During his successful coaching career, Guus Hiddink had a variety of big and minor positions in international football, as well as some fairly obscure positions.
Former Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has announced his retirement at the age of 74.
In a televised interview, Hiddink stated that he had chosen to resign as Curacao’s manager and that he would not return to football.
“Lately, with COVID, I haven’t worked much,” the Dutch great told SBS 6. I was conversing with the president of the Curacao Federation at the time, and we reached to the decision that I should take a break for a bit since they are moving in a different path.
However, I’m going to completely quit. Will I be doing an Advocaat? “No, no, no.”
That was a dig at his fellow veteran coach Dick Advocaat, who was set to retire after leaving Eredivisie giants Feyenoord last season but instead took up the job of coaching Asian nation Iraq.
Hiddink started his professional with PSV Eindhoven, where he coached from 1987 to 1990 and again from 2002 to 2006, winning three Eredivisie titles in each of his two stints.
In 1988, his PSV side won the old European Cup, defeating Benfica on penalties in Stuttgart after a goalless draw, completing a triple after winning the Dutch league and cup.
He guided the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals in 1998 and South Korea in 2002, and he assisted Australia in reaching the second round of the 2006 tournament. His Russia team advanced to the Euro 2008 semi-finals, losing 3-0 to Spain, and he had his first brief stint as Chelsea interim manager while still in charge of the national team, helping the Blues win the FA Cup in 2009.
Hiddink was a flop at Real Madrid, failing to finish the 1998-99 season before being fired.
During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, he won one title, helping Real Madrid defeat Vasco da Gama in the Intercontinental Cup. A long coaching career included stops at Valencia, Real Betis, Fenerbahce, and Anzhi Makhachkala.
Hiddink returned to the Netherlands for a brief and failed second spell before succeeding Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager in December 2015, where he helped the team recover from a disastrous start to their title defense season, albeit only for a half-season.
A year as China Under-21 coach succeeded, followed by a brief stint as Curacao manager, which was to be his final act, barring a change of heart.