Australia sack coach Holger Osieck after French rout

Football Federation Australia said the decision was taken after an internal review of the World Cup qualification campaign and subsequent international matches, including the 6-0 defeat to Brazil on September 6 and the latest hammering by Les Bleus.

updated: October 12, 2013 13:19 IST
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Sydney: Australia coach Holger Osieck was sacked on Saturday just eight months away from the World Cup after the Socceroos were thrashed 6-0 by France in an international friendly.

Despite guiding them to next year's flagship tournament in Brazil, the veteran German's position was on the line ahead of Friday's match in Paris after the team was hit for six by Brazil a month ago.

But the latest embarrassing result proved the tipping point and the 65-year-old, who replaced Dutchman Pim Verbeek as national coach in August 2010, has now paid the price.

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