Dutch international footballer who was captain when the Netherlands captured the European Championship in 1988. In the first of two successive European Cup wins with club side AC Milan, Gullit scored two goals in a 4–0 win over Steaua Bucharest. Gullit became the first foreign manager to win the English FA Cup when Chelsea won the competition in 1997.
International appearances (1981–94) 66 (17 goals)
Dutch League Championship 1984, 1986, 1987
Italian League Championship 1988, 1992, 1993
Dutch Cup 1984
Italian Cup 1994
English FA Cup 1997 (as manager)
European Championship 1988
European Cup 1989, 1990
European Super Cup 1989, 1990
AwardsEuropean Footballer of the Year 1987
After playing in the Netherlands with Haarlem, Feyenoord, and PSV Eindhoven, he transferred to AC Milan in 1987. In 1995 he transferred from Sampdoria to Chelsea, where he was appointed player-manager in May 1996. He was sacked by Chelsea in 1998 and was replaced by the club's international striker Gianluca Vialli. Later that year, he was appointed manager of Newcastle United, succeeding Kenny Dalglish. He took Newcastle to the FA Cup final against Manchester United but was unable to repeat his 1997 success with Chelsea. In August 1999, just three weeks into the 1999–2000 season, Gullit resigned as Newcastle United manager after the team had gained only one point in their first five matches. He managed Feyenoord for the 2004–05 season, was manager of LA Galaxy 2007–08, and had a short spell in charge of Russian Premier League side Terek Grozny in 2011.
Gullit's departure from Newcastle was precipitated by his decision to drop local hero Alan Shearer to the substitute's bench for the derby match against Sunderland in August 1999. He was replaced as manager by Bobby Robson.