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Van Gaal Named Netherlands National Soccer Coach Again

Louis van Gaal was named coach of the Netherlands national soccer team for a second time, replacing Bert van Marwijk after the country’s failure at the European Championship.

Van Gaal, 60, signed a contract through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Dutch soccer federation said on its website last night. He’ll begin the new post Aug. 1.

Van Marwijk’s contract was to expire after Euro 2016, but he quit June 27 after talks with federation officials. Entering Euro 2012 as one of the favorites, the Netherlands lost to Denmark, Portugal and German and failed to advance from the group stage.

“I’m happy that the soccer federation approached me,” Van Gaal said in a statement. “This is the challenge I’ve been waiting for.”

Van Gaal was named Holland coach in 2000 and resigned in early 2002 after failing to qualify for that year’s World Cup.

At club level, he won the Champions League, three Dutch league titles and the UEFA Cup in a six-year spell at Ajax. He also captured league championships at Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, his last managerial post before being fired in 2011.

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