Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal OON is a Dutch former football manager and player. At club level, he served as manager of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, as well as having two spells in charge of the Netherlands national team. Van Gaal is one of the most decorated managers in world football, having won 20 major honours in his managerial career. He is sometimes nicknamed the "Iron Tulip". 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 worked at high schools during his career as a semi-professional footballer. After a brief spell as an assistant coach at AZ, Van Gaal served as the assistant 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 UEFA Champions League.
About Louis van Gaal
Former midfielder who scored 26 goals in 248 appearances for Sparta Rotterdam from 1978 to 1986. He became an accomplished manager after retirement, taking the helm of teams like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax, and Manchester United.
He debuted professionally for Ajax in 1972. He landed his first head managing job with Ajax in 1991.
He won five league titles in six seasons as a manger from 1993-1999, the first three with Ajax in the Eredivisie and the last two with Real Madrid in La Liga. He's also managed the Dutch national team.
He was married to Fernanda Obbes until her death in 1994; they had two daughters. He married Truus van Gaal in 2008.
He became Arjen Robben's manager on the Dutch national team.
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