Place of Birth. Born September 27, 1947 in The Hague (Netherlands).
Player career. As a player he played as a defensive midfielder for the Dutch clubs Den Haag (The Hague, 1969-1973), Roda (Kerkrade, 1973-1976), V.V. (Venlo, 1976-1979), Sparta (Rotterdam, 1980-1982), Berchem Sport (1982-1983), Utrecht (1983-1984). 1979-1980 season spent in the USA at the Chicago Sting.
Bronze medalist of the Dutch Championship 1970-1971
Coaching career. Started as assistant coach of the Dutch national team Rinus Michels. Later he headed the middle peasant of the first Dutch division “Harlem” and the club S.V. (Dordrecht), who led from the second to the first division.
A year before the 1992 European Championship, D.Advokaat returned to the national team as a second coach. At that championship, Holland reached the semifinals, where they let the future triumphant – the Danish team – go ahead. R. Michels left the post of head coach, and Advocaat took his place. At the 94 World Cup in the USA, Holland, under his leadership, lost only to the future winner of the tournament – the Brazilian national team – in the quarterfinals (2: 3).
After an unsuccessful start of the Euro-96 qualifying cycle, D.Advokaat handed over the post of head coach of the national team to Guus Hiddink, and he himself went to PSV (Eindhoven) and led the club to victory in the Dutch championship, as well as in the national Cup. Advocaat’s coaching career continued in Scotland, where in his first year of work he achieved victory with the Glasgow Rangers in the national championship, in the national Cup and in the League Cup.
In November 2002, D.Advokaat returned to the Dutch national team and took it to the final part of Euro-2004. Then the Dutch reached the semifinals, where they lost to the hosts of the championship – the Portuguese national team. After losing the match, the coach resigned and returned to club work, heading the German Bundesliga club Borussia (Mönchengladbach).
In 2005, D.Advokaat took over as head coach of the United Arab Emirates national team. From autumn 2005 to June 2006 his place of work coached the South Korean national team, with which he performed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Since June 2006 he was the head coach of the Russian FC Zenit (St. Petersburg). On July 1, 2009, being the head coach of Zenit St. Petersburg, Dick Advocaat signed a contract with the Belgian national team, according to which he was supposed to take up the duties of the head coach of the Belgians from January 1, 2010. But as it turned out, he started working with the Belgian national team in October 2009. On December 9, the concurrent coach headed the Dutch “Alkmaar”, with whom he signed a contract until the end of the 2009/2010 season.
The coach worked with Belgium for only six months and on May 17, 2010 he headed the Russian national team. The contract was signed for 4 years under the 2 + 2 scheme; The Dutch coach’s salary is 5 million euros per year, plus bonuses for successful team performances.
After a series of unsuccessful performances by the Russian national team, Advocaat signed a contract with the Dutch club PSV (Eindhoven) in May 2012, despite the fact that the contract with Russia expired in May 2013.
Since March 2015 – head coach of the English “Sunderland”. May 27, resigned as head coach Sunderland, however, his contract was soon extended for another year. The 4th of October In 2015, he finally resigned from the post of head coach.
On August 17, 2016 he was appointed head coach of Turkish “Fenerbahce“. The contract was signed for 1 year… On August 21, Fenerbahce played the first official game under the leadership of Advocate, losing “Istanbul Basaksehir“with a score of 0: 1.
On May 9, 2017, the 69-year-old Lawyer was appointed head coach of the Netherlands national team, at that time becoming the oldest coach of the main team of his country. He began his duties on June 30, 2017. The Netherlands national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and after friendly matches with the national teams of Scotland (1: 0) and Romania (3: 0), Dick Advocaat left the national team. Nevertheless, it was under his leadership that the “orange” won the most victories.
On October 30, 2019, he was appointed head coach of Feyenoord. The contract was signed before the end of the 2019/20 season. In April 2023, the contract was extended for another season.
On May 23, 2023, Dick Advocaat retired from his coach after the match against Utrecht.
In July 2023, it became known that Dick Advocaat decided to resume his career and appointed to the post of head coach of the Iraqi national team.
Coaching awards and achievements:
– Holland Cup winner 1995-1996;
– champion of Holland 1996-1997;
– Dutch Super Cup winner 1996-1997;
– Champion of Scotland 1998-1999 and 1999-2000;
– Winner of the Scottish Cup 1998-1999 and 1999-2000;
– Winner of the Scottish League Cup 1998-1999;
– Medalist of the European Championships 1992 and 2004;
– participant of the 1994 and 2006 world championships;
– Coach of the Year in Scotland (1999-2000);
– Champion of Russia 2007;
– Winner of the 2008 Russian Super Cup;
– Winner of the UEFA Cup 2007-2008;
– Winner of the 2008 UEFA Super Cup;
– Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg;
– Honored coach of Russia.