Posts Tagged "Pim Verbeek"

For those who are yet to hear, former Australian coach Pim Verbeek has been very vocal in his almost disdain for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

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The coaching credentials required to achieve Asian World Cup Qualification and Asian Cup success compared to those needed to succeed in the FIFA World Cup finals are poles apart.

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Not before time and with still enough time to steady the ship before the World Cup, the FFA have bitten the bullet and sacked Holger Osieck after consecutive 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France.

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Imagine that you’re 14 or 15 years of age and you’re a talented young footballer for a club in Australia.

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Earlier this week, former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek, the man who ‘led’ Australia’s 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, came out and painted a grim picture for the future of the national team.

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Former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek has painted a grim picture for the future of the national team and says there should be serious concern about about the quality of the next generation of players.

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It was a most unflattering assessment – then-national coach Pim Verbeek’s assertion that training in Europe was better than playing in the A-League.

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Holger, we have a problem. A big problem. The Socceroos, for so long the glorious face of football in Australia, have grown stale.

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This weekend I watched a fairly underwhelming Turkish Super Lig game which, when compared with the same situation occurring in the A-League, became rather illuminating.

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Captains are the key to any sporting success – Michael Clarke and Lucas Neill, in particular. The baggy greens are on the brink of chalking up their second Test win in 14 months, with Clarke playing positive cricket. And it’s rubbing off on the team.

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As the Socceroos embark on the qualifying campaign for what is hoped will be Australia’s third consecutive World Cup in 2014, the hope is they will do it not only through the accumulation of points, but through style which demonstrates that the team is moving forward.

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article calling for the sacking of Lucas Neill. My argument was based on Les Murray’s now-disproved claims that Neill was the catalyst for a mutiny against the then-Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek, before the first Australian game of the 2010 football World Cup against Germany.

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Football Federation Australia boss Ben Buckley is pleased commentator Les Murray has apologised and backed down from claims Socceroos’ captain Lucas Neill led a player revolt against former coach Pim Verbeek at the World Cup.

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Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has described as “scandalous” claims he led a player revolt against former coach Pim Verbeek during last year’s World Cup in South Africa.

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Football Federation Australia chief Ben Buckley has denied Lucas Neill led a revolt against the tactics of former coach Pim Verbeek during last year’s World Cup in South Africa.

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If it is true, and a Lucas Neill led mutiny against the previous Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek occurred before last year’s World Cup opening game against Germany, then Neil should be immediately relieved of his duties as captain of the Australian national football team.

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Respected football commentator Les Murray has claimed a player revolt against former coach Pim Verbeek preceded Australia’s 4-0 loss to Germany at last year’s World Cup in South Africa.

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The Australian is reporting esteemed SBS analyst and broadcaster Les Murray has revealed an explosive split in the Socceroos camp in the minutes before Australia’s opening 2010 World Cup game against Germany in South Africa.

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The round ball game in Australia has come on in leaps and bounds in the last five years. I remember waking up at 4:00am early one morning in November 2001 to watch the Socceroos beaten 3-0 in Montevideo for yet another failed World Cup campaign.

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We knew it was coming, but when Tommy Oar wasn’t named in the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup, it didn’t make it any less annoying. Instead, while the Aussies are in camp in Qatar next month, Oar will be in the middle of the Eredevisie’s winter break.

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