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Netherlands Confirms Louis van Gaal For Third Stint As New Coach

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Netherlands Confirms Louis van Gaal For Third Stint As New Coach

Dutchman Louis van Gaal will return for a third time as the national football coach, leading the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Dutch football federation (KNVB) said Wednesday.

The appointment of the 69-year-old, dubbed the “Iron Tulip”, comes after the resignation of Frank de Boer in June after the Netherlands’ dismal last-16 exit from Euro 2020.

The no-nonsense Van Gaal, whose last major job was at Manchester United, previously managed the Oranje between 2000-2002 and 2012-2014, when they finished third at the World Cup in Brazil.

“Dutch football has always been close to my heart and national coaching is in my view a key position for the further advancement of our football. Moreover, I consider it an honour to coach the Dutch national team,” Van Gaal said in a statement released by the KNVB.

“There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial for participation in the World Cup. The focus is therefore immediately 100 per cent on the players and the approach. After all, I was appointed for that.”

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The Dutch federation said it had been looking for a coach with “exceptional qualities” to turn the ship around with a “minimal preparation period” for the World Cup.

“With his experience and track record at the highest level, we believe that we have that coach in Louis van Gaal,” KNVB Director of Football Nico-Jan Hoogma said.

“Contact was established quickly and we have spoken frequently since then. We are happy that Louis is taking on this job.”

During Van Gaal’s first spell as manager, the Dutch failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but the Netherlands finished third in Brazil in 2014 during his second stint.

He then went on to take up a coaching job with Manchester United but was unceremoniously axed by the club two days after winning the FA Cup in 2016.

Van Gaal at the time said winning the FA Cup with the Red Devils “was the greatest achievement of my career.”

The often brash and straight-talking Van Gaal announced his “retirement” in January 2017.

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World XI: Check Out FIFA World Men’s 11

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FIFA has announced the World XI Best Men’s players for 2021.

Manchester City’s Ruben Dias and Kevin de Bruyne joined Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, and Manchester United’s Ronaldo, in the Best Fifa men’s team of the year.

While two-time men’s winner Ronaldo was given the special award for surpassing Ali Daei’s 109-goal record for Iran – and included in the best XI – the Portugal captain was omitted from the shortlist for the individual prize for the first time since its inception.

Men’s world XI:

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/PSG/Italy)
  • David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid/Austria)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus/Italy)
  • Ruben Dias (Man City/Portugal)
  • Kevin de Bruyne (Man City/Belgium)
  • Jorginho (Chelsea/Italy)
  • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/France)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Man Utd/Portugal)
  • Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund/Norway)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona/PSG/Argentina).
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Lewandowski Wins Best Fifa Men’s Player Of The Year Award

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Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski were named 2021 Best Fifa Men’s Player of the Year, while Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo landed the special award.

Lewandowski, 33, claimed the prize for the second consecutive year after scoring 69 goals.

He won ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Paris St-Germain’s Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo was lauded for being the men’s international all-time top scorer.

Lewandowski broke the late Gerd Muller’s 49-year record for scoring the most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year with 43 in 34 league appearances.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel won the award for the Best Fifa men’s coach for guiding Chelsea to their second Champions League title after only joining the club in January.

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Former Tottenham winger Erik Lamela – sold to Sevilla in the summer – won the Fifa Puskas award, which recognises the best goal in world football during the year, after his ‘rabona’ finish in the north London derby against Arsenal last March.

 

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Real Madrid Lift Spanish Super Cup With Win Over Athletic Bilbao

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Real Madrid lifted the Spanish Super Cup as they eased to victory over Athletic Club in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema were enough to dispatch the Lions as Los Blancos hardly needed to get out of third gear.

In a game where Carlo Ancelotti was looking to win his first trophy back in his second stint as Madrid manager, he can be pleased in the performance of two of his ‘golden oldies’ as 34-year-old Benzema and 36-year-old Modric came up with the goods to take the trophy back to the Spanish capital.

The first goal was textbook Real: attacking with thrust and guile down the right as Modric fed Rodrygo, and the young Brazilian slipped it back into the path of the Croat to bend home inside the near post.

The lead could have been extended before halftime. Casemiro had two chances that tested Unai Simon in the Athletic goal, the first a drive towards the near post and the second a header from the resulting corner, but the Spain number one was equal to both efforts.

Iker Muniain and Inaki Williams tried their very best to get Marcelino’s side back into the game, but they just could not match the quality on show from their opposition, and the game was beyond all doubt only seven minutes into the second half, as Yeray was unfortunately alleged to have handballed a scuffed Benzema effort and VAR gave a dubious penalty.

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Benzema dusted himself down and finish with aplomb, but Simon got a piece of it and could not keep it out – much to his fury.

A flurry of changes on the hour from the Bilbao manager saw an improvement in their press and their on-the-ball play, and Raul Garcia was the guilty party as he snatched at two decent opportunities to get the Basque side back into the game as Real’s defence were momentarily at sixes and sevens.

Another penalty was awarded after a handball from Eder Militao was adjudged to have stopped the ball crossing the line after a Raul Garcia header from a Yuri Berchiche cross, and the Brazilian defender was controversially dismissed for a deliberate handball.

Garcia was promptly stopped by Thibaut Courtois, the Belgian’s trailing leg halting a poor penalty down the middle to sum up Bilbao’s night.

Real played confidently and rounded the game off professionally, controlling the tempo and patterns of play through their experienced engine room, and they still had their threat in behind with the dangerous pace of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo down the flanks.

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