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  • Manchester United bury LA Galaxy 7-0 in Van Gaal's debut 4 days ago

    Pasadena, California: Although Louis van Gaal intends to restore Manchester United to their former international glory, even the veteran coach was impressed when his new club scored a virtual touchdown at the Rose Bowl. United made an impressive debut under Van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late...
  • Long tours not good for preparations, says Van Gaal 5 days ago

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club's lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday and then have at least three more matches...
  • Manchester United add Hernandez for US tour July 20, 2014

    Carson, California: Manchester United have added Javier Hernandez to their squad for the team's pre-season tour of the US. Relegated to the bench for much of last season, Chicharito will join the Red Devils before their friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday in Pasadena, the team's first match under...
  • Youth and experience in Van Gaal's first squad at United July 19, 2014

    Louis van Gaal's pledge to assess all of Manchester United's first team players is apparent after the new man in charge announced a bumper 25-man squad on Friday for the club's tour to the United States. Van Gaal, who arrived at Old Trafford this week after guiding the Netherlands to an...
  • Louis van Gaal says he can fulfill Manchester United expectations July 17, 2014

    New Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal said he believes he can meet the expectations for success at "the biggest club in the world" but refused to indulge in predictions when he was introduced to the media at Old Trafford on Thursday. The Dutchman, smiling and looking relaxed after arriving from...
  • Van Gaal arrives at Manchester United on the crest of wave of expectation July 15, 2014

    Louis van Gaal arrives for his new job at Manchester United on Wednesday on a wave of expectation following the World Cup finals in Brazil where his reputation was greatly enhanced. The achievement of the 62-year-old coach in taking the Netherlands to third place at the tournament highlighted the meticulous nature...
  • World Cup 2014: The best goals in Brazil July 14, 2014

    Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area. Sunday's final saw only one goal when...
  • World Cup 2014: The five highs and lows July 14, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup ... against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win...
  • World Cup 2014: Success based on Dutch way with novel tweak, says Van Gaal July 13, 2014

    Brasilia: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said his team's run to third place at the World Cup was proof that there was more than one "Dutch" way of playing the game. Van Gaal's side played a more defensive, containing style than that preferred by many Dutch coaches. "We were able to show...
  • World Cup 2014: A look at some of the best goals so far July 12, 2014

    Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area. The world will be treated to quite a...
  • World Cup 2014: Louis van Gaal gunning for Brazil in Brasilia July 12, 2014

    Brasilia: After deep initial scepticism, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal goes into Saturday's third place play-off determined to down hosts Brazil and end the World Cup on a high note. His last match before taking over at Manchester United sees Van Gaal's Netherlands, beaten on penalties by Argentina in the semi-final,...
  • World Cup 2014: Weary Dutch have no interest in third-place game July 11, 2014

    The Netherlands squad must stay at the World Cup when coach Louis van Gaal dearly wishes they could just go home. Next up? The game no one wants to play. Faced with the prospect of the third-place game against host Brazil on Saturday after a disappointing semi-final loss to Argentina, Dutch...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben, Van Persie empty-handed again at World Cup July 10, 2014

    Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam on Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to a month ago and the start...
  • World Cup 2014: Dutch media mourns defeat against Argentina July 10, 2014

    The Hague: Dutch media on Thursday mourned the Netherlands' 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Argentina, but for some there was relief at not having to face a rampant Germany in the World Cup final. "It's over: The Oranje won't go to the World Cup final after penalty drama with Argentina," popular...
  • World Cup 2014: Two players refused first Dutch penalty, says Louis van Gaal July 10, 2014

    The Hague: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has revealed that two of his players refused to step up to take the first penalty in Wednesday's 4-2 World Cup semi-final shoot-out loss to Argentina. The ill-fated honour eventually fell to defender Ron Vlaar, whose effort was saved by Argentina keeper Sergio...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben,Van Persie empty-handed again at World Cup July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to a month ago and the...
  • World Cup 2014: Louis Van Gaal slams 3rd-4th place playoff as pointless July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: The Netherlands will face Brazil in Saturday's third-fourth place play-off but it is not a match the Dutch want to play, with coach Louis van Gaal saying it was a pointless exercise that "has nothing to do with sports." "I think this match should never be played and I've...
  • World Cup 2014: I taught Romero how to stop penalties, says Van Gaal July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Louis van Gaal took some credit for showing Argentina's Sergio Romero how to stop penalties, advice that cost the Netherlands coach dearly on Wednesday. Romero stopped two spot kicks as Argentina beat Van Gaal's team 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the World Cup semi-finals, advancing to the...
  • World Cup semis, Argentina v Netherlands: as it happened July 10, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the semifinal match between Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The match, starting in Sao Paulo will be a clash of the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben. After Germany's 7-1 evisceration of...
  • The Beautiful Game: Who will face Germany in the World Cup final? July 9, 2014

    Argentina and Netherlands clash in the second semifinal in Sao Paulo for a place in the final against Germany on Sunday. ...
  • World Cup 2014: We're playing Argentina, not Messi, says van Gaal July 9, 2014

    The Netherlands will need to do more than simply muzzle Argentina's Lionel Messi if they are to prevail in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, according to coach Louis van Gaal. With four goals and some show-stopping displays to his name, Messi is emerging as the player of the tournament, but van Gaal...
  • World Cup 2014: Wounded Netherlands, Argentina eye Germany showdown July 9, 2014

    Sao Paulo: With a rampant Germany awaiting in the final, Argentina and the Netherlands face selection dilemmas going into their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The match, starting in Sao Paulo at 1.30 am IST, will be a clash of the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben. After Germany's...
  • World Cup 2014: Robin Van Persie sick, a doubt for Argentina clash July 9, 2014

    Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said. Van Persie, the Netherlands' joint top scorer with three goals in the tournament, has been training separately from the squad and Van Gaal said he...
  • World Cup 2014: Five of the best goals from the tournament July 8, 2014

    The 2014 World Cup has produced several goals of outstanding quality. The following are five of the best so far according to Reuters. James Rodriguez (Colombia 2 Uruguay 0) Rodriguez had already caught the eye with his performances in the first round but his opener against Uruguay in the Round of 16...
  • Van Gaal orders evening training session for Manchester United players July 8, 2014

    London: Louis van Gaal might be completely swamped with the Netherlands preparation for their FIFA World Cup semi-final match against Brazil but his uncompromising approach was felt all the way in England when he ordered Manchester United players to take part in an evening session on their second day of...
  • The Beautiful Game: Netherlands beat Costa Rica on penalties to reach semis July 6, 2014

    Louis van Gaal put on reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul just before the shootout, and his move paid off with Krul pulling off two saves in the tiebreaker. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Persie's misses nearly cost Netherlands July 6, 2014

    Salvador: On the same ground where Robin van Persie's spectacular diving header earned him the nickname the Flying Dutchman, the Netherlands striker fell flat against Costa Rica on Saturday. Van Persie missed two chances from close range in stoppage time in a 0-0 draw before the Dutch prevailed 4-3 in penalty...
  • World Cup 2014: Holland beat Costa Rica on penalties to reach semis July 6, 2014

    Salvador: Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul turned out to be the unlikely hero at the Arena Fonte Nova here Saturday as the Netherlands beat Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties to set up a mouthwatering FIFA World Cup semifinal clash against Argentina on Wednesday. In a masterstroke from Dutch coach Louis van Gaal...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Costa Rica, quarterfinal July 6, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the fourth quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Pre-match: The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal's hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Gaal admits underestimating his own team July 5, 2014

    Salvador: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal admitted he may be guilty of underestimating his own World Cup squad but said his players would not be making the same mistake with regard to their quarter-final opponents Costa Rica. The teams meet at the Fonte Nova arena on Saturday. Van Gaal told reporters on...