Louis van Gaal
Dutch footballer and manager
Louis van Gaal
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.
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Man Utd dethrone Real Madrid as cash kings
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Manchester United's relative failure on the pitch has not been reflected off it as for the first time in over a decade they top Deloitte's Football Money League for revenue in the 2015/16 season. United -- who were last on top in the 2003/04 campaign -- earned record revenue of 689m euros (£515.3m, $736m) -- and dislodged Champions League holders Real Madrid who have ruled the roost for the past 11 years. United's topping of the revenue table -- in a season where they failed to sparkle under Louis van Gaal in the league or the Champions League leading to him being sacked -- is largely down to one thing according to Tim Bridge, Senior Consuiltant at Deloitte.
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Van Gaal ends coaching career after family tragedy
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Former Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has ended his coaching career following a family tragedy, Dutch media reported on Tuesday. The 65-year-old, who is out of work since United sacked him in May last year, has turned down a lucrative offer from China. "I could have gone there (China), but I'm still here," van Gaal told De Telegraaf.
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Manchester United freeze out Schneiderlin, Depay as exit looms
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Jose Mourinho has told midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay they will not be considered for selection while they wait to leave Manchester United during the January transfer window. West Brom and Everton have both had bids of under £20 million ($24.7 million, 23.4 million euros) rejected for France international Schneiderlin as United look to recoup most of the £25 million former manager Louis van Gaal paid Southampton for him 18 months ago.
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Ander Herrera adamant Mourinho has Manchester United backing
Yahoo News - 3 months
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera dismissed Monday talk of Jose Mourinho "losing" the Old Trafford dressing room and instead thanked his club manager for the prospect of a first Spain cap. Mourinho's arrival in Manchester was supposed to herald an upturn in United's fortunes after they failed, under his mentor Louis van Gaal, to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three years last season.
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Schweinsteiger returns to training with Man United first team
Yahoo News - 4 months
Former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has returned to training with Manchester United's first-team squad despite manager Jose Mourinho saying it would be "very difficult" for the World Cup winner to feature in his plans. After making 18 Premier League appearances last season, 32-year-old Schweinsteiger has not played for United since the Portuguese took over as manager from Louis van Gaal this year. Schweinsteiger, who had been training with the club's reserves according to media reports, was pictured alongside his team mates as Mourinho supervised a session on Monday.
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Guendogan surprised by Schweinsteiger snub at Man Utd
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(Reuters) - Manchester United would be better off having midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the side, Manchester City's Ilkay Guendogan has said of his fellow German, who remains unlikely to figure in manager Jose Mourinho's plans. After making 18 Premier League appearances last season, 32-year-old Schweinsteiger has failed to turn out for United since the Portuguese coach replaced Louis van Gaal in the close season. Schweinsteiger has also been left out of the side's Europa League squad, with Mourinho confirming that it would be "very difficult" for him to play for the club again.
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Manchester United write off £6.7m Schweinsteiger
Yahoo News - 5 months
Manchester United have written off Bastian Schweinsteiger as an "exceptional" multi-million pound item in their latest published accounts now that the Germany international has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho. The 32-year-old joined United from Bayern Munich before the start of last season when former manager Louis van Gaal was still in charge at Old Trafford.
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Rashford better off with Under-21's: Mourinho
Yahoo News - 6 months
Striker Marcus Rashford is better off in the England Under 21 side than playing second or third fiddle to Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for the England senior team, says his club manager Manchester United's Jose Mourinho. The 18-year-old -- one of the rare successes under Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal, scoring eight times last term -- played only a peripheral role in England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign making two tardy substitute appearances.
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The most expensive football transfers in history
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French star Paul Pogba has moved from Juventus to Manchester United for a reported 89 million pounds which would be make him the world's most expensive player if confirmed. Manchester United had been linked to offers for Pogba even when Louis Van Gaal was still coach.
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Spain, 2014 World Cup
Yahoo News - 8 months
​This one just made no sense whatsoever. Spain were still considered the most fearsome and creative side on the planet, having won their last three major international tournaments. Things got off to a flyer in their first game against the Netherlands when Xabi Alonso slotted home a 27th minute penalty. And after watching Manchester United bore Old Trafford to death over the past two seasons, we're still unsure as to how Louis van Gaal masterminded a sensational Dutch comeback to thrash the Spaniards 5-1. It all started with 'that' Robin van Persie header, continuing into an Arjen Robben masterclass. All confidence from Vicente Del Bosque's side seemed to dissipate, being beaten by Chile in their next game and being eliminated from the tournament. They did manage to defeat Australia, though by then their chances of progressing from the group had already been lost.
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Middlesbrough sign up goalkeeper Valdes
Yahoo News - 8 months
Three-time Champions League winning goalkeeper Victor Valdes will get another chance in the English Premier League after signing a two-year contract with new boys Middlesbrough on Thursday. The 34-year-old -- who won European club football's most prestigious trophy with Barcelona -- had a miserable time at Manchester United under then-manager Louis van Gaal, playing just twice before falling out with the Dutchman and being loaned out to Standard Liege in Belgium.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger
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​Bayern Munich to Manchester United, July 2015. "Basti" made the bold move of joining the Premier League's most successful side after 13 years of service to boyhood club Bayern Munich. The World Cup winning midfielder was seen as the key figure in the Red Devils' revival under Louis van Gaal but it has not materialised. Although United managed to win the FA Cup, injury problems and below par displays have meant that the German has been no more than a bit-part player. Meanwhile, Bayern again will clinch the Bundesliga. 
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Soccer-Man Utd's Memphis vows to return stronger next season
Yahoo News - 9 months
Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is keen to breathe fresh life into his faltering career in England under new manager Jose Mourinho after enduring a disappointing debut campaign under former boss Louis van Gaal. The Netherlands international, who joined United from PSV Eindhoven in June last year, scored two goals in 29 Premier League appearances in his first season, 13 of which came as a substitute. "I did not play as many games as I hoped and I am obviously disappointed about that," Memphis told British media.
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Dear Mr. Van Gaal, good-bye and good riddance…
Yahoo News - 9 months
First, the way the Dutchman’s fate was sealed last night was an embarrassment to anyone associated with Manchester United Football Club. The club’s management is in tatters and our PR department, in specific, requires a complete overhaul.  Second, Louis van Gaal is a legendary manager.
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José Mourinho signs contract to become Manchester United manager
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
• Portuguese manager finally puts pen to paper to succeed Louis van Gaal • Official announcement expected by club on Friday José Mourinho has signed a contract to take over as Manchester United’s manager, with the club expected to make a formal announcement on Friday. Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has offers from England amid Manchester United interest Continue reading...
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Is Manchester United José Mourinho’s Mission Possible? We’ll soon find out | Alastair Campbell
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
The ‘Special One’ arrives at Old Trafford with a big ego but a damaged reputation. What happens next will come down to his ability to learn and adapt Now that he has the Manchester United job he long-coveted, what does the resurrection of José Mourinho, and the demise of Louis van Gaal, say not just about football management but about leadership more generally? The first thing is that if you are looking for lasting friendship and loyalty, you might be better off even in politics than in top-flight football management. There has been a real lack of class about the way Van Gaal’s departure has been handled, his one moment of triumph in winning the FA Cup last Saturday totally wrecked by the breaking news that he would soon be on his way. Continue reading...
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Van Gaal sacked by United, Mourinho poised to step in
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(Reuters) - Manchester United sacked manager Louis van Gaal on Monday after an FA Cup triumph failed to make up for the club's inability to qualify for the Champions League amid widespread discontent with a season of insipid performances.
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    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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  • 2015
    United comfortably defeated Club Brugge in the qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League to earn a place in the group stage.
    More Details Hide Details Domestically, United were solid in defence and went top of the Premier League at the end of September; however, mixed results followed, leaving them in fourth position going into November. They were eliminated from the League Cup by Football League Championship team Middlesbrough and were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage on 8 December after a 3–2 loss away to VfL Wolfsburg. They finished third in their group and subsequently dropped down to the Europa League. Fifteen days later, Van Gaal walked out of a press conference after being questioned about his future, amid speculations of dismissal following a six-game run without a win. He concluded "I wish you a merry Christmas and maybe also a happy new year when I see you." The new year began well for the Dutchman with wins against Swansea, Sheffield United and Liverpool, and a draw against Newcastle. However, United lost to Southampton on 23 January, bringing back rumors about Van Gaal offering to resign, but having his resignation rejected by Ed Woodward.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After a requested hearing with the FA, Van Gaal was cleared of his charges, but was warned of future conduct. On 8 February, Van Gaal was criticised by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce for his long ball tactics after the Hammers conceded a late equaliser to United. Van Gaal responded to the criticism with statistics which seem to show that West Ham have played more long balls than his side. His tactics were defended by fellow managers Arsène Wenger and Garry Monk. United's form improved as the season progressed. A run of seven consecutive Premier League wins was part of ten match unbeaten run that started with a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace on 8 November 2014 and was ended by Southampton, who won 1–0 at Old Trafford on 11 January 2015. United completed another sequence of seven league wins in a row between 28 February and 12 April, concluding with an impressive 4–2 defeat of champions and local rivals Manchester City. This was followed by three consecutive losses to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion. United were also knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the 2014–15 FA Cup by holders and eventual winners Arsenal, who inflicted a 2–1 home defeat on Van Gaal's team on 9 March.
  • 2014
    Van Gaal lost his first official game in charge, a 2–1 home defeat to Swansea City in the opening match of the 2014–15 Premier League season.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 August, United lost 4–0 to League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the League Cup. He won his first competitive game in United's fourth match of the league season, a 4–0 home victory over Queens Park Rangers with goals from Di María, Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. After ten league matches, United were in ninth place with 13 points and two victories, their worst start to the season since 1986–87 under Ron Atkinson. They were also suffering from injuries, including to new signings Herrera, Rojo and Falcao. Van Gaal reacted to the poor form by saying that it would take three years to take his United team to their full potential.
    Manchester United won the 2014 International Champions Cup under Van Gaal, winning the final 3–1 against rivals Liverpool on 4 August.
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    He signed a three-year contract coming into effect after the 2014 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He named Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager, Marcel Bout as assistant coach, specialising in oppositional scouting, and Frans Hoek as goalkeeping coach. Albert Stuivenberg was appointed as assistant coach. Van Gaal claimed he had inherited a "broken" United squad, and that he would give youth a chance. Ed Woodward said Van Gaal had "impressed everyone around the club" and that there was "a real positive energy and buzz around the place". Van Gaal's first signings were midfielder Ander Herrera for £29 million, and defender Luke Shaw for £30 million. On 20 August, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo was bought for €20m from Sporting Clube de Portugal and, on 26 August, United signed Argentine winger Ángel Di María from Real Madrid on a five-year contract. Di María's £59.7 million fee set a new record for a signing by an English club, and took the club's summer spending to a reported £130 million. On transfer deadline day, Van Gaal signed Daley Blind from Ajax for a fee of £14 million and was granted an extension to sign Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco for a reported £6 million.
    Van Gaal was confirmed to replace David Moyes as the new manager for Manchester United on 19 May 2014.
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    Van Gaal ended his tenure as Netherlands manager on 12 July 2014 when the Dutch beat the hosts Brazil 3–0 in the third/fourth place play-off match with goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Qualification was secured with two matches to spare, following a 2–0 away win against Andorra on 10 September 2013. Despite their successful qualifying campaign, expectations surrounding the Netherlands national team were comparatively low due to mixed pre-tournament friendly performances and the failure of the Dutch squad in Euro 2012 (they suffered 3 defeats out of 3 in the group stages in that tournament). In their first group game at the World Cup, at the Estádio Fonte Nova in Salvador, however, Van Gaal's Dutch team came from behind to defeat reigning champions Spain 5–1. The Dutch victory over Spain was attributed in part to Van Gaal's use of counter-attacking tactics which disrupted the tiki-taka possession-based football of the Spanish team. His use of a 3–5–2 formation was notable, as opposed to the typical Dutch 4–3–3 and this helped the Netherlands to tactically take advantage of Spain's weaknesses. In their next match, the Dutch were trailing 2–1 to Australia in the second half of their second group game, before winning 2–3 with the winning goal from young substitute Memphis Depay.
  • 2012
    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."
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  • 2011
    However, he was instead sacked on 10 April 2011 after losing the third place in the Bundesliga.
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    On 7 March 2011, Bayern Munich declared that Van Gaal's contract was to be cancelled after the end of the 2010–11 season.
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  • 2010
    Van Gaal's Bayern started the 2010–11 season by winning the DFL-Supercup, which had been officially reinstated after a 14-year absence.
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    On 25 May 2010, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his desire to extend Van Gaal's contract as the club was very happy with his performance, even though Van Gaal still had one year of his contract to fulfil.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, Van Gaal was voted Manager of the Year by the German professional footballers in the yearly poll organized by VDV (professional players' union in Germany) and kicker.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 15 May 2010, Bayern won the DFB-Pokal with a 4–0 victory over SV Werder Bremen, thus securing the domestic double. In the Champions League, Bayern won 4–4 on the away goals rule in the quarter-final against Manchester United and 4–0 on aggregate against Olympique Lyonnais in the semi-final, securing them a spot in the final, where Van Gaal was to meet his former pupil and assistant at Barcelona, Internazionale coach José Mourinho. Bayern lost the Champions League final 2–0, handing Inter a first Italian treble and thus failing to secure the treble themselves.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On 28 August 2009, he strengthened his team by signing compatriot Arjen Robben from Real Madrid; this reunited the two, with Van Gaal selecting Robben for his debut in the Netherlands U20 team.
    More Details Hide Details Van Gaal got off to a poor start as Bayern coach, winning only one of his first four matches in charge, and by November the club was on the brink of a first-round Champions League exit following two losses to Bordeaux. With Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga, speculation was rampant that he was on the brink of a departure from Bayern even earlier than his predecessor Jürgen Klinsmann. Van Gaal, however, kept insisting he is a prozesstrainer meaning that his team needs time to play the way he imagines. Van Gaal installed many youth players as fixtures in the starting 11, including Thomas Müller and Holger Badstuber, and also converted the winger Bastian Schweinsteiger into a defensive midfielder. A feud with Italian striker Luca Toni, who had played an important role in Bayern's 2007–08 league and cup double, led to Toni's move to Roma. However, Bayern Munich's form improved with two Champions League victories including an impressive 4–1 victory over Juventus in Turin, which allowed them to progress from their group in second position behind Bordeaux. By March, Bayern had moved to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal and were top of the Bundesliga ahead of Leverkusen.
    On 1 July 2009, Van Gaal took over as coach of Bayern Munich.
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  • 2008
    In 2008, he married his current wife, Truus, with whom he shares a holiday home near Albufeira in the Portuguese Algarve.
    More Details Hide Details According to The Daily Telegraph it emerged in 2009 that Van Gaal had lost millions of pounds investing in fraudster Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Ajax Barcelona AZ Bayern Munich Manchester United Netherlands
  • 2007
    Van Gaal initially announced he would leave AZ at the end of the 2007–08 season due to disappointing results, with the club finishing 11th in the Eredivisie.
    More Details Hide Details However, when several players of the AZ squad pointed out that they would like him to stay with AZ, he said he would give the players a chance to prove themselves. AZ started the 2008–09 season with two losses: 2–1 to NAC Breda and 0–3 to ADO Den Haag, but after that the Alkmaar-based club remained unbeaten until 18 April, topping the table ahead of FC Twente and Ajax for the entire season, despite being predicted to finish as low as 13th by pundits. AZ had the best defensive record in the Eredivisie and the second-best goalscoring record, behind Ajax, thanks to its offensive duo of league topscorer Mounir El Hamdaoui and Brazilian Ari. They were crowned league champions on 19 April, one day after AZ suffered an unexpected loss at home to Vitesse Arnhem, which ended a string of 28 unbeaten games (surpassing the team's 1980–81 record of 25 unbeaten games). That same day Ajax, the only opponent still in theory able to surpass AZ, lost 6–2 to PSV.
  • 2006
    Van Gaal also led AZ to a runners-up finish in the 2006–07 KNVB Cup and lost a 2007–08 UEFA Champions League qualification play-off to Ajax 4–2 on aggregate.
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  • 2005
    Under Van Gaal, AZ finished second in the Eredivisie in 2005–06 and third in 2006–07.
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    In January 2005, it was announced that he would replace Co Adriaanse as AZ manager on 1 July 2005.
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  • 2004
    In 2004, he returned to Ajax as a technical director, but resigned later that year due to an internal conflict with Ronald Koeman.
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  • 2003
    Two wins and a draw improved things but after successive defeats to Valencia and Celta de Vigo, he left by mutual consent on 28 January 2003 with the club in 12th place, just three points above the relegation zone and 20 points behind leaders Real Sociedad.
    More Details Hide Details His transfers, particularly the signings of goalkeeper Robert Enke, midfielder Gaizka Mendieta and playmaker Juan Román Riquelme, all disappointed. Riquelme had been bought to replace Rivaldo, whom Van Gaal had released on a free transfer despite having a year left on his contract. The two had fallen out during Van Gaal's previous tenure and after Van Gaal returned, Rivaldo said: "Van Gaal is the main cause of my departure. I don't like Van Gaal, and I am sure that he doesn't like me, either." Van Gaal replied that Rivaldo's lack of commitment was the reason he was released, saying that he "was only interested in making more money and playing less. He was chosen as the best player in 1999, but he has not handled himself well since then and has not behaved like a footballer should. He had illusions about Barca and was requesting to take holidays when important Champions League games were approaching. He then hides back home in Brazil. He plays for Brazil like we needed him to at Barcelona, and he has proved this in the World Cup finals, showing he reserved himself for Japan." Rivaldo joined A.C. Milan and won that season's Champions League.
  • 2002
    Van Gaal returned to Barcelona for the start of the 2002–03 season on a contract until June 2005, but results were inconsistent.
    More Details Hide Details The club won a record-equalling ten successive matches in the Champions League but struggled in La Liga. After four wins, four draws and three defeats from their opening 11 league matches, Barcelona lost three matches in a row, to Real Sociedad, relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla.
    Van Gaal stepped down as manager on 31 January 2002 to be replaced by Dick Advocaat.
    More Details Hide Details After this, speculation began that Van Gaal would succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United once Ferguson claimed he would retire that year. According to Van Gaal, Ferguson decided against retiring and the deal fell through.
    Under Van Gaal, the Netherlands started their campaign to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup poorly.
    More Details Hide Details Placed in Group 2, an injury-hit side could only manage to secure a late 2–2 draw at home to the Republic of Ireland, having been 2–0 down with 20 minutes to go. A 4–0 win over Cyprus was followed by a 2–0 defeat to Portugal, though the team went on to defeat Spain 2–1 in a friendly at the end of the year. In 2001, the Netherlands beat Andorra, Cyprus and Estonia, but despite leading group leaders Portugal 2–0 with seven minutes left, drew 2–2 and fell three points behind second-place Ireland, who were unbeaten. When the sides met in Dublin, Van Gaal boasted before the match that his squad was so much more talented, even the Irish fans would want them to qualify. Ireland went down to 10 men after 58 minutes but scored 9 minutes later and won 1–0. The Netherlands fell seven points behind them with two games left to play, meaning that they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
    Congratulations.) He returned to the Netherlands to manage the Dutch national team in preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
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  • 2000
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Yo me voy. Felicidades." (Friends of the press. I am leaving.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this success, he clashed with the media and came under criticism. He expressed that it was difficult to implement his football philosophy at Barcelona due to cultural differences, and that he struggled hard as some players were unwilling to follow his lead. His rows with Rivaldo are an example of this: he insisted Rivaldo play as a left winger, whereas Rivaldo argued that he wanted to play in the centre, in effect undermining Van Gaal.
  • 1996
    Ajax were also Champions League runners-up in 1996 after losing to Juventus on penalties.
    More Details Hide Details Ajax was so successful under Van Gaal's leadership that during the 1990s, the Dutch national team was dominated by Ajax players such as Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Winston Bogarde, Michael Reiziger, and Edwin van der Sar. After serving out his contract at Ajax (1997), Van Gaal received his knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Obbes died of liver and pancreatic cancer in 1994; Van Gaal was mocked by fans of Ajax's opponents for her illness.
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    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.
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  • 1993
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The latter win was followed by a 5–1 aggregate win over Real Zaragoza in the 1995 UEFA Super Cup. Late in 1995, Ajax beat Brazilian side Grêmio on penalties to win the Toyota Cup (formerly Intercontinental Cup).
  • 1991
    Van Gaal was Ajax manager from 1991 until 1997 and had a very successful tenure.
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    When Beenhakker left in 1991, Van Gaal took over as manager.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    He later joined AZ, where he also became assistant coach in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details After a short career at AZ, he returned to Ajax to become Leo Beenhakker's assistant.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After four years spent in Belgium, he returned to his homeland and made his Eredivisie debut for Telstar under the guidance of manager, Mircea Petescu, whom he followed to Sparta Rotterdam.
  • OTHER
  • 1951
    Born on August 8, 1951.
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