Ernest Faber (1971)

Ernest Anthonius Jacobus Faber (27 August 1971) was a robust defender who, although he was injured frequently and for a long time, was highly appreciated at PSV. This is because he was born and raised from Eindhoven.

At the age of thirteen, Faber chose the PSV youth academy over that of FC Eindhoven. After completing the youth academy, he was told by Bobby Robson that they wanted him to gain experience in professional football. Ernest Faber left for NEC Nijmegen on a rental basis.

Faber played thirty games that season, but could not prevent the Nijmegen team from being relegated from the Eredivisie. While NEC was sentenced to the First Division, Faber was immediately re-hired. This time to Sparta. Faber also became a fixed value in Rotterdam and was very creditable eighth in the Eredivisie with the Castle Lords.

In the 1992/1993 season he was allowed to prove himself in the first of PSV by trainer Hans Westerhof. Immediately on his debut he won a prize. Feyenoord was beaten in the battle for the Supercup. Later in the season, he impressed during the Champions League match against AC Milan by eliminating Marco van Basten. Yet Faber was not undisputed in the Eindhoven defense. In the winter of the 1993/1994 season, he left for FC Groningen on a rental basis.

Back on the familiar Eindhoven nest, trainer Aad de Mos took the broom through the selection and Faber finally got a place in the selection of PSV. He won the national title with PSV four times, he also won the Johan Cruijff Shield four times and the KNVB Cup once.

Ernest Faber played for PSV for ten years after his return, which was interrupted by major injuries. First, the defender, mainly operating as a front stopper, tore off his anklets in a duel with John van Loen from Utrecht. As a result, he was sidelined for more than a season. Shortly after he was first called up for the Dutch national team, Faber suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury. This also allowed him to watch from the side for more than a season. It would stay at one international match for the Brabander.

After a hamstring injury and a broken metacarpal, it was enough. Ernest Faber was disqualified after 248 games in professional football. After his active career, Faber started to follow the trainer / coach course. He worked at PSV, FC Eindhoven, NEC and FC Groningen.

(Photo: ANP Archive)

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