Friday September 12th, 2014

AZ Alkmaar coach Marco van Basten is stepping down to focus on his health, according to the Dutch media.

The club has not commented on any specific reason for van Basten's departure.  

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Van Basten, 49, joined AZ Alkmaar ahead of this season after signing a two-year deal but has been away from the team because of stress. Van Basten has coached the Dutch national team and spent time with Ajax Amsterdam and Heerenveen before moving to AZ, where U.S. national team forward Aron Johannsson stars and where fellow American Jozy Altidore scored 50 goals in two seasons prior to joining Sunderland.

As a player, van Basten won FIFA World Player of the Year honors in 1992, earned European Footballer of the Year honors three times and helped AC Milan to two European championships. He also helped lead the Netherlands to the 1988 European Championship.

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