Frank de Boer ap­pointed Nether­lands coach

Malta Independent - - Sport -

Frank de Boer was ap­pointed coach of the Nether­lands on Wed­nes­day, suc­ceed­ing Ronald Koe­man who quit to join Barcelona.

The fed­er­a­tion said the 50-yearold De Boer signed a con­tract through the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. De Boer's ap­point­ment comes just over two months af­ter he left At­lanta United by mu­tual con­sent af­ter a poor re-start to the MLS sea­son, with the team los­ing all three of its group games at the MLS Is Back tour­na­ment in Florida.

De Boer, a tough de­fender who won the Cham­pi­ons League as a player for Ajax in 1995, played 112 games for the na­tional team. He was as­sis­tant to head coach Bert van Mar­wijk when the Nether­lands reached the World Cup fi­nal in South Africa in 2010, los­ing by a sin­gle ex­tra-time goal to Spain.

De Boer had a suc­cess­ful start to his man­age­ment ca­reer at Ajax, win­ning four straight Ere­di­visie league ti­tles from 2011-2014.

But he has failed to im­press since then. He was fired in 2016 af­ter only 85 days in charge of In­ter Mi­lan and lasted just 10 weeks at Crys­tal Palace in 2017 be­fore be­ing ousted af­ter the team lost its first four Premier League games with­out scor­ing a goal.

Koe­man turned around the for­tunes of a strug­gling Dutch na­tional team dur­ing his two-year ten­ure. Bring­ing in tal­ented young play­ers like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, he led the team to the fi­nal of the in­au­gu­ral UEFA

Na­tions League — where it lost to Por­tu­gal — and qual­i­fied for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, which was post­poned due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic and is now sched­uled to be played next year.

De Boer's first match in charge will be a friendly in­ter­na­tional against Mex­ico on Oct. 7 at the Jo­han Cruyff Arena in Am­s­ter­dam.

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