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LOUIS VAN GAAL

  • DATE OF BIRTH

    08/08/1951

  • COUNTRY OF BIRTH

    NETHERLANDS

  • STATUS

    MANAGER

  • CLUB

    Manchester United

  • PREMIER LEAGUE SEASONS

    1

Premier League Management Record
Matches W D L GF GA Pts Win %
17 9 5 3 30 18 32 53.0
Management Career
Premier League Clubs Manchester United
Champions -
Manager of the Year -
Manager of the Month -
Other Honours

Bayern Munich
   German Bundesliga: 2009/10
   German DFB-Pokal: 2009/10
   German DFL-Supercup: 2010

AZ Alkmaar
   Dutch Eredivisie: 2008/09

Barcelona
   Spanish La Liga: 1997/98, 1998/99
   Spanish Copa Del Rey: 1997/98
   UEFA Super Cup: 1997

Ajax
   Dutch Eredivisie: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96
   Dutch KNVB Cup: 1992/93
   Dutch Super Cup: 1993, 1994, 1995
   UEFA Champions League: 1994/95
   UEFA Cup: 1991/92
   UEFA Super Cup: 1995
   Intercontinental Cup: 1995

Career Summary

After a successful career in his native Netherlands, as well as in Spain and Germany, Louis van Gaal got his first chance to manage in the Barclays Premier League when he was named the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United in May 2014.

Van Gaal began his coaching career in the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar as assistant coach in 1986 after a short stint as a player with the club. Ajax coach Leo Beenhakker appointed him his assistant in 1989 after a spell coaching the youth team and Van Gaal took over from Beenhakker when he left in September 1991.

It was a successful six-year period for the Dutchman as he won the Eredivisie in three consecutive years, including going the 1994/95 campaign unbeaten in the league and the UEFA Champions League. Van Gaal guided Ajax to the UEFA Cup in 1991/92 and added the UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup to the UEFA Champions League success of 1995.

He moved to Barcelona to replace Sir Bobby Robson in 1997 and he won the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and UEFA Super Cup in his first season. Van Gaal led Barcelona to another La Liga title the following season before becoming the manager of the Dutch national team at the end of the season.

With the Netherlands, Van Gaal was unable to secure a place in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and stepped down to return to Barcelona. His second spell at Barcelona was not as successful as the first and he left in January 2003.

After over two years out of management, Van Gaal’s high stock returned at the helm of AZ Alkmaar, whom he led to second in Eredivisie in his first season in charge and third in the 2006/07 campaign. Two seasons later he led Alkmaar to the title.

This success took him to Bayern Munich who appointed him in July 2009 and in his first season he won the double of league and cup. His time at Bayern was short-lived, however, and despite winning the DFL-Supercup, Van Gaal had left before the end of the 2010/11 season.

Van Gaal returned to manage the Dutch national team in July 2012 for their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. His team finished top of their group, winning nine and drawing one. In Brazil, after beating the holders Spain, Van Gaal guided an unfancied Dutch side to third.

Playing Career
Clubs

Ajax: 1972-73
Royal Antwerp: 1973-77
Telstar: 1977-78
Sparta Rotterdam: 1978-86
AZ Alkmaar: 1986-87

View manager profile on the official Manchester United Football Club website

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