Dick Advocaat

Advocaat, 2011

Dirk Nicolaas "Dick" Advocaat ( born September 27, 1947 in The Hague ) is a former Dutch football player and current football coach.

Career as a player

Advocaat began his career at ADO Den Haag. There he played until 1973 and then moved to Roda JC Kerkrade. In 1977 he signed for VVV Venlo to move two years later in the U.S., as he accepted the offer of the Chicago Sting to play for this club in the North American Soccer League.

Advocaat returned to the 1979/80 season in the short term to the Netherlands to play again for ADO Den Haag, joined at the end of the season but returned to Chicago Sting. From 1980 to 1982 he was at Sparta Rotterdam under contract, in the 1982/83 season at Berchem Sport, a club from Belgium. After a year at FC Utrecht he ended his career.

Career as a coach

Dutch clubs / national

Advocaat began in 1981 as manager of Door Samenwerking Verkregen Pijnacker ( DSVP ). In 1984 he became assistant coach Rinus Michels of the Dutch national football team.

From 1987 to 1989 he coached the HFC Haarlem, then the FC Dordrecht.

From 1992 he was again assistant coach Rinus Michels of the Dutch national team. As Michels resigned ( defeat against Denmark in the semifinals ) after Euro 1992, Advocaat took over the post of coach Bond 1992 to 1994. He arrived with it in the Football World Cup 1994 quarter-finals.

From 1995 to 1998 he was the coach of PSV Eindhoven. With Eindhoven 1996, he was cup winner and 1997 champion.

International clubs / teams

From 1998 to 2001 he coached the Rangers, with whom he was in 1999 and 2000 champion and cup winner.

From 2002 to 2004 Advocaat was again Bondscoach. In the 2004 European Football Championship, the Netherlands reached the semi-finals, but then eliminated against Portugal.

After he was responsible in the first Bundesliga between November 2004 and April 2005, Borussia Mönchengladbach, he was three months (July to September 2005), coach of the national football team of the United Arab Emirates, this place, but left early to October 2005 to June 2006 to train the South Korean national football team.

In July 2006, Advocaat signed with Zenit St. Petersburg, with whom he was Russian champion a year later. In the 2007/2008 season he won the UEFA Cup with Zenit. On 10 August 2009 he was released early there.

Although it was envisaged that Advocaat would take over as coach of the Belgian national team from January 2010, but had resigned as the caretaker coach Franky Vercauteren his office, it was agreed that Advocaat will already stand in October 2009.

On December 6, 2009, it was announced that Advocaat to his work with the Belgian national team will also coach of the Dutch first division club AZ Alkmaar in parallel. He took over as coach of Ronald Koeman until the end of the season ..

On 15 April 2010 Advocaat announced his retirement as coach of the Belgian national football team. A month later, Advocaat was introduced as the new coach of the Russian national team. He received a contract to the Football World Cup 2014.

End of April 2012 declared Advocaat that he would resign after the 2012 European Championship. The European Championships in Poland and Ukraine ended for the Russians with the preliminary round the corner. For the 2012/13 season he again took over after 14 years as coach at the Dutch giants PSV, was, however, after the defeat in the cup final against league rivals AZ Alkmaar on May 9, 2013, the end of his commitment to the end of the season known. Since 16 October 2013, is again coach of the then enemy AZ.