Van Marwijk to assess Hyundai A-League's best Aussies this weekend

New Caltex Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk is wasting no time in assessing the best the Hyundai A-League has to offer.

The Dutchman will attend three domestic fixtures in the rebel Play Football round, starting with Premiers Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix.

The new head coach will also assess the home-grown talent as the Newcastle Jets host Melbourne Victory and finally the Central Coast Mariners game with the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Van Marwijk keen to assess players as he begins preparations for the FIFA World Cup.  

“I’m happy to be here and to watch Friday, Saturday and Sunday the A-League and see the players and the level of the players here in Australia,” Van Marwijk told a large media contingent.

“Most players I know but to know them and see them is a big difference. I want to see them playing and in particular the player.

“When you analyse a team you have assistants and everybody watches a game but now I’m analysing players, which is something different.

“It’s a big challenge, especially because we have not so much time. I have to get to know the players, in a short time.

"That makes the challenge even bigger.”

Bert van Marwijk


This visit by van Marwijk provides a timely opportunity for Australian-based players to press their claims.

As for game situations, Van Marwijk’s first chance to assess will be two friendly matches in late March as Australia face Norway in Oslo and Colombia in London.

The former Saudi Arabia and Holland coach added he would prefer not to pick a larger squad for his first two games in charge.   

"I don't like to nominate for those two games 30 players or something like that. I think it will be not much more than 23, 24, 25 players," he said.