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Holland boss Louis van Gaal shares a heartfelt moment hugging a young journalist who said he was a fan of the legendary manager at a World Cup press conference
Louis van Gaal shared a heartfelt moment with a young journalist after a World Cup press conference.
Ahead of Group A’s second leg against Senegal on Friday, the former Manchester United boss was told by a young reporter he had no question, just wanted to say he is a huge fan.
Van Gaal thanked the media member and told him. “I don’t hear this often, this is very sweet. I want to give you a hug. Soon you and I will hug each other.’
Louis van Gaal hugged a young journalist who expressed his admiration for the Holland coach at a press conference
True to his word, the 71-year-old visited the young reporter after the press conference and hugged him in front of his colleagues.
Van Gaal was also asked by the press in attendance if his side plans to recreate Germany’s apparent protest against Japan, as they too are not allowed to wear the OneLove bracelet.
The Dutch coach replied that the protest would not be repeated.
‘No. We ended the political problems after we already invited the migrant workers,” referring to a kick-over the team shared with workers after arriving at the tournament.
Van Gaal also indicated that his team will not replicate Germany’s pre-match protest over freedom of expression
The Holland boss explained that a kickabout shared with migrant workers upon their arrival in Qatar “put an end to the political problems” as far as his team is concerned.
The Champions League-winning manager’s side got off to an excellent start in their first World Cup game since third in 2014.
Goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen ensured that the Orange won 2-0 against Senegal and became the leader of their group.
After taking on Ecuador, Van Gaal’s team will play their last group match against hosts Qatar at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.