Louis van Gaal to receive award from Dutch National Judo Association

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be presented with the Anton Geesink Award by the Dutch Judo Association (JBN) this weekend, according to Inside Futbol.

The award, given to an individual who is adjudged to have done something special for Judo or has a particularly special achievement to their name, will be given to van Gaal at the National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem, Holland, on Saturday.

Van Gaal guided Holland to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup before joining Man United last summer and that’s more than likely the reason he will receive the award.

Since joining in the summer, the 63-year-old has taken United to fourth in the Premier League having masterminded superb victories over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in his side’s previous two games.

Van Gaal was named the Dutch Sports Coach of the Year last year and is also a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.

He may have been dreaming of trophies while in charge of United this term but van Gaal probably didn’t have this particular one in mind.

United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by MK Dons early in the season before losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the start of March. It is a bizarre award for van Gaal to receive but it just goes to show how highly regarded he is in his homeland.

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