, September 1, 1962
in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football coach and former player, who
played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the captain of
the Netherlands national team that was victorious at Euro 88 and was
also a member of the squad for 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, playing in
numerous positions during his career. He last managed the Los
Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer after taking over from Frank
Yallop in November 2007.
||Managerial career -
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, though
Gullit himself disputed this. He was replaced by Gianluca Vialli, a
man he had helped to bring to the club.