Peter Tim Dirk Verbeek (12 March 1956 – 28 November 2019), more commonly known as Pim Verbeek, was a Dutch football manager who last coached the Oman national football team. Verbeek was a part of the board of Sparta Rotterdam. His brother Robert Verbeek is also a football coach.
Verbeek as Australia head coach in September 2008
|Full name||Peter Tim Dirk Verbeek|
|Date of birth||12 March 1956|
|Place of birth||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Date of death||28 November 2019(aged 63)|
|2000–2002||South Korea (Assistant)|
|2002–2003||PSV Eindhoven (Reserve Team)|
|2003||Kyoto Purple Sanga|
|2004||Borussia Mönchengladbach (Assistant)|
|2005||United Arab Emirates (Assistant)|
|2005–2006||South Korea U-23|
|2005–2006||South Korea (Assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
As a midfielder, he spent his entire career at Sparta Rotterdam. He had to retire from the game at age 25.
The Korea Football Association signed him to a coaching contract on 26 June 2000. Verbeek led Korea to a third-placed finish at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, guaranteeing them an automatic berth in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup tournament. He resigned from coaching South Korea in July 2007 after the Asian Cup.
He was linked to coaching Australia after he said he would welcome another job in Asia and had previously been linked with the Socceroos coaching role in 2005. On 6 December 2007 it was announced that Verbeek had secured the position as the Australian coach. In his first World Cup qualifier game as head coach, Verbeek led Australia to a 3-0 win against Qatar at home.
His poor opinion of the standard of the A-League was well known, describing the performances of locally-based players Archie Thompson and Danny Allsopp against Indonesia as "absolutely hopeless" and openly questioning the decision of Jason Culina to quit PSV Eindhoven and return home to play in Australia. When asked about possible improvements for the quality of football in the A-League, he said "Do you have an hour?" and "I am just being honest."
Under Verbeek, the Socceroos were the second country (apart from the host nation) to qualify for World Cup 2010 after a 0-0 draw against Qatar in June 2009, less than an hour after Japan had qualified.
Australia lost 0-4 to the Germany in their opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the match, Verbeek chose to start the game without a recognized striker. He was heavily criticized by the Australian media for refusing to play attacking players Josh Kennedy, Mark Bresciano and Harry Kewell, all of whom are proven goal-scorers at international level. Australia then drew 1–1 with Ghana and defeated Serbia 2–1. They ended with four points, equal with Ghana, but were ranked third due to an inferior goal difference and did not progress from the group stage, with Verbeek departing shortly after.
On 8 April 2010, Verbeek was appointed the national youth technical director for Morocco. His primary role will be to identify and develop young talent for the Morocco national team, which has failed to qualify for the World Cup finals or the African Cup of Nations.
Under Verbeek, he had helped establishing a new generation that would be considered as the best Moroccan team in 21st century, by nurturing a young talented squad, in which during the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship, the young U-23 Morocco occupied silver medal in the inaugural tournament at home, overcoming many giants like Algeria and Egypt. This success earned Morocco's qualification to 2012 Summer Olympics, in which he was praised. Although Morocco could not make success in a tough group of 2012 Summer Olympics, a number of players nurtured under Verbeek, such as Nordin Amrabat and Yassine Bounou would go on to represent Morocco in 2018 FIFA World Cup. After the tournament, Verbeek resigned as coach of Morocco U-23 team.
He was appointed as coach of Oman at 2016, after Oman's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Under his guidance, a young-talented squad emerged, in which Oman would eventually conquer the second Arabian Gulf Cup titles in 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait, which is also Verbeek's first ever international trophy.
However, it was the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, in which he helped the team to qualify from an easy qualification group, become Verbeek's biggest success in his coaching career. Under Verbeek again, Oman lost to Uzbekistan and Japan with just one goal margin, before he registered the greatest success of Omani football history, beating Turkmenistan 3–1 that helped Oman to qualify for the round of sixteen for the first time. Although Oman's dream run ended by a 0–2 defeat to Iran, it was a great success.
After the tournament, Verbeek announced he would resign as coach of Oman, signalling that Oman was to be the last team in his coaching career.
Verbeek's teams usually employ two holding midfielders and a sole striker up front. His teams usually play conservatively with a slow tempo and gradually build up play and heavily rely on crosses and team passes.
Verbeek died on 28 November 2019 at 63 years old after a four year battle with cancer.
|Kyoto Purple Sanga||2003||2003||16||4||4||8||25.00|
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- J.League Data Site(in Japanese)