Bert van Marwijk appointed by UAE

Bert van Marwijk, who led Netherlands to the final of the 2010 World Cup, is the new head coach of the United Arab Emirates national team.

New UAE coach Bert van Marwijk.   -  Getty Images

The United Arab Emirates has appointed Bert van Marwijk as head coach, its FA announced on Wednesday.

Van Marwijk is the successor to Alberto Zaccheroni, who led UAE to the semifinals of the Asian Cup it hosted this year.

Dutch boss Van Marwijk coached Australia at the 2018 World Cup and led Netherlands to the final of the 2010 tournament.

His first game in charge will be on Thursday against Saudi Arabia, whom he guided to last year's finals in Russia before leaving his post.

Prior to moving into international management, Van Marwijk coached Feyenoord twice either side of a spell with Borussia Dortmund.

The 66-year-old also had a short period in charge of Bundesliga side Hamburg between September 2013 and February 2014.

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