Louis van Gaal trained international top clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, FC Barcelona or FC Bavaria Munich. The Dutchman worked with countless top players, but one of them did it to him in particular.
“Luis Figo”, said van Gaal on the question of the “Guardian”, with whom he had the most fun training.” He’s a winner. He was always there, whether in training or in the game. I like these types of players best because they are open to you, but they are still leaders in the field.”Also today’s Spanish national coach Luis Enrique would have been such a player.
For three years van Gaal and Figo had spent together at FC Barcelona between 1997 and 2000. Together they won two championships and the trophy. Luis Enrique also belonged to the team at the time.
Many titles van Gaal won in his coaching career. But, “The most exciting moment wasn’t on the training bench. It was on the canals of Amsterdam after the Champions League won,”said the 67-year-old in memory of the 1995 year. It was fantastic. More than a million people along the canals, old people at the windows, just fantastic.”