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In mid-2008, a Siberian couple named their baby boy after Guus Hiddink, the Dutch manager of the Russian national soccer team.
The child’s parents said they had decided to give their child the name ‘Guus’ to commemorate the recent success of the side. The name is as unusual to Russian ears as the sound of the team’s fans celebrating a number of recent notable victories.
Hiddink helped Russia reach the semifinals of Euro 2008 — Russia’s best performance since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, he has since left Russia and now manages Turkey’s national team.