Louis van Gaal

Dutch footballer and manager Louis van Gaal

Aloysius Paulus Maria "Louis" van Gaal is a Dutch football manager who is the current manager of the Dutch national team. He was formerly coach for Ajax, 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 year
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 year
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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​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
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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
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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 - over 1 year
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) - over 1 year
• 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) - over 1 year
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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    Manchester United won the 2014 International Champions Cup under Van Gaal, winning the final 3–1 against rivals Liverpool on 4 August.
    He signed a three-year contract coming into effect after the 2014 World Cup.
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    Van Gaal was confirmed to replace David Moyes as the new manager for Manchester United on 19 May 2014.
    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.
    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.
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  • 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."
  • 2011
    However, he was instead sacked on 10 April 2011 after losing the third place in the Bundesliga.
    On 7 March 2011, Bayern Munich declared that Van Gaal's contract was to be cancelled after the end of the 2010–11 season.
  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 2005
    Under Van Gaal, AZ finished second in the Eredivisie in 2005–06 and third in 2006–07.
    In January 2005, it was announced that he would replace Co Adriaanse as AZ manager on 1 July 2005.
  • 2004
    In 2004, he returned to Ajax as a technical director, but resigned later that year due to an internal conflict with Ronald Koeman.
  • 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.
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  • 2002
    Van Gaal returned to Barcelona for the start of the 2002–03 season on a contract until June 2005, but results were inconsistent.
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    Van Gaal stepped down as manager on 31 January 2002 to be replaced by Dick Advocaat.
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    Under Van Gaal, the Netherlands started their campaign to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup poorly.
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    Congratulations.) He returned to the Netherlands to manage the Dutch national team in preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1996
    Ajax were also Champions League runners-up in 1996 after losing to Juventus on penalties.
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  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
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  • 1991
    Van Gaal was Ajax manager from 1991 until 1997 and had a very successful tenure.
    When Beenhakker left in 1991, Van Gaal took over as manager.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    He later joined AZ, where he also became assistant coach in 1986.
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  • 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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1951
    Born on August 8, 1951.
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