Mark van Bommel signs for PSV Eindhoven

It is now official. After months of deliberating his return to Philips Stadion, former team captain van Bommel has finally rejoined the club he left in 2005 to sign for FC Barcelona then under the management of Frank Rijkaard.

Mark van Bommel PSV Eindhoven

In doing so, he is following the footsteps of former striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who signed for the club in late 2011 for a swansong at the club. The giant forward has now announced his retirement from football, so van Bommel (who signed a one-year contract) is likely to call the North-Brabant club his final home as a player and retire here.

This combative midfielder was a linchpin in the PSV squad that made Milan sweat in the semi-finals of the 2004/2005 Champions League. Forming an impressive three-man midfield partnership with Johann Vogel, Phillip Cocu and sometimes, Park Ji-Sung, that PSV team was one of the most impressive in recent memory especially under the assuredly inspired guidance of Guus Hiddink.

I’ve this to say though – while I’m inordinately happy that this talented player is back with PSV, I’m irresistibly reminded of the possible similarity of Michael Ballack’s sticky situation with Bayer Leverkusen, the very same club where the German first came to international prominence. Let’s not breach the subject about Vennegoor’s choice to rejoin the club – at least the towering striker contributed to PSV’s cause reasonably well. Would Mark’s head be too big for the provincial club, having plied his trade with the biggest European clubs?

PSV had earlier moved to sign Dutch coach, Dick Advocaat for also a one-year tenure. I’m not a very big fan of the ‘Little General’, especially the generally dour standard of football served by his team who competed in the Euro 2004. Bar the fluid and very encouraging 6-0 demolition of Scotland (for a 6-1 aggregate win) in the Euro 2004 qualifying playoff, Advocaat’s teams are hardly comparable with the daring optimism of Hiddink’s squads or even Marco van Basten’s free-flowing rosters. Having said that, Advocaat surely commands more respect than the forgettable Robin Dutt and aided by van Bommel’s attachment for the club, I’m pretty sure that PSV has done the right thing this time. The new manager himself has also spoken about winning the Eredivisie title and I’m sure that the ‘Boeren’ fans are cautiously optimistic about this prospect.

PSV Eindhoven would play in the Europa League next season, having finished third in a rather competitive Eredivisie this season.

I can’t wait to see the curly-haired warrior in the middle of the pitch scoring like the good old times during the 2004/2005 season. But first, focus on taking back the Eredivisie title…it’s been far too long away from Philips Stadion already.

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