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Guus Hiddink to Netherlands headlines trio of new international hires


Guus Hiddink is back in charge of the Dutch, with his second spell as Netherlands boss just one of a trio of international coaching hires in the past week.

Fellow Dutch coach Dick Advocaat has been tabbed to lead Serbia forward, while Herve Renard of France will take over the Ivory Coast.

All three Europeans have international experience.

Renard shepherded Zambia to a historic upset of his new squad back in the African Cup of Nations, and will take over for Sabri Lamouchi. The Ivory Coast again failed to escape the group stage at the World Cup this summer.

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Advocaat has watched over five national teams: Russia, South Korea, the Netherlands, UAE and Belgium. Serbia missed the 2014 World Cup, and hasn’t advanced past the group stage since a run to the Round of 16 in 1998.

Short-term boss Ljubinko Drulović posted a 2-1-1 record after taking over for Siniša Mihajlović, who lost more than he won in coaching Serbia to a third place Group A finish behind Belgium and Croatia in 2014 UEFA World Cup qualifying.

Hiddink says his side will play “attractive but practical football” as he tries to best the semifinal run he led in 1998. He’s led three sides into the knockout rounds of the World Cup, taking Australia into the second round in 2006 and leading South Korea’s stunning fourth-place run on home soil in 2002.

He’s also coached Russia and Turkey in addition to a club career in the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Russia and England.

And Hiddink will have a big gun beside him:

Proud to be part of this.. @KNVB. #Hiddink #Blind. First games sept 4th Italy away. Sept 9th Czech Republic away.

— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) August 1, 2014

Louis van Gaal led the Netherlands to a third-place finish in Brazil, but left to take the Manchester United job.

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