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Louis van Gaal: Redeeming the Dutch name in the World Cup Scene

Louis van Gaal: Redeeming the Dutch name in the World Cup Scene

With a 61 percent career-length winning grade, Louis van Gaal boasts of one of Europe’s (and perhaps, the world’s) most impressive résumés in football. Having the monikers “Iron Tulip” and the “Czar of Alkmaar,” the Amsterdam native employs strict principles that have served him well to manage some of the most successful sides in European history. Indeed, he has his own set of difficulties and triumphs but he remains a major force to be reckoned with.

Louis van Gaal’s return to the Dutch national team is quite intriguing. The last time he handled the Netherlands for the World Cup, he failed to send them to the finals after they only finished third in the qualifications. As a result, he stepped down of his post and sought coaching refuge in Barcelona. Under his tutelage, the Spanish side performed rather poorly, putting the Amsterdam manager in another career waterloo. Prior to leaving his job, the club were only three points away from relegation.

In the 2008-09 season of Eredivisie, van Gaal had one of his best results as a club coach, with his side, AZ, lifting the Dutch title for only the second time in the club’s history. Aiming to replicate the same feat in another league, van Gaal took over Germany’s Bayern Munich and became the very first Dutch manager to win the Bundesliga, in his maiden season.

The manager’s return as the Netherlands coach was a redemption of his under-performance from many years back. He led the squad through the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification group as they triumphed in nine and drew in one of their ten matches with a goal difference of 34-5 to secure their place at the finals in Brazil. He hopes to bring his country’s very first win in the World Cup after they ended up as second placers in the 2010 edition.


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