Monday, 22 March 2010


Australia coach Pim Verbeek has confirmed he will step down from his role as coach of the Socceroos after the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Verbeek has led Australia to 15 wins during his 27 games in charge and taken the team to their highest ever World Ranking of 14th.

However Verbeek has now revealed he will step down from his role in charge of the national team after being appointed back in 2007.

"It has been a very difficult decision for me after more than two years, but it is time for me to look for a new challenge," said Verbeek. "I have enjoyed every minute of being head coach of Australia and we achieved some fantastic results including qualifying for the World Cup and the Asian Cup."

"It is a good time to make this announcement so we can now focus completely on preparing everything perfectly for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. We will do everything right to prepare for this tournament to get the best result possible."

Verbeek will be in charge for the tournament however and his side have been drawn in Group D alongside Serbia, Ghana and three time champions Germany.

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