Louis van Gaal is Netherlands’ Head Coach
Louis van Gaal has been officially appointed as the new national coach of the Dutch national team. Together with his – also new – technical staff, consisting of Danny Blind (assistant), Henk Fraser (assistant) and Frans Hoek (goalkeeping coach), he will immediately start working for the Dutch national team. Today, the foursome have agreed a cooperation with the KNVB until the World Cup in 2022.
“Dutch football has always been close to my heart and the national coachship is, in my opinion, a key position for moving our football forward.
– Louis van Gaal, head coach of football KNVB
Louis van Gaal (born 8 August 1951 in Amsterdam) was also the national coach of the Dutch national team between 2000 and 2002 and 2014. During his first term, he failed to lead the Dutch to the global final in South Korea/Japan. In August 2012, he signed a contract that linked him to the Dutch national team until the 2014 World Cup. Van Gaal then finished third with the Dutch team at the World Cup in Brazil.
“In the coming months, we will be tasked with qualifying for the World Cup. For this we have a minimum preparation period. In view of this job, we were looking for a coach with exceptional qualities, who can also anticipate quickly and for whom the national coach knows no secrets.”
– Nico-Jan Hoogma, director of football KNVB
As coach of Ajax, he won the World Cup for club teams, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Supercup, and became champion of the Eredivisie three times. AZ also won the national championship. Abroad he was at the helm of the top clubs FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.