Dirk Kuyt Announces His Retirement From Football

Dirk Kuyt Announces His Retirement From Football
May 18, 2017

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With the news that Dirk Kuyt is retiring from football let’s have a look at the career of the Feyenoord legend. Kuyt played for 4 clubs over a career stretching from 1998 to 2017 in which he made 782 appearances scoring 281 goals in all competitions as well as getting 149 assist. He also made a total of 105 appearances for the Netherlands scoring 24 goals overall.

It all started for Dirk Kuyt at FC Utrecht where he spent a total of 5 years at the club making 173 appearances and scoring 57 and assisting 23. In his time at the club, Kuyt won the Dutch Cup the first medal to put up in his trophy cabinet.

Kuyt then moved from FC Utrecht to Feyenoord Rotterdam for a reported fee of around 850k where he has now had two spells during his career. Over both spells at the club he has made a total 193 appearances scoring 116 goals as well as assisting 58 and has been appointed club captain twice once in his first spell at the club and the other in his latest spell. He failed to win a team honour in his first spell at Feyenoord however he did win the Player of the year award as well as finishing top scorer in the 2004/2005 campaign.  After returning to Feyenoord in 2015 he was re-appointed captain and won his first silverware in a Feyenoord shirt winning the Dutch Cup and captaining the side to their first league title since 1999. Kuyt put his name in Feyenoord history scoring a Hat-trick in the last game of the season which was a must win for Feyenoord.

When Kuyt left Feyenoord in 2006 he joined Premier League side Liverpool where he became a fan favourite at the club. He played a total of 286 games for Liverpool scoring 71 and assisting 40 goals. At Liverpool Kuyt became a very well-known player among football fans, he was a joy to watch throughout his career but at Liverpool on his day he was one of the most enjoyable players to watch playing the beautiful game in a beautiful way. At Liverpool, he added two medals to his collection the FA Charity Shield and the English League Cup.

 He left Liverpool in 2012 joining Turkish side Fenerbahce where he spent 3 years. Playing 130 games scoring 37 and assisting 28 he added the Turkish cup, Turkish super cup and the Super Lig winner’s medals to his collection during his time in Turkey. He left Fenerbahce in 2015 returning to the Netherlands for his second spell at Feyenoord where he has now finished his career.

Dirk Kuyt was a joy to watch everywhere he played throughout his career and is a player who I thought should have more medals in his trophy cabinet. 

Kuyt said as he announced his retirement,

‘’Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too”

‘’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’’

Fine words from a fine player, now with his playing career over many will wonder what’s next for the Dutchman only time will tell. Will he going into coaching or will he take another career path? Whatever he decides to do I’m sure most if not all football fans wish him the best of luck.

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