|Org||Dutch National Team|
|Club as Player||Feyenoord|
2012 06 05 Retrieve
[The European Championship is widely regarded as the tougher tournament] I don’t agree with that. Countries like Argentina and Brazil, they are very tough. In the group stages, it’s more difficult to go to the second round. In 2008, we played France, Italy and Romania. It was also a very difficult group and this time it will be the same. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That’s what it’s all about
[Holland play all their group matches in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but have based themselves in Krakow, Poland. Van der Vaart and Kuyt shrugged off the possible impact of flying to and from games] These players are used to travel. It’s more important to have good accommodation and also to have a good training pitch
2017 03 25 Retrieve
[Dirk Kuyt tells that he almost missed the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final] Out of nowhere, Peter Crouch drove straight at me at roughly 35 mph. He couldn’t brake! The only thing I could do was to jump in the air, and in the end I just managed to jump over Peter, and he crashed into cardboard boxes behind me. I was within a whisker of having my ankles torn to pieces, and would surely have missed the Champions League final. It was incredible that I saw him just in time and could jump over him! Crouchy’s face was as pale as death, he’d had some kind of blackout. Fortunately everything was all right
2017 05 20 Retrieve
[After leading Feyenoord to their first Dutch Eredivisie title in 18 years last weekend, Dirk Kuyt reveals his reasons for hanging up his boots at the end of the season] Throughout my career, I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too. To me, this feels like the right time to retire. I have had two fantastic years here since returning to Feyenoord, with this season’s title as the absolute pinnacle. I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyenoord. All my dreams have come true
2019 02 24 Retrieve
[Dirk Kuyt reveals how ex-Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard inspired him to management] We all choose our own path and on the way you have to find out if you are capable of doing the job.
When Steven Gerrard had only just become a youth coach at Liverpool , after his retirement, we spoke about the road he was going to follow. Steven was absolutely determined to leave Liverpool for a while. He wanted to develop himself as a manager and coach away from the spotlight of the Premier League. It meant he had to leave England
Glasgow Rangers is a massive club. It will be Steven’s dream to become Liverpool manager one day. But to get there he is very much following his own path
2019 09 17 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has named the ‘most special player he has ever played with during his career’] I have been able to play with many big players at Liverpool. With Torres, Suarez, Alonso and Mascherano. In the Dutch national team with Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder. But in many ways, Gerrard has remained the most special player for me. He also had everything. Could give a pass over 40 meters, tackle, score, fifty meters back, it was sometimes not normal
The first player I encountered at the club was Steven Gerrard. He was the captain of the team and he was the first to put me at ease. Not a man of many words, but he shook my hand and said, ‘I hope I will win a lot of prizes with you here’. In the period that followed I saw how he took the lead as a captain and what it meant to be a real professional. A number of things stood out. As a top player you have to be good every day, thinks Gerrard
So he also gave everything every day, not only on Saturday afternoons or on Champions League evenings, but from Monday to Friday he led the fight. He wanted to be the best every day. With that he gave the team much more than with lengthy speeches. If it went well, but especially if it went bad. Everyone was drawn to him and so did I.
2019 09 17b Retrieve
[Dirk Kuyt explains how Steven Gerrard reacted to being dropped by Liverpool] The most special moment took place when, just at the club, I saw a list of sixteen names hanging in the dressing room for the game selection
The most special moment took place when, just at the club, I saw a list of sixteen names hanging in the dressing room for the game selection
In the Netherlands, players always want to blame everything and everyone if they don’t play. Gerrard just accepted it. He didn’t want to let the team suffer. I have never forgotten that. Everyone should propagate that mentality to achieve the maximum together.