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Hiddink ready to build on Van Gaal’s success



Zeist: Guus Hiddink officially took over as coach of the Netherlands on Friday and promised to build on the good work done by predecessor Louis van Gaal, who took the Oranje to third place at the World Cup.

"There will not be many changes," said Hiddink at a press conference as he returned for his second spell in charge of Holland after a three-year stint in the 1990s, in which he led them to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup.

He indicated that Robin van Persie is likely to remain as captain and that Arjen Robben will probably continue in his role as vice-captain.

Hiddink's contract runs through to the end of the 2016 European Championship in France, after which he will be replaced by current assistant Danny Blind.

His other assistant will be former Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

"I felt great enthusiasm on starting my first official day of work today," added Hiddink, who praised his new charges for their excellent showing at the World Cup in Brazil, when their only defeat came on penalties to Argentina in the semifinals.

"First and foremost, bravo to the team, both the players and the technical staff who worked under Louis van Gaal," he said.

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