Guus Hiddink: biography, career, personal life

Guus Hiddink is an outstanding Dutch coach, who has behind his back experience in many strong European clubs and several national teams, including the Russian national team. He stands out against the background of other mentors with his extraordinary tactical arrangements, with an emphasis on the individual skills of each player individually.


Guus Hiddink was born on November 8, 1946 in the Netherlands, in the city of Varsseveld. He grew up in a large family of teachers. In childhood, his main passion was football. Mr. Hiddink devoted all his free time to his favorite sport, while managing to help his parents.

Player career Guus Hiddink began at an early age in the city club "Varsseveld", where he was determined to the position of midfielder. After graduating from school, he was enrolled in the Central Institute of Sports Mentors in Overvene, where he was one of the best students and graduated with a diploma in 1966.

Professional career

After graduation, Guus Hiddink signed a contract with the De Graftshap football club from Dutinhem, while being the coach of a team for children who are lagging behind in development. He remained a children's mentor until 1984, combining this work with the professional activities of a football player.

In 1969, the footballer helped De Grafshap reach the first division of the Netherlands Championship, after which he moved to the Washington Diplomats from the North American Football League. Later, Guus Hiddink entered into an agreement with San Jose Earthquakes, and some time later he played for the Nec Club of Neymengem. Gus in 1981, with honors, was taken back to the "De Grafskhap", which in a few years ended his career as a football player. On account of Guus Hiddink as a player 500 matches and 80 goals over 15 years of work.

Gus is 50 years old.


Since 1981, after returning to De Graafschap, Guus Hiddink has been an assistant coach. In 1984 he moved to the same position at PSV, where since 1987 he was promoted to head coach. With him, the most titled Dutch club won the Netherlands Championship three times and the Netherlands Cup three times, and also in 1988 won the European Cup (later reformed into the UEFA Champions League).In 1990, Gus signed an agreement with the Turkish Fenerbahce club, and the following year he was already the head coach of the Spanish Valencia team.

Gus with a cup.

In 1995, he received an invitation to lead the Netherlands national team. In 1998, the World Cup was held in France, in which the Netherlands team in fourth place finished fourth, losing in the match for third place to Croatia.

After the World Cup, Guus Hiddink led the Madrid “Real”, which soon took the Intercontinental Cup. But because of disagreements with the leadership of the club in 2000, he had to go first to Real Betis, and six months later - to the South Korean team. What seemed to all the skeptics regress, in fact turned out to be the right decision for the coach. In 2002, at the World Championships held in South Korea, under the guidance of Guus Hiddink, the team came in fourth place, which is still the highest football achievement of this country.

After this success, the mentor returns to work at PSV, where in 4 years he helps the club to win three more national championship championships, one Cup each and the Super Cup of the Netherlands.

In 2005, Gus was invited to the Australian national team, which led to the 1/8 finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where they lost to the future winner, the Italian national team, at the very end of the match due to a very controversial penalty.

At the personal request of Roman Abramovich, he was appointed head coach of the Russian national football team in 2006. Mentor's salary was about 7 million euros. Together with the Russian national team Gus Hiddink created a sensation at Euro 2008. In the heavy group, Russia entered the playoffs from second place, which led the team in the quarterfinal to one of the favorites of the tournament - the Netherlands. But Guus Hiddink found the necessary tactical placement, and his team won with a score of 3: 1. This caused the jubilation of the whole country. Despite the fact that in the semifinals, Spain defeated Russia, the national team led by Gus shared third place with Turkey. But since the mentor was unable to bring the national team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the coach announced the completion of work with the team.

Gus in Chelsea.

After that, he signed a contract with Chelsea, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2009. G. Hiddink left the post after losing in the semi-finals of the Champions League from Barcelona.

In 2010, the Football Federation of Turkey agreed with Guus Hiddink an agreement on working with his team. He was faced with the task of entering Euro 2012, but the team did not win the play-offs with Croatia and missed this tournament. Guus Hiddink immediately after absenteeism announced his retirement.

Then he signed a contract with “Anji”, which, under his leadership, took third place in the championship of Russia.

After that, the decline in Guus Hiddink's career began. At first, he was unable to bring the Dutch national team to Euro 2016, then failed the season in Chelsea, the team took only tenth place in the championship of England.

Life after coaching career

Gus with a girlfriend.

Now Guus Hiddink lives and works in the USA. He is an analyst at Fox Sports USA.

It meets with the Dutch citizen Elizabeth Pinas, who is several decades younger than him.

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