He is a myth among national coaches: Guus Hiddink. Among other things, he reached the semi-finals with his home country Holland in 1998. However, Guus Hiddink achieved his status as a legend primarily by reaching the semi-finals with South Korea at the 2002 World Cup. Four years later, he achieved another unexpected success with Australia when he led the team to the last 16. He has also won several titles as a club coach.
Not all stages of his career were crowned with success. In Turkey or Russia, for example, more was expected of the successful coach. But he failed with both teams in the qualifying rounds.
His last coaching station was a sunny engagement on the Caribbean island of Curacao. In September 2021, he declared his coaching career over.
For at least one game: Reunited with Graham Arnold
Now, however, Guus Hiddink has agreed to temporarily assist Australia in an advisory capacity in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He will be at the Socceroos’ camp in Brisbane for the match against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium on 22 September. The match will be Australia’s last home game before the trip to Qatar and will also mark the 100th anniversary of Australia’s FA. Current Australia coach Graham Arnold was once Hiddink’s assistant coach at the 2006 World Cup.
Asamoah Gyan wants to be the next Roger Milla
Meanwhile, another great has emerged from obscurity: Ghana football legend Asamoah Gyan has not played a game since April 2021. However, he is now calling for his participation in the 2022 World Cup. “I just need to get fit again. It can be a big surprise for everyone,” claimed “Baby Jet”, referring to the legendary performance of the ageing Roger Milla at the 1990 World Cup. However, it is unlikely that coach Otto Addo, who has a huge pool of players at his disposal, will accept the offer.
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