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Name Dick Advocaat
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Football Coach


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Coach Fenerbahce

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Dick Advocaat insists he did not tout himself for the job as Netherlands coach] It is nonsense that I went down on my knees to get this job. I did not have the desire to become national team coach and did not even see myself as a real candidate at first. If others mentioned my name or if [his agent] Rob Jansen advised the KNVB [Dutch FA], that did not happen because I asked them to do so. It would not have been a problem for me had they gone for someone else. But that did not happen. They picked me

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Dick Advocaat speaks about the return of Robin van Persie] I worked with him last season at Fenerbahce where he showed what he could do. Robin is a player we might still need but we’ll see in the next weeks how fit he is and if he is playing

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Dick Advocaat has described his Rangers tenure as the most beautiful period] I have a special bond with Rangers. It was the most beautiful period of my life, really special. Rangers have style. There is a lot from the club and the fans that make you aware of that. Something happens to your mind and your body. It comes from everybody there up to the lady who does the washing. Everything about the club has style

In Holland they still underestimate Scottish football a little but Celtic and Rangers are top European clubs. I saw some games from them and they are really close to the level they want. It’s the same for Celtic. In that game [at Ibrox] it was only one game, and I didn’t see Feyenoord. Tomorrow we have to do it differently. We have to show what we want and we have a very fanatical crowd here, the same as Ibrox. We need those supporters to make us give them a surprise

[When asked about the comparison with this game and that final in Manchester 11 years ago, a smile crept across his face as he replied] I am quite confident but in that evening I was more confident. A surprise is always possible

[In memory of former Dutch international Fernando Ricksen, who had lost his battle with motor neurone disease the day before] To speak about him is still difficult. He was a guy who fought so hard to stay alive for his family. I brought him first to Rangers and he is a legend there. After that he had some problems and I brought him to Zenit, and he became a legend there as well but in a different way. For me he was a really great guy and always honest. Even when he had a dark side as well. I feel very sorry for his family