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AZ Alkmaar

 By PA Sport

Marco van Basten returns in new AZ Alkmaar role after health issues

Marco van Basten is to step down to an assistant coach role at AZ Alkmaar on his return to the club after health issues.

Former Netherlands great Marco van Basten stepped down as coach of AZ Alkmaar only five matches into his first season, with the Dutch club saying on Tuesday that he has long struggled to cope with the pressures of coaching.

Van Basten has been on leave for the last two weeks due to health problems, and although AZ ended speculation the club's head...

 By PA Sport

Marco van Basten to take AZ Alkmaar break over health concerns

Marco van Basten is to take a break from coaching AZ Alkmaar due to health concerns, the Eredivisie club has announced.

Van Basten, 49, missed his team's 3-1 win at Dordecht on Saturday, with the club revealing that the coach had been in "physical discomfort for some time because of personal matters" following his father's death in July.

However, the club have now said he will remain absent until Sept. 14.

"Health comes first and as a club we take our responsibility seriously," the club's director...

By ESPN Staff

AZ coach Marco van Basten taking time out after father's death

Van Basten won the Ballon d'Or three times during his playing days at Milan
Marco van Basten has health problems.

AZ Alkmaar have released a statement saying that Marco van Basten will be absent for some time, with reports suggesting that he has been suffering from heart palpitations since the death of his father last month.

"The absence of Marco van Basten will be longer than first expected. The coach has been struggling with physical discomfort for some time because of personal matters," AZ said. "These symptoms are so severe that it in the short term he is not able to competently carry out his work."


Aron Johannsson has groin surgery

United States international Aron Johannsson underwent a groin operation this past weekend.

Following ankle surgery last week, United States international Aron Johannsson underwent a groin operation this past weekend, and the AZ Alkmaar forward is now expected to be out until at least the end of September, according to reports.

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The Eredivisie club said on Monday that the 23-year-old will likely be out an additional six...

 By Alex Labidou

AZ: Johannsson hurt before World Cup

Aron Johannsson's ankle injury wasn't suffered during the U.S.'s World Cup campaign, according to AZ's Earnie Stewart.

United States international Aron Johannsson had ankle surgery on Tuesday and his club, AZ Alkmaar, expects the 23-year-old to be back on Sept. 1, team director Earnie Stewart told ESPN FC.

Johannsson's injury wasn't picked up during the Yanks' World Cup in Brazil but was an long-term injury that the striker wanted to address, Stewart clarified.

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"He's had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team," Stewart said in an telephone...