Pim Verbeek
Verbeek as Australia head coach in September 2008
Personal information
Full name Peter Tim Dirk Verbeek
Date of birth (1956-03-12)12 March 1956[1]
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date of death 28 November 2019(2019-11-28) (aged 63)
Place of death Amsterdam, Netherlands
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Sparta Rotterdam
1977–1980 Sparta Rotterdam
Teams managed
1981–1984 DS '79
1984–1987 Unitas Gorinchem
1987–1989 De Graafschap
1989 Feyenoord
1991–1992 Wageningen
1992–1993 Groningen
1994–1997 Fortuna Sittard
1998–1999 Omiya Ardija
2000–2002 South Korea (assistant)
2002–2003 Jong PSV
2003 Kyoto Purple Sanga
2004 Netherlands Antilles
2004 Borussia Mönchengladbach (assistant)
2005 United Arab Emirates (assistant)
2005–2006 South Korea U23
2005–2006 South Korea (assistant)
2006–2007 South Korea
2007–2010 Australia
2010–2014 Morocco U23
2016–2019 Oman
Men's football
Representing  South Korea (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2007
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Pim Verbeek (12 March 1956 – 28 November 2019) was a Dutch football manager who last coached the Oman national football team.[2] Verbeek was a part of the board of Sparta Rotterdam. His brother Robert Verbeek is also a football coach.

Club career

Verbeek in 1989
Verbeek in 1989

As a midfielder, he spent his entire career at Sparta Rotterdam. He had to retire from the game at age 25.

Managerial career

Verbeek was the assistant coach for the South Korea national football team under Guus Hiddink during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also under Dick Advocaat during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


The Korea Football Association signed him to a coaching contract on 26 June 2000.[3] 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.[4] On 6 December 2007 it was announced that Verbeek had secured the position as the Australian coach.[5] 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.[6] 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."[6]

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.[7]

Australia lost 0-4 to 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.[8] 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 was to identify and develop young talent for the Morocco national team, which had failed to qualify for the World Cup finals or the African Cup of Nations.[9]

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 Morocco U-23 team occupied the silver medal in the inaugural tournament at home, overcoming many giants like Algeria and Egypt. This success earned Morocco's qualification to the 2012 Summer Olympics, in which he was praised. Although Morocco could not succeed in a tough group of the 2012 Summer Olympics, a number of players nurtured under Verbeek, such as Nordin Amrabat and Yassine Bounou would go on to represent Morocco in the 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 the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait, which was also Verbeek's first ever international trophy.[10]

However, it was the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, in which he helped the team to qualify from an easy qualification group, that became Verbeek's biggest success in his coaching career. Under Verbeek 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 to help Oman qualify for the round of sixteen for the first time.[11] 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.[12]

Sparta Rotterdam

On 12 February 2019, Sparta Rotterdam announced that they had reached an agreement with Verbeek about joining the club as a member of the board.[13]

Managerial style

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.[14]

Managerial statistics


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Groningen 1992 1993 22 5 8 9 022.73
Fortuna Sittard 1994 1997 70 16 25 29 022.86
Omiya Ardija 1999 1999 36 18 1 17 050.00
Kyoto Purple Sanga 2003 2003 16 4 4 8 025.00
South Korea 2006 2007 17 6 6 5 035.29
Australia 2007 2010 33 18 9 6 054.55
Oman 2016 2019 23 12 5 6 052.17
Total 217 79 58 80 036.41


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  2. ^ "Verbeek is new Socceroos coach". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  3. ^ "South Korea name Verbeek as boss". BBC. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  4. ^ Lewis, David (6 December 2007). "Verbeek plays his hand". The World Game. Archived from the original on 20 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Verbeek lands Socceroos job". The World Game. 6 December 2007. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Verbeek unleashes on 'hopeless' Socceroos pair". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 24 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Australia Qualify For 2010 World Cup With Draw Against Qatar". 6 June 2009.
  8. ^ Lewis, David (13 June 2010). "Verbeek shocks by leaving Kewell, Kennedy and Bresciano out of starting lineup".
  9. ^ "Verbeek heading to Morocco". 4 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Oman win Gulf Cup 2018, UAE beaten in penalty shootout".
  11. ^ "Oman make history as group stage ends".
  12. ^ "Ex-Socceroos boss Verbeek calls an end to coaching career".
  13. ^ PIM VERBEEK COMPLETEERT BESTUUR SPARTA ROTTERDAM, sparta-rotterdam.nl, 12 February 2019
  14. ^ "'An amazing human being': tributes flow for former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek". The Guardian. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)