Berry van Aerle

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Berry van Aerle
Berry van Aerle 1987.jpg
Personal information
Full name Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus van Aerle
Date of birth (1962-12-08) December 8, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth Helmond, Netherlands
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1994 PSV 282 (12)
1986–1987 Antwerp (loan) 22 (1)
1994–1995 Helmond Sport 15 (1)
National team
1987–1992 Netherlands 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hubertus "Berry" Aegidius Hermanus van Aerle (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛ.ri vɑn ˈaːr.lə], born 8 December 1962) is a retired Dutch footballer who played mainly as a right defender.

A tough tackler, he is best known for his spell with PSV Eindhoven - which he helped capture the European Cup. Also a Dutch international, he won the UEFA Euro 1988.

Club career[edit]

Born in Helmond, North Brabant, Van Aerle played during 13 years for Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven, helping it to five leagues. During most of his spell, he also played as a defensive midfielder, as the right-back slot was occupied by veteran Belgian Eric Gerets. Incidentally, the Dutch spent one year in that country, on loan to Royal Antwerp FC.

Van Aerle played the entire final of the 1987–88 European Cup, won on penalties against S.L. Benfica, after a 0–0. "It wasn't a particularly good match, with both teams very cautious, but it was exciting until the end and a tense penalty shoot-out. It does not matter how you win it, just as long as you do. Now we're in the history books forever: we lifted that trophy," Van Aerle told Berend Scholten on UEFA.com.[1] After Gerets retired in 1992 at 38, he began dealing with several injuries, but still managed to appear regularly, collecting more than 300 overall appearances until his departure.

Eventually, Van Aerle retired from play after one sole season with hometown's Helmond Sport. After working as a mailman in his city,[2] he returned to PSV, where he served in several capacities (talent scout,[3] supporters coordinator).

International career[edit]

Van Aerle gained his first cap for the Netherlands on October 14, 1987. In the following year's UEFA European Football Championship, he was an undisputed starter as the national side lifted its first continental trophy, in West Germany (all matches and minutes).

In total, Van Aerle appeared in 35 games (no goals) in exactly five years, also being selected for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992. During those years, he formed an efficient fullback partnership with Adri van Tiggelen (also his club mate from 1991–94).

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