Van Gaal: "Cancer? I'm not talking about it"

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Van Gaal: "Cancer? I'm not talking about it"

Louis Van Gaal, Netherlands manager, will be replaced by Ronald Koeman after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The manager, at Sky Sports, talked about many issues, from Manchester United and his new manager Ten Hag, up to the national team Oranje.

Van Gaal did not mention the cancer that hit him. He said: "I don't think it's appropriate to talk about my illness. I don't want to talk about it. I can say that coaching the Dutch national team is a gift for me.

Especially this group. I can guarantee that I can handle this situation and I can also add that I don't have I've never coached a group like this in my career. "

Van Gaal's career

Louis van Gaal grew up in a Catholic family in the east of Amsterdam and attended the Sint-Nicolaas high school in Amsterdam, run by the Fathers of the Sacred Heart.

Van Gaal has the qualification of a gymnastics teacher, and worked at high schools during his career as a semi-professional footballer. On April 3, 2022, he declares to be suffering from an aggressive form of prostate cancer and to have already undergone 25 sessions of radiotherapy, even at night during the national team retreats.

As a coach, he has won seven league titles, four Cups and four domestic Super Cups, one UEFA Cup (1992), one UEFA Champions League (1995), two UEFA Super Cups (1995 and 1997) and one Intercontinental Cup (1995). In an interview granted to the official FIFA website in January 2008, the Dutch coach talked about the so-called van Gaal module, which distinguishes the tactics of the teams he leads.

However, unlike a classic scheme, which, depending on the players available, is not always adaptable, his module can be considered more like a philosophy; the coach must therefore be flexible in making choices. Van Gaal believes that the mental structure of the team is fundamental, stating that it depends on the relationship between players and coach; the latter must act towards the former as a "focal point", maintaining, like his players, an "open mentality", in order to obtain a common result through collective work.

His footballing concept is also based on tactical preparation: every player must know which position to occupy on the pitch, how to help his teammates and how to beat the opponent. All of this requires discipline.