Dutch star Kuyt re­tires af­ter Feyeno­ord tri­umph

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE HAGUE: For­mer Dutch in­ter­na­tional Dirk Kuyt an­nounced his re­tire­ment on Wed­nes­day, three days af­ter his hat-trick steered Feyeno­ord their first Ere­di­visie ti­tle in 18 years.

“Through­out my ca­reer I have al­ways fol­lowed my heart when tak­ing de­ci­sions and that goes for this one too,” Kuyt said in a state­ment on Feyeno­ord’s web­site.

“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.”

Kuyt, 36, scored all three goals on Sun­day as Rot­ter­dam-based Feyeno­ord beat Her­a­cles 3-1 to clinch the Dutch ti­tle af­ter fin­ish­ing one point clear of Ajax.

He is ex­pected to stay on at Feyeno­ord in a tech­ni­cal ca­pac­ity af­ter call­ing time on his 19-year play­ing ca­reer.

Kuyt made his pro­fes­sional de­but at FC Utrecht in 1998, be­fore join­ing Feyeno­ord in 2003 where he quickly es­tab­lished him­self as a cen­tral fig­ure at De Kuip.

Af­ter three pro­lific sea­sons in Rot­ter­dam, Kuyt was snapped up by Liver­pool in 2006 af­ter play­ing at that year’s World Cup in Ger­many.

He scored 71 goals — in­clud­ing a late con­so­la­tion in Liver­pool’s 2007 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal de­feat to AC Mi­lan — over six sea­sons with the English club.

The Dutch­man, who played 104 times for his coun­try, started ev­ery game as the Nether­lands reached the 2010 World Cup fi­nal only to suf­fer a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Spain af­ter ex­tra time in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Kuyt en­deared him­self to Liver­pool sup­port­ers with his com­mit­ment and down-to-earth ap­proach, but the goals dried up in his fi­nal cam­paign at An­field and he was sold to Turk­ish side Fener­bahce in 2012.

He then re­turned to Feyeno­ord for a sec­ond spell in 2015 on a one-year deal, be­fore ex­tend­ing his stay for one fi­nal sea­son. AFP

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