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Hiddink back in charge of Netherlands

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AMSTERDAM (AP) Guus Hiddink began his second stint as Netherlands coach by promising to put together a team that will play attractive but practical football.

Hiddink took over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup, a transition that had been agreed upon in March. Van Gaal accepted the manager job at Manchester United before leading the Netherlands on a flashy run to third at the World Cup in Brazil.

Hiddink said he wants to combine the "Dutch school" of attacking and possession-based play with "the instinct to survive" - meaning to play defensively and wait for counterattacks when necessary.

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