1) He is a shrewd tactician
He’s known for his expert, but we were given a show of just how effective he is when the Dutch played Mexico. They were trailing 1-0 when he switched from a 3 man defense to a 4 man defense and pulled Arjen Robben to the right to give their attack more width. He’s also not afraid to take bold decisions, like substituting Robin van Persie.
2) He has a wealth of experience
His CV boasts some of the biggest clubs in Europe: Ajax, FC Barcelona, AZ & Bayern Munich. He’s won La Liga with Barcelona and the Champions League with Ajax. He’s in the middle of his second spell with the Dutch National team. And most importantly he is well versed in “Total Football.”
3) The equation between him and his star striker Robin Van Persie
Manchester United fans were probably salivating when they saw Van Persie score a that beauty against Spain. And who was the first person he ran to? Louis van Gaal, of course.
4) He commands his team
There are different types of coaches out there, I always say the ones that prefer to wear tracksuits are more “part of the team” while the ones suited and tied command their team. Van Gaal is the latter.
5) He’s completely and utterly crazy
He’s known to put his foot in his mouth on occasions. When he was appointed coach of Ajax 1991, he reportedly told the club president “Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world!”
He then moved over to Barcelona after a few years and he declared “I have achieved more with Ajax in 6 years than Barca has in a 100 years!”
Then during his first tenure as the Netherlands coach in 2000 he said “I’ve signed a contract with the national side until 2006 so I can win not one but 2 World Cups!” (well, so much for that one)
The weirdest piece of Van Gaal trivia came from FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. While managing Barca he was introduced to a teenage Gerard Pique by the youngsters grandfather (who was president of Barca at the time). He reportedly pushed Pique over and told him “You’re too skinny to be a Bracelona defender!”