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Bert van Marwijk named Australia coach

Bert van Marwijk named Australia coach

Van Marwijk has previously led Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, and was recently in charge of Saudi Arabia, who beat the Socceroos to second place in the Asian qualifying group.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman Steven Lowy said Van Marwijk's experience was the flawless blend for the Socceroos' Russian campaign, which kicks off in June.

"This is a great result for Australian football", said Lowy.

"I know a lot about the players and how the team has been playing after coaching against them for the two World Cup qualifiers, in 2016 and in June past year", he said.

"These experiences make him a compelling choice".

Arnold was widely tipped to be the next Socceroos coach following Ange Postecoglou's decision to stand down after guiding Australia to World Cup qualification.

Van Marwijk inherits a team that struggled at times during the qualification campaign and is still heavily reliant on the goals of Tim Cahill, who turned 38 last month.

His pragmatic approach added much-needed discipline to the Saudis and, during a two-year stint, van Marwijk qualified the country for their first World Cup since 2006, seeing off Australia in the process.

Days later, van Marwijk was gone.

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'I'm not only going to the World Cup.

Arnold was among the potential candidates for the Socceroos position, however ruled himself out of coaching at this year's World Cup on Monday so he could complete the season with Sydney FC.

"We now go to Russian Federation with a battle-hardened group of players and support staff who made it to the finals by the toughest road possible. And we will ensure they have the resources necessary to give them the highest level of preparation", Lowy said.

Cahill, now 38 and Australia's record scorer, remains a talisman of the team that needed two-legged playoff wins over Syria and Honduras to seal their third straight World Cup berth. "We had a number of outstanding coaches very interested in the role but Bert was at the top of our shortlist".

Australia were forced into the play-off after finishing behind a Van Marwijk-led Saudi Arabia in Group B of Asian qualifying. "It's not just FFA, I've had offers from all around the world, and I've knocked a few back in the last week and there's plenty of things to think about".

- Led the Dutch team to the 2010 World Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Spain, with a notably physical style of play. No, I want to win all our matches as well, ' Van Marwijk told reporters after his Australian appointment.

"Since the last time I had contact with them I haven't had contact with them anymore", he said.

Australia will play France, Denmark and Peru in Group C, starting on June 16.


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