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Dutchman Pim Verbeek has been appointed the new coach of Australia.

Verbeek, 51, told a press conference he was positive Australia would be at the World Cup finals in 2010.

“I promise that we will do everything to succeed and I am 100 percent convinced that we will succeed and that we will go to the World Cup and we will have a good (tournament) over there also,” Verbeek said.

“It’s a major challenge, it’s a big challenge, and I am really looking forward to coming to Australia and to learn about the A-League.”

“I am committed to also helping to develop the game in Australia,” he added.

“I intend to become as familiar as possible with football in Australia and I will be based in Australia and intend to relocate immediately.

“I will be in Australia next week to observe players in the final rounds of the A-League.

“I am excited to be involved in what is an exciting time for football in Australia and I look forward to assisting the FFA in developing football in Australia and making myself available to support the national football development plan, in particular working with Australian coaches.”

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy said Verbeek was the right man for the job.

“After very careful consideration and a rigorous recruitment process I am delighted that we have secured the services of a very experienced and respected national coach for the Socceroos,” Lowy said at the announcement.

“Pim Verbeek has a vast range of experience he has gained over 25 years in coaching, including several stints in Asia, and we believe he is the right man for the job of leading the Socceroos to the 2010 World Cup.”

Verbeek led South Korea to the Asian Cup semi-finals earlier this year and previously was assistant to former Australia coach Guus Hiddink with South Korea when they reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.


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