|Full name||Guus Hiddink|
|Date of birth||8 November 1946|
|Place of birth||Varsseveld, Netherlands|
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|* 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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