FIFA World Cup 2014: WAGS - The 'Unsung Heroes' of Dutch Triumph vs Spain?

They may be considered distractions by managers at large but Netherlands' Louis van Gaal played a masterstroke by letting his players spend time with their loved ones before their 5-1 win against Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Group B match.

updated: June 16, 2014 13:02 IST
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England manager Roy Hodgson may have barred them from accompanying his team but the Dutch believe love conquers all. Little wonder then that Netherlands coach allowed wives and girlfriends to spend time with his players ahead of their resounding 5-1 performance against champions Spain.

Arjen Robben wife

File Photo: Dutch striker Arjen Robben is kissed by his wife Bernadien as they attend a party after the UEFA Champions League final football match.


According to a report in UK's The Mirror, Louis van Gaal looked to get the best out of his players on and off the field. "My principle is the overall picture - the total person, the player," he was quoted as saying. (Also see in pics: How football is turning out to be a perfect 'match-maker')

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