DOHA, Qatar (AP) — This year’s World Cup wasn’t part of the plan for Louis van Gaal. In fact, it was a major inconvenience.
He was retired when the Dutch soccer federation asked him last year to coach the national team for a third time. He was days away from turning 70. And he was also being treated for aggressive prostate cancer.
He still took the job.
“Because, simply, no one else was available at that time,” Van Gaal said.