From Hiddink to van Marwijk: history of Caltex Socceroos' Dutch coaches

Bert van Marwijk is set to become the fifth Dutchman to lead the Caltex Socceroos in international football following confirmation of his appointment on Thursday.

He'll also be the second coach to have taken charge of both Netherlands and Australia, but how will his record stack up against his compatriots?

Here are the four men that have come before the 65-year-old.


It's strange to think one of the national team's most revered coaches was in charge for fewer than 12 months, but the esteem in which Hiddink is held is certainly justified.

The ex-Real Madrid manager proved the final piece of the puzzle in Australia's bid to return to the FIFA World Cup, instilling the belief required to overcome Uruguay in the famous two-legged play-off in 2005.

His coaching masterclass continued in Germany, where an incredible win over Japan - the nation's first ever on sport's biggest stage - was followed by a narrow loss to Brazil and a dramatic draw with Croatia, sealing a Round of 16 berth.

And while the Golden Generation's dream run came to an end at the hands of eventual champions Italy, Hiddink's legacy leaves no doubts over the potential for a coach to make a big impression in a short time.

Record: W8, D2, L3

Guus Hiddink
Guus Hiddink left a major mark on Australian football.


In the wake of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, then-technical director Baan assumed control for a single friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage.

It was a successful one-off assignment for the ex-Twente coach as David Carney, then with Sheffield United, lashed in a superb 52nd minute strike to secure Baan a 1-0 victory and a 100 per cent winning record.

Baan eventually left Football Federation Australia in 2008 and took up a similar role with the All India Football Federation.

Record: W1, D0, L0

Rob Baan
Rob Baan stepped into the position in 2007.


The search for Hiddink's permanent replacement led to his former assistant, who took up the position in December 2007.

Verbeek, fresh from a stint in charge of Korea Republic, quickly put his vast knowledge of Asian football to use by safely navigating Australia through its maiden FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as an AFC member.

His plans to escape a tricky group at the main event were set back by a heavy first-up defeat to Germany, but the team regrouped to draw against Ghana and finished on a high with a 2-1 win over Serbia.

Verbeek had announced his intention to leave at the conclusion of the tournament and is now in charge of Oman.

Record: W18, D9, L6

Pim Verbeek and Craig Moore
Pim Verbeek's side fell just short of the knockout stages in 2010.


Like his predecessor Baan, Berger swapped hats to step in as caretaker between permanent appointments.

But the former Netherlands U21 boss was unable to enjoy the same success in his lone friendly as an experimental side conceded twice late to lose 2-0 to Slovenia in Ljubljana.

Berger now combines technical director roles with Sydney FC and the KNVB.

Record: W0, D0, L1

Han Berger
Han Berger presided over a loss in Slovenia in 2010.