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Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink
 
Complete Name: Guus Hiddink
Nationality: Dutch
Place of Birth: Wisch, Holland
Date of Birth: November 8, 1946
Current club: Retired
Positions: Central Defender, Central Midfielder
 

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Club career history

SC Varsseveld (Holland), De Graafschap (Holland), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), De Graafschap (Holland), Washington Diplomats (USA), San Jose Earthquakes (USA), NEC Nijmegen (Holland), De Graafschap (Holland)
 

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Biography

Guus Hiddink (born 8 November 1947 in Varsseveld, now part of Oude IJsselstreek) is a Dutch football coach who is currently the head coach for Dutch team PSV Eindhoven, as well as the manager of the Australian national team. Throughout his entire coaching career, he is best recognised for leading South Korea to a 4th place finish in the 2002 World Cup, coaching the Netherlands into the same position in the 1998 World Cup in France, and leading Australia to the 2006 World Cup for the first time in 32 years. Also since the English FA's recent desicion to part with Sven-Göran Eriksson as England head coach, Guus has been widely tipped as a leading contender to take over as England head coach after the World cup.

Playing Career

He was a professional football player in his youth with amateur club SC Varsseveld, before signing on for Dutch club De Graafschap for most of his playing career, beginning from 1967. He joined PSV Eindhoven in 1970, but after failing to win a permanent position in the team, he rejoined De Graafschap after just one year and remained there until 1976. He also had stints in the North American Soccer League in the United States with Washington Diplomats and San Jose Earthquakes before returning home to sign for NEC Nijmegen. In 1981, he rejoined De Graafschap and retired a year later. He generally played as a midfielder during his playing days, although he was not noted for the sophistication of his footballing skills then.

Managerial Career

Having honed his coaching skills with De Graafschap as an assistant manager, he took over the managerial role at PSV in 1987 after also holding the assistant manager position there from 1983 to March 1987. It was at PSV where he led the team to its first ever European Cup triumph in 1988 thereby ensuring the Eindhoven club's ranking as one of the three giants of Dutch football, alongside rivals Ajax and Feyenoord. He also won three Eredivisie titles with the club in between 1987 and 1990.

He also had coaching stints at Turkish club Fenerbahçe in 1990 but was dismissed after only one year before joining Spanish giants Valencia. His outspoken nature was demonstrated when during a league game at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, he ordered a racist banner to be removed from one of the stands. His open attacking brand of football appealed to the Valencia team as well as to the rest of the Spanish Premier League.

The greatest challenge for Hiddink when he took over as the manager of the Netherlands in 1995 where he took charge of a team of talented individuals continuallly racked by internal arguments and disputes, as was seen in the Euro 1996 tournament, when Edgar Davids was sent home after an argument with Hiddink. He was able to avoid a similar player bust-up in the 1998 World Cup where his team played some of the more entertaining football in that tournament. His usual tactic of deploying wingers backed-up by central midfielders resulted in goals even by defensive midfielders such as Philip Cocu and Edgar Davids. A bitter defeat at the hands of Brazil on penalties in the semi-finals of the World Cup 1998 signalled an end of an era for Hiddink, as he resigned soon after.

He was the manager at Real Madrid where he replaced Fabio Capello and signed Steve McManaman but failure to deliver the league title for only a year saw him get sacked and take over the reins at another Spanish club Real Betis in 2000 for only 3 months. However, the temptation to manage another World Cup-bound international team proved too irresistible for him as he became the head coach of the South Korea national football team on 1 January 2001.

Success would not come easy with a team that had appeared in five straight World Cups and had yet to win a single match. Hiddink's team was also expected to perform better than the Japanese team in the 2002 World Cup tournament co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. Further, it was a tradition at the World Cup that the hosts would progress to the second round of the tournament and it was clearly expressed that Hiddink's team was expected to perform to that standard as well.

His first year in charge was not met with favourable reviews from the Korean press, as he was often spotted together with his girlfriend, when some felt he should instead have been taking charge of the team. After a 2-1 loss to the US Gold Cup team in January 2002, he was criticized again for not taking his job seriously. Nevertheless, the team he assembled was a cohesive unit that consequently proved to be the fittest team at the World Cup.

In the World Cup itself, the South Korean team achieved its first ever victory in the final stage (2-0, against Poland), and after a 1-1 draw with the USA and a further 1-0 victory against strongly-fancied Portugal, the South Korean team qualified for the second round, already realising the hopes of the Korean nation. The 2nd round opponents were Italy, who were defeated 2-1 after extra time in a game which recalled North Korea's victory over Italy in the 1966 World Cup. The South Korea public then began to dream of a semi-final berth, which was attained on defeating Spain on penalties. However, the South Korean team's run was halted by Germany in the semi-finals. As with the Netherlands team four years before in France, Hiddink led his team into fourth place after a defeat to Turkey in the 3rd place playoff. For the South Korean populace, Hiddink had done a commendable job as football pundits had never expected success near approaching this scale.

Hiddink was given the unofficial title of the most popular individual in the country, and became the first-ever person to be given honorary South Korean citizenship. In addition other rewards soon followed - a private villa in Jeju island; free flights for life with Korean Airlines and Asiana Airlines, free taxi rides, and so forth. The World Cup stadium in Gwangju was renamed Guus Hiddink Stadium in his honor shortly after the World Cup. His hometown became a popular stopover for South Koreans visiting the Netherlands.

Hiddink chose to return to his native country despite being persuaded to extend his contract and has since taken over the coaching duties at PSV Eindhoven in 2003. In the Champions League of 2004/05, he led his team into its first ever appearance in the semi-final of the tournament since it adopted its current format in 1992/93 (PSV won the European Cup, the predecessor to the modern Champions League, in 1988). PSV lost the semi-final against AC Milan narrowly.

On the 22nd of July, 2005 Hiddink became manager of the Australian national team. He has announced he will manage both PSV and Australia at the same time, fulfilling a clause in his contract that allows him to coach at both club and national level.

In the play-offs held in Montevideo on 12 November and in Sydney on 16 November 2005, both home teams won 1-0. Australia went on to win 4-2 on penalties – the first time Australia had qualified for the finals in 32 years, and the first time that any team had qualified through winning a penalty shoot-out.
 

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