Aloysius Paulus Maria “Louis” Van Gaal is considered one of the most successful managers of all time. Results are evident to prove his success for clubs he managed. He is a Dutch footballer who is currently the head coach of the Netherlands national team. Recently, on Dutch television, he announced his suffering from Prostate cancer.
Van Gaal on Sunday gave a statement to RTL television about his diagnosis of Prostate cancer since 2020. He stated, “I have already undergone 25 bouts of radiotherapy”. Further he added that he hasn’t even mentioned about his suffering to the players, “The players think I’m in good health but I’m not”.
Horrible to hear, wishing you all the best Louis ❤️🇳🇱 https://t.co/ja0dc2GR4J
— UtdXclusive (@UtdXclusive) April 3, 2022
Football World Shocked After Louis Van Gaal’s Announcement
After his astonishing announcement, football seemed to revolve around Van Gaal. Clubs and players showed him sympathy by tweeting through their respective handles.
Manchester United who had been guided and played under him from 2014-to 2016 tweeted, ‘Everybody at Manchester United is fully behind our former manager, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer. Sending you strength and courage, Louis,’.
Everybody at Manchester United is fully behind our former manager, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer.
Sending you strength and courage, Louis ❤️ pic.twitter.com/axcB7mV5To
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 3, 2022
Bayern Munich who were under his guidance from 2009-to 2011 said on Twitter, ‘FC Bayern would like to wish former head coach Louis van Gaal all the best as he battles cancer. We all know how strong a person he is. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery!’
F.C Barcelona even showed their support to him stating, ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to former Barca manager Louis van Gaal… Stay strong, Louis, and get well soon.’
Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted, ‘Sending best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Louis Van Gaal’.
Apart from his diagnosis with cancer, he said in the same interview that he is all set to lead his national team in the upcoming FIFA world cup.
Team From To Win Loss Draw
- Ajax 1991 1997 196 40 49
- Barcelona 1997 2000 95 44 32
- Netherlands 2000 2001 9 2 4
- Barcelona 2002 2003 16 9 5
- AZ 2005 2009 105 38 39
- Bayern Munich 2009 2011 59 19 18
- Netherlands 2012 2014 18 2 9
- Manchester United 2014 2016 54 24 25
- Netherlands 2021 Present 6 0 3
Apart from his managerial career he was also an outstanding midfielder during his playing career. He has played for several clubs during his time. Ajax, Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta rotterdam, AZ are name of all the clubs where Van Gaal was an integral part.
Recently, he was engaged in a controversy where he called the idea of playing the world cup in Qatar as ridiculous. In his official statement, he stated a controversial statement, “It’s ridiculous that we’re going to play in a country to — what does FIFA say? — to develop football there, and you do that by organizing a tournament in that country. That is (expletive). But it doesn’t matter. It’s about money, commercial interests. That’s what matters to FIFA.”