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Guus Hiddink

Published: Sunday 1 June 2014, 16.57CET
Guus Hiddink
Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 1 June 2014, 16.57CET

Guus Hiddink


Date of birth: 8 November 1946
Nationality: Dutch
Playing career: SC Varsseveld, De Graafschap (three times), PSV Eindhoven, Washington Diplomats, San Jose Earthquakes, NEC Nijmegen
Coaching career: De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven (assistant), PSV Eindhoven (twice), Fenerbahçe SK, Valencia CF, Netherlands (twice), Real Madrid CF, Real Betis Balompié, Korea Republic, Australia, Russia, Chelsea FC, Turkey, FC Anji Makhachkala

• Hiddink ended his playing days and began his coaching career at De Graafschap in 1982. Rose to prominence in 1987/88 when, in his first full season in charge, he guided PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie, Dutch Cup and European Champion Clubs' Cup.

• Remained for two more years before moving abroad to coach Fenerbahçe and then Valencia, where he remained until taking the Dutch national team job in 1995. Stayed on despite disappointing EURO '96 and oversaw run to 1998 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

• Joined new European champions Real Madrid after that tournament but departed soon afterwards. Resurfaced at Real Betis a year later, yet it was his next appointment, as Korea Republic coach, which reaffirmed his reputation as he unexpectedly led the 2002 World Cup co-hosts to the semi-finals.

• Returned for a second spell at PSV, where he won three more Eredivisie titles over the next four years, taking his total at the club to a record six. Also pushed AC Milan all the way in 2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final.

• Returned to World Cup duty in 2006, steering Australia through to the last 16. Subsequently became the first foreign coach of Russia, whom he led to UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finals but not to the 2010 World Cup after a shock play-off defeat by Slovenia. Enjoyed a successful interim spell as caretaker coach of Chelsea in spring 2009, climaxing with victory in the FA Cup, and signed on with Turkey in February 2010.

• Lost to Croatia in the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs, then took an 18-month role as boss of Anzhi Makhachkala FC, leading the team to the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 16. In March 2014 it was confirmed that he would succeed Louis van Gaal as Netherlands coach following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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