Guus Hiddink Leaves Turkey Soccer Job After Failed Campaign to Reach Euros

Guus Hiddink will leave his role as coach of Turkey’s national soccer team after failing to reach next year’s European Championship

Hiddink, who took Russia to the semifinals at the tournament four years ago, is departing by mutual agreement, according to a statement on the Istanbul-based Turkish Soccer Federation’s website today.

Turkey lost 3-0 against Croatia in a two-match playoff for the 2012 finals after a 0-0 tie in the second game last night. It had finished as runnerup in its qualifying group to Germany.

Hiddink, 65, was appointed as coach in February 2010 and took charge in August that year. It was his fifth role at international level following spells in charge of the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia and Russia.

He coached Australia at the 2006 World Cup, took South Korea to the semifinals in 2002, and the Netherlands to the last four in 1998, two years after a quarterfinal spot at the European Championship.

The Dutch coach’s most recent club position was at English Premier League team Chelsea in 2009, while he was also in charge of Russia.

Turkey had been a semifinalist at Euro 2008, its last appearance in a major tournament.

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