Former Socceroos boss van Marwijk to coach Australia rivals UAE

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Bert van Marwijk, who led the Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has been appointed the new head coach of the United Arab Emirates national team.

Van Marwijk is the successor to Alberto Zaccheroni, who led UAE to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup they hosted this year - knocking out the Socceroos 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

Dutch born van Marwijk is best know for his productive four-year stint as Netherlands coach which included leading the Oranje to the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

His first game in charge will be on Thursday against Saudi Arabia, whom he guided to last year's finals in Russia before leaving his post to take up the Socceroos gig.

Prior to moving into international management, van Marwijk coached Feyenoord twice either side of a spell with Borussia Dortmund.

The 66-year-old also had a short period in charge of Bundesliga side Hamburg between September 2013 and February 2014.

Source Omnisport