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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arjen Robben replaces Robin van Persie as new Netherlands captain

Friday proved to be a struggle for Dutch attackers Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie against Kazakhstan.
Arjen Robben will be Netherlands captain under new coach Danny Blind.

Arjen Robben has been made captain of the Netherlands in Danny Blind's first squad since taking over from Guus Hiddink as national coach, replacing striker Robin van Persie.

Blind said on Friday he needs a captain with more "on-field presence" as his team heads into two crucial European Championship qualifiers against Group A leader Iceland and Turkey.

"I have not made this choice based on their soccer skills," Blind told the Dutch federation's website.

"In the guidance and coaching of teammates...

Ex-Netherlands striker Dick Nanninga dies aged 66

AMSTERDAM -- Dick Nanninga, a former Netherlands striker who scored in the 1978 World Cup final, has died, Dutch club Roda JC said. He was 66.

Nanninga played only 15 times for the Dutch national team, but he played in the 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1978, one of three squads to make it to the World Cup final.

With the Netherlands trailing host Argentina 1-0 with eight minutes to play in Buenos Aires in the final,...

Danny Blind brings in Marco van Basten as Netherlands assistant

Marco van Basten made 58 appearances for the Netherlands.

AMSTERDAM -- Former Netherlands coach Marco van Basten is returning to the national team's staff, as assistant to recently appointed coach Danny Blind.

The Dutch football association said on Thursday that Van Basten has agreed a contract until the end of July 2018.

Van Basten was coach of the national team from 2004 to 2008, a tenure that included the 2006 World Cup and 2008 European Championship.

Netherlands boss Danny Blind rejected 'fantastic' Man United coaching offer

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik contends that Danny Blind will have success managing the Netherlands.
With Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's recent injury against Honduras, the ESPN FC panel debate whether or not Mexico even need him at the Gold Cup.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe reacts to recent reports that Sergio Ramos is trying to force through a transfer to Manchester United.

New Netherlands coach Danny Blind said he turned down a "fantastic offer" to be part of Louis van Gaal's backroom staff at Manchester United last year.

Blind was confirmed as the new Oranje boss on Wednesday until 2018 after replacing Guus Hiddink, who left his post on Monday.

But the 54-year-old, who had been Hiddink's assistant and filled the same role for Van Gaal as the Dutch finished third in the 2014 World Cup, revealed he was wanted at Old Trafford last summer.

Blind, who had captained Van...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Danny Blind appointed Netherlands manager, replacing Guus Hiddink

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik contends that Danny Blind will have success managing the Netherlands.

Danny Blind has been named the new manager of Netherlands, replacing Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink took over after Louis van Gaal led Netherlands to third place at last summer's World Cup, but the country have had a poor qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 -- winning just four games in 10 matches, drawing once and losing five times so far -- and the former Chelsea boss resigned earlier this week.