The Dutch Football Federation openly announced Louis Van Gaal’s departure, who put an end to his spell with the national side. Ronald Koeman is the man who takes over.
His replacement, announced months ago by the Federation, is Ronaldo Koeman, who was Netherlands coach between 2018 and 2020, and will take over the reins of the national side again from the 1st January.
Van Gaal announced last April that he was going through treatment to get over an agressive prostate cancer and had announced that he would not continue after the World Cup. Once The Netherlands’ elimination to Argentina was confirmed, it was reaffirmed.
“I’m not going to stay with the national side because it was only for this period. This was my last game. I’ve been a part of 20 games and I didn’t lose any”, he said at the time.
The manager leaves the side after losing on penalties in a tight game against The ‘Albiceleste’, eventual winners, with a historical 40 wins in 63 games after the game against Holland, which was a record. During Van Gaal’s final period, they won 14, drawn five and lost one, which was against Argentina on penalties.
His best result as manager was third place in the Brazil World Cup in 2014, beating the hosts in the third-place play-off 3-0. His successor, Koeman, reached the final of the Nations League in his first spell in 2019. He left the national side in 2020 to go to Barcelona until 2021.
In his first season as his successor in 2019, Koeman led the Nations League to the championship game. He departed the national team in 2020 and spent the following year with Barcelona.