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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)

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.

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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.

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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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Ryan Giggs Opens Up On The Similarities Between Louis Van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson As Managers Of Manchester United

Ryan Giggs, one of the greatest ever players to don the Manchester United jersey, has opened up on the similarities between Louis Van Gaal and Sir Alex Ferguson as managers of the club. Notably, Sir Alex Ferguson is considered to be one of the most iconic managers in world football because of his legendary stint with Manchester United.

Alex Ferguson’s United is considered to be one of the most globally dominant teams in the history of world football. Louis Van Gaal, on the other hand, had a very limited stint with the Reds as he couldn’t guide them to the success that the management sought from him.

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Louis Van Gaal Credits: Twitter

Now, Ryan Giggs, who has had the experience of working under both, Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis Van Gaal, has opened up on the similarities between the two managers.

Ryan Giggs Discusses Similarities Between Louis Van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson

“Discipline for one, that was the one thing that Sir Alex and Louis had,” Giggs said during MUTV Group Chat where he was the latest guest.

Ryan Giggs And Van Gaal
Ryan Giggs And Van Gaal Credits: Twitter

“I got a chance at 17 and I’ve tried to do the same with Wales: pick out the best young players and give them a chance. If they take their chance then great, if they don’t then at least they’ve had a chance. And it’s about trying to play football in the right way, an exciting way, scoring goals and having players on the pitch who want to excite the fans and excite me as well,” said Ryan Giggs who is currently the manager of the Welsh national team.

Wayne Rooney had recently said in a Sunday Times column that ‘tactically, van Gaal was by far the best’ but that, overall, ‘Fergie was streets ahead’.

Ryan Giggs Responds To Wayne Rooney’s Remark On Both The Managers

“I understand what Wayne was saying. Obviously we both worked under Sir Alex who I’ve known since I was 13. Sir Alex had everything – man-management, discipline, standards, tactics, knowing a player but with him, because we had such good players who had been together for a long time, you’d just go out and play. You knew your role, it was just a matter of just tweaking it,” Giggs said.

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs Credits: Twitter

“With Louis it was probably the opposite. We played different systems under him whereas under Sir Alex we more or less just played one system and we’d tweak it. I can’t remember us ever playing three at the back, maybe once or twice if we needed to hold on, but other than that we didn’t,” Giggs concluded

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Ryan Giggs And Van Gaal Credits: Twitter

Louis van Gaal set to make a return?

Louis van Gaal has fuelled talk that he could be in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal by admitting to receiving an offer that he “can’t refuse”.

The experienced Dutchman, who has previously spent time in charge of Barcelona and Manchester United, has been out of work since being shown to the door at Old Trafford in 2016 to make way for the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

Various landing spots for a proven performer at the very highest level have been discussed since then, with a distinguished CV also including spells at Ajax and Bayern Munich.

It could be that Van Gaal is soon back in the dugout, with a second stint in the Premier League being mooted following a frustrating parting of ways with United on the back of an FA Cup triumph.

Having been billed as a potential candidate to fill a managerial void at Arsenal this summer, Van Gaal told Ziggo Sport on his current situation: “I still cannot say that I’m retired.

“I still get a lot of offers, although that sounds annoying to some people. But it’s true.

“I now have an offer I can’t refuse, I think. But if I don’t have a new club in July or August, you can assume that I’m retired.”

Van Gaal refused to divulge who his tempting offer is from, or even if it was related to club or international football.

His vast experience is, however, likely to keep him in the running for any high-profile positions which open up over the coming months.

Arsenal are just one of those currently piecing together their plans for next season, in the wake of Arsene Wenger’s revelation that he is to stand down after 22 years at the helm, but there are various other sides in a similar situation.

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to part company with Unai Emery at the end of the season, Chelsea are yet to decide what will happen with Antonio Conte, Peter Stoger is facing an uncertain future at Borussia Dortmund and even Ernesto Valverde has been linked with a summer exit at Barcelona.

It would be a surprise to see Van Gaal end up in any of those posts but the 66-year-old clearly believes that he is capable, and the interest in his services would still appear to be there.


Van Gaal lashes out at Mourinho over treatment of Schweinsteiger

London, Feb 28: Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has criticised his successor Jose Mourinho for meting out poor treatment to Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger during their time together at the club.

“Schweinsteiger was older, of course, but not too old,” Van Gaal told Sport Bild on Tuesday.

“Still, his body was not able to keep up with the high demands of Premier League.

“Bayern sold him to us as a fit player, but, in reality, physically he had reached the end.

“How Mourinho treated him after me, Schweini did not deserve this. But it also explains how things were with Schweinsteiger. It’s a shame because he is a player like Luis Enrique, Mark van Bommel or Philipp Lahm, a character always present on the pitch,” the Dutch coach added.

Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, was roped in from Bayern Munich by Van Gaal in 2015.

After Van Gaal left United, Schweinsteiger was frozen out and made to train with the reserves by Mourinho who took over the reins.

He returned to the first-team squad to make three substitute appearances before leaving for Chicago Fire.

Van Gaal, who helped United win the FA Cup in his final match in charge, said things could have been different had he managed to sign two other players from the Bundesliga — Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller.

He said: “I wanted to sign Hummels for Manchester United. But because at that time he was coming out of a poorer season, we didn’t do it in the end.

“I can confirm that I wanted Muller. But there was nothing we could do. FC Bayern made it clear that they would not sell him.”


Five Controversies That Marred The Success Of Louis van Gaal

One of the greatest personalities of the game of football, Louis van Gaal, was reportedly ready to quit the game and end his career as a manager.

The former Bayern Munich manager helped Manchester United to the FA Cup victory in the previous season but he was axed just 2 days later and was replaced by Jose Mourinho. Van Gaal has ever since been out of work and has finally decided to throw in the towel early this year.

Having managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe, Van Gaal, is easily one of the most respected managers in the sport and though his time at United was not very successful, he still stands as one of the most decorated managers in the history.

However, on Wednesday, the Dutchman himself revealed that he is not yet considering to end his relation with the game and denied any reports that he would retire. He revealed, “I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return.”

It is good to see that he wants to stay strong but all has not been rosy for the 65-year old, who in his time, was involved in a number of controversies. Here are 5 such controversies that Louis van Gaal was involved in:


Epic U-Turn: Louis van Gaal Confirms He Hasn’t Retired Yet!!

Tributes from the world of football, most notably from former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, had begun to pour in after an interview he gave with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf strongly suggested that he was to walk away from the game at the age of 65 for ‘family reasons,’ having been out of the game since his sacking as Manchester United manager in May 2016.

However, the 1995 Champions League winner has now claimed that those comments were misinterpreted – he is taking a sabbatical until the summer, and while he could yet take the decision to retire in July, nothing has yet been confirmed either way.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadana SER, Van Gaal confirmed that rumours of his demise had been greatly exaggerated:

“I am just taking a sabbatical year and after that I will decide. There is a good chance that I will retire.

“In the Netherlands the press writes what they want. I received a headline yesterday, but I said that I might retire, but this is not the time to say it, and for this reason I have taken a sabbatical year and then I will decide.”

The Dutchman, whose lengthy and trophy-laden career has taken him to some of Europe’s biggest clubs as well as two spells his national side, also confirmed that there had been an approach from Valencia recently with a view to replacing departed coach Cesare Prandelli. He had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain over Christmas but the offer from the relegation-threatened La Liga side was the only one he chose to make reference to:

“I received an offer from Valencia a month or so ago but I said no.

“Next year may be different. It will depend on how I feel.”

Given the regularity with which the Valencia job has become available in recent years, he won’t have to wait long for a second chance to move to the Mestalla.

In any event, while Van Gaal does appear to be drawing the curtain on a distinguished managerial spell, he has made it very clear that he will only do so on his own terms.


Louis Van Gaal
Louis Van Gaal Credits: Twitter

Fact File: Ex-Manchester United Boss Louis van Gaal’s Incredible Managerial Career

Dutch managerial maestro Louis van Gaal has decided to call retirement after having a stellar 25 years as a manager at the highest level. During his incredible career, he has managed great clubs like Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United apart from the Netherlands national team.

The 65-year old has had successive stints across all the clubs he has managed in his career and had always been noted for his development of young players. He has managed some of the greatest players in the game as a manager and has never been shy of making critical decisions to ensure silverware.

Here are some of the historic events in Louis van Gaal’s legendary career.

  • Started his career as a manager at Ajax in 1991, van Gaal developed a core of team at the club which went on to win the treble in 1995. The team has managed to remain unbeaten in both league and Champions League throughout the season of 1994-95.
  • He developed players like Patrick Kluivert, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, Seedorf and Edwin van der Sar to name a few during his time at Ajax.

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  • After successful six years at Ajax, van Gaal moved to Barcelona in 1997. He was an instant hit at the Catalan club as he won back to back titles with the club.
  • However, he had difficult times with media and had clashes with players like Rivaldo as he asked the player to play as a winger rather than his preferred central position.
  • After three successful years at Barcelona, Louis van Gaal returned to Netherlands as he became the manager of the national team.
  • Having had a poor time with the Oranje as the team failed to qualify for the World Cup, van Gaal stepped down but was speculated to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United later that season as Alex was expected to retire at the end of 2001-02 season.

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  • But van Gaal returned back to Barcelona signing a three-year contract with the club. Despite their incredible run in Champions League, the team has performed very poorly in the league that season as he was sacked from the job later that season.
  • But he has given debut to Andreas Iniesta in the short time and has provided him with enough chances which helped the Spaniard to become a legend at the club in the later years.

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  • After taking almost two years of break as manager, van Gaal returned back as the coach of Dutch side AZ in 2005.
  • He has managed to do the incredible with the Dutch side as he won the league title with AZ in the 2008-09 season as they remained unbeaten for 28 games beating the club’s previous records.
  • After a successful stint with AZ, the Dutch manager has moved to German giants Bayern Munich where he revolutionised the Bavarian’s playing style which is still followed by the team.
  • He has signed Arjen Robben and introduced the concept of inverted wingers. He has also forced Bastian Schweinsteiger to become a defensive midfielder from a winger, which proved to be a masterstroke.
  • He has also given debuts to young academy players like Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber who have slowly become key players for Bayern Munich.

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  • He has won Bundesliga and DFB Cup in his first season of in charge and has led Bayern Munich to the finals of Champions League where they lost to Inter Milan 2-0.
  • Having gone goalless in the second season, he was sacked by the Bayern board as the expectations are sky high at the club.
  • After an year after sabbatical, he returned back as Netherlands manager once again and have made amends to his poor showing in the first stint.
  • The Dutch team has managed nine wins and one draw to get FIFA world cup qualification and have managed to finish third in the iconic event where the home fans hardly expected them to move out to knockouts from their tough group.

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  • With an impressive stint with Oranje, he was signed by Manchester United to replace David Moyes. He had a decent start to his first season and have helped Manchester United get back to champions league.
  • In his second season, he has tried to implement his philosophy and have given debuts to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu Mensah, two players who have the potential to become huge stars in the future.
  • His philosophy of developing home grown talent, instead of signing world-class players has ultimately seen him getting sacked, hours after winning FA Cup at the end of 2015-16 season.

He has also had many other individual accolades as like the honourable knighthood of the Order of Orange-Nassau and has also become the only ever Dutch manager to win a Bundesliga title to name a few.


Happy Retirement LVG: Top 10 Quotes Of Former Manchester United Boss!!

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is no stranger to controversy, leaving a wake of shaken up reporters, frustrated opponents and bitter former players behind him over his terrific managerial career.

As the former United boss prepares for a life of early nights and daytime TV, there are many things we could write about.

He’s also known for the odd outburst, either witty or outraged, when a microphone is in front of him. The following are ten of the best quotes from Louis van Gaal.

Upon taking his first managerial job at Ajax in 1991, Van Gaal shook the hand of the club’s director and told him:

“Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world.”

On taking the Barcelona job in 1996:

“I have achieved more with Ajax in six years than Barcelona has in one hundred years.”

Upon meeting a 14-year old Gerard Pique, Van Gaal knocked the future Mr. Shakira on the floor and yelled:

“You’re too weak to be a Barca defender!”

After taking over the Dutch National side in 2000 he proclaimed:

“I’ve signed a contract with the Dutch national team until 2006, so I can win the World Cup not once but twice.”

Van Gaal introduced himself to the Bavarian press with the following self-reflection:

“I am who I am: confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative.”

The Dutch boss approved of Barcelona hiring Guardiola back in 2008:

“[Pep] Guardiola follows the Van Gaal philosophy. So I’m not surprised Barcelona have hired Guardiola. Barcelona always hire the best managers.”

Van Gaal on his bedside manner:

“I’ve never worn leggings like Robben does. I’m never cold because I’m warm bloooded. My wife says so too. We always sleep spooning.”

When asked by a journalist if he wanted to congratulate his former friend Ronald Koeman with winning the Eredivisie with PSV:

 “If you want to, go ahead.”

Van Gaal the sensitive type:

“I cry almost every day. There’s always something that touches me.”

When asked by a member of the English media what he knows about Manchester United:

“That’s a stupid question.”

Thanks for the memories, Louis!


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Louis Van Gaal Credits: Twitter

Van Gaal Does Not See Himself Returning To Coaching Again

Amsterdam, Jan 17 (IANS) Former Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has said he doesn’t see himself coming back to coaching again, citing family reasons for his belief.

“I think I’ll retire. I actually wanted to quit after World Cup,” van Gaal said while receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Netherlands government on Monday, as quoted by ESPN.

“After Manchester United, I thought I would stop, but then I later changed it to a smart sabbatical — but now I do not think I will return to coaching.

“I could go (to China), but I am still here. So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts,” the former FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said.

The 65-year-old spent two seasons at Manchester United after leading the Netherlands to a third-placed finish at the 2014 World Cup.

The Dutchman won the Champions League plus domestic league titles in Spain, Germany and Holland in a decorated career.


Former Manchester United Boss Louis van Gaal Announces Retirement

Louis van Gaal has hinted that he has retired from coaching, saying family reasons has convinced him to call it a day.

The Dutch tactician has been out of work since his departure from Manchester United in May but told De Telegraaf he had turned down offers from the Far East including one from China worth £44million over three seasons.

“I could go [to China], but I’m still here,” Van Gaal said. “So much has happened in my family.”

The former Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Netherlands and Ajax head coach had professed a desire to return to coaching when he was sacked by United with a year remaining on the contract but now seems to have called it a day at 65 years of age.

The report said that last month one of Van Gaal’s daughters lost her husband, and that has weighed heavily on his decision.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” he said.

Van Gaal was reportedly interested in managing the Belgium national side, but Belgian officials found his philosophy to be “draining and exhausting” sources close to the talks revealed.

While Van Gaal failed to impress Belgium bosses, Roberto Martinez was the stand-out candidate after giving a video presentation which dissected Belgium’s Euro 2016 highs and lows.

Although he was criticised during his time in England due to the possession-based style of football he encouraged, he enjoyed a remarkable amount of success throughout his career as a coach.

In total, he steered his teams to 20 major trophies, including league titles with Barcelona, Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich. Van Gaal’s most memorable triumph as a boss came in 1995, when Patrick Kluivert’s late goal saw Ajax overcome AC Milan 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League final.

Van Gaal also enjoyed success on the international stage. In his second spell as Netherlands manager, he plotted a run to the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup for an unfancied Dutch side before eventually clinching third place; on their way to the last four, his side pummelled champions Spain 5-1.

While van Gaal did not earn too many plaudits for his style of play at United, his charismatic persona ensured he was a popular figure among the fan base. For supporters of other major clubs across the continent, though, he will also be remembered for the myriad successes he masterminded.



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