FIFA hires Marco van Basten as technical director

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA appointed Netherlands and AC Milan great Marco van Basten as a technical director on Friday to help raise coaching standards.

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FIFA confirmed Van Basten’s new job after he resigned last month as an assistant coach with the Dutch national team.

Van Basten was at FIFA headquarters for the first time, and will have the title chief officer for technical development, FIFA said in a statement.

He will work with former Milan teammate Zvonimir Boban, who FIFA President Gianni Infantino hired as deputy secretary general overseeing football matters.

“It’s a great honor for me to be appointed for this assignment,” Van Basten said in the statement.