Tim Verbeek life and biography

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Tim Verbeek biography

Date of birth : 1956-03-12
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Nationality : Dutch
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-05-03
Credited as : Football manager coach, Australia national team, World Cup 2010

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Peter Tim Verbeek, more commonly known as Pim Verbeek is a well known Dutch football manager who is the head coach of the Australia national football (soccer) team. His brother Robert Verbeek is also a football coach.

As a player, he spent his career in the Netherlands mostly with Sparta Rotterdam. He also played with NAC Breda and Roda JC. Verbeek was the assistant coach of the South Korea national football team under Guus Hiddink during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also under Dick Advocaat during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The Korea Football Association signed him to a coaching contract on June 26, 2006 until 2008. Verbeek led Korea to a third-place finish at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, guaranteeing them an automatic berth in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup tournament. He resigned from coaching South Korea in July 2007 after the Asian Cup, saying he needed a break from coaching for approximately five months.

He was linked to coaching Australia after he said he would welcome another job in Asia and had previously been linked with the Socceroos coaching role in 2005. On 6 December 2007 it was announced that Verbeek had secured the position as Australian coach. In his first World Cup qualifier game as head coach, Verbeek led Australia to a clinical 3-0 win against Qatar at home.

During a post match interview which followed the 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Qatar, Verbeek promised to sing the Australian national anthem Advance Australia Fair live on television, on the condition that the Socceroos qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This was in response to a query from commentator Simon Hill about Verbeek's knowledge of the words to the anthem, in reference to former assistant Johan Neeskens, a Dutchman who sang the Australian national anthem before each match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

His opinions on the standard of the A-League are well known, describing the performances of locally based players Archie Thompson and Danny Allsopp against Indonesia as "absolutely hopeless" and openly questioning the decision of Jason Culina to quit PSV Eindhoven return home and play in the A-League. When asked about possible improvements for the quality of football in the A-League, he said, "Do you have an hour?" and "I am just being honest".

Pim Verbeek has decided to "move on" from coaching Australia after the World Cup in South Africa 2010. He is going to take up a coaching position back home in the Netherlands once the World Cup is over.

In April 8, 2010, Verbeek was appointed the manager for the Moroccan Olympic, U20 and the U17 teams. He will start his new job right after the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

Pim was a football manager of several teams:

1981–1984 : DS '79
1984–1987 : Unitas Gorinchem
1987–1989 : De Graafschap
1989–1991 : Feyenoord Rotterdam
1991–1992 : FC Wageningen
1992–1993 : FC Groningen
1994–1997 : Fortuna Sittard
1998–2000 : Omiya Ardija
2000–2002 : South Korea (Assistant)
2002–2003 : PSV Eindhoven (Reserve Team)
2003 : Kyoto Purple Sanga
2004 : Netherlands Antilles
2004 : Borussia Mönchengladbach (Assistant)
2005 : United Arab Emirates (Assistant)
2005–2006 : South Korea U-23
2005–2006 : South Korea (Assistant)
2006–2007 : South Korea
2007–2010 : Australia
2010– : Morocco U-23

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