighth position with 56 points – a new club record.
• Appointed Tottenham manager on a five-year contract in May 2014, and led the side to the English League Cup final in his debut campaign, only to lose out to Chelsea. The following season, 2015/16, Pochettino's side were in contention to win the club's first league title since 1961 until a draw at Chelsea with two games to go; nevertheless finished third to book a UEFA Champions League return, and finished a place higher, as Premier League runners-up, in 2016/17, before claiming third spot again the following season.
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