Oliver Kahn Feels 'Talkative' Van Gaal Has Problems With Messi for Rigged World Cup Comment

Oliver Kahn Feels 'Talkative' Van Gaal Has Problems With Messi for Rigged World Cup Comment

Lukman Mumuni
September 20, 2023 at 1:04 PM
  • Oliver Kahn has reacted to Luis Van Gaal's World Cup comments
  • The former Dutch manager claims the tournament was rigged in favour of Argentina
  • Kahn visited Saudi Arabia last week, reuniting with Sadio Mane

Former Germany goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn has refuted Luis Van Gaal's claims that the 2022 FIFA World Cup was rigged in favour Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Messi led Argentina to their third World Cup success after defeating France in an entertaining final in Lusail on December 18.

Before reaching the final, Argentina eliminated Van Gaal's Netherlands in the quarter-final in dramatic circumstances, with Messi famously celebrating in front of the Dutch coach.

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Oliver Kahn has reacted to comment made by Luis Van Gaal over Argentina's World Cup success. Credit: @SPL @FIFAcom
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The 68-year-old in a recent interview with NOS stated the World Cup was premediated.

“I don’t really want to say much about it. When you see how Argentina gets the goals and how we get the goals, and how some Argentina players overstepped the mark and were not punished, then I think it all premeditated game,” he said, as quoted by worldsoccertalk.com.

However, Kahn believes otherwise, insisting the Argentina players worked hard to ensure Messi added the trophy to his illustrious cabinet.

"I know Van Gaal and he talks a lot sometimes. Maybe he had some problems with Messi. I watched Argentina games in the WC and for me it was amazing to see a team fighting and giving their all for Messi to be World Champion," he said in an interview during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

Van Gaal has resigned from his role as coach of the Dutch national team after the World Cup in Qatar.

Van Gaal claims World Cup was rigged for Argentina

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Former coach of the Netherlands, Louis Van Gaal has made some damaging allegations about the 2022 FIFA World Cup that was staged in Qatar.

Lionel Messi led Argentina to their first-ever World Cup trophy since 1986, beating defending champions France in an energy-sapping final at the Lusail Stadium on December 18.

It was a sweet turnaround for Messi, who managed to go all the way despite watching his side go 2-1 down to minnows, Saudi Arabia in their first group game.

Oliver Kahn reunites with Sadio Mane

Legendary German goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn spent time with former Bayern Munich winger, Sadio Mane, during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

The ex-Bayern Munich shot-stopper was given a tour of Al Nassr's facilities as he arrived in Riyadh last week.

During his time at the the club's world class stadium, Kahn took the opportunity to meet the Senegalese forward, a player he signed for Bayern Munich last season. The 54-year-old also met five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

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