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Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit (born September 1, 1962) is a Dutch football coach and former player, who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a member of the Netherlands national team at the Euro 88 and the 1990 World Cup. He was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. He was a versatile player, as he played several positions during his career.

Club career

Gullit, of Surinamese descent, was born Ruud Dil in Amsterdam. He signed for Meerboys as a junior in 1970. In 1978, he signed professional forms for HFC Haarlem by coach and former West Bromwich Albion F.C. player Barry Hughes. Gullit made 91 league appearances for Haarlem, scoring 32 goals.

In 1982, he moved to Feyenoord, where he made 85 league appearances, scoring 30 goals. In 1985 he moved to PSV Eindhoven for 1.2 million (400,000), for which he scored 46 goals in 68 league appearances.

Silvio Berlusconi signed Gullit for A.C. Milan in 1987, paying the then record fee of 17 million ((7.7 million, 6million)). Among his teammates at that club were countrymen Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard, along with Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi. From 1988 to 1992, Milan captured three Serie A titles and two European Cups (1989 and 1990).

He won the European Footballer of the Year award in 1987 and dedicated it to Nelson Mandela.

After his retirement from international football in 1993, Gullit moved to Sampdoria and led the club to victory in the final of the 1993/1994 Italian Cup. AC Milan re-signed him in 1994, but he returned to Sampdoria to finish the 1994/95 season.

In July 1995, he signed for Chelsea F.C. on a free transfer. Initially played as sweeper by manager Glenn Hoddle with limited success, Gullit was moved to his more familiar role in midfield, where he scored six goals.

Personal information
Full name Ruud Dil Gullit
Date of birth September 1, 1962 (1962-09-01) (age 44)
Place of birth    Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Midfield
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1978-1982
1982-1985
1985-1987
1987-1993
1993-1994
1994-1995
1995
1995-1998
Haarlem
Feyenoord
PSV Eindhoven
AC Milan
Sampdoria
AC Milan
Sampdoria
Chelsea
Total
091 0(32)
085 0(30)
068 0(46)
117 0(35)
031 0(15)
008 00(3)
022 00(9)
049 00(4)
471 (174)   
National team
1981-1994 Netherlands 066 0(17)
Teams managed
1996-1998
1998-1999
2004-2005
Chelsea
Newcastle United
Feyenoord
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

National team

In 1981, on his 19th birthday, Gullit made his international debut for the Netherlands national team against Switzerland.

He was one of the key players for the Netherlands helping his country win the Euro 88.

Before the 1994 World Cup, Gullit walked out of the training camp and retired from international football.

In the summer of 1996, when Glenn Hoddle left Chelsea to become manager of the England national team, Gullit was appointed as a player-manager. Gullit made a promising start to his managerial career when in the first season as a player-manager he guided Chelsea to an FA Cup triumph in 1997, the club's first major trophy in 26 years. Gullit became the first non-British manager to win the FA Cup. The club also finished at a credible sixth place in the Premiership. The following season, with Chelsea in the second place in the Premiership and proceeding to the quarterfinals in two cup competitions, he was sacked, allegedly for a disagreement with the club's board over the compensation.[citation needed]

In 1998, he was named manager of Newcastle United F.C., and his managerial career again was on track, with an FA Cup final appearance in his first year. In the following season, fans began to turn against him after a poor run of results, and a well-publicised contretemps with star striker and local hero Alan Shearer and captain Robert Lee did not put him in a favorable light.[citation needed] Gullit even refused to assign Lee a squad number. On a match between Newcastle and local rivals Sunderland following the latter's return to the Premiership, Gullit, to the surprise of many, left the usually starting strikers Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson on the bench. Newcastle lost 2-1, although it was 1-1 when Shearer came on. Gullit resigned three days later, after only five games into the 1999-2000 season.

Before the start of the 2004/2005 season, he took charge of Feyenoord Rotterdam, quitting at the end of that season without winning any trophies.

After football

After his spell at Newcastle Gullit spent several years working as a football commentator, having previously coined the term sexy football [1] during his spell as a BBC pundit during the 1996 European Championship. Gullit used the term to describe teams who played attractive football with an emphasis on the passing game.

By 2006, Gullit had a talk show on Dutch TV, where he has interviewed, amongst others, Nelson Mandela [2]. He also appeared as a pundit for ITV during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He is currently an analyst for the Eredivisie on Tien TV and on Sky Sports for UEFA Champions League games.

Personal life

Gullit has been married three times and has six children:

  • Yvonne de Vries - 1984 to 1991: two children, daughters Felicity and Charmayne.
  • Cristina Pensa - 1994 to May 2000: two children, son Quincy and daughter Sheyenne.
  • Estelle Cruijff - 3 June 2000 - present: She is the niece of Johan Cruyff. They have two children, son Maxim and daughter Jolle.

Sponsors

Gullit was sponsored in 1990 to wear a black and white football boot made by Italian sports brand Lotto. The boot he wore was the Lotto Stadio 90, a boot which was initially created for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Honours

National team

  • 1988 European Championship winner (Netherlands)

Club

  • 1984 KNVB Cup winner (Feyenoord)
  • 1984 Eredivisie champion (Feyenoord)
  • 1986 Eredivisie champion (PSV Eindhoven)
  • 1987 Eredivisie champion (PSV Eindhoven)
  • 1988 Serie A Champion (Milan AC)
  • 1988 Italian Super Cup winner (Milan AC)
  • 1989 UEFA Champions League winner (Milan AC)
  • 1990 European Super Cup winner (Milan AC)
  • 1990 Intercontinental Cup winner (Milan AC)
  • 1990 UEFA Champions League winner (Milan AC)
  • 1992 Italian Super Cup winner (Milan AC)
  • 1992 Serie A champion (Milan AC)
  • 1993 Serie A champion (Milan AC)
  • 1994 Italian Cup Winner (Sampdoria)
  • 1994 Italian Super Cup winner (Milan AC)

Individual

  • 1987 European Footballer of the Year
  • 1987 World Soccer Magazine World Footballer of the Year
  • 1989 World Soccer Magazine World Footballer of the Year

Managerial stats

Team From To Record
G W L D Win %
Chelsea May 10, 1996 February 12, 1998 83 41 24 18 49.39
Newcastle United August 27, 1998 August 28, 1999 52 18 20 14 34.61
Feyenoord August 13, 2004 May 22, 2005 45 25 8 12 55.56

 

Preceded by
Igor Belanov
European Footballer of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
Marco van Basten
Preceded by
Diego Maradona
World Soccer Player of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
Marco van Basten
Preceded by
Marco van Basten
World Soccer Player of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Lothar Matthus
Preceded by
Glenn Hoddle
Chelsea Manager
1996 - 1998
Succeeded by
Gianluca Vialli
Preceded by
Kenny Dalglish
Newcastle United Manager
1998 - 1999
Succeeded by
Steve Clarke (Caretaker)
Preceded by
Bert van Marwijk
Feyenoord Rotterdam Manager
2004 - 2005
Succeeded by
Erwin Koeman
Preceded by
Hein Vergeer
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
Steven Rooks

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