Sydney:Pim Verbeek, who led South Korea to the Asian Cup semifinals this year, has been named Australia's new soccer coach.
Football Federation Australian (FFA) said on Thursday that Verbeek, 51, and Phillippe Troussier of France had been the front-runners for the job since another Dutch coach, Dick Advocaat, pulled out of his contract with the FFA last month.
Verbeek previously was assistant to former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink with South Korea when they were World Cup semifinalists in 2002. Verbeek has also coached Sparta Rotterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam and Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch league.
The Socceroos have been without a permanent coach since Hiddink quit the job after the World Cup finals in Germany last year, where Australia lost to eventual winners Italy in the second round.