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Van Gaal talks down Netherlands´ chances

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has dismissed the possibility of his side winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Netherlands finished runners-up at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, losing 1-0 to Spain after extra-time, and Van Gaal expects competition to win the tournament will be even greater next year.

“That would be a surprise, but I don’t think so,” he told ANP when asked of his country’s chances of lifting the trophy.

“I can count eight teams who have a better chance of becoming world champions than Netherlands.

“I’m always real. I dream of becoming world champions. That’s what I live for. That’s why I’m the coach.”

Van Gaal took over from Bert van Maarwijk in July 2012 after the Netherlands crashed out of Euro 2012 in the group stage and has led them to six wins from as many competitive matches in his second spell in charge.

Their next game is a friendly clash with Indonesia on June 7.

Fri 24 May, 2013
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