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International Football: Koeman reappointed for second spell as Netherlands coach

Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the manager of the Netherlands national team for the second time but is not the only coach to have undertaken multiple spells in charge of a country.

Carlos Queiroz was a late addition to Iran's dugout ahead of last year's World Cup, having also been in charge between 2011 and 2019. 

Queiroz has also enjoyed two spells with his homeland Portugal but of the major footballing nations to have welcomed coaches back, the Dutch are the trailblazers. 

Tuesday's announcement of Koeman's return is accompanied by a hint of unfinished business after he guided the Oranje to Euro 2020 qualification, only to be tempted away by the prospect of coaching Barcelona. 

The Netherlands are 11/1 To Win Outright Euro 2024 and 6/5 to top qualifying Group B, which also includes France.

Oranje flavour to returning heroes 

Koeman replaces Louis van Gaal, who only returned in the summer of 2021 for his third spell in charge. 

King Louis oversaw the Oranje's unsuccessful bid to reach the World Cup in 2002 but almost took them to glory the second time around, as he, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben inspired their side to third place at the 2014 global showpiece. 

Van Gaal may have his critics in England, but he retired from his third spell as his national team's coach in December. 

As ever, he went out fighting, saying that his team's quarter-final penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in Qatar meant that he still considered himself unbeaten as boss, as he had not lost in 90 minutes since taking over the previous year. 

It may be down to having a relatively small population but the Dutch have a habit of bringing their coaches back and Van Gaal is not the only European Cup winner to have more than one bite of the cherry. 

Guus Hiddink guided PSV Eindhoven to European glory in 1988 and took charge of the national team for the first time in 1995. 

Several of Van Gaal's proteges from Ajax featured in Hiddink's squads, with the De Boers, Edwin van Der Sar, Edgar Davids and Clarence Seedorf all present as the Oranje missed out in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup. 

The 76-year-old would return for a second stint in charge between 2014 and 2015 but was replaced by Danny Blind once it became clear that the Dutch were not heading to Euro 2016. 

Dick Advocaat also had three spells coaching the Netherlands, while arguably the greatest manager of all time, Rinus Michels, had four.

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The real Dutch master 

The doyen of 'Total Football', Michels led Ajax to European Cup glory in 1971 before heading to Barcelona in the same year. 

After guiding the Blaugrana to the La Liga title in 1973/74, he remarkably switched his attention to that summer's World Cup, where he and Barca star Johan Cruyff would provide the tactical hypothesis for arguably the most incredible team never to win the tournament. 

However, he got some revenge for that 2-1 defeat to West Germany in 1988 when after returning as coach, his side beat the hosts in the semi-finals by the same scoreline before defeating the Soviet Union 2-0 in the final. 

Incidentally, the two goalscorers in that semi-final win over the West Germans were Koeman and another future Netherlands coach, Marco van Basten. 

Michels is the only coach to have led the Dutch to silverware and returned for a third spell in 1990, but another star-studded line-up fell short, losing on penalties to eventual champions Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 92.

Boys from Brazil fail to recreate the magic 

Other countries have also brought iconic managers back, namely Brazil. Mario Zagallo is one of three men to win the World Cup as a player and coach. 

His playing successes were in 1958 and 1962, before going on to coach the glorious Selecao side of 1970, having also been in charge at various times between 1967-68. 

Zagallo was the team's coordinator in the early 1990s before returning to the top job and guiding Ronaldo and co to the final in 1998. 

His reappointment in 1994 came on the back of Carlos Alberto Parreira leading Brazil to glory at USA 94, one of three stints Parreira had in the role. 

However, he too could not repeat the trick of winning the World Cup as his side lost in the quarter-finals in 2006. 

Another Brazilian to return to the role was Luiz Felipe Scolari. After success in 2002, he looked set to do the same on home soil in 2014 on the back of piloting the Selecao to victory in the previous year's Confederations Cup. 

However, perhaps unfairly, he will always be known for overseeing his nation's infamous 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.

Lippi return ends in heartache 

They say don't go back and this seems particularly prevalent for World Cup-winning coaches, something Marcello Lippi can attest to. 

The legendary Juventus coach guided Italy to an unlikely victory in 2006, beating hosts Germany in the semi-finals before defeating France on penalties. 

Lippi chose not to renew his contract after his success in Berlin but returned after Roberto Donadoni had guided the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. 

The World Cup in South Africa was his primary aim and after Donadoni attempted to refresh the squad, his successor placed his trust in his faithful lieutenants from 2006 but with disastrous consequences as they finished bottom of their group.

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