For days, there has been loud speculation, now it is official - Louis van Gaal has retired from football retirement to become the coach of the Netherlands for the third time in his career! The Federation there tried to build on the success from the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, when Netherland, led by Van Gaal, took the world bronze, but it simply did not work.
Neither Danny Blind, nor Ronald Koeman, and especially not Frank de Boer, who in a short time experienced another coaching fiasco on the Dutch bench, Van Gaal agreed to return and help his country despite his wife's desire to stay and enjoy retirement.
days, since he turns 70 in four days. Van Gaal has a big job ahead of him because his former student De Boer left behind a broken team after a bad performance at the Euros, a game and tactics that were not worthy of a giant like the Netherlands.
The qualifications for the World Cup in Qatar in December 2022 will continue on September 1, and the visit to Norway at the start of the foreplay was marked as crucial for the direct placement. It will be interesting to see what the hardened coaching ace will be able to do with the team he will have at his disposal only two days before the game with Norway, considering that club seasons across Europe will soon begin, and the first national team "window" is in late August and early September.
After Norway, Netherlands will host Montenegro on September 4th and Turkey on September 7th.
The contract with Van Gaal was signed until the end of the World Cup next year. The Dutch media report that the paperwork for the realization of Van Gaal's return to the selector's position was complicated for the realization, considering that he lives in Portugal, so there were worries about the realization of tax obligations.
But in the end, everything ended happily on both sides. Van Gaal's assistants in the professional staff will be Danny Blind, who was with him in the last term, as well as Hank Fraser and Frans Hoek. He is one of only four coaches in the history of Dutch football who have been the country's coach three times.
In addition to Van Gaal, it was also done by Karel Kaufman, Rinus Michels, and Dick Advocaat.
Van Gaal had an interesting history with the Dutch national team. At the beginning of the century, he failed to make a great result with the golden generation.
Third place at the Euro in his country and Belgium, and then the big debacle that led to the Netherlands not going to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002. But, after years of torture, he led them to bronze at the World Cup seven years ago, and since then a new big drop of this team has followed, which even managed not to go to Euro 2016