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World Cup 2022: Netherlands’ Louis van Gaal hasn’t lost a tournament match in 90 minutes since 2001



Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal speaks to the media at the World Cup in Qatar.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal enters the 2022 World Cup with the most incredible record of any manager.

The Dutch are unbeaten in competitive football in 90 minutes under the Iron Tulip, having lost in the 2014 World Cup on penalties to Argentina. In fact, the last time Van Gaal tasted defeat in a game that meant anything, the Republic of Ireland beat the Oranje in 2001.

It’s over 20 years. Since then, LVG has returned to coaching Barcelona in a second spell, won titles at AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich before his stint as Manchester United manager, took the Netherlands to the European Cup semi-finals world in Brazil, retired from the game and then reversed that decision to once again lead his nation in Qatar.

It’s been quite a career for Louis van Gaal – and an incredible record at international level (Image credit: PA)

Cody Gakpo opened the scoring after just five minutes and four seconds to score the first goal of the 2022 World Cup so far. The Dutch No.8, linked with a plethora of Premier League giants, latched on to a ball from Davy Klaassen after a hood from Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.