Van Marwijk instructs his players during their qualifier match against Thailand.
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Australia's Oranje obsession came to the fore once again Thursday when Bert van Marwijk was unveiled as the man to lead the Socceroos at the World Cup finals in Russia later this year.For the third time in four tournaments, a Dutchman will guide the country's national team as van Marwijk follows in the footsteps of Guus Hiddink and Pim Verbeek, and the 65-year-old will be expected to match the achievements of his compatriots.A midfielder during his playing days with Go Ahead Eagles and AZ Alkmaar, who earned a solitary cap for the Netherlands, van Marwijk's coaching career began in 1998 at Fortuna Sittard, another of his former clubs.From there he enjoyed a pair of stints with Feyenoord, winning the UEFA Cup in 2002 in his first spell with the club, either side of a period at Borussia Dortmund in Germany.The team's fortunes, however, suffered a nosedive when three defeats in a row in the group phase of Euro 2012 – against Portugal, Germany and Denmark – saw van Marwijk stand down.
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