Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink

Former national coach and trainer

About Guus Hiddink

After a career as a professional footballer in the Netherlands and America, Guus Hiddink made an international impact as a top coach. Clubs such as Chelsea, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe and PSV were under his leadership. At PSV, Hiddink was the most successful at club level with several national championships and winning the European Cup 1. In addition, the coach placed himself with an impressive row of national teams (the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia and Russia) for the World Cup. Currently Hiddink works as an consultant for the current interim-coach of PSV.

"I need players to start thinking for themselves"

Why Guus Hiddink Book as a speaker ?

Coach Guus Hiddink is available for presentations and lectures in which he shares his vision on topics such as team building, collaboration, leadership and coaching. In addition, he speaks about contemporary football and the way in which the Netherlands can take steps in this field, which can also be translated to the business world.


As a born Achterhoeker the twelve year old Hiddink became a member of the local football club in Varsseveld. In his second year at CIOS, he did an internship as a youth trainer at the De Graafschap professional football club, a role that he was able to fulfill full-time immediately after graduation. Hiddink was also given the role of assistant head coach by then head coach Evert Teunissen. A glittering career as a professional coach was on the horizon, were it not for the fact that in 1967 the new coach decided to add Guus Hiddink to his player selection. Although the coach hadn't played football for years, he was promoted to the First Division as a top scorer within two years. After that, Hiddink played as a professional footballer for a short time at Eredivisie club PSV and in America. Although he did not conquer a starting place as a player, Hiddink brought PSV great successes as a trainer. Under his leadership, the club became national champion six times and also won the European Cup 1 in 1988, an unique achievement in the history of the Eindhoven club. Then, he coached Fenerbahçe, Valencia, Real Madrid and Chelsea, among others. However, Hiddink achieved remarkable successes with national teams including the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, and Russia, with which he qualified for the World Cup. His achievement to reach the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup with South Korea earned him the title 'Dutch Sports Coach of the Year', in addition to a museum in his hometown and his own stadium in the South Korean town of Gwangju. In 2007 Guus Hiddink, as the third trainer after Rinus Michels and Johan Cruijff, also received the oeuvre prize of the KNVB for his great achievements at home and abroad. After his work as national coach of the Dutch national team, Guus Hiddink left for Chelsea in London, where he was active for one season. In the late summer of 2018 he signed a contract with the Chinese federation. Hiddink is currently working as a consultant for the interim-manager of PSV.

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