Guus Hiddink's Biography
Guus Hiddink was born on 8 November 1946 in Varsseveld, Holland.
His father Gerhardus was a hero in the Dutch resistance during the Second World War.
At 15, Hiddink played for SC Varsseveld's senior team. Subsequently he played mainly for De Graafschap with a brief spell at PSV Eindhoven.
His football management career was more notable than his playing career.
In 1988 he managed PSV Eindhoven to not just winning the Dutch league but also the European Cup. He also managed Fenerbahçe and Valencia before becoming manager of Holland, where his side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1998.
He accomplished the same feat, but more surprisingly when his South Korea side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002, Hiddink having had spells at the helm of Real Madrid and Real Betis in between.
In 2009, whilst still managing Russia, he had temporary charge of Chelsea and guided them to victory in the FA Cup.
After a spell as manager of Turkey, Hiddink returned to being Holland's manager but left in June 2015.
A note of controversy entered Hiddink's life when in 2007, he was found guilty of tax fraud by a Dutch court and given a six-month suspended jail sentence, plus a fine.
In December 2015, Hiddink revealed that he was in talks to rejoin Chelsea, after they had sacked Jose Mourinho, and his appointment to the role was announced on 19 December 2015.
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