Former Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt retires after helping Feyenoord to Dutch title

Ex-Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has confirmed his retirement after steering Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years in a fairytale final campaign.

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Captains of 12 Netherlands top-tier teams have asked the national soccer federation and league organizers to ban matches on artificial turf.

The league win is Kuyt's second trophy since returning to the Netherlands past year, having been part of the side that won the KNVB Cup season.

He helped the Reds to a UEFA Champions League final appearance in his first season, where Kuyt scored in a 2-1 defeat to AC Milan.

"Throughout my career I made my decisions on gut feelings, and this one too", Kuyt said in a statement on the Feyenoord website.

Kuyt will now pursue a role with Feyenoord's management team, where technical director Martin van Geel will act as his mentor.

Van Geel said of Kuyt: "We are really incredibly grateful to Dirk for what he has meant to Feyenoord over the last two years". I came back to win prizes and become champion with Feyenoord.

"With his attitude, professionalism and passion he has added a lot - in the locker room, on the field and beyond".

"We are therefore delighted that we can retain someone with his experience and setting the club". "I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course", he concluded. The Netherlands' win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup bronze medal match was the last time Kuyt featured in an global match.

After his comeback to Feyenoord in the summer of 2015, Kuyt expressed his wishes to win silverware in Rotterdam.

Kuyt won 105 senior caps for Netherlands, helping them to the final, where they were beaten by Spain, in 2010 and to a third-place finish four years later.


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