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Frank de Boer has been appointed head coach of the Dutch national team. The 50-year-old former Netherlands defender will be at the helm of the Oranje for the next two years, up to and including the World Championship in Qatar, scheduled in the autumn of 2022. De Boer will start working for the KNVB with immediate effect, so he will already on the bench for the upcoming friendly against Mexico and the Nations League matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy.
As a player, Frank de Boer earned no fewer than 112 caps; only Wesley Sneijder and Edwin van der Sar wore the Oranje shirt more often. De Boer made his debut in 1990 in a friendly against Italy. He reached 100 caps in a European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic on 29 March 2003. De Boer’s last appearance for the national team dates from a year later: at a European Championship quarterfinal against Sweden.
At club level, Frank de Boer's career was also impressive: with Ajax Amsterdam, where he made his breakthrough, he won both the Champions League and the World Cup. He then left for FC Barcelona, where he won the national title. The defender went on to play for Galatasaray and Glasgow Rangers before ending his active career in Qatar.
De Boer's coaching career also started in Amsterdam. First as a youth coach, and not much later – starting in December 2010 - as head coach of Ajax, where he won four national titles in a row. After that period, he went on to work as a manager at Internazionale (Italy), Crystal Palace (England) and Atlanta United in the US. In the summer of 2010, De Boer was assistant to national head coach Bert van Marwijk during the World Championships in South Africa, where the Netherlands reached the finals.