Guus Hiddink is the most successful coach in the history of PSV with seven trophies, including the European Cup. Read on to find out more facts about Guus Hiddink.
Guus Hiddink is a retired Dutch football manager and professional player who was born on November 8, 1946.
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He had a lengthy career as a midfielder in the Netherlands, where he played for teams likePSV Eindhoven
, De Graafschap, and NEC Nijmegen, as well as some time in the United States.
An important fact about Guus Hiddink is that he retired from playing the game in 1982 and went on to have a successful managerial career, guiding clubs and nations all over the world to many trophies and achievements until retiring from coaching in 2021.
Hiddink was promoted as manager of PSV in March 1987 after serving as assistant. In the historic Treble-winning season of 1987–88, Hiddink's PSV club won three consecutive Eredivisie championships, three consecutive KNVB Cups, and the European Cup.
An important fact about Guus Hiddink is that he managed Fenerbahçe in Istanbul for one season before being named manager ofValencia
the next season, where he lasted until November 1993. In March 1994, he returned to the Mestalla for the remainder of the 1993–94 season.
Hiddink subsequently took over as coach of the Netherlands national team in January 1995, guiding them to the UEFA Euro 1996 quarter-finals and a fourth-place finish at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup, he resigned as manager of the Netherlands and went on to lead Real Madrid in Spain.
His stint at Madrid was cut short when he was fired in February 1999, as Real was struggling in the league. He took over as manager of another La Liga club Real Betis in February 2000, but was fired three months later after the season ended.
Hiddink was born in Varsseveld and began his career as a member of the amateur club SC Varsseveld's youth team. There is no information available regarding
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Guus Hiddink’s childhood
, it should be mentioned that in 1967, he joined Dutch team De Graafschap and got professional. Hiddink was a member of Piet de Visser's Doetinchem team.
After being found guilty of tax evasion by a Dutch court in February 2007, Hiddink received a six-month suspended sentence and a €45,000 fine. Prosecutors had sought a ten-month jail term for Hiddink, who was accused of avoiding €1.4 million in Dutch taxes between 2002 and 2003 by pretending to be a Belgian resident.
He had not spent enough nights at his Belgian residence, which he said was his principal location, according to the Dutch Tax Intelligence and Detection Service. Hiddink refuted the charge.
Hiddink took over as coach of the South Korean national team in January 2001, attracted by the prospect of leading another side to a World Cup. The 2002 World Cup was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, therefore expectations were high.
He became a national hero in South Korea after leading the country to a remarkable fourth-place result. Following the World Cup, Hiddink returned to the Netherlands to rejoin PSV.
An important fact about Guus Hiddink is that he and manager de Visser were promoted to the Eredivisie, the highest level of Dutch football, in 1973.
Since then, the two Dutchmen's careers have crossed: De Visser scouted various South American players for Hiddink's PSV, including PSV stars Ronaldo andRomário
(who played under Hiddink at PSV from 1988 to 1990) and former Chelsea defender Alex.
De Visser was also instrumental in bringing Hiddink to the Russian national team and, more recently, to Chelsea as caretaker manager after the sacking of BrazilianLuiz Felipe Scolari
in his capacity as Roman Abramovich's personal adviser.
He played with De Graafschap for the most of his career, including three years under de Visser, and is still a supporter of the club.
He joined PSV in 1970, but after failing to get a permanent role, he returned to De Graafschap after a year and stayed there until 1977. He returned to De Graafschap in 1981 and left a year later. During his playing days, he was mostly a midfielder.
After honing his coaching talents as an assistant manager, Hiddink took over as manager of PSV Eindhoven in 1987, having previously served as the club's assistant manager from 1983 to March 1987.
An important fact about Guus Hiddink is that he took charge in March 1987, with ten games left in the league and the squad behind Ajax by three points. PSV, on the other hand, won the league by six points over Ajax.
He guided PSV to their first ever European Cup victory (and The Treble) in 1988, confirming the Eindhoven club's status as one of the three Dutch football giants, with rivalsAjax
and Feyenoord. Between 1987 and 1990, he won three Eredivisie championships with the club.
"Hiddink will never claim all of the credit; he will enlist the help of his team. This contributes to the strong sensation of belonging. Hiddink has ultimate responsibility, but he always delegated it to his squad. He works well with others" Berry van Aerle, who was coached by Hiddink during two stints at PSV, agreed.
Hiddink also had a coaching spell with Fenerbahçe in Turkey in 1990, but was fired after just a year and went on to manage Valencia in Spain.
When Hiddink took over as manager of the Netherlands national team on January 1, 1995, he faced his toughest management task yet, leading a group of gifted people riven by internal strife and conflicts.
His regular 4–4–2 formation of wingers flanked by central midfielders resulted in goals for defensive midfielders Philip Cocu and Edgar Davids. Hiddink had a tough attitude to the team, as seen by Edgar Davids being sent home from UEFA Euro 1996 following a dispute with Hiddink.
In the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he was able to avert additional internal strife, and his squad produced some of the most exciting football of the competition.
The team defeated Argentina 2–1 in the quarter-finals before losing on penalties to Brazil in the semi-final. Hiddink resigned as Netherlands national coach shortly after this defeat, signaling the end of an era.
Hiddink replaced Jupp Heynckes as manager ofReal Madrid
in the summer of 1998, but poor league play and off-the-field comments regarding the club's board and finances led to his dismissal in February 1999.
In 2000, Hiddink took over as manager of Real Betis in Spain for the remainder of the season. Hiddink's stint with Real Betis came to an end in May 2000, when he was fired.
Rumours about his future abounded in the summer of 2000, with Scottish club Celtic identified as a possible destination.
fact about Guus Hiddink
is that he couldn't resist the urge to lead another World Cup-bound international squad, and on January 1, 2001, he signed to coach the South Korean national team.
In January 2001, Hiddink was named manager of South Korea. With a squad that had competed in five World Cups in a row but had failed to win a single match, success did not come easy. South Korea, along with Japan, was one of the host countries for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
There was a definite expectation that the hosts would advance to the second round of the competition, and Hiddink's squad was anticipated to meet that expectation as well.
Hiddink's first year in command was not well received by the South Korean press, since he was often seen with his girlfriend when some believed he should have been leading the squad.
He was chastised again for not taking his job properly after a 2–1 defeat against the United States Gold Cup squad in January 2002.
Regardless, the group he put together worked well together. In preparation for the World Cup later that year, Hiddink started emphasizing on physical conditioning for players during training.
The South Korean squad won its first World Cup match (2–0 against Poland) and advanced for the second round following a 1–1 draw with the United States and a further 1–0 triumph against strongly favored Portugal.
Their opponents in the second round were Italy, whom they beat 2–1 on the golden goal rule. After overcoming Spain on penalties in the quarter-final, the Korean people started to dream of a semi-final spot, a desire that was fulfilled.
This exceeded their North Korean rivals' record of reaching the quarter-finals 36 years before, when they defeated Italy.
In the semi-finals, Germany, coached by Rudi Völler, put an end to South Korea's run. After a 3–2 loss to Turkey in the third-place playoff, Hiddink guided his side to fourth place, as he had done four years previously in France.
Football experts and fans alike never predicted this degree of achievement before to the tournament. When South Korea advanced to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002, many people in the nation were ecstatic. Hiddink received honorary South Korean citizenship for the first time.
Other benefits quickly followed, including a private residence on Jeju-do Island, lifetime free flights with Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, and free taxi trips, among others.
Shortly after the competition, the Guus Hiddink Stadium in Gwangju, where South Korea qualified for the semi-finals, was renamed in his honor.
His hometown, which now has a Guuseum, has become a popular destination for South Korean tourists visiting the Netherlands. The Guuseum is a museum in Varsseveld founded by his family to commemorate Hiddink.
A notable fact about Guus Hiddink is that he elected to return to the Netherlands in 2002, taking over as coach of PSV Eindhoven. Hiddink won three Dutch league championships (2002–03, 2004–05, and 2005–06), the 2005 Dutch Cup, and the 2003 Dutch Super Cup during his second stint at PSV.
PSV made their first participation in the Champions League semi-finals since the tournament's current structure was created in 1992–93 in the 2004–05 season (PSV won the European Cup, the predecessor to the modern Champions League, in 1988, with Hiddink as coach). PSV was defeated by Milan in the semi-finals on away goals.
PSV made it through the group stage of the 2005–06 Champions League season, but were knocked out in the first knockout round after losing five of its starting 11 to transfers (Park Ji-sung to Manchester United, Lee Young-pyo toTottenham Hotspur
, Mark van Bommel toBarcelona
, Johann Vogel to Milan, and Wilfred Bouma to Aston Villa).
A notable fact about Guus Hiddink is that he became the most successful Dutch coach in history during his time at PSV, with six Dutch League championships and four Dutch Cups, breaking Rinus Michels' record. In June 2006, Hiddink quit the club.
Hiddink was appointed manager of the Australian national team on July 22, 2005. He declared that he will simultaneously manage PSV and Australia.
Both home teams won 1–0 in the play-offs against Uruguay, which were contested in Montevideo on November 12 and Sydney on November 16. Australia went on to win 4–2 on penalties, qualifying for the finals for the first time in 32 years and the first time that any team has qualified via a penalty shoot-out.
Hiddink was well-liked in Australia, where he was fondly known as "Aussie Guus." The Socceroo supporters' scream of "Goooooooooooos!" during games was a remarkable evidence of popular devotion for him.
"No Guus, No Glory," "Guus for P.M." and "In Guus We Trust," as well as a variation on the classic insult "Guus your Daddy?" were slogans during the Socceroos' 2006 World Cup campaign.
During the World Cup, a Sydney tabloid proposed a national "Guus tax" to cover his salaries, in an attempt to entice him away from Russia.
More importantly, his reputation was reinforced by his overhaul of the national team, with experts praising Australia's improved defense.
He is credited with transforming a club that had given up numerous goals under Frank Farina into a competent defensive one that only allowed one goal against both Uruguay and the Netherlands away from home. Johan Neeskens, a Dutch legend, and Graham Arnold, a former Australia international, were Hiddink's assistants in Australia.
Tim Cahill scored two goals (84', 89') and John Aloisi scored one (92') in the closing eight minutes as the Socceroos overcame Japan 3–1 in their first encounter in the 2006 World Cup final stages.
The Australians were forced to play catch-up until the last eight minutes after an early controversial decision by the Egyptian referee, who gave a goal to the Japanese side despite an apparent foul on Australia goalie Mark Schwarzer.
Cahill was fortunate to avoid a possible foul when he tripped Japan's Yichi Komano, who had dribbled into the Australian penalty area, after scoring the opening goal.
Cahill then broke to score the second on the break after the referee missed the incident. While Japan's first goal was unusual, FIFA's spokesperson for refereeing Andreas Werz believes Egyptian referee Essam Abdel Fatah should have awarded Japan a penalty as well.
Australia then lost 2–0 to Brazil, meaning the Socceroos needed at least a draw against Croatia in their last group encounter to qualify for the knockout rounds for the first time in their history.
After a game marred by controversy and erroneous decisions by referee Graham Poll, including an unprecedented three yellow cards given to the same Croatian player, ironically Australian-born Josip imuni, the game ended 2–2, and the Socceroos were awarded a point thanks to a goal from Harry Kewell with minutes remaining.
Italy defeated Australia 1–0 in the second round. After controversially dismissing Italy's Marco Materazzi in the 55th minute, Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo gave Fabio Grosso a controversial penalty kick eight seconds before the conclusion of regular time, which Francesco Totti converted.
This eliminated Australia from the World Cup, thereby ending Hiddink's time as Australia's national coach.
fact about Guus Hiddink
is that he confirmed his appointment as manager of the Russian national team on Dutch television on April 10, 2006.
In April 2006, he agreed to a two-year deal for €2 million per year. After guiding Australia at the 2006 World Cup, he began working for Russia.
After a 2–1 defeat to Israel, Russia's chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 were put into doubt. Russia and Hiddink achieved qualifying for the knockout stages of Euro 2008 following a victory against Andorra and England's loss to Croatia on the penultimate match day.
The Russians advanced to the semi-finals of the event after wins against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and reigning champions Greece in the group stage.
Following the departure of Avram Grant at the conclusion of the 2007–08 Premier League season, Piet de Visser, a former head scout for Hiddink's club PSV and now a personal assistant to Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, proposed Hiddink to the Chelsea owner.
Hiddink had previously decided to execute the two-year agreement with Russia in March 2008, maintaining him as the national team's head coach until 2010.
Russia was beaten by Slovenia in a 2010 World Cup qualification play-off in November 2009, putting doubt on their future goals. Hiddink's departure was announced on February 13, 2010, when his contract ended on June 30, 2010.
Following the firing of Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 2008–09 Premier League season, Chelsea announced on 11 February 2009 that Hiddink would take over as Scolari's successor until the conclusion of the season, while continuing his responsibilities with Russia.
Hiddink's first game in charge was a 1–0 win at Villa Park against Aston Villa. In the Champions League knockout stage, his first game in charge at Stamford Bridge was a 1–0 win againstJuventus
Chelsea's success continued with a 3–1 away victory against Liverpool, with observers claiming that Hiddink had reinvigorated the club after Scolari's departure.
After knocking Liverpool out of the competition, Hiddink led Chelsea to the Champions League semi-finals, where they were defeated by eventual winners Barcelona on the away goals rule; a 93rd-minute Barça goal in a 1–1 controversial draw at Stamford Bridge, preceded by a 0–0 at Camp Nou, sealed Chelsea's fate.
Hiddink only lost once as Chelsea manager, a 1–0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in whichLuka Modric
scored the game's lone goal. Even winning every league game in Hiddink's first season as manager would not have been enough to capture the Premier League championship.
Chelsea supporters screamed Hiddink's name during the season's last home game, a 2–0 victory against Blackburn Rovers, and demanded that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich "sign him up" on a permanent basis.
The Chelsea supporters' warm greeting for Hiddink demonstrated their admiration for the manager. With a dramatic 3–2 away victory over Sunderland, he brought his Premier League career to a close.
A notable fact about Guus Hiddink is that he won the 2009 FA Cup in his last game as interim coach of Chelsea, defeating Everton 2–1 at Wembley.
He was obviously overjoyed upon winning the Cup, and later stated it was one of his greatest successes in interviews.
Even though many Chelsea players, notably captain John Terry, Michael Ballack, and Petr Cech, wanted him to remain, Hiddink always indicated that he wished to return to his role with Russia. The Chelsea players presented him with an engraved watch and a jersey autographed by all of the players as parting gifts.
President Mahmut zgener of the Turkish Football Federation met with Hiddink in Amsterdam on February 16, 2010. After his contract with Russia concluded on June 30, 2010, Hiddink signed to coach the Turkish national team.
His contract with Turkey started on August 1, 2010, with assistant manager Ouz etin and goalkeeping coach Engin pekolu on his staff.
In an international friendly in Istanbul on August 11, 2010, Turkey beat Romania 2–0. In the 82nd minute, Emre Belözolu converted a penalty kick to give Turkey the lead, and Arda Turan doubled the advantage after scoring from 30 yards out.
Hiddink was repeatedly chastised by the media during his time as head coach for the size of his salary, for not establishing a base in Turkey and only visiting the country for games and training camps, and for allegedly failing to grasp the emotional nature of the players and forcing them into a cold, rational, and overly systematic playing mentality.
fact about Guus Hiddink
is that he stepped down after Turkey failed to qualify for Euro 2012 after losing 3–0 on aggregate to Croatia in the playoffs.
Hiddink signed an 18-month contract with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala on February 17, 2012, his first permanent club job in six years.
He guided the club to a bronze medal in the Russian Premier League in his second season, and Anzhi reached the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League for the first time.
After falling down to 10 men 55 minutes into the second leg againstNewcastle United
, Anzhi came close to qualifying when Mbark Boussoufa's free kick struck the post before Papiss Cissé headed home the winner in the dying seconds of the game, resulting in a 1–0 aggregate triumph for the Magpies.
The English side defeated Hiddink's PSV side 3–2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the 2003–04 season, the second time they had done so in the tournament. On November 28, 2012, he declared his retirement at the conclusion of the 2012–13 season, but then changed his mind.
Hiddink opted to extend his contract with Anzhi for another year on June 11, 2013. He surprisingly resigned on 22 July 2013, only two games into the 2013–14 Russian Premier League season, after a 2–1 loss against Dynamo Moscow.
He claimed to have gone because he had achieved his purpose, which was to build Anzhi in such a manner that it could continue without him.
After Louis van Gaal stepped down after the 2014 World Cup, Hiddink was confirmed as the next manager of the Dutch national team on March 28, 2014.
Hiddink committed to lead the squad until UEFA Euro 2016, with Danny Blind andRuud van Nistelrooy
supporting him, with Blind ultimately taking over as manager.
On 4 September 2014, his second tenure as coach started with a 2–0 friendly loss to Italy, with both goals surrendered and a red card earned in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Five days later, the Dutch started their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2–1 loss in Prague, followed by a 3–1 win over Kazakhstan and a 2–0 loss to Iceland a month later.
The 2015 calendar year started in March with a 1–1 draw against Turkey. Hiddink resigned from his job on June 29, 2015. Danny Blind, his assistant, replaced him two days later.
For a long time, it was unclear if Hiddink was dismissed or resigned freely, but on November 21, 2015, he announced that he had been sacked while on holiday in France.
Following the resignation of José Mourinho on December 19, 2015, Hiddink was named first-team manager of English club Chelsea until the conclusion of the 2015–16 season; he rejoined the club in the same manner he did in 2009.
Hiddink came out after being named interim manager, stating he was "happy to return to Stamford Bridge" and "looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club, particularly restoring my amazing connection with the Chelsea supporters."
Hiddink established a new Premier League record for the longest undefeated run as a new manager with 12 games unbeaten after the home draw against Stoke City. Chelsea finished the season in tenth place in the Premier League, up from 16th when Hiddink took over.
Hiddink took over the China under-21 national team on September 10, 2018, but was sacked in September 2019 following a spate of poor defeats, culminating in a 2–0 loss against the Vietnam under-22 men's team.
Park Hang-seo, the assistant coach of South Korea's national team in the 2002 World Cup under Hiddink, was the coach of the Vietnamese squad.
Hiddink was named manager of the Curaçao national team on August 21, 2020. After failing to qualify the Netherlands for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Hiddink signed a deal with COVID-19 in 2021, causing Patrick Kluivert to take over as temporary manager.
Hiddink formally stood down as Curaçao's head coach on September 9, 2021, and declared his managerial retirement at the age of 74.
Chelsea was one season into the Roman Abramovich era and under the new management ofJosé Mourinho
in 2004/05. They recruited Piet de Visser, a long-time PSV scout, as part of their backstage reorganization.
De Visser's relocation to London would be vital for both teams, with his influence essential in the Robben and Keman deals. Despite the departure of these outstanding players, PSV would have a tremendous comeback season, exceeding even its most ardent fans' hopes.
The league was given first emphasis, and Eindhoven won by a comfortable margin of ten points. Hiddink once again shown his managerial acumen, steering a squad to a league title with just one loss and an amazing goal difference of 89 for and 18 against.
Hiddink won his 10th title with PSV, surpassing Rinus Michels' record of nine with Ajax, with a convincing 4-0 win against Willem II in the KNVB final. Hiddink has cemented his place as one of the finest managers to have graced the Dutch game, even though he is sometimes neglected in terms of accolades.
Despite losing the league's top goalscorer and some of Europe's brightest talents in Keman and Robben, Hiddink had worked his magic once more, getting the best out of his squad and seamlessly integrating new signingsPhillip Cocu
, Jefferson Farfán, and DeMarcus Beasley, as well as on-loan Brazilian defender Alex.
In Europe, PSV finally made it out of the Champions League group stage, finishing second behind Arsenal. A confident 3-0 aggregate triumph over Monaco was followed by a nerve-wracking penalty win over French superpower Lyon following a 2-2 draw, setting up a semi-final clash with a star-studded AC Milan side.
Milan won 2-0 in the first leg thanks to goals from Andriy Shevchenko and Jon Dahl Tomasson, giving PSV a seemingly insurmountable job coming back to the Netherlands.
Hiddink, on the other hand, was a master at bringing the most out of his players, and goals from Park and Cocu put PSV on the verge of extra-time until Massimo Ambrosini's 91st-minute away goal restored Milan's advantage.
PSV had a chance thanks to Cocu's second goal, but the Dutch champions ran out of time and were knocked out by the dreaded away goals rule.
PSV had acquired the respect of the footballing world despite their elimination from the tournament. Hiddink had once again demonstrated his value as a manager, bringing the Boeren to new heights with a combination of good defence, sharp offensive play, and a great team mentality.
Hiddink had to contend with the departure of major players again in what would be his last season at PSV, with Park joining Manchester United and Van Bommel joining Barcelona.
The difficulty would be surmounted once again, with Hiddink's team winning the Eredivisie by ten points for the second season in a row, giving him his sixth Dutch crown.
Hiddink's reputation as an antidote to the customary free-flowing character of Dutch football was guaranteed with another season of defensive sturdiness, with just 23 goals conceded.
PSV advanced from their Champions League group, but were comfortably defeated by a Lyon team in the middle of their own dynasty.
The Dutch supporters were shocked by the 5-0 aggregate loss, which was a letdown after reaching the semi-finals the previous season. After the season, Hiddink would go to coach Russia, but he had cemented his reputation as PSV's best manager and the most successful in Dutch football history.
Hiddink, who is known for prioritizing defensive stability above everything else, supervised some of PSV's most exciting play. Working with forwards of the caliber of Romário, Hesselink's Vennegoor, Keman, and Robben made it simpler, but Hiddink let them to thrive while never losing sight of the defense.
Despite the fact that Hiddink will be remembered primarily as an international manager and may never be mentioned in the same breath as compatriots Michels, Cruyff, and Van Gaal, he is the manager who won the most games in Dutch football and created teams that consistently defied the odds and left a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to witness them.
Hiddink merits his place in football history as one of the finest managers to ever inhabit the bench, despite not having established a style of play liked by the majority of supporters.
Hiddink won three additional Eredivisie championships and another KNVB Cup during his second term, making him the most successful football manager in Dutch history.
Hiddink was named manager of the Australia national team in July 2005, and he managed both PSV and Australia at the same time.
He guided Australia to its first World Cup qualification in 32 years, and in the 2006 World Cup, he took the Socceroos to the knockout rounds for the first and only time in their history.
He joined the Russian national squad after the World Cup. Russia squeaked through qualifying at the cost of England, eventually reaching the Euro 2008 semi-finals.
Hiddink was named temporary manager of English club Chelsea in February 2009, while also coaching Russia. During his brief time at Stamford Bridge, he was successful, winning the FA Cup and returning Chelsea to a respectable league place.
Meanwhile, Hiddink resigned as Russia's manager when the team failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. He returned to Turkey as manager of the national side, although his tenure was cut short two years later as the country failed to qualify for Euro 2012.
Hiddink returned to club management in February 2012, taking over at Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia. Hiddink departed Anzhi in July 2013 after a period of considerable success.
Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Hiddink took over as manager of the Netherlands national team, succeeding Louis van Gaal for the second time.
His tenure as coach came to an end after the Netherlands struggled to qualify for Euro 2016; he was stripped of his duties and replaced by Danny Blind.
Following this, some six years after his initial departure fromChelsea
, Hiddink was re-appointed temporary manager of the London club in December 2015 when José Mourinho was fired.
Guus Hiddink social media
, it should be mentioned that he does not have ant pages on any social media platforms.
Guus Hiddinkbody body measurements
, it should be mentioned that the coach is 178cm and 85kg.
Guus Hiddink's net worth
is estimated to be around $14 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.
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