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Jul, 6, 2012

Van Gaal appointed Dutch boss

Louis Van Gaal is the new manager of the Netherlands national side, following the post-Euro 2012 resignation of Bert Van Marwijk.

Van Gaal, 60, managed Netherlands from 2000 to 2002, but failed to take Netherlands to the World Cup in Japan and Korea. However, he has since returned to winning ways with both AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.

The Dutch manager brings with him former Ajax manager Danny Blind as his assistant, as Netherlands look to move past a disasterous Euro 2012 campaign where they slumped to three straight defeats.

"The Dutch Royal Football Federation (KNVB) this evening reached an agreement with Louis van Gaal over his appointment as the coach of the Dutch national eleven," the KNVB said in a statement. "Van Gaal has signed a contract that will link him from August 1 this year until the end of the World Cup in 2014."

Van Gaal has won seven league titles across his career, in four different major European leagues, as well as guiding Ajax to Champions League glory in 2004-5.

During his recent spell at Bayern Munich, whom he left in May 2011, Van Gaal came close to repeating his feat, losing to Inter Milan in the final of the 2010 edition of the Champions League.

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