Louis van Gaal

  • Date of birth : 08/08/1951
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Netherlands Netherlands
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Louis van Gaal

Netherlands
Louis van Gaal
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal ©AFP/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal

Netherlands

Date of birth: 8 August 1951
Nationality: Dutch
Playing career: AFC Ajax, R. Antwerp FC, Stormvogels Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam, AZ Alkmaar
Coaching career: AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona (twice), Netherlands (twice), AZ Alkmaar, FC Bayern München

• Van Gaal spent most of his playing days as a Sparta midfielder, retiring in 1987 after a season with AZ, where he started his coaching career as an assistant. Then assisted Leo Beenhakker at Ajax from 1988 to 1991, taking the top job upon his mentor's departure.

• Had six glorious years at Ajax, winning three Eredivisie crowns, a Dutch Cup, the 1992 UEFA Cup and the 1995 UEFA Champions League; defended that title in 1996 all the way to a penalty shoot-out defeat by Juventus in the final.

• Moved to Spain the same year for a three-season stint at Barcelona, lifting two Liga titles and a Copa del Rey. Became Netherlands coach in 2000 in an unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Returned briefly to Barça before a spell out of coaching.

• Took over at Alkmaar in 2005, steering them to their first Eredivisie championship since 1981 in April 2009. Named Bayern boss a month later, he became the first Dutch coach to win the Bundesliga in his first term, also adding the German Cup and reaching the UEFA Champions League final.

• Assuming the Netherlands helm for a second time in July 2012, his side stormed through 2014 World Cup qualifying unbeaten, with nine victories and a draw, and the best goal difference in the European competition: +29. Confirmed that he would be succeeded by Guus Hiddink following the conclusion of the World Cup.

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General info

  • Name: Louis van Gaal
  • Date of birth: 08/08/1951
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Club: Bayern (Germany GER)

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (First round)
    07/09/88: Sporting 4-2 Ajax

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPWDL
Ajax322075
Bayern211317
Barcelona402677
Total93591519
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
ClubPWDL
Ajax6312
Total6312
EUSA Cup
ClubPWDL
Ajax1010
Total1010
UEFA Super Cup
ClubPWDL
Ajax2110
Barcelona2110
Total4220
UEFA Europa League
ClubPWDL
Ajax221543
AZ261286
Total4827129
Last updated: 16/10/2013 03:35 CET
 
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