Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has made a sensational return to management as he takes over as Netherlands first-team coach for the third time.
Van Gaal, 69, takes over from Frank de Boer, who quit from his post following the Netherlands’s surprise last 16 defeat to Czech Republic in the Euros. The Dutchman has previously managed his home country’s national football team on two occasions, from 2000 to 2001 and from 2012 to 2014. Following his appointment, Van Gaal will oversee his side’s bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup as his contract is set to run until the end of the tournament.
“Dutch football has always been close to my heart and national coaching is in my view a key position for the further advancement of our football. Van Gaal told the Dutch FA website. “Moreover, I consider it an honour to coach the Dutch national team.
In his past stints, Van Gaal had some commendable successes as Netherlands coach. He led the side to a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup in a tournament where the Netherlands produced some notable upsets including a 3-0 win over Brazil and a 5-1 thrashing of the then defending champions Spain. On club level, Van Gaal also has a reputation for success. His rise to prominence started out at Dutch side Ajax, where he won three consecutive titles the Champions League and the UEFA Cup.