Dutch footballer Kuyt to hang up his boots
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The 36-year-old forward said, "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." ((nl)) Dutch language: Voor mij voelt dit als het juiste moment om te stoppen. Na mijn terugkeer naar Feyenoord heb ik hier twee fantastische jaren gehad, met de landstitel van dit seizoen als absoluut hoogtepunt. Ik kwam terug om prijzen te winnen en kampioen te worden met Feyenoord. Al mijn dromen zijn verwezenlijkt. On Sunday, Kuyt scored a as Feyenoord won their first Dutch League title since 1999.
On Sunday, Kuyt scored a hat-trick as Feyenoord won their first Dutch league titlesince 1999. Kuyt's nineteen-year footballing career started at . He won one (Dutch Cup) with them. Kuyt moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2003 after five seasons at Utrecht. He was top-scorer of the club in all three season at the club.
The Dutchman joined English club Liverpool F.C. in 2006. Six seasons with the club, Kuyt netted 71 goals in 285 appearances. In 2012, he won the , his only trophy with the Reds. In his debut season for Liverpool, Kuyt won the silver medal in the UEFA Champions League, losing to Italian giants A.C. Milan.
Kuyt spent three seasons with Turkish club winning the (Turkish league title), and before moving to Feyenoord. He won a KNVB Cup and Eredivisie in two seasons in his second spell at the club. He scored twelve league goals this season.
Kuyt has 104 international South Africa and third in 2014's World Cup in Brazil. Kuyt is to take a sports management training programme. Feyenoord's techincal director Martic van Geel is to tutor him. van Geel said, "I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course."and has the sixth most caps for Oranje. He has scored 24 goals in the Dutch colours. Kuyt featured in three , finishing second in 2010's World Cup in
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