LB presents the Full Story of a Football Manager best known by the Nickname; ‘The King’. Our Louis van Gaal Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time till date.
The analysis of the Dutch former football manager and player involves his history, life story before fame, family life. More so, many OFF and ON-Pitch little known facts about him. Now without further adieu, let’s Begin.
Louis van Gaal Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Aloysius Paulus Maria Louis van Gaal was born on the 8th of August 1951. He was the youngest and baby of a big family of nine brothers and sisters.
Growing up, Van Gaal had a troubled relationship with his seriously ill father and most times rebelled against his strict Catholic upbringing.
As a child, his life was part of firm discipline and part pampering. Some suggest his self-assured streak comes from being ‘the baby’ spoiled by four brothers, four sisters and his loving parents.
However, Van Gaal tells it differently. He believes his home life gave him the discipline central to his coaching ethics.
As a child, his home in Amsterdam home was near the De Meer stadium – That is Ajax’s ground. The Van Gaal household had everything ordered, with each child allocated a chore, one to set the table and one to wash the dishes.
Louis was used to the chore of looking after his parent’s shop and peeling a mountain of potatoes needed to feed the family.
Back in the days, Young Louis van Gaal was also tall and when he scored in street games with his friends he would shout: ‘Henkie, Henkie, Henkie!’.
Louis van Gaal Biography Facts – Behaviour:
Some of the traits Van Gaal displayed in those kids’ games were still there when he became an adult, including a tendency to overlook his own shortcomings and a lack of patience with others.
It was tough and even then, he was not a boy for jokes. Life was much too serious. He just wanted to be the best, to always win. When he gets angry when he loses a match, even his best pal is scared of him.
According to him..“focused arrogance is the key to my success”. Louis was a serious kid born to be a certified winner.
Louis van Gaal Family Life:
His father, a manager with an energy company, inspired the young Louis. ‘My father had the same character as I have,’ he said. ‘He had an open mind. He listened and had the courage to make decisions that were difficult to accept for some. He was a leading figure.’
Van Gaal Snr suffered a heart attack when Louis was six and died five years later when he was 11.
After his father’s death, his mother became the central figure in his life and his love for her has always been evident.
When he was given the Dutch equivalent of a knighthood, the Order of Orange-Nassau, he made sure she was by his side to share the moment.
Van Gaal said later that it was from her that he inherited his core values of honesty, respect, discipline and responsibility.
Louis van Gaal First Wife:
At the age of 18, Van Gaal met Fernanda Obbes at a Catholic youth group. She was 16 as of then.
Both parties fell in love. Friends said it was love at first sight as they locked eyes at the Catholic youth society near his home. They married three years later, and had two daughters, Brenda and Renate.
Louis van Gaal loved every second of the Catholic church because of her. He loved the sickly sweet rotting pomegranate smells of the incense. He found a good reason to thank his dad for making him stick to the church.
Louis van Gaal Biography – The Agony:
They were married when Louis was still only 21 and blissfully happy until, in 1994 at the height of his success in his first spell as manager of Ajax, she was taken ill. Doctors diagnosed her with liver and pancreatic cancer.
In his position in charge of Holland’s biggest football club he had access to all the best doctors and surgeons, but nothing could be done.
Instead, Van Gaal found himself confronted by challenges beyond his control. While he did his best to tend his wife in private, in public he had to show iron discipline as Dutch opposing fans mocked his ordeal and did everything they could to bring failure to him.
In Holland, there are two words for a woman. ‘Vrouw’ shows respect for a loving partner. ‘Wijf’ is insulting – translated as something like ‘bitch’.
At one Ajax game, rival fans held a banner referring to his wife’s cancer. The placard read: ‘Van Gaal, heeft een kankerwijf’, which would roughly translate as ‘Van Gaal has a cancer bitch’.
It must have hurt but he refused to let anybody see his anger. He only requested private audience. It was indeed a tough thing to take seeing Ajax’s opponents mocking her even in her illness….Even as she battled for her dear life.
Indeed, there are some things even Louis van Gaal cannot control. A life that has always had hard work, discipline and order as its core values was sent into a whirlwind when her death happened.
That same year in 1994, Obbes died of liver and pancreatic cancer. It was the last time Louis van Gaal ever had to cry.
Reports indicated that she was a heavy smoker. This must have been a possible cause of her death.
Louis van Gaal Untold Bio – Lost Faith in God after Wife’s Death:
In January, 1994, when his first wife Fernanda Obbes died of liver cancer at the age of 39, he almost quit football to look after their two daughters, Brenda and Renate. In the end, it was God whom he gave up on.
In his autobiography, Van Gaal recalls: “When I lost Fernanda, it was then that I stopped believing in God and stopped being a Catholic.
This God did not respect the human being and the suffering of my wife. I want nothing to do with a God who lets people suffer this much.” Louis abandoned his faith shortly afterwards.
Fernanda passed away just 16 months before Van Gaal was to turn Ajax into European champions. He added: “I offered to resign as manager at Ajax.
I asked my daughters whether I should quit the game to raise them, but both said they wanted me to carry on and said that would have also been the wish of their mum.”
Who is Truus? Louis van Gaal Wife:
After his first wife’s death, Louis van Gaal met his second wife Truus. They met not long after Fernanda’s death and were partners for 14 years before Louis proposed in 2007.
Louis van Gaal never did the usual when he proposed. He couldn’t go down on one knee – he had a broken leg at the time! They married on his birthday in a cool date- 08-08-08 – as the invitations pointed out.
Truus revealed: ‘‘I wanted to go to Vegas, just the two of us, but Louis wanted a big celebration. He said: “If you have something to celebrate, then celebrate”.
He was right. A secret marriage would have been wrong. The wedding was wonderful. It was important to me, not so important to him. He always regarded me as his wife but the media kept referring to me as “Louis’ girlfriend”. I didn’t like that.