No team can claim to be a well-knit unit without a bit of banter here and there. Here’s looking at the top dressing room incidents in the history of football:
Van Gaal’s version of the vine “Deez nuts… ha gadeem”
So you stroll into training, like always. It’s just another day, another training session, your manager calls a team meeting, probably to discuss the game plan for your next opponents. That was probably the thought that was running through the minds of everyone sitting in that meeting that day. Unfortunately for them, van Gaal had something else in mind and things took a nutty twist.
He had made two bold substitutions in the previous game and he needed to get it out to his players that he wasn’t scared of taking ‘big’ decisions, that he had the ‘balls’ to make important decisions.
“The coach wanted to make clear to us that he can drop any player, it was all the same to him because, as he said, he had the balls,” said Toni.
“He demonstrated this literally (by dropping his trousers). I have never experienced anything like it, it was totally crazy. Luckily I didn’t see a lot because I wasn’t in the front row.”
Whether they were peanuts or walnuts is up to Bayern’s players and staff to remember but football was definitely not the only ball in question during that meeting.