Top football coach Guus Hiddink has shocked the world by declaring that his next management job will be in charge of Turkey, after his current deal with Russia ends at the end of June. The reason why this will come as such a surprise to many, is that he was being highly favored to take over Juventus or Liverpool, and a number of other top European clubs would have loved to have him on board. Instead, he has chosen to continue his international adventures and see what he can achieve with Turkey, after leading South Korea and Russia consecutively to very successful campaigns.

Another question is why he did not choose a team that had at least qualified for the World Cup but was looking for a new manager, such as Nigeria. It is possible that he just loves the challenge of taking a team with a lot of unrealized potential from the bottom to the heights of success, and in that regard Turkey do seem like a logical choice. Besides their last World Cup qualifiers, they have been very successful in recent years, possessing players that play for a lot of top teams in Europe, and can dare to achieve even more.

I am sure all of Turkey will be delighted with this appointment, as their chances to qualify for the 2012 Euros have already drastically improved. Could they repeat the feat that Otto Rehhagel achieved with Greece by winning the competition despite being underdogs? If anyone can do it, it’s Hiddink.


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