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Football Federation Australia has decided to appoint Bert Van Marwijk as the head coach of the Caltex Socceroos for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The announcement came first to their official Twitter account by saying “The Caltex @Socceroos are delighted to announce the appointment of Bert Van Marwijk as our new Head Coach” before it was posted to their official website.
FFA Chairman Steven Lowy immediately welcomed Van Marwijk, who he believes a world class coach, to lead the national team Australia following the resignation of Ange Postecoglou in November last year.
The 65-year-old coach took Netherlands to the World Cup Final in 2010 and led Saudi Arabia qualifies for the biggest tournament this year, ending a 12-year World Cup drought. (Here’s your reference for Soccer Betting Tips)
“This is a great result for Australian football. Bert Van Marwijk is world class. He took the Netherlands to the World Cup Final in 2010, he led the Saudi Arabian team to qualify directly for this year’s Finals and most importantly, he knows a lot about our team and how they play because he studied them closely as an opposition manager in the same group. These experiences make him a compelling choice.” Lowy said in a statement
In addition, Lowy followed his statement with a paid tribute to Postecoglou for achieving the qualification to the World Cup. (Sign Up now for more updated news and sports event)
Meanwhile, it was FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop who agreed terms with the former Dutch coach in Amsterdam.
“Bert was our preferred candidate to take the Caltex Socceroos to the World Cup so we are delighted to have secured his services. We went through a thorough and disciplined process and used internal and external experts to build up a profile of the person who would be the best fit for the task in Russia. We had a number of outstanding coaches very interested in the role but Bert was at the top of our shortlist.” Gallop stated
Moving forward, Van Marwijk was honored to the responsibility that was given to him to take the Australia national football team to their fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals.