Louis Van Gaal: The Biography by Maarten Meijer, out in July.


“We have to win. Some people sometimes make comments without understanding things, saying we’re going to choose our opponents; either they’re stupid or ill-intended. Fifa chose the schedule. When people say Brazil can choose their opponents, they put us in a very difficult situation, it’s disrespectful towards Cameroon and I don’t like it. I don’t have to choose my opponent, I have to play and win. Some people expressed a view that we were going to choose who we were going to play. Those sorts of comments are either stupid or ill-intentioned, I repeat stupid or ill-intentioned. We have to play to qualify, not pick and choose our opponents. It was FIFA who chose the kick-off time. You are putting emphasis on somebody who is talking nonsense."