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Robin Van Persie and Louis Van Gaal
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Head coach of the Netherlands Louis Van Gaal celebrates the first goal with his player Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Robin Van Persie Reveals Louis Van Gaal Slapped Him During A 2014 FIFA World Cup Match

Robin Van Persie, who had the honour of leading Netherlands, in FIFA World Cup 2014, has revealed that he was once slapped by his coach, Louis Van Gaal, during one of the games of the tournament.  Louis Van Gaal was known for his tactical genius and rather eccentric nature throughout his illustrious career as a manager.

He was the head coach of the Netherlands side that finished third at the 2014 World Cup and later took over at Manchester United, working with striker Robin Van Persie both times. Now, Robin Van Persie has revealed an incident where his Dutch boss went harsh on him and slapped him during the course of the game itself.

Louis Van Gaal
Louis Van Gaal Credits: Twitter

Robin Van Persie Reveals Louis Van Gaal Slapped Him In A 2014 FIFA World Cup Game

“When the match was finished and we gathered near the touchline, he got close to me and suddenly hit me. Bang! With a big flat hand he dealt me a blow and said in an angry way ‘don’t ever do that to me again’,” Robin Van Persie said in Van Gaal’s new autobiography ‘LVG – The Manager and the Total Person.’

Robin Van Persie And Louis Van Gaal
Robin Van Persie And Louis Van Gaal Credits: Getty Images

“I looked at him absolutely stunned. Louis said, ‘Just get on with it and make sure you get it in the net from the spot’.” he added.

It Was In The Quarter-Final When Robin Van Persie Took The Blow

The incident took place in all-the important, quarter-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the game against Costa Rica, the match had gone into extra time. A penalty shoot-out was on the cards and Van Persie started cramping up just before the final whistle went off. Van Gaal informed him from the touchline that he was about to be substituted but Van Persie refused to be taken off. The match eventually went to penalties with Van Persie still in the playing XI.

Robin Van Persie
TOPSHOTS Netherlands’ Robin van Persie reacts during the Euro 2016 qualifying football match Netherlands vs the Czech Republic at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, October 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Van Persie did end up scoring from the spot but the hero of the shootout was goalkeeper Tim Krul, who Van Gaal shrewdly brought on just before the final whistle for the shootout. Krul kept out the Costa Ricans and the Netherlands won the shootout 4-3.

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Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze Credits: Sky Sports
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2014 World Cup Winner Mario Goetze To Part Ways With Borussia Dortmund After The Current Season

The goalscorer for Germany in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mario Goetze will no longer be a part of Borussia Dortmund after this season. Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc confirmed on Saturday that Mario Goetze will end his run with the team after the season comes to a close.

Although Goetze had helped Borussia Dortmund win the league and cup double in 2011 and 2012 before he left for Bayern Munich in 2013, he made a space for himself in world football only when he made Germany the world champions in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a superb volley against Argentina in the final.

Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze Credits: Bundesliga

However, his prowess faded away with time and in 2016, he returned to Borussia Dortmund only to warm the bench time and again. And with Erling Haaland’s addition to the side this year, Mario Goetze does not find himself a regular fit in the team anymore.

Mario Goetze To Part Ways With Borussia Dortmund After The End Of This Season

“We will stop working together with Mario Goetze in the summer,” Zorc told Sky before Saturday’s Bundesliga game away to Wolfsburg.

Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze

“It is a joint decision after a constructive conversation. Mario is a really good guy,” he added.

Borussia Dortmund March On In Their Bundesliga Campaign

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have once again carried on from where they left it in the last game. Tremendous possession, a very high pressing, and jaw-dropping runs from midfield, this was how Borussia Dortmund began when they took on Vfl Wolfsburg on Matchday 27 at the Volkswagen Arena.

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund Credits: Bundesliga

Dortmund beat Wolfsburg by 2-0 and inch closer to Bayern Munich on the Bundesliga points table. The goalscorers for Dortmund were Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi. Thorgan Hazard and Jadon Sancho claimed the assists respectively.

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Luis Suarez Giorgio Chiellini
Luis Suarez Bit Giorgio Chiellini Credits: EPA
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Giorgio Chiellini Admires Luis Suarez For Biting Him At The 2014 FIFA World Cup

Italian central defender, Giorgio Chiellini has said that he completely admires what Luis Suarez did to him in the 2014 world cup and has no grudges against him. Giorgio Chiellini has also stated that it was a smart move by Luis Suarez to bite him as if you want to win, you have to win it smartly.

Notably, in a 2014 FIFA world cup game between Uruguay and Italy, Uruguayan forward, Luis Suarez bit Italian defender, Chiellini in a heated match and although he escaped punishment during the game, Luis Suarez was later banned for four months plus nine international matches.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez Credits: Talksport

Now, Giorgio Chiellini, in his autobiography, has opened up on the incident and narrated as to what he feels about it and Luis Suarez.

I Admire Luis Suarez For Biting Me At The World Cup: Giorgio Chiellini

“Malice is part of football, I wouldn’t call it illegitimate. To get past a rival you have to be smart,” the Juventus captain said in his new autobiography.

Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini Credits: AP

“I admire his cunning. If he lost it, he’d become an ordinary forward,” Giorgio Chiellini added.

I Was Busy Marking Edinson Cavani For The Majority Of The Game: Giorgio Chiellini

“I marked (Edinson) Cavani for most of the match, another guy who is difficult to mark and who we didn’t hold back against,” Chiellini continued.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani Credits: Getty Images

“Suddenly I noticed that I had been bitten in the shoulder. It just happened, but that’s his strategy in hand-to-hand combat and, if I may say so, it’s mine too. He and I are alike, and I like to take on attackers like him,” he added.

Although the game was goalless when Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini, Uruguay snatched a late winner for a 1-0 victory which took them through to the round of 16 at Italy’s expense.

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