World Cup 2014: Louis van Gaal claims third-place play-off unfair

Louis van Gaal must now lift his players for their play-off with Brazil

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says having to complete a World Cup third-place play-off match is "unfair".

The Dutch, who lost their semi-final to Argentina on penalties on Wednesday, face Brazil - humbled 7-1 by Germany - in Brasilia on Saturday.

"This match should never be played. I've been saying that for 10 years; it's unfair," said Van Gaal, about to take over at Manchester United.

"There is only one award that counts and that is becoming world champions."

Most recent World Cup third-place play-off winners
2010: Germany 3-2 Uruguay
2006: Germany 3-1 Portugal
2002: Turkey 3-2 South Korea
1998: Croatia 2-1 Netherlands
1994: Sweden 4-0 Bulgaria
1990: Italy 2-1 England
1986: France 4-2 Belgium
1982: Poland 3-2 France

The third-place play-off was introduced at the second World Cup finals in Italy in 1934 but has become unpopular with the teams.

Van Gaal added: "The worst thing is that there is a chance you are going to lose twice in a row.

"And in a tournament in which you have played so marvellously well you go home as a loser.

Highlights: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 pens)

"This has got nothing to do whatsoever with sport, not in my view."

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has an even harder job of lifting his side for the game after their humiliation by Germany.

His future as national team coach will be decided after the tournament.

He said: "I know my career will be marked by this defeat but we have an obligation to move on, thinking about the next goal, which in this case is the match for third place in Brasilia.

"I know it's a much smaller dream than we all wanted but we have to honour the shirt of the national team."

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