Pirate? Think of it that way. Because, Van Marwijk and Van Bommel really close outside-in, united thanks to football, not only physical but also to the descendants.
When Van Marwijk trained Fortuna Sittard (1998-2000), he “took” his daughter Andra, to enter the heart of Van Bommel, who first played at the club (1992-1999).
That was the moment when Van Bommel got used to hearing vague rumors, “he’s dating his own coach boy!” Van Bommel and Andra married in 2001 – and Van Marwijk became the grandfather of their three children.
After Fortuna Sittard and Andra, other relationships Van Marwijk and Van Bommel continued in the Dutch national team. For four years as coach of the Dutch national team (2008-2012), Van Marwijk Van Bommel make as one of the main players.
That time there was no more “squeaky”, because Van Bommel is Van Marwijk’s son-in-law. Because, the waterworker midfielder was indeed a topnotch player. Except for Fortuna Sittard as his first club, Van Bommel only plays for elite teams: PSV, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and AC Milan.
“Uniformity” in-law-in-law was seen again after the European Cup in 2012. Netherlands knocked out in the group stage, Van Marwijk resign, Van Bommel retired from the international scene.
After Van Bommel hanged his boots in 2013 and started his coaching career, Van Marwijk invited his son-in-law to accompany him to coach the Saudi national team in 2015 – as an assistant coach. And both of them managed to pass the Arabs to the 2018 World Cup finals.
Only, because of not reaching a new contract agreement, Van Marwijk decided to leave Arab. Van Bommel further worked as a U-19 coach at PSV.
When Australia hooked Van Marwijk in early 2018, Van Bommel was again invited. Then the duet-in-law’s son was sitting together on the bench Socceroos team in Russia.
To qualify for the round of 16, Australia must beat Peru tonight, plus Denmark lost to France. This is the opportunity Van Marwijk and Van Bommel to slightly extend the duration of his work for Australia. Because, after the World Cup they will not be there anymore, because it is only contracted for six months.
Well, recently Van Bommel has been announced as the new coach of PSV, replacing Phillip Cocu who moved to Fenerbahce. Van Marwijk? Reportedly will also be transported to PSV: if not (turn) as assistant Van Bommel, he will be seated in the director’s chair.
Are you with their parent’s in-laws?