Dass War, Dass Ist Dick Advocaat


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Experienced defensive midfielder DICK ADVOCAAT (22) left Dutch club VVV Venlo at the conclusion of the annual Eredivisie campaign and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to sign with the Chicago Sting of the old North American Soccer League in the spring of 1978, the very same year that several other noteworthy footballers arrived in the Windy City to play some NASL stuff at the distinctive baseball stadium known as Wrigley Field. The newcomers would include a trio of crack West German professionals as well as three other players who had appeared at the 1974 FIFA World Cup final tournament hosted by West Germany. Well-traveled domestically having played in 445 matches (scoring 22 goals) for five different clubs over the course of 19 seasons in the Dutch first division, Advocaat was never capped in his career by the Netherlands.
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Russia national team trainer DICK ADVOCAAT looks on during a training session at the Stadion Miejski (Municipal Stadium) in Wroclaw, Poland, one day prior to the start of the 2012 UEFA European Championships co-hosted jointly by the Poles along with the Ukraine. Powered by two goals from 21-year-old rising star ALAN DZAGOEV of former Soviet army club CSKA Moscow and another by second half substitute striker ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO, the unwanted 30-year-old veteran whom Tottenham Hotspur paid 14.0 million English pounds to sign in September of 2008 but offloaded to Lokomotiv Moscow for a little over half that amount this past winter, the Russians would run away from the hapless Czech Republic 4-1 at the Stadion Miejski on the opening day of play in Group A. This year, of course, marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Football Union, which was first established on January 18, 1912.
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1978 CHICAGO STING (NASL) team photo — 30-year-old Dutch defensive midfielder DICK ADVOCAAT (22), who ultimately made 81 appearances and scored six goals while adding 17 assists altogether in three North American Soccer League seasons, is sitting third from left in the front row … 30-year old West German sweeper HORST BLANKENBURG (23), who won the coveted UEFA European Cup three times consecutively with Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam in the early 1970s, signed with the Chicago Sting after a season with Swiss club FC Neuchatel Xamax and is the last player seated on the right in the second row … Once-capped West Germany international ARNO STEFFENHAGEN, the globe-trotting, 28-year-old midfielder who had been Blankenburg’s teammate for two years in Holland with Ajax and again for another term with Bundesliga club SV Hamburg during the 1976/77 campaign, is the last player sitting on the right in the front row … To the left of Steffenhagen is the creative Denmark international JORGEN KRISTIANSEN (10), the 31-year-old winger who earned a UEFA Cup winners’ medal with Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam in 1974 after starting both legs of the Final opposite English side Tottenham Hotspur … Standing fourth from right in the back row is incoming West German striker KARL-HEINZ GRANITZA (12), the 26-year-old, who had been Kristiansen’s teammate the past two Bundesliga seasons with SC Hertha Berlin and was destined to become the all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of the Chicago Sting … the lethal trio of Granitza, Steffenhagen and Kristiansen combined to register 37 goals for the Chicago Sting during the 1978 NASL campaign — this total represented almost seventy percent of the team’s total production for that season …… Not appearing in the Chicago Sting team photo here are EDDIE ANTOINE and ERNST JEAN-JOSEPH, two players who represented Haiti at the 1974 FIFA World Cup staged in West Germany as well as ROBERT GADOCHA, the aging Poland international attacker who won an Olympic gold medal while netting six goals at the 1972 Summer Games hosted by the Bavarian city of Munich and also appeared for the much-admired Polish team that finished third at the ’74 World Cup.
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Rock-solid Dutch defensive midfielder DICK ADVOCAAT (22) of the Chicago Sting engages in an aerial duel with the extremely talented and two-time NASL All-Star midfielder PATRICK “Ace” NTSOELENGOE (11) of the Minnesota Kicks, who also starred year in and year out for the highly-successful Kaizer Chiefs in his native South Africa when the NASL was out of season all throughout his long football career, during a North American Soccer League match at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota … (photo credit : Brian Quarstad / insidemnsoccer.com)
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Russia trainer DICK ADVOCAAT, who steered the Netherlands to the quarterfinals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and also the semifinals of the 2004 UEFA European Championships on two different tours of duty in addition to guiding South Korea to the second round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, prepares to send on substitute striker ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO of Lokomotiv Moscow, the experienced international who would set up the third Russian goal before scoring the fourth, himself, with only a little over a quarter of an hour remaining in the 2012 UEFA European Championships Group A match with the Czech Republic at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Poland.

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