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Friday, November 9, 2007

Ruud Gullit Named Coach of the LA Galaxy

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Today, former Dutch star Ruud Gullit was named the head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

According to Telefutura, Mr. Gullit signed a 3 year deal valued at over $10 million dollars.
"I am very pleased to be here to help the team restore their winning tradition..."
He admitted that he didn't know much about the players or the league. In a wise move, he named Cobi Jones as his second in command. Mr. Jones is the all-time leader in caps for the US National Team (164), and recently retired after a stellar career with the Galaxy.

Dutch Masters

Ruud Gullit was a part of the AC Milan side of Dutch masters coached by Fabio Capello.
"When we arrived at Milan, we decided to speak to each other in Italian, even away from training, to adjust easier."
He, along with Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten, made Milan one of the premier club sides in Europe. He also had two stints at Sampdoria of Genoa. He ended his career at Chelsea, where he later became a player-coach. He then managed at Newcastle United and Feyenoord. For the last two years, he has been a television commentator for Star Sports, along with a Dutch network.
According to Telefutura's Contacto Deportivo broadcast tonight, his winning percentage as a professional coach is 54%.
European Champion and Golden Ball Winner

He was capped 66 times for the Netherlands, where he won the European Nations Cup in 1988. He also featured in World Cup 1990. In 1987, he dedicated the Golden Ball to Nelson Mandela. On a personal note, he is married to the niece of another Dutch footballing legend, Johan Cruyff.

This was another major coup for MLS in 2007 in terms of name recognition. How well Mr. Gullit adapts to the esoteric ways of MLS remains to be seen.

In a few weeks, Los Angeles will embark on a friendly tour of Australia and New Zealand.

All the best wishes to Mr. Gullit and Mr. Jones.

Video Interview

To learn more about Mr. Gullit, please click here for an interesting interview with clips from the Netherland's victory at Euro 1988.

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