With the eccentric Louis van Gaal announcing his retirement from management, we take a look at five unforgettable moments from his career.
Louis van Gaal, in his own particular words, has had an extremely fulfilling vocation which abandons him with nothing to demonstrate and real trophies at each club he has assumed responsibility of. En route, he has had a few fall-outs also, with players, administration and the press alike – the remainder of which he maybe despises most after his spell in England accountable for Manchester United.
- #5 1994–95 UEFA Champions League win with AFC Ajax
At the point when Louis van Gaal’s young Ajax went up against top picks AC Milan in the last. a few would-be Dutch legends consolidated to give them a 1–0 win and smash Milan’s fantasies of equalling Real Madrid’s then-record of six European Cup titles.Edwin van der Sar, Danny Blind, Frank de Boer, Edgar Davids, Patrick Kluivert, Frank Rijkaard, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars and a few others were pressed into one restrained, strategically stable unit by van Gaal – who might go ahead to win the World Soccer Manager of the Year grant from eminent World Soccer magazine.Unfortunately for him, it would be the main example in which he would lift the acclaimed trophy.
#4 Substitutes GoalKeeper for a penalty shoot-out at 2014 FIFA World Cup
With Netherlands and Costa Rica heading for a shootout in the quarter-finals of FIFA World Cup 2014, Louis van Gaal would make a stunning substitution in the last moment of additional time – supplanting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul. With the eyes of the entire footballing world watching and weighing up this move, Krul would go ahead to be the legend – sparing 2 punishments to see his side through 4-3. Whether through sheer fortunes or a triumph, Tim Krul and his mind amusements will live on as one of van Gaal’s most prominent minutes in worldwide football.
#3 2008/09 Eredivisie win with AZ Alkmaar
When AZ Alkmaar took a massive step back in the season of 2007/08 in the Eredivisie – finishing 11th after having finished 2nd and 3rd in the prior seasons – Louis van Gaal announced he would be leaving the club. However, with several squad members requesting him to stay, he reversed his decision declaring he would give the players a chance to prove themselves.
They did so with great aplomb, finishing the season as champions – the first time in ten years to break the hold that Ajax and PSV Eindhoven had – and claiming only their second ever league title.
The win would end Alkmaar fans’ 28-year wait to be champions and get van Gaal a move to “dream club” Bayern Munich.
#2 Dive on the touchline to complain about referee’s decisions
Amidst a few allegations asserting he didn’t indicate enough enthusiasm in regards to his occupation accountable for Manchester United, van Gaal would rise up out of his seat in the uncovered amid a strained diversion against Arsenal to gripe about the arbitrator granting a choice to support Arsenal for what he believed was an explicit jump by Alexis Sanchez.In request to make his point clear, he would go ahead to show precisely what he thought occurred on the pitch, leaving Mike Dean disinterested however the fans and press with bounty to remember.Certainly his most significant minute as United supervisor, in front of his own serenades of “Louis van Gaal’s red armed force”.
#1 Drops pants in front of Bayern Munich squad to make a point
After making a couple of substitutions that players were unhappy with, in the 55th minute of a game early in the title winning season of 2009/10, LvG chose to establish his authority using any means necessary by dropping his pants in the dressing room.
The message, as Luca Toni and Mark van Bommel would later share, was that he had the ‘stones’ to drop or select anyone as he wished and he would do whatever he thought was best for the team.