Louis van Gaal Fact Box

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 19, 2014 at 8:27 am •  Published: May 19, 2014
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Highlights in the career of Louis van Gaal, who was hired as manager of Manchester United on Monday:

1951 — Born Aug. 8 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1972 — Signs as a professional with Ajax but does not break into the first team.

1977 — After spells at Antwerp and Telstar, joins Sparta Rotterdam.

1986 — Works as player-assistant coach under Han Berger, then Hans Eijkenbroek at AZ Alkmaar.

1987 — Retires from playing but continues as assistant to coach Eijkenbroek at AZ.

1988 — Appointed assistant to coach Leo Beenhakker at Ajax.

1991 — Takes over as Ajax coach after Beenhakker leaves for Real Madrid. Wins UEFA Cup in first season.

1993 — Wins the Dutch Cup with Ajax.

1994 — Wins the first of three straight Dutch league titles with Ajax.

1995 — Wins the Champions League with Ajax, beating AC Milan 1-0 in the final in Vienna. Also wins the league title, UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup in the same year.

1997 — Appointed coach of Barcelona, succeeding Bobby Robson, winning successive Spanish league titles in his first two seasons, as well as the 1997 UEFA Super Cup and 1998 Copa del Rey.

2000 — Leaves Barcelona after finishing second to Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league and is appointed coach of the Netherlands.