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Future Netherlands coach Van Marwijk says he likes attacking soccer

Future Netherlands coach Van Marwijk says he likes attacking soccer

Bert van Marwijk officially signed as Netherlands coach Monday and said he wants his team to play attractive, attacking soccer when he takes over in July.
"When I played, I was always, I think, a creative attacker," said the 55-year-old Van Marwijk, who takes over from Marco van Basten after this year's European Championship. "I love attacking football.
"But," he added, "I also like winning."
A key question hanging over Van Marwijk is whether he will recall Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel, who is Van Marwijk's son-in-law.
Van Bommel fell out with Van Basten and has vowed not to play for the Netherlands under the current coach. Van Marwijk said he discussed Van Bommel with the Dutch soccer association only once, early in negotiations for the job as coach, but would not elaborate on whether he is prepared to select him once he takes over from Van Basten on July 1.
"I pick the best players," Van Marwijk said. "You will see who they are when the time comes. There is no point in talking about names now."
Van Marwijk has a contract through the 2010 World Cup.
"It's a great challenge to represent your country and work with the best players in the Netherlands toward qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa," he said.
Van Marwijk was announced as the successor to Van Basten earlier this year. Van Basten had earlier said he would leave after Euro 2008 and has since been named as Ajax coach starting next season.
Van Marwijk said he had talked to Van Basten, "about football, about players, about the way of playing."
Van Basten has been criticized for presiding over a team that has not fulfilled its potential and has only in flashes shown the flowing, attacking style that has been the calling card of previous Dutch teams.
Van Basten's team finished only second in its Euro 2008 qualifying group and lost in the second round at the last World Cup in Germany, falling to Portugal 1-0 in a match marred by four red cards.
Van Marwijk is currently coaching at Feyenoord, which dropped to sixth in the Dutch league on Sunday after losing to NAC Breda 3-1. However, Feyenoord has reached the final of the Dutch Cup, where it meets Roda JC.
He also has coached Borussia Dortmund and had a previous stint at Feyenoord from 2000-04. He led Feyenoord to the 2002 UEFA Cup title _ beating Dortmund in the final.
Van Marwijk, who said he has no plans to go to Austria and Switzerland for Euro 2008, insisted his job was not all about trophies.
"Many people think it is important how many prizes you win," he said. "For me it is more important to create a team that can play in a certain way."
Van Marwijk also said he realized he has a tough task ahead of him.
"I know I won't come out of this unscathed," he said.


Updated : 2021-10-26 12:47 GMT+08:00