Official: Van Gaal returns as Netherlands coach for the third time


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Official: Van Gaal returns as Netherlands coach for the third time

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich technical director was in charge of the Netherlands on two previous occasions: between 2000 and 2001

The Royal Netherlands Football Association today announced the appointment of Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands, a position he will occupy for the third time.

“Dutch football has always been close to my heart and, in my opinion, the position of national coach is key to the advancement of our football. I consider it an honor to coach the Dutch team,” Van Gaal said in a federation statement. .

Netherlands plays between September 1 and 7 three games against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey which will be key to deciding the first place in group G -la Oranje goes second- qualifying for the Qatar World Cup 2022 . “There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial to our participation in the World Cup, so the focus is immediately one hundred percent on the players and the approach we should use.” assured the technician.

The appointment of Van Gaal, what will happen to Frank de Boer, It occurs despite the fact that he recently criticized the Oranje players, saying that “a lot of glorified stars couldn’t do it”, in reference to the elimination of the Netherlands in the round of 16 of the European Championship.

“I have already spoken with several players and I have met with the technical staff of the national team, I am looking forward to working together with them,” Van Gaal said today.

One of the technical directors of the federation, Nico-Jan Hoogma, praised Van gaal and said he’s a coach “with exceptional qualities, fast and anticipated”, and that they contacted him shortly after the elimination in the round of 16 of the Eurocup.

“We have spoken frequently since then. In the last few days, we have been able to polish the details and put the dots on the i’s. We are happy that Louis is taking on the job,” said Hoogma.

Van gaal was in charge of Netherlands on two previous occasions: between 2000 and 2001, after leaving FC Barcelona, ​​and between 2012 and 2014, when he achieved third place in the Brazil World Cup.

With the new coach they arrive at the Oranje Danny Blind and Henk Fraser, who will act as assistants, and Frans Hoek, who will be the goalkeeping coach.


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