Van Gaal calls for German Ballon d’Or winner

Manchester - After Joachim Löw’s following Germany’s over Spain, former FC Bayern München boss Louis van Gaal becomes the second high-profile head coach to call for a member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning squad to be awarded the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

‘Level of the Bundesliga is high’

"I hope it shall be a German player because they deserve it," the Dutch tactician, who himself is competing with Löw as one of ten nominees for the FIFA World Coach of the Year award, told MUTV earlier this week.

The 23-man shortlist, which includes six German candidates - five of whom are on the books at van Gaal’s former club FC Bayern - will be reduced to just three candidates on 1 December. The winner will then be announced at a ceremony in Zürich on 12 January and the 63-year-old believes the Nationalmannschaft becoming the first European side to lift the World Cup in South American warrants further recognition.

"You always have to win something and the best thing to win is the World Cup," continued the Manchester United FC manager, who guided a Bayern side featuring the likes of Ballon d’Or nominees Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller to a league and cup double and the UEFA Champions League final in the 2009/10 campaign. "In Germany, the level of the matches in the Bundesliga is also very high."