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Dirk Kuyt has announced details of his testimonial at the end of the season and it promises to be an absolute cracker.
The former Netherlands international retired from the game at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, bowing out in the most perfect way by scoring the hat-trick that delivered the Eredivisie title to his beloved Feyenoord.
Feyenoord were the second club side of his senior career, moving there from Utrecht in 2003, before moving on to Liverpool where he gained cult hero status for his happy knack of scoring important goals, and his incredible work rate.
He then turned out for Fenerbahce but returned to Rotterdam to reach over 100 goals and play a starring role in the first League title success since 1999.
Dirk Kuyt has retired from football.- Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) May 17, 2017
His last act. pic.twitter.com/EWrGzF6MyU
On 27 May, the 37-year old will be back at De Kuip in Rotterdam for his big send-off and will be joined by several of his legendary team-mates from Utrecht, Feyenoord, Liverpool, Fenerbahce and the Dutch national team
According to De Telegraaf, Thomas Buffel, Patrick Lodewijks, Rick Karsdorp, Salomon Kalou and Giovanni van Bronckhorst - the latter of which Kuyt played with and then played under, are all in the mix.
One final match, one last time. I am honoured and very grateful for the opportunity to play my official testimonial match: https://t.co/ugptvE3o8M.- Dirk Kuyt (@Kuyt) March 29, 2018
:calendar_spiral: May, 27, 2018
:round_pushpin: De Kuip - Rotterdam#DirkKuytTestimonial pic.twitter.com/JVaJYWgokS
Dirk Kuyt will officially end his professional playing career on Sunday 27 May 2018 :soccer: :stadium: The Dutch international will make his farewell appearance at De Kuip in the Dirk Kuyt Testimonial :trophy::clap: https://t.co/UkFoML1Uuc #eredivisie pic.twitter.com/5Tpv217Uv2- Eredivisie (English) (@EredivisieEN) March 30, 2018
Jerzy Dudek, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard from Liverpool are all expected to feature, while there's even talk that Luis Suarez, who linked up well with Kuyt during his time at Anfield, could be involved.
If that's enough, his former Holland buddies, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Arjen Robben, Edwin van der Sar, Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu are all poised to be turning up.
:white_check_mark: Gerrard- 9jakopites (@9JAKOPITES) March 31, 2018
:white_check_mark: van der Vaart
:white_check_mark: Nigel de Jong
:white_check_mark: van der Sar
:white_check_mark: van Bronckhorst
:white_check_mark: Frank de Boer
:flag_nl: Are among those that have agreed to play in Dirk Kuyt's testimonial on the 27th May.
Could it be any more stacked? We'll certainly be tuning in when 27 May rolls around and there's no doubt that De Kuip with be packed with Feyenoord supporters.
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