Former PSV president and club icon Van Raaij (84) died

Former PSV director Harry van Raaij died at the age of 84. He was treasurer at the Eindhoven football club for two periods and also used the chair.

โ€œ A big PSV is no more. Rest gently, Mr. Van Raaijโ€, reports PSV on Twitter.

From 1984 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996, Van Raaij was treasurer of PSV. In 1988 he managed to bring the barely known Brazilian Romario, the top scorer of the Olympic tournament in Seoul, to Eindhoven through a clever financial construction. A direct hit would soon turn out.

In his second time as treasurer, PSV managed to once again create a Brazilian flagship with Ronaldo Luis Nazรกrio de Lima. He, too, would later be sold to Barcelona for many millions.

From 1996 to 2004 Van Raaij made a furore as chairman. ‘Leading PSV as a company, but experiencing it as a club’ was the motto of Van Raaij, born in Brabant Haps.

He manifested himself as a father figure for players and trainers, but did not shy away from hard measures in the business sphere and helped the club further professionalize.

Four Championships as Chairman

Under the chairmanship of Van Raaij, who repeatedly argued in vain for a European competition, PSV won four national champions (1997, 2000, 2001 and 2003).

Players such as Mark van Bommel, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooij, Arjen Robben and Mateja Kezman came to PSV in his period and then went to top European clubs for a lot of money.

Last September Wascceit reporter Joep Schreuder at home visiting Harry van Raaij, just before the top of PSV and Ajax.