Madrid enduring its worst struggles in more than 2 decades
MADRID (AP) — The first season without Cristiano Ronaldo is proving to be a difficult one for Real Madrid.
The Spanish powerhouse hasn't been this bad in more than two decades.
Not since 1996 had Madrid lost 10 matches at this point of the season. That team, led by Raul Gonzalez, lost 12 times by the end of January. Madrid's team coached by Guus Hiddink three years later also struggled, losing 10 of its first 32 matches in all competitions, exactly like this season.
China appoints Hiddink in hope of Olympic success
China's soccer federation announced Monday it has appointed Dutch coach Guus Hiddink to lead the country's under-21 team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The 71 year-old, who took the senior Netherlands and South Korean teams to the World Cup semifinals in 1998 and 2002 respectively, joins senior national team coach Marcello Lippi on the payroll of the Chinese Football Association (CFA).
Son and co face Vietnam and ‘Korean Hiddink’ at Asian Games
If South Korea's national team is to reach the final of the Asian Games and win an exemption from military service for its players, then it will have to get past Vietnam and the "Korean Hiddink."
Korean coach Park Hang-seo, a member of Guus Hiddink's coaching staff at the 2002 World Cup when South Korea reached the semifinals, is coaching Vietnam.
‘Asian Hiddink’ sparks rare success for Southeast Asian team
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian soccer is making positive news for a change with historic performances at the continental under-23 championships, spearheaded by a coach nick-named "The Asian Hiddink."
Park’s focus on future in Korea, eye on youth development
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Park Ji-sung has achieved plenty of personal accolades, winning English Premier League and UEFA Champions League medals with Manchester United, and appearing at three World Cups.
What he's embarking on next, however, is what he considers his biggest challenge yet: helping to take South Korea to the highest levels of world soccer.
South Korea technical director quits amid team’s poor form
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The technical director and vice-president of the Korea Football Association has quit amid the national team's run of poor form and a controversy surrounding former coach Guus Hiddink.
South Korea qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia, but has been increasingly criticized by fans for winning only one competitive game in 2017.
Kim Ho-gon said he had to quit in the best interests of the KFA and the national team.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA should pick the best referees for the World Cup and not limit its list to one per nation, according to coaching great Guus Hiddink.
Hiddink, a two-time World Cup semifinalist, told The Associated Press three or four referees should be chosen from the same country if they were best at a job getting more complex as video review is tested.
Chelsea sets winning record, beats Bournemouth 3-0
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea set a club record of 12 straight English Premier League wins as it beat Bournemouth 3-0 on Monday.
Two goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard's penalty kick ensured Antonio Conte's side bettered a run of 11 victories set over two seasons in 2009, beginning in April under Guus Hiddink and ending in September under Carlo Ancelotti.
Only once — Arsenal in 2001-02 with 13 straight wins — has a top-tier club had a longer winning streak in one season since World War II.