Louis van Gaal has been named as the new coach of the Netherlands, signing a deal through to next year's World Cup final in Qatar, the Dutch football association said.

It is the third time he will take charge of the Dutch side, with his latest appointment coming less than a week before his 70th birthday.

"Dutch football has always been close to my heart and coaching the national team is, in my opinion, a key position for moving our football forward. Moreover, I consider it an honour to coach the Dutch national team," he said in a statement.

Van Gaal will start in September with three World Cup qualifying matches, replacing Frank de Boer, who quit after the European Championship.

His previous spell in charge saw the Dutch reach the World Cup semi-final in 2014, where they lost on penalties to Argentina.

He was also in charge when the Netherlands failed to reach the 2002 World Cup, when they famously lost 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland in a crucial qualifier at Lansdowne Road.

His illustrious coaching career has also seen him take charge of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.