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“France have a big chance of winning the World Cup”

Having famously led his native Netherlands to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, Bert van Marwijk will be one of the most experienced coaches among the 32-nation field at Russia 2018. 

Recently appointed Australia coach, the veteran helped Saudi Arabia end a 12-year World Cup drought, only to resign following their qualification for Russia 2018. Earlier this year, he assumed the Australia role left vacant by Ange Postecoglou’s surprise exit, after Saudi Arabia had edged the Socceroos on goal difference for an automatic ticket to Russia 2018. 

Van Marwijk spoke to FIFA.com to talk about his views on the Socceroos' qualities, the task presented by opening opponent France and his memorable experiences at South Africa 2010.

Having famously led his native Netherlands to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, Bert van Marwijk will be one of the most experienced coaches among the 32-nation field at Russia 2018. 

Van Marwijk spoke to FIFA.com to talk about his views on the Socceroos' qualities, the task presented by opening opponent France and his memorable experiences at South Africa 2010.

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