The Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal received numerous messages of support after declaring on Sunday night that he has been suffering from prostate cancer since 2020, which will not prevent him, according to him, from being in Qatar at the World Cup (November 21 – Dec. 18).
“All our support and solidarity with Louis Van Gaal,” tweeted Barça, a team trained in two stages by the Dutchman. “We wish him a speedy and full recovery. Stay strong Louis!”
“On behalf of the European football community, we send our best wishes for recovery to the Dutch coach. We are all with you, Louis,” UEFA posted on Twitter.
The Dutch national team published a photo of the coach accompanied by an orange heart on Monday, a publication that was shared by the Dutch Federation (KNVB).
Van Gaal is currently in his third term for the “Oranje”, after 2000-2001 and 2012-2014.
Throughout his long career, nicknamed “Iron Tulip” for his methods and strict attitude, he has also coached Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United.
United also sent “strength and encouragement” to their former manager, shortly after the announcement of his illness.
Van Gaal, 70, stated that his cancer was diagnosed in 2020 and that he began treatment in 2021.
The technician specified that he had already carried out 25 radiotherapy sessions, including during the afternoons or nights of the call with the Dutch team, which will be in group A of the World Cup with Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador.
His family and friends were aware but not his players.
The Netherlands will play their first World Cup match on November 21 against Senegal. Louis van Gaal is counting on being present.
“You do not die of prostate cancer in most cases. The most normal thing is that it is the derived diseases that can be fatal in this form of cancer,” he told the RTL television network.