Dutchman gets Australian coaching job

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The Football Federation of Australia on Thursday gave Dutchman Pim Verbeek the job of national coach.

6 December 2007

SYDNEY - The Football Federation of Australia on Thursday gave Dutchman Pim Verbeek the job of national coach.

Verbeek and Frenchman Phillippe Troussier had been tipped for the job after another Dutchman, Dick Advocaat, reneged on his contract with the federation three weeks ago and decided to stay with the Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.

The top coaching position has been vacant since yet another Dutchman, Guus Hiddink, who took both Holland and South Korea to World Cup semi-finals, left to coach Russia.

Graham Arnold, assistant to Hiddink, has filled in since Hiddink shifted focus to Russia at the end of the last World Cup.

Verbeek, 51, led South Korea to the Asian Cup semi-finals earlier this year. He was assistant to Hiddink with South Korea when they were World Cup semi-finalists in 2002.

Verbeek has coached two Rotterdam teams, Feyenoord and Sparta.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

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