Frank de Boer is proud of his appointment as national coach of the Dutch national team. The former coach of Ajax, among others, foresees a bright future with Orange.
‘Orange may be more talented than in 2010’
“I am very honored to be here. We have a good player group, a good staff and I have always been a player who demands the highest. I have that as a coach. I believe in a very bright future”, said De Boer. Friday at his presentation in Zeist.
“As journalists and photographers, you would also love to experience a European Championship or World Cup and as the Netherlands participate in it for as long as possible. With a period of good cooperation we can make something very beautiful out of it. Everyone needs that after two missed tournaments.”
Whether De Boer was a top candidate for Orange or not, makes little difference to him. Criticism of his appointment also leaves him cold. “I don’t care if I was candidate one, two, three, four or five. Ultimately, the KNVB ended up with me.”
“And you always have opponents, you often hear them the loudest. They are often small groups that make their voices heard, and that is not bad at all. Whether I am a national coach of the ball broad? player I was the first to throw a ball forward. “
Fifty-year-old De Boer was at the 2010 World Cup, when the Netherlands reached the final, assistant to then national coach Bert van Marwijk. He thinks the Orange is almost as good now.
“We had a very good team at the time, but it is now also very solidly put together. And perhaps this is a more talented group in terms of width. There is so much talent coming, which is great to see. It’s fantastic for me. and Dutch football “, he said.
“We don’t have to be afraid of anyone, although it is not the case that we will be a whistling European champion or world champion. It will be difficult enough.”
De Boer’s first game as national coach of Orange will be on October 7, when the Netherlands will practice against Mexico. Four days later Bosnia and Herzegovina awaits in the Nations League and three days later a game with Italy follows.