Guus Hiddink

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Guus Hiddink
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Personal information
Full name Guus Hiddink
Date of birth (1946-11-08) 8 November 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Varsseveld, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967-1970
1970-1972
1972-1976
1976
1977
1978-1981
1981-1982
De Graafschap
PSV Eindhoven
De Graafschap
Washington Diplomats
San Jose Earthquakes
NEC Nijmegen
De Graafschap
Teams managed
1982-1984
1987-1990
1990-1991
1991-1994
1995-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000
2001-2002
2002-2006
2005-2006
2006-2010
2009
2010-2011
2012-2013
2014-2015
2015-2016
De Graafschap
PSV Eindhoven
Fenerbahçe
Valencia
Netherlands
Real Madrid
Real Betis Balompié
Korea Republic
PSV Eindhoven
Australia
Russia
Chelsea
Turkey
Anzhi Makhachkala
Netherlands
Chelsea
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Guus Hiddink (born 8 November 1946) is a Dutch football player turned manager.

Russia[change | change source]

Hiddink is better known as a trainer. He is a very successful trainer. He trained the Russia national team, and Zenit St. Petersburg club. He also coached the Netherlands national team (Oranje, Orange) and won several tournaments. He is generally considered one of the greatest football trainers of all time. After he made the Russian National team almost World Champion (even defeating the renowned Dutch team) he became a national Russian hero.

He got a statue in Moscow and several newborn boys in Russia were given "Guus" as a first name to honour him.

South Korea[change | change source]

Hiddink has coached the Korea Republic national team in the early 2000s. He managed to get the team in the semi-finals for the first time in South Korean football history. For this, the South Koreans built a stadium in his honour. It was build in the cityn of Gwangju and was named "Guus Hiddink Stadium".

Chelsea[change | change source]

Hiddink coached the British club Chelsea in 2009. He succeeded their former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. He did a much better job and thanks to Hiddink Chelsea made many victories. Commentators said that Hiddink: "had rejuvenated Chelsea following Scolari's departure". Hiddink won the FA Cup with Chelsea that year, beating Everton 2-1 in the final.

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