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Kuyt calls time after hat-trick heroics
September 22 2017, 06:18 | Van Peters
He led boyhood club Feyenoord to their first league championship in 18 years
Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement after helping Feyenoord win the Eredivisie title.
The 36-year-old former Netherlands worldwide, started his career at Utrecht before moving to Feyenoord and then to Liverpool.
Feyenoord forward, and Liverpool cult hero, Dirk Kuyt has called a halt to his playing career at the age of 36.
The captains point to "technical and tactical consequences" of authorities letting six of the 18-team Eredivisie play on artificial surfaces this season.
He said, "To me, this feels like the right time to stop. All my dreams have come true". After my return to Feyenoord, I had two wonderful years with the league title this season as absolute highlight.
Kuyt scored the winning penalty in Liverpool's 2007 Champions League semi-final shoot-out victory over Chelsea and hit a hat-trick in a 2011 league defeat of rivals Manchester United.
The club confirmed on Wednesday that Kuyt will now focus on studying to take up a non-playing role in Rotterdam, under the guidance of technical director Martin van Geel.
"With his attitude, professionalism and passion, he has added so much to the dressing room, on the pitch and off it".
"We are therefore delighted that we can retain someone with his experience and setting the club".
"I knew when I came back two years ago that we could win the championship and everyone laughed at me when I said so", he said on Sunday. "I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course". Together with Liverpool for the versatile Dutchman has reached the final of the Champions League and won the League Cup. He returned to De Kuip in 2015.
In 2010 he finished as runners-up at the World Cup in South Africa and during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil he finished third with "Oranje".