“Aussie Gus” is returning to Socceroos Fall.
In the year Australia’s 2006 World Cup coach Guus Hiddink will be part of the Socceroos camp for their match against New Zealand on September 22 at Suncorp Stadium.
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As the game is not only a farewell game for the Socceroos ahead of this year’s World Cup in Qatar, but also to celebrate the national team’s 100th anniversary, Football Australia and current national team coach Graham Arnold have invited the 75-year-old Hiddink to help prepare the team. .
“I’m really happy to go to Brisbane because every time I talk to people about my career, I always highlight my experience with the Socceroos,” said a happy Hiddink.
“It was a great moment for me. It was a phase in my career that gave me a lot of energy.
“I met very kind people and very open people that I liked very much.”
During Arnold’s short but sweet 11-month stint as Socceroos coach, Hiddink’s assistant saw Australia pass the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
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“I had a lot of good people in my staff. The leading man was ‘Arnie’ who gave me a lot of information about the players, and I needed his information and input,” Hiddink said.
“We worked well together.”
Arnold said the presence of Hiddink, who has managed PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Netherlands, South Korea, Russia and Turkey during his 34-year coaching career, will “inspire and motivate” the Socceroos. They will face New Zealand in Auckland on September 25.
“We are delighted that Guus Hiddink has accepted our invitation to return to Australia for this important game at Suncorp Stadium,” said Arnold.
“Not only do we want to recognize those who have made a huge contribution to our country’s sport, but I believe that having Gus in camp will encourage the players selected for our two-match tie against the All Whites. He will compete for a place in our final FIFA World Cup squad in November.”
“Guus is a great storyteller, so I can’t wait to see his impact on the current Australian players.
“Many of our boys are aware of his work and achievements at the international level, but they don’t get the chance to meet him.
“This will also be a great opportunity for football fans to say ‘thank you’ to Gus for his work for Australian football in 2005 and 2006.”
The Socceroos’ “team of the century” will also be announced in Brisbane.
Socceroos assistant coach Rene Meulenstein will not be part of the camp next month as he will instead remain in Europe to scout Australia’s Group D World Cup opponents France and Denmark during the FIFA international window.