Peter Tim Dirk Verbeek (known as Pim) was born on 12 March 1956 in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. Verbeek played his football with Sparta but retired from the game in his mid-twenties to pursue a career in coaching.
He spent the eighties and nineties managing a number of clubs in the Netherlands, including Vereniging Betaald VoetbalDe Graafschap, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Football Club Groningen and Fortuna Sittard. In 1998, Verbeek moved to Japan to manage Omiya Ardija, where he lasted only a season before taking up the role of South Korea's assistant coach under Guus Hiddink.
South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup and surprised everyone by progressing to the semi-finals. Hiddink was a national hero and his understudy had played a part in his success. Verbeek would assist another Dutch manager, Dick Advocaat, at the 2006 World Cup. Hiddink was busy with Australia.
Verbeek would replace Advocaat for one year before accepting the Socceroos job in 2007. In his first World Cup qualification match, he led Australia to a 3-0 win over Qatar. During his tenure, he was unafraid of airing his concerns with the standard of football in Australia, openly criticising the A-League and player movements in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup.
In June 2009, Verbeek and his Socceroos qualified for the World Cup in South Africa. Germany defeated the Socceroos 4-0 in the opening match. The drubbing came after Verbeek decided not to include a recognised striker in his starting line-up. He was instantly criticised by the Australian media for refusing to play the likes of Josh Kennedy, Mark Bresciano and Harry Kewell, all of whom were proven goalscorers at international level.
The Socceroos then drew 1-1 with Ghana and defeated Serbia 2-1, ending the tournament with four points. An inferior goal difference meant Ghana progressed from the group to the knockout round with the Socceroos finishing in third place. Verbeek vacated his role shortly after.
To date, he is the last coach to win a World Cup game with the Socceroos. After some time in Morocco in various youth development roles, Verbeek last managed Oman, taking the Gulf nation to the last 16 of the AFC Asian Cup at the start of 2019 - the first time in their history.
Verbeek passed away on 28 November 2019, aged 63, after a battle with cancer. He will be remembered as a dignified and intellectual man, who warmed to all around him. This design is a tribute to the former Socceroos coach.
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- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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