New coach of the Netherland's football team Ronald Koeman (R) is presented to media representatives by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) at a press conference in Zeist, The Netherlands on February 6, 2018.
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Dutch former star player Ronald Koeman was Tuesday anointed coach of the national team, given the herculean task of restoring the country's pride after a series of humiliating defeats.Koeman said he was "really positive about the future of the national team" but suggested he would push greater discipline and training over the coming months.He also said there was more "tactically" that the team can do, hinting that he may not always stick with the Dutch team's vaunted 4-3-3 lineup. Koeman had already been earmarked in 2014 to replace Louis van Gaal, who left to join Manchester United after taking the Dutch squad to third place in the World Cup in Brazil.An attack-minded central defender, Koeman picked up 78 Dutch caps as a player between 1982 and 1994, scoring 14 goals. He represented his country in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, and helped his team to victory for the first time in the 1988 UEFA European championships.
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