Advocaat retires putting Feyenoord in the Conference League

of the Netherlands, qualified this Sunday, after defeating Utrecht 2-0, for the previous rounds of the Conference League, the new Euro tournament created by UEFA. After this meeting Dick Advocaat, coach of the Rotterdam team and a great institution in world football, ended his career at the age of 73 and leaves with the satisfaction of having left Feyenoord, his last team, qualified for Europe. The penultimate was curiously Utrecht (2018-19).

A goal from Colombian Luis Sinisterra allowed Feyenoord to get the game back on track at 24 ’. He stepped into the area, dribbled past a defender and beat the Utrecht goalkeeper overhead with a high left-footed shot on a beautiful individual play.

The Colombian forward’s goal made Advocaat cry in his last meeting as a professional coach, as the Dutch coach announced five months ago that he would retire at the end of the season.

Feyenoord dominated Utrecht who nevertheless came close to drawing at 65 ‘, in a close-range shot by Gyrano Kerk that was saved by goalkeeper Justin Bijlow.

With the match practically over and Utrecht overturned in the Feyenoord area, forward Bryan Linssen was left alone in front of the goalkeeper in a play on the counterattack and got the final 2-0.

The 2020-21 season has been one of his recovery for Sinisterra, since he did not play for ten months due to a serious injury to the cruciate ligament in his left leg and he regained ownership last January.

Feyenoord-Utrecht was the final of a one-game tie between fourth and seventh Eredivisie teams to determine which Dutch team will play the previous rounds of the Conference League, the new UEFA competition that will start next season.

Dick Advocaat has been a true globetrotter of soccer. With him an illustrious one of the benches leaves. As coach of the Netherlands he was third at Euro 2004. He won the Eredivisie 1996-97 with PSV. The Scottish Premier with Rangers twice: 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The Russian League with Zenit (2007), in addition to the UEFA Cup (2007-08) and the European Super Cup (2008). He was also the coach of Belgium, Russia, Serbia, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. Among other teams he also coached Borussia Mönchengladbach, AZ, Sunderland, Fenerbahçe and Sparta.