Ronald Koeman wants to lead the Netherlands to the European Championship in Germany in the traditional 4-3-3 system. Unlike his predecessor Louis van Gaal, Koeman relies on the tactic with which Elftal has celebrated great success in the upcoming qualification for the 2024 European Football Championship.
Zeist – “In principle, we are going to return to the system with which we were successful in my first term,” Koeman said in his presentation at Zeist. Van Gaal made the Oranje team play with five defenders at the World Cup in Qatar, where the Netherlands lost to Argentina in the quarterfinals.
Koeman (59) was Bonds’ coach from 2018 to 2020 and confidently led the Netherlands to the Euro Cup and also to the Nations League final. But then he switched to FC Barcelona thanks to an opt-out clause and thus he fulfilled a lifelong dream. There is no such clause in the new contract, Koeman confirmed.
An assistant to the 1988 European champion is his brother Erwin. “Who better to trust than your own brother,” Koeman said. He has also previously coached Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam, as well as Benfica, Valencia, Southampton and Everton, among others. During his active career, he played for Ajax and Barcelona, among others. At Barcelona he was fired as manager after only one year. dpa