The Netherlands have announced that Louis van Gaal will take over as the new manager for a third stint. He previously took charge of the national team from 2000 to 2001 and then again from 2012 to 2014. The Dutchman has signed a contract that will take him until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

 “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.” new Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal said. “Moreover, I consider it an honor to coach the Dutch national team. There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial for participation in the World Cup.”

“The focus is therefore immediately 100 percent on the players and the approach. After all, I was appointed for that” he added. “It is good to be back. By now I have already spoken to a number of players and the technical staff has been put together. I am very much looking forward to getting the job done together.”

Van Gaal replaces Frank de Boer who stepped down after their defeat to the Czech Republic in the Round of 16 stages at Euro 2020. His biggest success at the international level was their run at the 2014 World Cup. The Netherlands secured third place by beating brazil 5-1 and securing a 3-0 win over then World Champions Spain.

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