Guus Hiddink

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Guus Hiddink
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0Full Name Guus Hiddink
0Date of Birth 8 November 1946
0Place of Birth Varsseveld, Netherlands
0Chelsea career 2009
0Win percentage 73% (first spell)
0Honours FA Cup: '09
0Other clubs De Graafschap
Real Madrid
Real Betis
South Korea

Guus Hiddink (born 8 November 1946) is a Dutch manager and former midfielder who is the current manager of Chelsea, on an interim basis. He was previously caretaker manager of Chelsea between February and May 2009. He lost only one match during his first spell in charge, and guided Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup. Other highlights of his highly successful managerial career include six league titles and a European Cup victory with PSV Eindhoven, and guiding both Holland and South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup.


Before Chelsea

Following a playing career as a midfielder in Holland (representing De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven and NEC), and a stint playing in the USA, Hiddink honed his coaching skills as an assistant manager before taking over as manager of PSV in 1987. During a highly successful period, Hiddink led the club to three league titles and a European Cup triumph.

Following spells at Fenerbahçe and Valencia, Hiddink took the reins of the Dutch national side in 1995, managing the side at Euro 96 and reaching the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup before losing on penalties to Brazil. Hiddink resigned from the role shortly afterwards, and following disappointing spells in charge of Real Madrid and Real Betis he returned to international football as manager of South Korea in 2001. Hiddink exceeded expectations at the 2002 World Cup, reaching the semi-finals, making him a national hero in South Korea, with the Gwangju World Cup Stadium renamed Guus Hiddink Stadium in his honour. Hiddink then returned to PSV Eindhoven for another highly successful period, leading the club to three league titles, a Dutch cup and Dutch Supercup, in addition to reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. Hiddink then managed Australia and Russia, before joining Chelsea on a temporary basis in 2009.

Chelsea career

Following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 2008-09 season, Chelsea confirmed on 11 February 2009 that Hiddink would manage the side until the end of the season, whilst continuing as manager of the Russian international side. Hiddink's first game in charge was a 1-0 victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park. His first game in charge at Stamford Bridge was a 1-0 victory over Juventus in the Champions League knockout stage.

Hiddink celebrating victory in the 2009 FA Cup Final
Following his only loss as Chelsea manager, a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Hiddink masterminded a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Finals against Liverpool at Anfield, with the Blues eventually prevailing 7-5 on aggregate after a thrilling 4-4 draw in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. In the semi final, Hiddink took his side to the brink of a second consecutive Champions League final, but Chelsea were knocked out on the away goals rule by eventual winners Barcelona following a 93rd minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, a game that was marred by several questionable refereeing calls.

In the final home game of the season, in which Chelsea beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0, Chelsea home fans chanted Hiddink's name throughout the match and called for owner Roman Abramovich to 'sign him up' (on a permanent basis).[1] Hiddink's highly positive reception highlighted the Chelsea fans' appreciation of the manager. He marked an end to his Premier League campaign with a 3-2 away win over Sunderland.

In his last game as a temporary coach of Chelsea he won the 2009 FA Cup, leading the side to 2-1 victory against Everton at Wembley. Hiddink described winning the FA Cup as one of the biggest achievements of his career. [2]

Throughout his tenure at Chelsea various players asked him to stay, including captain John Terry, Michael Ballack, and Petr Čech, but Hiddink always stated that he intended to return to his post with Russia. As a parting gift, the Chelsea players gave him an engraved watch and a shirt signed by all of the players.[3]. Two days after the final, Carlo Ancelotti was announced as Hiddink's successor.

After Chelsea

Hiddink returned to his role with the Russia following his four and a half months at Stamford Bridge, and upon the expiry of his contract in the summer of 2010 took over as manager of the Turkish national side.

Managerial record

First spell

P W D L GF GA GD Win %
League 13 11 1 1 24 9 +15 85%
FA Cup 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 100%
Europe 6 2 4 0 11 8 +3 33%
Total 22 16 5 1 41 19 +22 73%

Second spell


Robertson (1905–06) • Lewis (1906–07) • Calderhead (1907–33) • Knighton (1933–39) • Birrell (1939–52)
Drake (1952–61) • Docherty (1961–67) • Sexton (1967–74) • Suart (1974–75) • McCreadie (1975–77) • Shellito (1977–78)
Blanchflower (1978–79) • Hurst (1979–81) • Neal (1981–85) • Hollins (1985–88) • Campbell (1988–91)
Porterfield (1991–93) • Webb (1993) • Hoddle (1993–96) • Gullit (1996–98) • Vialli (1998–00) • Ranieri (2000–04)
Mourinho (2004–07) • Grant (2007–08) • Scolari (2008–09) • Hiddink (2009) • Ancelotti (2009–11)
Villas-Boas (2011–12) • Di Matteo (2012) • Benítez (2012–13) • Mourinho (2013–15) • Hiddink (2015–16)
Conte (2016–)
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