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Frank De Boer

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Phil and Anto are joined by Dutch football icon and current Ajax head coach Frank De Boer to have a chat on many topics involving the current state of the defending Dutch champion as they head into a clash with Lyon midweek in the Champions League. The winner of five Dutch titles, a Spanish league title with Barcelona, five domestic cups, the 1992 UEFA Cup, the 1995 UEFA Champions League and an Intercontinental Cup that same year, he featured prominently in the past for Ajax where he played both left back and center back more than 300 times. Frank De Boer is himself a legend who returned to coach the squad after serving as assistant to his national team in the 2010 World Cup. Under his guidance, the players made a resounding comeback to claim a third star on the shirt, but more importantly, as always is the way for an Ajax team, the team reverted back to the Ajax style. Even after Luis Suarez and Urby Emanuelson left in January for greener pastures, Frank brought a fresh calmness back to the team where young players like Cristian Eriksen could thrive and many believe he is the coach for whom Ajax has been wanting since van Gaal left. Frank is also the second-highest capped Dutch player, recording 112 appearances for his country as the bedrock of its defensive back line through the 1990s. He played in two World Cups and three European Championships for the Netherlands, missing only England 96 through injury. Lots of topics discussed including the challenges for this generation at Ajax, the current form of the team, looking back at that historic 1995 Ajax team that conquered Europe, the potential arrival of Louis van Gaal while Johan Cruijff continues his important work ahead and whether the recent slip by Holland against Germany has any important lessons.

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