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‘The perfect match'

Van Gaal looking forward to new challenge

Louis van Gaal has been officially announced as Bayern head coach for the new season onwards. However, the Dutchman does not take up his duties at the Säbener Straße for a number of weeks yet, as his official unveiling takes place on 1 July. Until then, he would prefer not to discuss his targets and goals with the Bavarian club, Van Gaal told a news conference in Alkmaar on Thursday.

However, the 57-year-old’s keen anticipation of the new challenge in Munich was clearly visible, despite the sensational achievement of winning the Dutch top flight with Alkmaar this term. “I always regarded the ideal situation for me as going to Bayern,“ he declared, “I think Bayern are a perfect match to my standards, values and mentality.“ He also feels Munich offers “more opportunities to succeed in Europe compared to AZ.“

Quality leadership

Van Gaal expressly thanked his current club for releasing him from his contract, initially scheduled to run until mid-2010. “AZ as a club will always be close to my heart,“ he stated. AZ chairman Dirk Scheringa wished the coach well: “We’re pleased Louis has secured the transfer of his dreams and we wish him all the very best, although we do so with a heavy heart.“

The Munich camp is looking forward to arrival of their new head coach. “I’m delighted the club has found an experienced coach,“ commented Zé Roberto. Added Miroslav Klose: “At the end of the day, Alkmaar aren’t a particularly big club. I reckon a coach who succeeds in winning the championship with them has to be a great coach.“