Louis van Gaal

Dutch Footballer and Manager

Manages Liverpool FC Aloysius Paulus Maria "Louis" van Gaal is a Dutch football manager formerly in charge of Ajax, Netherlands, Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich. Before his career as coach van Gaal played as a midfielder for Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam and AZ. Van Gaal is also a fully qualified gymnastics teacher, and has worked as such at high-schools during various stages of his career as a semi-professional football-player.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Louis van Gaal.


1951 Birth Born on August 8, 1951.


1974 22 Years Old He was loaned to Belgian First Division side Royal Antwerp playing under Guy Thys with whom he was runner-up in the Belgian top division in 1974 and 1975. … Read More


1986 34 Years Old He later joined AZ, where he also became assistant coach in 1986. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old 1 More Event
When Beenhakker left in 1991, Van Gaal took over as manager.


1993 41 Years Old He also led Ajax to the KNVB Cup in 1993 and the Johan Cruijff Shield in 1993, 1994, and 1995. On the European scene, Ajax captured the UEFA Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 1995 after beating Milan in the final. … Read More
1994 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Under Van Gaal, Ajax became the Eredivisie champions three times, in 1994, 1995 (notably going the entire 1994–95 season unbeaten in both the league and the Champions League) and 1996.
1996 44 Years Old Ajax were also Champions League runners-up in 1996 after losing to Juventus on penalties. … Read More
1997 45 Years Old Van Gaal moved to Barcelona in 1997, taking over from Bobby Robson, and helped the team win two league championships (1997–98, 1998–99) and the Copa del Rey once. … Read More
2000 48 Years Old Van Gaal eventually left the Catalan side on 20 May 2000, days after losing the league title to Deportivo de La Coruña, uttering the immortal line: "Amigos de la prensa. … Read More


Congratulations.) He returned to the Netherlands to manage the Dutch national team in preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
2003 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2005, it was announced that he would replace Co Adriaanse as AZ manager on 1 July 2005.
2006 - 2007 2 More Events
2008 56 Years Old In 2008, he married his current wife, Truus, with whom he shares a holiday home near Albufeira in the Portuguese Algarve. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 July 2009, Van Gaal took over as coach of Bayern Munich. … Read More
On 8 May 2010, FC Bayern were crowned Bundesliga champions following a 3–1 win at Hertha BSC, making Van Gaal the first ever Dutch coach to win the Bundesliga. … Read More
2011 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On 7 March 2011, Bayern Munich declared that Van Gaal's contract was to be cancelled after the end of the 2010–11 season.


2012 60 Years Old On 6 July 2012, Van Gaal was presented as the new Netherlands coach. "I am happy that the KNVB approached me," said Van Gaal, who was assisted by former Dutch internationals Danny Blind and Patrick Kluivert, both part of his successful Ajax squad from 1995. "This is the challenge which I have been waiting for."
He led the Netherlands through its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification group as the team won nine and drew one of their ten matches with a goal difference of 34–5. … Read More
2015 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On 4 February 2015, Van Gaal was charged by The Football Association over comments he made about the referee Chris Foy, saying, "Every aspect of a match is against us – the pitch, the referee" during United's goalless draw with Cambridge United. … Read More
2016 64 Years Old On 21 May 2016, Van Gaal won his first trophy with Manchester United, the FA Cup, when his side defeated Crystal Palace 2–1 after extra time, with Jesse Lingard scoring the winning goal.
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