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Netherlands Open The Blind

Danny Blind has been appointed as the new Netherlands head coach.

The 53-year old succeeds Guus Hiddink, who left his position on Monday after just 10 months in charge.

Blind, who was Hiddink’s assistant, won 42 caps during a 20-year playing career with Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam, and also managed Ajax.

Hiddink, 68, lost five and won four of his 10 matches during his second spell in charge, with the Dutch third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

He apologised for leaving the national side five points behind leaders Iceland and three adrift of the Czech Republic in Group A.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thisch isch ghreat newsch. (Schorry – no sorry for my Dutch English accent there) But in all seriousness this will be quite interesting for Daley Blind as now he’ll be getting picked or dropped by his Dad.

“Sorry son, you’re dropped” If that happened then I suppose it would make for an interesting atmosphere at the Blind family home, then again I’m not sure if Daley Blind still lives with his parents, if he did I expect him to still be sleeping in a single bed with a Manchester United duvet cover to keep him warm.

It also raises another interesting point of nepotism in International Football as the Blind Father & Son combination wouldn’t have been the first example. Turns out there are actually quite a few and has the shaping of a pretty decent side, so without further ado here is “INTERNATIONAL NEPOTISM F.C.”

football formation

So joining Daley Blind you would have Paolo Maldini from Italy, Niko Kranjcar from Croatia, Michael Bradley from the U.S.A and Vladimir Weiss of Slovakia. You will also notice the inclusion of Eidur Gudjohnsen, now he wasn’t called up by his Dad but he did come on as a substitute for him once while both representing Iceland so I’ve decided to include him.

Now here’s the challenge can we complete the NEPOTISM INTERNATIONAL side – I think a new challenge has been set!

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