Advocaat quits as Belgium coach

Dick Advocaat unexpectedly quit as Belgium’s national team coach

and is expected to be hired by Russia.

Advocaat was hired by Belgium last October and led the team to a

3-2 record. Belgium has not qualified for major tournament since

the 2002 World Cup and is preparing for the start of qualifying for

the 2012 European Championship.

Advocaat is expected to take over the Russian national team from

Guus Hiddink, who is leaving to become coach of Turkey. Russia also

failed to qualify for the World Cup.

After coaching the Netherlands to the 1994 World Cup

quarterfinals and the 2004 European Championship semifinals,

Advocaat coached Zenit St. Petersburg to the 2008 UEFA Cup title

during a three-year stint before he was fired last year.