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Holland have turned to Louis van Gaal to take over the National team until the 2014 World Cup as the Dutch FA have moved quickly to appoint a successor to Bert van Marwijk, who left the job following the team's horror show at the Euros. This would be Van Gaal's 2nd stint at the job as he was in-charge of the team between 2000 and 2002. Although it marked one of the lowest points in recent Dutch history as they failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
The 60 year old veteran manager has been on the lookout for a job ever since departing Bayern Munich last year and considering his vast experience, which includes spells at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar, the Dutch will hope that they can turn a corner with the man who was once a gymnastics teacher.
The FA were delighted with their appointment as their statement read: "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. 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 himself was geared up as he told the KNVB website: "I am pleased the KNVB have approached me. This is the challenge I have waited for."
Holland were abysmal at the Euros, losing all three of their games to get knocked out at the group stage itself. It was a shocking performance from the team, who only two years back went all the way to the final at the World Cup. The age old problems of in-fighting continue to plague the team and with Van Gaal's history of being a strict taskmaster, sparks are about to fly within the Netherlands camp filled with superstars.
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