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





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"It should give you confidence; we took those penalties in an incredible way against Costa Rica. But the issue is you need to score the first one and I asked two players to take the first ball before ending up with Ron Vlaar. I thought he was the best player on the pitch so should have a lot of confidence. It just goes to show it is not easy scoring in a penalty shoot-out. It's the most terrible scenario, to lose on penalties. At the very least we were equal with them, if not the better team. It's a big disappointment.”


"We played a fantastic tournament. No-one had expected us to make it through to the next phase, so as group winners we moved on. After that, we defeated Mexico - a team who are not easy to beat and are solid in terms of their organisation. Argentina are a top country with top players. We didn't lose against them, but the penalties are down to luck."