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Van Marwijk commits to Oranje cause

Published: Tuesday 2 March 2010, 16.33CET
Bert van Marwijk warned the Netherlands "are not done yet" after his success in leading the Oranje to the FIFA World Cup finals in style brought a new deal running until after UEFA EURO 2012.
Van Marwijk commits to Oranje cause
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk ©Getty Images
 
Published: Tuesday 2 March 2010, 16.33CET

Van Marwijk commits to Oranje cause

Bert van Marwijk warned the Netherlands "are not done yet" after his success in leading the Oranje to the FIFA World Cup finals in style brought a new deal running until after UEFA EURO 2012.

Bert van Marwijk has signed a two-year extension to his contract with the Dutch national team, committing to the post until after the UEFA EURO 2012 finals.

"Everyone can see the progress we have made over the past two years, but we are not done yet," said the former Feyenoord and BV Borussia Dortmund coach, who guided the Netherlands to this summer's FIFA World Cup with maximum points in qualifying. "It brings calm to the team when the coach extends his contract at an early stage [the 57-year-old's deal was due to expire in July]."

Van Marwijk made the announcement in Noordwijk, where the Netherlands are preparing for Wednesday's friendly against fellow World Cup finalists the United States. He replaced Marco van Basten after UEFA EURO 2008 and led the Oranje to eight wins in as many games en route to South Africa – Spain were the only other team to go through European qualifying with a 100% record.

Van Marwijk's entire coaching team, including assistants Dick Voorn, Phillip Cocu and Frank de Boer, have been rewarded with similar deals. "It is of great value to me that my staff can all stay together," he said. "That was a deciding factor for me."

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