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Frank de Boer named Netherlands coach

Frank de Boer, who won 112 caps and played at two World Cups for the Netherlands, has been appointed his country’s national team coach, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Wednesday.

Frank de Boer named Netherlands coach
CHRIS J RATCLIFFE AFP

Frank de Boer, who was capped 112 times and played at two World Cups for the Netherlands, has been appointed his country’s national team coach, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Wednesday.

De Boer takes over from Koeman

The 50-year-old replaces Ronald Koeman, who left last month to take over as Barcelona coach, and has signed a two-year contract up to the 2022 World Cup. De Boer, who also played for Barcelona, won a record-breaking four successive Dutch league titles as coach of Ajax between 2011 and 2014. But three subsequent jobs outside the Netherlands proved disappointing.

He was fired by Inter Milan after 85 days in charge in 2016 and the next year lasted 10 weeks at Crystal Palace. His last position was at Atlanta United in Major League Soccer where he led the club to cup success before leaving in July after 18 months in charge.

De Boer will be thrust quickly into his new job with a friendly against Mexico and two Nations League games early next month. The Netherlands host the Mexicans in Amsterdam on 7 October before travelling to Bosnia on 11 October and Italy three days later.