|Full name||Ernest Anthonius Jacobus Faber|
|Date of birth||27 August 1971|
|Place of birth||Geldrop, Netherlands|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Central Defender|
|Current club||PSV (assistant manager)|
|1990–1991||→ N.E.C. (loan)||30||(0)|
|1991–1992||→ Sparta (loan)||32||(0)|
|1994||→ Groningen (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007||FC Eindhoven (caretaker)|
|2008||FC Eindhoven (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Faber grew up in Eindhoven and played youth football at local club DBS until he joined PSV Eindhoven at age 13. Besides his loan spells at N.E.C., Sparta and FC Groningen, Faber was part of PSV for twelve seasons and won four Eredivisie titles, a KNVB Cup and four Johan Cruijff Shields. He also played one match for the Netherlands national team in 1998. Injuries have plagued Faber throughout his career and have forced him to retire at age 32.
After his playing career, Faber worked at the PSV youth academy and at FC Eindhoven as assistant coach and manager. From 2011 until Euro 2012, he also served as assistant manager for the Netherlands national team. Since March 2012, Faber works as assistant manager at PSV.
Born in Geldrop, Faber grew up in the Strijp neighbourhood in Eindhoven which also included PSV’s home ground, the Philips Stadion. At five years of age, he started playing youth football at local amateur club DBS. Faber’s performances led to interest from PSV and EVV, with PSV-scout Gerrit van Tilburg having discovered him at DBS. He chose to join PSV at age 13. Faber’s original position was right winger, but at PSV he moved to the central defense position under the guidance of former defender and youth coach Huub Stevens.
Loan spells and first PSV years
In order to gain first-team experience, PSV loaned Faber out to N.E.C. in 1990. He made his professional debut on 25 August in an away match against MVV (1-2). In October, Faber was sent-off during a 7-0 loss against Ajax. N.E.C.’s season ended with the 18th place and relegation; Faber appeared in 30 league fixtures and three cup games. For the 1991-92 season, Faber was loaned out to Sparta. He played 32 Eredivisie matches. Sparta finished eighth in the league and also reached the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup in which Faber played five games.
In 1992, Faber returned to PSV. In his debut match, he won the Dutch Super Cup after beating Feyenoord (1-0). Faber appeared in 18 Eredivisie matches in his first season. He played his first Champions League match as a substitute against FC Porto. Faber’s debut in the starting line-up followed in the home fixture against AC Milan, after the PSV squad was struggling with injuries. Coach Hans Westerhof assigned him to Milan’s Marco van Basten, whom Faber managed to prevent from scoring. In the 1993-94 season, Faber played five league games for PSV before being loaned out to FC Groningen for the second half of the season. At Groningen, Faber played 11 matches. After finishing third in the 1994-95 season, PSV and Faber reached the second place a year later and also won the KNVB Cup.
In 1996, Faber won his second Super Cup after defeating Ajax (0-3). But in September, Faber tore his ankle ligaments after attempting a headed duel with FC Utrecht’s John van Loen. It turned out to be the first of a long line of injuries that would dominate Faber’s career. Cartilage was removed from Faber’s ankle, sidelining him for a long period. He would play only nine Eredivisie matches in the 1996-97 season, the year that PSV won the league. In the 1997-98 season, Faber played three matches before suffering an Achilles tendon injury. He recovered in time for a training camp in Spain, but it was there when he noticed the injury did not completely heal yet. That year, Faber appeared in 21 league games and scored twice. In February, he was sent off in a match against Ajax. In May, Faber tore his right Achilles tendon in a match against Groningen. The injury was called ‘career threatening’ by the PSV club doctor and forced Faber to recover for months, therefore missing out on a possible World Cup participation.
In the 1999-2000 season, Faber suffered new injuries on his hamstring, Achilles tendon and his ankle. In February, Faber underwent an operation for his ankle, which had to be put in a cast. PSV won the Eredivisie that year, but Faber only appeared in three league matches. In the build-up to the 2000-01 season, PSV won the Johan Cruijff Shield after beating Roda JC (2-0). Faber scored the second goal in the match. After the match, Faber ended up with an injured left knee. When a few weeks of rest did not solve the troubles, an operation followed in September. PSV clinched the league title again and this time Faber had a bigger contribution with 17 matches. In June 2001, Faber extended his contract with PSV for another two years. In the following two seasons, Faber played 42 Eredivisie matches and won his fourth league title in 2003, but was still struggling with his injuries. In the 2001-02 season, Faber received head wound in a match against Heerenveen and suffered a minor knee injury. Newcastle United showed interest in signing him in early 2002, but after a new injury a possible deal was cancelled.
In February 2003, Faber signed a new one-year contract extension with PSV. A month later, he had to rest for a few matches in order to rest his hamstring. In April, Faber broke his metacarpus in a match against De Graafschap. In May 2003, while playing with a cast due to his metacarpus injury, Faber suffered an inflammation of a bursa near his Achilles tendon. The injury required surgery and continued to provide problems in the 2003-04 season. He finally returned in the Champions League match against AS Monaco in November 2003, but received a hamstring injury during that game. He returned in an exhibition match against Trabzonspor in January 2004, but Faber suffered a new hamstring injury. He was sidelined for another month. On 22 April, the verdict from independent medical staff was that Faber could not continue his career. He announced his retirement, effective on that day. Durng his career, Faber underwent thirteen surgeries for his injuries. In May, Faber was granted a fan farewell during the season’s last home game.
Faber played four matches for the Netherlands Under-21 team. In February 1998, his good performances with PSV were rewarded with a call-up by coach Guus Hiddink for the Netherlands football team trip to the United States. The Netherlands were scheduled to play exhibition matches against the United States and Mexico. After being an unused substitute in the United States match, Faber made a 58th minute appearance in the game against Mexico on 24 February 1998. The match was played in Miami. He replaced Winston Bogarde when the Netherlands were leading 3-0. Eventually, the game finished 3-2, with Faber causing a penalty in favour of Mexico. Faber was one of the players considered by Hiddink to select for the 1998 World Cup but after he injured himself right before the start of the tournament, he was unable to appear.
In the summer of 2005, Faber became coach of PSV’s reserve team Jong PSV. In the 2005-06 season of the Beloften Eredivisie, Faber’s team narrowly escaped relegation. But in September 2006, Faber left Jong PSV. He claimed that the team was neglected by PSV and not strengthened as promised. Faber’s desire was to remain at the club, but the board did not offer him another position. Faber proceeded to join FC Eindhoven as their assistant manager in December 2006. In October 2007, FC Eindhoven sacked their manager Louis Coolen. Faber stepped up as caretaker manager for two months. He went back to his position as assistant when Gerald Vanenburg was appointed as the new manager in December. Seeking a new challenge, Faber announced in February 2008 he would leave FC Eindhoven at the end of the season. Before his departure, Faber had to become FC Eindhoven’s caretaker manager again after Vanenburg resigned in April. He coached the team in the remaining three matches.
In 2008, Faber returned to PSV to coach the under-19 squad. He signed a two-year contract. In November 2009, Faber showed interest in becoming the PSV academy director. The other youth coaches favoured Faber as well, but the PSV board decided to appoint Jelle Goes. He decided to leave the club again after the 2009-10 season, even though PSV offered him the position of Jong PSV coach. In February 2010, he passed his coaching exam, enabling him to be a manager in the Netherlands. Faber simultaneously agreed on a two-year contract as manager of MVV Maastricht. But in June, he retracted his decision after he was unsure about the club’s financial perspectives. MVV accepted Faber’s decision. Faber subsequently became the manager of FC Eindhoven after signing a two-year contract. The team performed well in the Eerste Divisie, with a fifth place at the winter break period. In December, Faber was approached by VVV-Venlo to become their manager, but he rejected the offer.
In February 2011, Faber was appointed as assistant manager of Bert van Marwijk at the Netherlands national team. After Faber accepted the national team job, his performances with FC Eindhoven went downhill. With four points from the following eleven matches, FC Eindhoven missed out on a play-off spot. In the 2011-12 season, the FC Eindhoven performances were again above expectations. The team were third in the Jupiler League at the time Faber left the club. In March 2012, Faber returned to PSV as assistant manager after Fred Rutten was sacked as manager. Phillip Cocu was chosen as caretaker. Unlike Cocu, Faber’s role was permanent after agreeing on a 2 1⁄2-year contract. Faber was present at Euro 2012 when the Dutch team were knocked out in the group stage. After Van Marwijk resigned in the wake of the elimination, Faber also quit in order to fully focus on his job at PSV. Despite receiving several managing position offers in 2013, Faber signed a new two-year contract and continued to work as assistant manager after the appointment of Cocu as PSV manager.
|Netherlands national team|
- As of 8 September 2013.
|FC Eindhoven||25 October 2007||20 December 2007||10||5||0||5||15||18||−3||50.00|
|FC Eindhoven||1 April 2008||30 June 2008||3||1||0||2||6||8||−2||33.33|
|FC Eindhoven||1 July 2010||13 March 2012||65||28||16||21||94||82||+12||43.08|
Awards and honours
- Eredivisie (4): 1996–97, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002–03
- KNVB Cup (1): 1995–96
- Johan Cruijff Shield (4): 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000
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- (Dutch)"Friese voorouders - Ernest Faber". Friese Voetballers. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
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- (Dutch)"PSV versterkt selectie met drie talenten van Deense club Lyngby". Trouw. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
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- (Dutch)"Faber vervangt Coolen als trainer Eindhoven". Trouw. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- (Dutch)"Nieuwe kans voor Vanenburg als hoofdcoach bij Eindhoven". Trouw. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
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- (Dutch)"Vanenburg per direct weg bij Eindhoven". Trouw. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
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- (Dutch)"Ernst Faber namens NL-clubs in de Europa Cup". Voetbalstats. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Includes KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijff Shield
- Includes UEFA Champions League, Champions League qualification and UEFA Cup
- "1998 MATCHES". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "FC EINDHOVEN – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 September 2013.