Sportcomplex de Herdgang is a football training facility in Eindhoven. It serves as the training ground and youth academy of PSV Eindhoven and also accommodates its amateur teams. De Herdgang was built in 1952. The word ‘herdgang’ originates from triangular squares that marked the end of dirt roads. These spots were used as locations where herds of sheep could graze, with ‘herd’ referring to a herd of animals and ‘gang’ being Dutch for ‘way’ or ‘process’. In April 2002, PSV started work on a renovation of the training facilities: a new indoor training hall, a fitness centre, offices and a canteen were added. The construction works were completed in April 2003. Several months later, the youth facilities were also renewed; an idea spearheaded by Guus Hiddink. The facility is located outside of the Eindhoven urban area in woodland surroundings.
From the railway station it takes around half an hour to walk to Sportcomplex de Herdgang. The best directional advice I can offer is to continue past the Philips Stadion in a straight line, keeping the railway on your right, until the route takes you through a wooded area. Shortly afterwards the PSV complex is signposted on the right.
Clearly some decent consideration took place when the club designed and built these facilities. The rural woodland location is a fine setting for training I would think and is certainly so for watching football matches. There is considerable building work taking place at the moment, which will extend the main stand at both ends.
The tidy covered main stand is part of the main administration block including the changing rooms and an impressive restaurant and bar. There are three uncovered stands, two of which are opposite the main stand, either side of the halfway line. The other is behind one of the goals. For this match and presumably others in this competition, UEFA ruled that these stands could not be used. For Dutch second tier matches these stands are open to spectators.
Despite missing a penalty, Spurs pulled a goal back courtesy of a wonder strike from Paris Maghoma. Another goal for the visitors from Jaden Brown in the dying moments of the match, meant they had now drawn all three of their group matches so far.
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