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Robin van Persie scores the Netherlands’ opening goal during the World Cup Group B match against Spain  at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Netherlands 5 Spain 1: Redemption for Arjen Robben and the Netherlands arrived in the form of an emphatic reversal of fortunes from the 2010 final and(...)

On this particular occasion at least Louis van Gaal brings something other than his renowned tactical know-how and relentless faith in youth to the party.

The headline writers had Wesley Sneiijder and his Dutch team-mates plotting a revenge mission against Spain in Salvador tonight which might well have (...)

Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville could yet become part of Louis van Gaal’s staff at Manchester United.

Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville could yet become part of Louis van Gaal’s staff at Manchester United, with the decision on their futures pos(...)

Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal leads his team’s training session in Lagos, Portugal, last month.  Photograph: Koen van Weel  / EPA

Manager: Louis van Gaal Best finish: Second (1974, 1978, 2010) World Cup record: Played 50, Won 27, Drawn 12, Lost 11 Hi(...)

Goalscorers Jeremain Lens (back) and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrate against Wales  in Amsterdam . Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos/Reuters

Netherlands 2 Wales 0Arjen Robben scored the first goal and made the second to give the Netherlands a winning send off before they head to the World C(...)

Jerry Akaminko of Ghana receives treatment  during the match against the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Jerry Akaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and David Accam failed to make the final cut as Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah named his 23-man squad for the World Cup on S(...)

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (left) and team mate Jesus Navas have been left out of the Spains squad to trabvel to Brazil for the World Cup.  Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s final squad for the World Cup, but the Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nav(...)

Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out of the World Cup

Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out of the World Cup with a calf injury. The 31-year-old has suffered a dismal season with Hamburg, blighted by a (...)

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal during a training session at the team’s Hoenderloo base in the Netherlands yesterday. The squad are due to fly to Portugal next week to continue their World Cup preparations. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

Louis van Gaal is adamant that he can juggle two jobs at once despite the distraction that his impending appointment as Manchester United manager coul(...)

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