Who is new Caltex Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk?

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The Caltex Socceroos have a new coach for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with Dutchman Bert van Marwijk appointed on Thursday.

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to the role from more than two decades of management experience at both club and international level.

But who is the 65-year-old coach who takes over from Ange Postecoglou and will lead Australia to the World Cup?

We answer some of the burning questions below.

AGE: 65



  • Fortuna Sittard (1998-2000)
  • Feyenoord (2000-2004)
  • Borussia Dortmund (2004-2006)
  • Feyenoord (2007-2008)
  • Netherlands (2008-2012)
  • Hamburg (2013-2014)
  • Saudi Arabia (2015-2017)


  • Won the UEFA CUP (now Europa League) with Feyenoord in 2001/02
  • Won the Dutch Cup (KNVB Beker) with Feyenoord in 2007/08
  • Took the Netherlands to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, losing 1-0 to Spain.
  • Helped Saudi Arabia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


Van Marwijk has coached against Australia on four occasions during his time in charge of both the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

As manager of the Netherlands he suffered a 2-1 friendly loss to the Caltex Socceroos in 2008, before a goalless draw in another friendly in Sydney 12 months later.

During the recent AFC World Cup qualifying campaign with the Saudis, van Marwijk’s side got a 2-2 draw in Jeddah in 2016, before the Caltex Socceroos prevailed 3-2 in Adelaide last year.


Bert van Marwijk was the man that gave Brett Emerton his dream move to Europe, signing the Caltex Socceroos winger to Feyenoord in 2000.

“Emmo” went on to become a fan favourite in Rotterdam, scoring 11 goals in 92 appearances for the club before making the switch to Blackburn in the EPL.


Source : Socceroos WEBSITE

FFA finalise shortlist for Caltex Socceroos Head Coach

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) has settled on a short list of candidates for the role of Caltex Socceroos Head Coach and will soon begin formal interviews.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said a large number of local and international candidates had expressed an interest in the role.

“We have worked with our panel of internal and external experts, including former Socceroos Mark Schwarzer, Mark Bresciano and Stan Lazaridis, to draw up the selection criteria and then considered candidates against this criteria,” he said.

“Through this process we have whittled the names down to a small number of candidates, local and international, and we will soon begin the formal interviews.

“It is has been clear from the outset that we have to pick someone who can lead the Caltex Socceroos for this year’s FIFA World Cup while also making sure we have the right set-up for the future, including next year’s AFC Asian Cup at which we will be the defending champions.

“The role has attracted some outstanding individuals and we are confident that we will be able to achieve a very good result for football in Australia.”

Mr Gallop said the process was on track for an appointment to be complete by the middle of February as set out in the initial statement on December 5.

FFA will make no further comment on the process at this stage.


Source :  Socceroos Website

Throwback Thursday: Caltex Socceroos vs Norway in 2004

Exactly a year before John Aloisi sparked wild celebrations across Australia after his legendary 2005 penalty against Uruguay, the Caltex Socceroos concluded 2004 with a friendly against Norway in London.

With Australia due to face Norway this March as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup, we look back on the last time these two met 14 years ago.
Australia’s scorers

Tim Cahill 44’

Joe Skoko 58′

Norway’s scorers

Steffen Iverson 40’

Morten Gamst Pederson 72’

Venue and date

Fulham’s home ground Craven Cottage

November 16, 2004



Socceroos v Norway 2004
The Socceroos had a minute’s silence pre-game to honour the late Johnny Warren

Game summary

With their seven previous games against Oceania opposition, the Socceroos were in the more familiar surroundings of London for this friendly to end the year.

A majority of the squad played their football with English clubs and with the Australians having played at QPR’s home ground in March that year (defeating South Africa), they were confident of another positive result.

And all the big names were on show: England-based stars Schwarzer, Neill, Lazaridis, Emerton, Viduka and Kewell, while Italy-based Grella and Bresciano were also on the park for Frank Farina’s Australians.

After Iverson tapped home Schwarzer’s parry to open the scoring for Norway, it was Bresciano who set up Cahill for the equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

A neat dink into the box was finished off by one of the rising stars of the Socceroos to make it 1-1 at the break.

Viduka was key to Australia’s second goal as the Aussies worked their way through the Norwegian box, Viduka’s trickery mesmerizing Norway with the ball falling to Skoko who lashed it home to give Aussies a deserved 2-1 lead.

Joe Skoko
Joe Skoko makes it 2-1 to Australia

The strong Aussie contingent of fans behind that goal celebrated, but the lead didn’t last long.

Pederson’s equaliser after 72 minutes was a little fortunate as his left-footed cross deceived Schwarzer and sailed in at the far post to put Norway back on level terms.

An entertaining game ended 2-2 as Australia maintained their unbeaten record in London in 2004.

World Cup qualification in 2005 was to be Australia’s next big challenge.




Source  :  Socceroos WEBSITE

FOX SPORTS to broadcast Australian U23 matches LIVE & EXCLUSIVE

Football fans will be able to follow Australia’s fortunes at January’s 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China thanks to FOX SPORTS.

In fantastic news for supporters FOX SPORTS has confirmed that they will broadcast the team’s campaign in China LIVE, EXCLUSIVE and ad-break free during play.

On Thursday 11 January 2018 FOX SPORTS will broadcast the second half of Australia’s first Group D match against Syria on FOX SPORTS 501 immediately after ‘Just For Kicks’. Any goals from the first 45 at the Kunshan Stadium will also be shown during ‘Just For Kicks’.

Australia’s second and third group matches against Vietnam (Sunday 14 January 2018) and Korea Republic (Wednesday 17 January 2018) will be broadcast LIVE and in full.

The Vietnam fixture will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS 506, while the clash with Korea Republic will be on FOX SPORTS 501.

Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach Ante Milicic will lead the Australian U23 National Team at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China.

Ante Milicic

A top two finish in Group D will be required to propel Australia U23 to the Quarter Finals of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship.

Australia’s results at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship will impact the team’s seeding for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, which will double as the qualification tournament for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Australia U23 v Syria U23
Thursday 11 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Second half LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 501 following ‘Just For Kicks’

Vietnam U23 v Australia U23
Sunday 14 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Full match LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 506

Korea Republic U23 v Australia U23
Wednesday 17 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Full match LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 501


Source :  Football Federation Australia WEBSITE

Caltex Socceroos: take our 10 question quiz

The Caltex Socceroos are set to play in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after sealing qualification after a two-legged playoff against Honduras in November.

It was the highlight is a huge 2017 for the national team, where they faced some serious pressure to qualify, but achieved their goal in memorable fashion.

But how well do you know the Caltex Socceroos of 2017? Well, try our quiz.

Answers at the bottom of the page. No cheating!


  1. Who scored the Caltex Socceroos first goal of 2017?
  2. The Caltex Socceroos played 13 matches in 2017. What was their record?
  3. Four players made their Caltex Socceroos debuts in 2017. Can you name them?
  4. Who scored Australia’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Chile at the FIFA Confederations Cup?
  5. Which Caltex Socceroos star plays his club football in Switzerland with FC Luzern?
  6. How many shots at goal did the Caltex Socceroos have in their 2-1 win over Thailand in Melbourne?
  7. Tim Cahill became the first outfield player to reach 100 caps for Australia in 2017. Who was it against?
  8. How many clean sheets did the Caltex Socceroos manage in their 13 games in 2017?
  9. Who scored the winning goal in the 3-2 triumph over Saudi Arabia in Adelaide in June?
  10. In December’s draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Caltex Socceroos were pitted against France, Denmark and Peru. Which nation will they play first in Russia?


  1. Matt Leckie in the 1-1 draw with Iraq in March
  2. 5 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses
  3. Mustafa Amini, Ajdin Hrustic, Dylan McGowan and Matthew Jurman
  4. James Troisi
  5. Striker Tomi Juric
  6. 45
  7. Chile at the FIFA Confederations Cup
  8. Two
  9. Tom Rogic
  10. France


Source  :  Socceroos WEBSITE

Caltex Socceroos set for March match against Norway in Oslo

The Caltex Socceroos will continue their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with an international friendly against Norway in Oslo in March.

The match against Lars Lagerbäck’s side will be played at the 28,000-capacity Ullevaal Stadion on Friday 23 March 2018 (local time), and will represent the third meeting between Australia and Norway at senior men’s international level.

The Caltex Socceroos first played Norway in Sydney in January 1997, a game Australia won 1-0 thanks to Robbie Hooker’s 72nd minute strike.

Australia also met Norway in London in November 2004, a year prior to the team’s successful qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Goals to Tim Cahill and Josip Skoko ensured Australia departed Craven Cottage with a 2-2 draw to their credit.

The Caltex Socceroos’ match against Norway in Oslo will be the first of two friendlies that Australia will play in March’s FIFA window. Football Federation Australia (FFA) is close to finalising the second international friendly, and will announce further match details soon.



FFA Chief Executive Officer, David Gallop, believes that playing Norway in Norway, followed by another strong opponent elsewhere in Europe, will provide the Caltex Socceroos’ soon to be appointed Head Coach with a strong platform to commence their tenure.

“We are excited to have secured this international friendly match against Norway and would like to thank the Norwegian Football Association for the opportunity to play in Oslo,” said Gallop.

“Norway are especially strong on home soil and last year managed wins over Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan, as well as 1-1 draws with both Czech Republic and Sweden in Oslo.”

“For the March window we identified the need to play friendlies in Europe where the bulk of our players are based to minimise the travel demand on the players selected, as well as their Clubs.

“Throughout the qualification process our players had a heavy travel and match schedule, so playing in Europe will lighten their loads leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“We’re sure that our match schedule in March will provide our new Head Coach with a great chance to test the squad against quality opponents,” concluded Gallop.

The Caltex Socceroos’ international friendly match against Norway will be broadcast LIVE and EXCLUSIVE in Australia on FOX SPORTS, as well as Network Ten.

The match kick-off time is yet to be confirmed.

2018 International Friendly – Norway v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Friday 23 March 2018 (local time)
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway
Kick-off: To be confirmed
Broadcast: LIVE & EXCLUSIVE in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten


Source  :  Socceroos Website

3 key Denmark players to face Caltex Socceroos at FIFA World Cup

Having sat out in 2014, a determined Denmark is sure to provide stiff opposition for the Caltex Socceroos at next year’s World Cup.

Christian Eriksen is the obvious star among Age Hareide’s side, but who else could prove problematic in Russia?

We’ve taken a look at three other Danes to be monitored.


Still only 28, captain Kjaer has won 74 caps since making his international debut in 2009.

The tough-tackling defender played in Italy, Germany, France and Turkey before sealing a switch to La Liga side Sevilla at the beginning of the season.

That kind of broad experience will make him a valuable source of knowledge for Denmark’s younger players at what will be his second World Cup.

Simon Kjaer is Denmark's skipper
Simon Kjaer is Denmark’s skipper


Kjaer is likely to be joined in a formidable defence by impressive Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen.

Following a two-season loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach, 21-year-old Christensen has cemented a first-team place under Antonio Conte and become a regular starter for his national team.

The languid centre-back is good on the ball and tactically astute.

Andreas Christensen plays his club football with EPL champions Chelsea.
Andreas Christensen plays his club football with EPL champions Chelsea


With Nicklas Bendtner restricted to the role of super-sub – and young talents Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Cornelius still learning at international level – Jorgensen could be the man to lead the line in Russia.

The one-time Bayer Leverkusen striker top scored in the Eredivisie last term with 21 goals for champions Feyenoord.

Tall and well-rounded, he struck twice during this season’s Champions League group stages and appears to be in the prime of his career.

Nicolai Jorgensen
Nicolai Jorgensen scored twice in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage

Source  :  Socceroos WEBSITE