Louis van Gaal
Netherlands L. van Gaal 003
Personal information
Full name Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal
Date of birth 8 August 1951 (1951-08-08) (age 66)
Place of birth    Amsterdam, Netherlands Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of None
Youth clubs
Netherlands RKSV de Meer
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Netherlands Ajax
Belgium Royal Antwerp
Netherlands Telstar
Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
Netherlands AZ
043 00(7)
025 00(1)
248 0(26)
017 00(0)
333 0(34)   
Teams managed
Netherlands AFC Ajax
Flag of Spain Barcelona
Netherlands Netherlands
Flag of Spain Barcelona
Netherlands AZ
Germany Bayern Munich
Netherlands Netherlands
England Manchester United

Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal, OON, better known as Louis van Gaal (born 8 August 1951), is a Dutch football manager who is the current manager of Manchester United. He was formerly manager of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ, Bayern Munich, and Netherlands national team.

Before his career as a coach, Van Gaal played as a midfielder for Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam and AZ. He is also a fully qualified gymnastics teacher and has worked as such at high schools during various stages of his career as a semi-professional footballer.

After a brief spell as coach at AZ, Van Gaal served as assistant coach 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 Champions League. Van Gaal moved to Barcelona in 1997 and won two Spanish league titles and one Copa del Rey. After some disagreements at Barcelona, he was appointed coach of the Netherlands national team, but failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Another brief spell at Barcelona followed before he became manager of AZ. After winning the Eredivisie with AZ in 2008–09, he was hired by Bayern Munich on 1 July 2009. In his first season at Bayern, he secured the Bundesliga title, won the DFB-Pokal, and reached the final of the Champions League. In July 2012, he was appointed manager of the Netherlands for the second time, and led them to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Managerial honours


Bayern Munich



Awards and achievements

  • World Soccer Manager of the Year: 1995
  • Onze d'Or Coach of the Year: 1995
  • Rinus Michels Award: 2007, 2009
  • Dutch Sports Coach of the Year: 2009
  • Die Sprachwahrer des Jahres (3rd place): 2009
  • German Football Manager of the Year: 2010


  • Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau: 1997

External links

Royal Netherlands Football Association Logo
Netherlands Netherlands
Royal Netherlands Football Association Logo
Royal Netherlands Football Association Logo
Netherlands – 2014 FIFA World Cup

1. Cillessen 2. Vlaar 3. De Vrij 4. Martins Indi 5. Blind 6. De Jong 7. Janmaat 8. De Guzmán 9. Van Persie (c) 10. Sneijder 11. Robben 12. Verhaegh 13. Veltman 14. Kongolo 15. Kuyt 16. Clasie 17. Lens 18. Fer 19. Huntelaar 20. Wijnaldum 21. Memphis 22. Vorm 23. Krul

  • Manager: Netherlands Louis van Gaal

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