The head coach of the Netherlands national team, Evangelos Doudesis, shares his top five players for 2022.
The former Greek international initially joined the Polar Bears men’s team as a player, but was quickly elevated to head coach of the entire women’s section in Ede. As the women’s head coach, he led the Ede Polar Bears from last place in the Eredivisie to the league championship in 2018, implementing a complete reorganisation and culture shift at the club by focusing on the younger generations.
Due to his unprecedented success, he was appointed as the assistant coach of the Netherlands women’s national team, as well as the junior national teams, in 2017. After the Tokyo Olympics, he was finally given the opportunity to take over as head coach of the women’s national team, guiding the Netherlands to a bronze medal finish at this year’s World Championships.
“Its always a very challenging decision between a few outstanding players. I would rather not select any Dutch athletes for the top 5.”