The Royal Netherlands Football Federation made official this Wednesday the appointment of Louis van Gaal as selector of Netherlands, a position that 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. .
The Netherlands plays between September 1 and 7 three games against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey that will be key to deciding the first place in group G -the ‘Oranje’ is second– qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. “There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial for our participation in the World Cup, so the focus is immediately one hundred percent on the players and the approach we should use,” said the coach.
The appointment of Van Gaal, who will succeed Frank de Boer, comes despite his recent criticism of the ‘Oranje’ players, saying that “a lot of glorified stars could not do it,” in reference to the elimination of The Netherlands in the round of 16 of the Eurocup.
“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 on Wednesday.
One of the federation’s technical directors, Nico-Jan Hoogma, praised Van Gaal and said that he is a coach “with exceptional qualities., fast and anticipated “, and that they contacted him shortly after the elimination in the second round of the European Championship.
“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 the Netherlands on two previous occasions: between 2000 and 2001, after leaving Fútbol Club Barcelona, and between 2012 and 2014, when he won third place in the World Cup in Brazil.
With the new coach they arrive at the ‘Oranje’ Danny Blind and Henk Fraser, who will serve as assistants, and Frans Hoek, who will be the goalkeeping coach.