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FACTBOX - Belgium coach Dick Advocaat

LONDON (Reuters) - Factbox on Dutchman Dick Advocaat who was named Belgium’s national coach on Wednesday.

* Born Sept 27, 1947 in The Hague, Netherlands.


* After a low-key playing career as a midfielder spent mainly in the Netherlands, Advocaat moved into coaching at the age of 32 and was quickly appointed assistant to Dutch national coach Rinus Michels in 1984.

* After spells coaching at Dutch sides HFC Harlem and SSV, Advocaat led the national side to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup as head coach.

* He returned to club coaching with PSV Eindhoven in 1995 and won his first trophy, the Dutch Cup, a year later, before adding the Dutch Championship in 1997.


* He joined Scottish Premier League side Rangers in 1998 and promptly secured a league and cup treble in his first season, followed by a league and cup double in 2000, as well as a place in the Champions League.

* Rivals Celtic, under new manager Martin O’Neill, hit back in the 2000/01 season with a treble success and after Rangers struggled the following year, Advocaat was moved upstairs to general manager and left in 2002.

* A brief stint at German side Borussia Moenchengladbach was sandwiched in between several international posts, with Advocaat finally returning to club management with Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg in 2006.

* Advocaat became the first foreign coach to win the Russian Premier League in 2007 and went on to beat his old club Rangers to win the UEFA Cup and then Manchester United to win the UEFA Super Cup in 2008.


* Advocaat returned to coach the Netherlands in 2002, guiding them to the semi-finals of Euro 2004 having qualified via the playoffs. He quit shortly after the tournament.

* Appointed coach of United Arab Emirates in July 2005, Advocaat quit in September to become national coach of South Korea.

* South Korea failed to progress beyond the 2006 World Cup group stages under Advocaat and the Dutchman left to join Zenit.