Although Guus Hiddink was a football player of note, playing for De Graafschap, PSV, San Jose Earthquakes, Washington Diplomats, and NEC, he is more well-known as one of the world’s best football managers.
Guus started out as a manager for PSV Eindhoven in 1987, with the club winning the European Cup a year later. His contributions saw Real Madrid win the Intercontinental Cup in 1998. This was followed by Chelsea’s win of the FA Cup (2009). Hiddink has also managed Fenerbahce, Valencia, and Betis Sevilla.
His fame as a national team coach was solidified in 1998 when he took Holland, and in 2002 upon taking Korea to the FIFA World Cup semifinals. Although Korea had previously not won any games in their previous World Cup appearances, under his influence they managed to beat Poland, Portugal, Italy, and Spain.
Three years later, in 2005, Guus Hiddink leads Australia to their first World Cup final in 32 years, seeing them to go on to their best ever finish in the FIFA World Cup the following year.
He was also instrumental in taking Russia to the EURO 20o8 semi-finals, seeing the team win the quarter-final against Hiddink’s home country Holland.
More recently, Guus Hiddink has managed Anzhi Makhachkala, a Russian team whom he led to the bronze medal in the Russian Premier League during his first season with the team, and to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League for the first time during his second season.
Besides his coaching and speaking engagements, Guus Hiddink is also an Honorary Ambassador for the World Football Academy, where he advises on various football-related matters concerning the content and quality of contemporary training methods. As a coach of note, Guus is an expert when it comes to teambuilding, collaboration, motivation, and inspiration, all of which are qualities necessary for effective management and getting the best out of your players – or business team.
Guus Hiddink speaks on topics such as teambuilding, collaboration, motivation, and inspiration.