Louis van Gaal

1951 - Today

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Aloysius Paulus Maria "Louis" van Gaal OON (Dutch pronunciation: [luˈʋi vɑŋ ˈɣaːl] (listen); born 8 August 1951) 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 three 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis van Gaal has received more than 3,637,791 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Louis van Gaal is the 13th most popular coach (down from 11th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 47th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Dutch Coach.

Louis van Gaal is most famous for his coaching career. He has coached teams such as Ajax, Barcelona, AZ, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and the Netherlands national team.

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Among coaches, Louis van Gaal ranks 13 out of 329Before him are Fabio Capello, Luis Aragonés, Sepp Maier, Ronald Koeman, José Mourinho, and Luiz Felipe Scolari. After him are Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Vicente del Bosque, Guus Hiddink, Ernst Happel, and Carlo Ancelotti.

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Among people born in 1951, Louis van Gaal ranks 8Before him are Ilona Staller, Phil Collins, Sting, John Deacon, Geoffrey Rush, and Michelle Bachelet. After him are Kurt Russell, Anatoly Karpov, Stellan Skarsgård, Mohamed Morsi, Santiago Calatrava, and Bonnie Tyler.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Louis van Gaal ranks 48 out of 1,209Before him are Theo van Doesburg (1883), Thomas Bernhard (1931), Max Euwe (1901), Johan de Witt (1625), Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1870), and Jacob van Ruisdael (1628). After him are Paul Verhoeven (1938), Jacob Roggeveen (1659), Marco van Basten (1964), Ruud Gullit (1962), Frank Rijkaard (1962), and Guus Hiddink (1946).

Among COACHES In Netherlands

Among coaches born in Netherlands, Louis van Gaal ranks 3Before him are Rinus Michels (1928) and Ronald Koeman (1963). After him are Marco van Basten (1964), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Guus Hiddink (1946), Dick Advocaat (1947), Bert van Marwijk (1952), Huub Stevens (1953), Co Adriaanse (1947), Henk ten Cate (1954), and Wiel Coerver (1924).