Soccer Coaching Book: Louis van Gaal’s Coaching Philosophy and Practices

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Luis vanGaal 600

A Unique Opportunity to Learn from one of the World’s Best Coaches

The included 35 Louis van Gaal practices are from his time with the Netherlands, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

– 152 Pages
– FULLCOLOUR Print
– 35 Practices
– U14-Pro Level

This fantastic new Louis van Gaal book in FULL COLOUR gives you the unique opportunity to learn from the man himself about his coaching philosophy.

The book is packed full of in depth interviews with Louis van Gaal describing his football philosophy.

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The topics included are:

  • Preparation and Tactics
  • How to Manage a Team
  • Data Analysis
  • The Periodization of Fitness Training
  • Man Management
  • The importance of Tactics and Psychology
  • 35 Louis van Gaal practices

Periodization Fitness Training

The Netherlands training practices in this book were observed at Quick Boys in Katwijk, at the Dutch training accommodation in Hoenderloo, in various stadiums across Europe, during the 2014 training camp in Lagos (Portugal) and in Brazil during the World Cup.There were many of the same types of training, but the methodological progress was thought out and the coaching moments were increasingly detailed and demanding.

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Practice Topic Samples:

  • Timing of Movement in a Quick One-Two Combination Drill With Third Man Run
  • 5 V 3 Awareness Time and Space Possession Exercise
  • Collective Defending In an 8 V 7 Game Situation
  • Positional Support Play in an 8 (+2) V 8 (+2) Possession Game
  • Press High Up the Pitch, Win the Ball and Counter Attack in a 7 V 6 (+Gk) Practice
  • Switch of Play, 1 V 1 Flank Play + Crossing and Finishing Practice
  • Coaching Positional Roles to Build Up Play in a 6 Zone 8 V 8 (+Gk) Functional Practice
  • Set Play: Wide Free-Kick – Timing of Runs and Finishing

Louis van Gaal: Coaching Roles and Honours

    • Ajax – 1991-1997 – Head Coach
      – Eredivisie: 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96
      – KNVB Cup: 1992–93
      – Johan Cruijff Shield: 1993, 1994, 1995
      – UEFA Champions League: 1994–95; Runner-up 1995–96
      – UEFA Cup: 1991–92
      – UEFA Super Cup: 1995
      – Intercontinental Cup: 1995
    • FC Barcelona – 1997-2000 – Head Coach
      – La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
      – Copa del Rey: 1997–98
      – UEFA Super Cup: 1997
    • Netherlands – 2000-2002 – Head Coach
    • FC Barcelona – 2002-2003 – Head Coach
  • AZ – 2005-2007 – Head Coach
    – Eredivisie: 2008–09
  • Bayern Munich – 2009-2011 – Head Coach
    – Bundesliga: 2009–10
    – DFB-Pokal: 2009–10
    – DFB-Supercup: 2010
    – UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2009–10
  • Netherlands – 2012-2014 – Head Coach
    – FIFA World Cup third place: 2014
  • Manchester United – 2014-Current – Head Coach

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