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Louis Van Gaal

Ron Vlaar surprise shoot-out choice as teammates refused

Ron Vlaar surprise shoot-out choice as teammates refused

The Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal revealed that he took the surprise decision to make Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar his first penalty taker only after asking two other unnamed Dutch players, reports The Telegraph. Van Gaal also said he would have again brought on reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul if he had not...

It's Messi v Robben

The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday's last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all. Two teams with a rich tradition and an abundance of motivation should produce a close game, characterised by tight marking, disciplined defence and threats on the break as they bid to reach the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana. But for all the...

WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL

Messi, Van Gaal may be a meeting of mastery

Messi, Van Gaal may be a meeting of mastery

There is a hoary old truism about the effects of a spectacular World Cup, a suggestion that after each tournament in the Americas a portion of that summer’s newborns will be named after one of the stars – hence all the Müllers, Diegos, Bonieks, Stevehodges and all the rest currently wandering around Latin...

It might come down to luck: Van Gaal

It might come down to luck: Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal is the quintessential tactician. The Netherlands coach is a deep analyser. He is a painstaking plot-maker. The 62-year-old’s stratagem faces an acid test in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. Providing it will be a team that has won all five of its matches at this FIFA World Cup™, and a player that...

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