Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal says he can not imagine any of his players from Argentina, France, Holland or Germany winning next month's FIFA World Cup™. "To be honest, I don't expect that one of my players will come back from South Africa with the status of world champion," Bayern's Dutch coach told the German daily Bild.
Van Gaal, who lost last Saturday's Champions League final 2-0 to Inter Milan, says he expects the winners to come from South America or the Iberian peninsula. "I think Spain or Brazil will be world champions," said the 58-year-old. Bayern Munich are expected to have eight players in the Germany squad involved in South Africa, three Dutch in Edson Braafheid, Mark van Bommel and Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery of France and Argentina's Martin Demichelis.
Having won the German League and Cup titles in his first season in charge as coach, Van Gaal was scathing of Argentina's chances under former player Diego Maradona. "Argentina has perhaps the best team," he said. "But I think it is just as important to have a good coach."