Hiddink’s surprise visit to Sydney FC

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque said Guus Hiddink’s surprise visit to their training base boosted morale after their loss to rivals Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday.

The Dutch super coach dropped by the Sky Blues’ Macquarie University base at the invitation of Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, a former assistant coach with Hiddink during his time as Socceroos coach.

Hiddink, who is in Sydney for the ten-year anniversary celebrations of the Socceroos’ World Cup qualification over Uruguay on November 16, 2005, remains a popular figure in Australia. 

He is often referred to as "Aussie Guus" after not only helping Australia qualify for a first World Cup in 32 years, but also helping guide the team through the group and into the knockout stages of Germany 2006. 

“Everybody remembers the day Australia qualified. I was speaking to my brother about it last night about where each of us was,” Brosque told reporters.

“He [Hiddink] helped changed football in this country and helped get football to where it is now.

“The fact that Australia qualified after such a long time, the A-League was starting that season and it just flowed on.

“The crowds came and the A-League is where it is now."

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The former Turkey, Holland and Chelsea coach was also in attendance at Allianz Stadium to see the Big Blue, won 4-2 by Victory.

“Someone of his stature to have him here in Australia and here at Macquarie where we are training is great.

“With the teams he’s coached around the world – the big name stars – to have him here looking over us and watching us train is great.

“He’s definitely an idol. He’s a massive name in world football.

“It’s good to see him here and inspire a few of the young boys as well,” the striker added.