Dutch Soccer Coach Frank De Boer with Ajax

Dutch Soccer Coach Frank De Boer talks with FIFA.com……

As the Amsterdam sun beats down on one of Ajax’s many pristine training pitches, ex-Netherlands defender Frank de Boer, complete with crossed arms and impenetrable stare, keeps a watchful eye on the final session of the day. A product of the Dutch club’s renowned academy and their former youth team coach, the 1995 UEFA Champions League winner is in very familiar surroundings.

Appointed first-team coach of title-chasing Ajax in December 2010, De Boer, a mainstay of the Oranje for 12 years, has enjoyed a successful start to his new career. He spent some time with FIFA.com to discuss his move to the bench, his approach to coaching and the figures he looks up to in the game.

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