Bert van Marwijk's record against the Caltex Socceroos

It’s not the first time the Caltex Socceroos and new coach Bert Van Marwijk have met.

The Dutchman has faced Australia four times since 2008 as a coach.

And despite boasting a CV that includes a World Cup final, Van Marwijk has never tasted victory over the Caltex Socceroos.

Netherlands v Caltex Socceroos – September 6, 2008

The Caltex Socceroos claimed a famous win in a friendly against Van Marwijk’s Dutchmen.

It was the home side that took the lead after just six minutes through Klaas Jan Hunterlaar. But the former Ajax, Real Madrid and Schalke man’s goal wasn’t enough to stop the Aussies.

On the stroke of half-time, Josh Kennedy was brought down by Netherlands keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Harry Kewell stepped up and sent the teams into the break all square.

Van Marwijk was forced to take Hunterlaar off as a result of the red card.

And the winner came from Kennedy with 14-minutes remaining, with the striker heading home a Luke Wilkshire cross.

Interestingly, the Caltex Socceroos were coached at that time by another Dutchman, Pim Verbeek.

Ryan Babel; Luke Wilkshire
Ryan Babel holds off Caltex Socceroos defender Luke Wilkshire

Caltex Socceroos v Netherlands – October 10, 2009

The Aussies had already booked their spot at the 2010 World Cup when they met Van Marwijk again 12 months later.

The Dutch were ranked third in the world as they faced the Caltex Socceroos at Allianz Stadium.

A drizzly Sydney night didn’t stop more than 40,000 coming to see another huge result for the Caltex Socceroos.

It may have been goalless, but the Aussies had held the likes of Dirk Kuyt and Wesley Sneijder at bay.

Brett Homan could have won it at the death too, but it rose over the bar.

After the game, Van Marwijk said: ''I know how the Australians play.”

Saudi Arabia v Caltex Socceroos – October 7, 2016

The paths of Van Marwijk and Australia met again some seven years later in the Saudi capital.

Tasir Al-Jassim found space in the box to open the scoring for the home side just five minutes in.

Trent Sainsbury responded to equalize as half-time approached, rising to head home an Aaron Mooy corner.

And the comeback was complete on 71 minutes when Tomi Juric turned home after Robbie Kruse broke down the right.

But it was to finish a 2-2 draw, with the Saudi’s Nassir Al-Shamrani drawing the teams level shortly after.

Van Marwijk on course for a tense qualification battle for an automatic FIFA World Cup place with the Caltex Socceroos.

The Caltex Socceroos celebrate Tom Rogic's winner in Adelaide.
The Caltex Socceroos celebrate Tom Rogic's winner in Adelaide.

Caltex Socceroos v Saudi Arabia – June 8, 2017

It was another goal fest at Adelaide Oval as the teams met for the final time in qualifying. And it was to be another tough night for Van Marwijk.

Tomi Juric opened the scoring early for Ange Postecoglou’s men after a gift from Saudi keeper Yasser Al Mosailem.

He’d add another after Salem Al Dawsari equalized in the 23rd minute.

But the sides went into the break at 2-2 as Mohammad Al Sahlawi scored in first half stoppage time.

Tommy Rogic was the Caltex Socceroos hero scoring with a superb effort, smashing the ball home from outside the box.

Van Marwijk was ultimately to have the last laugh, helping Saudi Arabia qualify automatically for the FIFA World Cup at the expense of the Caltex Socceroos.