Offbeat — 11 December 2013

Ruud Gullit

Currently working as the manager for Dutch football, Ruud Gullit is better recognized as a versatile football player of 1980s and 90s. This Amsterdam-born footballer played at various field positions, including forward, midfielder and defender. Although retired at this stage, he is still loved by his followers who learn from his game. Under his captaincy, the Netherlands national team won the Euro 88. He was also playing wonderfully for the team when it won the 1990 World Cup. His achievements as a footballer made him 1987’s European Footballer of the Year. Ruud Gullit also twice achieved the title of the World Soccer Player of the Year.

Gullit’s honed football skills were the result of his hard work in his formative years as a junior player of the game. After street football, he became part of the DWS club. His official club career actually started from the HFC Haarleem club where he achieved a fine form as a professional footballer. He later remained associated with the famous Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, A.C. Milan and Sampdoria clubs. In 1995, Ruud Gullit started playing for the prestigious Chelsea club. Considering his performance, he was made to play more at the midfielder position.

However, the best part about Ruud’s play was his total involvement in the game and the enjoyment he gained out of it. His thousands of followers still remember the interviews he used to give for his fans. He always said that he really had fun while playing well on the football field. He was a player who went on to heights after facing disappointment during his early years in international football. His knee injuries also hampered his play, but he had decided to carve a niche in the world of football. That is what he exactly did through his improved performance at all positions. His balance and grace in the field was what impressed every football lover.

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With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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