Dick Advocaat ends career with tearful win

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A tearful Dick Advocaat has brought down the curtain on his distinguished coaching career after guiding Feyenoord to a 2-0 win over Utrecht in the Dutch league's post-season playoff.

The 73-year-old fled down the tunnel in tears at the end of the game which secured Feyenoord a place in next season's Conference League, the new third European club competition.

Advocaat, the oldest coach to take charge of a match in the Dutch league, announced earlier in the campaign his decision to step down.

As well as being in charge of over a dozen clubs, Advocaat had also been the national team coach of the Netherlands three times, as well as coaching the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia.

He won league titles at PSV Eindhoven, Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg, where he was also successful in the 2008 UEFA Cup.

But he was also a controversial figure, as Australian soccer found out in 2007.

That year, he had agreed to coach Australia's national team only to later turn his back on the Socceroos and stay put at Zenit St Petersburg after the club gave him a new contract.

Angry Australian officials demanded that FIFA punish Advocaat, with the matter eventually being settled out of court.

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