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Guus Hiddink to quit coaching at season's end

Published on Nov 28, 2012 6:06 AM
 
FC Anzhi Makhachkala's head coach Guus Hiddink reacts during an UEFA Europe League group A football match between FC Anzhi Makhachkala and Liverpool FC in Moscow on Nov 8, 2012. Dutch coach Hiddink will bring the curtain down on an illustrious, globetrotting, coaching career at the end of the current season, the Anzhi Makhachkala handler told Dutch TV on Tuesday.  -- PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch football coach Guus Hiddink will bring the curtain down on an illustrious, globetrotting, coaching career at the end of the current season, the Anzhi Makhachkala handler told Dutch TV on Tuesday.

Hiddink has led both the Netherlands and South Korea to the World Cup semi-finals, took Russia to a European Championships semi-final, and won the European Cup (now the Champions League) with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

"I've still got the energy and still get a real buzz each time I step out onto a pitch, but I have to be careful not to stay on too long," said Hiddink, whose contract runs out with Anzhi in mid-2013.

"I still find football so wonderful that I'll likely stay in the milieu," he added, suggesting he could train young coaches or young players.

 
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