, 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.
||Club career -
After his retirement from international football in
1993, Gullit moved to Sampdoria with chairman Paolo Mantovani being
instrumental in persuading him to join. He was handed the number 4
shirt, as his regular number 10 was occupied by local hero Roberto
Mancini. Gullit led the club to victory in the final of the
1993/1994 Italian Cup and scored the winner in a 3-2 league victory
over old club Milan as Samp finished a creditable 3rd in Serie A.
His performances were so impressive that Milan re-signed him in
1994, but after little playing time he returned to Sampdoria to
finish the 1994/95 season. Samp finished 8th in 1994-5, missing out
on UEFA Cup football to Napoli who pipped them by a point.