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With the exception of Moussa Dembele, none of Louis van Gaal's key players during AZ's 2008-09 Eredivisie-winning team went on to become world-class players.
Sergio Romero, a goalkeeper with superb shot-stopping ability, is warming the benches at Monaco.
Kew Jaliens, a centre-back, is now teammates with former Liverpool centre-forward Emile Heskey and ex-Leeds United star Michael Bridges at Newcastle Jets.
Demy de Zeeuw, who kept the play moving in midfield, is on the books of Anderlecht.
Maarten Martens, an elegant playmaker, recently signed with PAOK.
Mounir El Hamdaoui, who failed to make the grade at Tottenham Hotspur, has played for three different clubs in the last three years.
It is easy to remember Van Gaal's major achievements.
- Winning the 1995 UEFA Champions League title with Ajax.
- Going through the 1994-95 Eredivisie season unbeaten.
- Winning league titles in three different countries.
- Giving Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Clarence Seedorf, David Alaba, Edgar Davids, Holger Badstuber, Michael Reiziger, Nwankwo Kanu, Patrick Kluivert, Xavi, et al. their top-flight debuts.
Yet Van Gaal should receive more credit for coaching AZ, a team devoid of a world-class footballer, to the Eredivisie title.
This shows he does not always need superstars to win titles.
If Van Gaal is given full control of Tottenham Hotspur's footballing operations, he will bring the club success.
He has won a trophy with every club he has managed.
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