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Socceroos: Graham Arnold to take charge post-Russia

Football Federation Australia has appointed Graham Arnold to take over as Head Coach of the Caltex Socceroos at the conclusion of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Arnold, who is currently a premiership and championship winning Head Coach with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League, is a former assistant and acting Head Coach of the Caltex Socceroos and represented Australia 56 times as a striker during an international career spanning 12 years. Arnold also won one premiership and a championship as Head Coach of Central Coast Mariners.

Today’s announcement completes a two-phased approach to the recruitment of the Caltex Socceroos Head Coach role which began after the departure of Ange Postecoglou in late 2017. In January, Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, who took the Netherlands to the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, was appointed Socceroos Head Coach for the 2018 tournament. 

FFA Chief Executive David Gallop AM said: “When you look at his previous experience with the Caltex Socceroos as a player and a coach and you look at his success in the Hyundai A-League and his understanding of where we are trying to take the game in this country, he was an obvious candidate.

“But what really convinced us was the passion he clearly has for the role. We are delighted that he has accepted the challenge.”

Arnold has been appointed until the end of the next FIFA World Cup in 2022.

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