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Louis van Gaal

Birthdate: 8. August 1951

Aloysius Paulus Maria "Louis" van Gaal OON is a Dutch football manager and former player. He was formerly manager of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich, the Netherlands and Manchester United. Van Gaal is one of the most decorated managers in world football, having won 20 major honours in his managerial career.Before his career as a coach, Van Gaal played as a midfielder for Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax and AZ. He is also a fully qualified physical education teacher and has worked as such at high schools during various stages of his career as a semi-professional footballer.After a brief spell as coach at AZ, Van Gaal served as assistant coach under Leo Beenhakker at Ajax and eventually took over as head coach in 1991. Under his lead, the club won three Eredivisie titles, the UEFA Cup, and the Champions League. He moved to Barcelona in 1997 and won two Spanish league titles and one Copa del Rey. After some disagreements at Barcelona, he was appointed coach of the Netherlands national team, but failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Another brief spell at Barcelona followed before he became manager of AZ. After winning the Eredivisie with AZ in 2008–09, he was hired by Bayern Munich on 1 July 2009. In his first season at Bayern, he secured the Bundesliga title, won the DFB-Pokal, and reached the final of the Champions League. In July 2012, he was appointed manager of the Netherlands for the second time and led them to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before leaving for Manchester United. He had a satisfactory first season by qualifying for the Champions League after a year absence. However, after only finishing fifth in his second season he was sacked and replaced by José Mourinho, despite winning the FA Cup.

Quotes Louis van Gaal

„Here with Ajax lies my heart,
a club fascinating, always unique.
By many named after sons of gods,
for me the origin of football icons.
My memories return to De Meer,
there too was found a special atmosphere.
Now I go after my feelings,
and technically enter the Arena.
In my life phase this is a new chance,
and my childhood love gets an extra impulse.
And that's why I state with full conviction,
today the circle is really complete.“

—  Louis van Gaal

Poem to commemorate his installation as technical director of AFC Ajax in October 2003
Original: (nl) Hier bij Ajax ligt mijn hart,
een club fascinerend, altijd apart.
Door velen genoemd naar godenzonen,
voor mij de bakermat van voetbaliconen.
Mijn herinneringen gaan terug naar De Meer,
ook daar heerste een bijzondere sfeer.
Nu ga ik mijn gevoelens weer achterna,
en treed technisch toe in de Arena.
In mijn levensfase is dit een nieuwe kans,
en mijn jeugdliefde krijgt een extra stimulans.
En daarom klinkt het vol overgave uit mijn mond,
vandaag is de cirkel echt rond.

„He can be a charming man, but he can be quite nasty too. Because this is what he does.“

—  Louis van Gaal

About Marco van Basten after the fall-out with Mark van Bommel
Original: (nl) Het kan een schat van een man zijn, maar het kan ook een kreng zijn. Want dit doet ie dus.

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