Saturday Kickoff: Dutch hire Van Gaal, Park leaving Man United, and more

Saturday Kickoff: Dutch hire Van Gaal, Park leaving Man United, and more

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Saturday Kickoff: Dutch hire Van Gaal, Park leaving Man United, and more

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The next manager to try and help the Netherlands finally meet expectations is a man who has tried before.

Louis Van Gaal has replaced Bert van Marwijk as manager of the Dutch national team, taking the same job he previously held from 2000 to 2001, when he led the Netherlands in a failed bid to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

The 60-year-old manager has an outstanding career as a club manager, having led the likes of Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich, but will now have a chance to make up for one of his few career failures.

Former Dutch national team and Ajax standout Danny Blind will serve as van Gaal's assistant.

Here are some more stories to get your Saturday going:

PARK LEAVING MAN UNITED FOR QPR

Park Ji Sung is leaving Manchester United after an impressive seven-year stint, joining Queens Park Rangers in a £2million transfer.

The former PSV Eindhoven star joined United on a £4 million move in 2005 and became one of Alex Ferguson's most reliable players, particularly in important matches. The South Korean star won four English Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League title with Man United during his tenure.

KALOU SIGNS WITH LILLE

Just two months after winning the UEFA Champions League title with Chelsea, Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou is leaving Stamford Bridge to join French side Lille.

Kalou joins Lille on a free transfer and will look to help Lille offset the departure of Eden Hazard, who joined Chelsea earlier in the transfer window. Lille earlier signed highly-rated French playmaker Marvin Martin. New York area soccer fans were recently treated to Kalou's skills in the Steve Nash Showdown charity soccer game in Manhattan.

What do you think of these developments? See Van Gaal leading the Netherlands to glory at the 2014 World Cup (assuming they qualify)? Disappointed to see Park leave Old Trafford? Impressed with Lille's moves since selling Eden Hazard?

Share your thoughts below.

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