Dutchman van Marwijk sacked as UAE coach for second time – News


Dutchman Bert van Marwijk. — UAE FA Twitter

Van Marwijk was on his second stint with the UAE after returning to the role in December 2020

By Reuters

Published: Sat 12 Feb 2022, 19:34

Bert van Marwijk has been sacked as UAE head coach with two rounds of World Cup qualifying in Asia remaining.

The United Arab Emirates Football Association announced on social media on Saturday that the Dutchman, who led his homeland to the 2010 World Cup final, and the team’s entire technical staff had been made redundant. .

Van Marwijk was on his second stint with the UAE after taking over the role in December 2020.

His first stint lasted eight months from March to December 2019 until he was fired following a loss to Qatar in the Gulf Cup.

The 69-year-old leaves with the United Arab Emirates in third place in Group A of the Asia World Cup qualifiers and still in contention for a place in the final in Qatar via a pair of playoffs.

The United Arab Emirates missed out on an automatic spot after Iran and South Korea confirmed their place in the final last month by securing the top two spots in the group.

However, third place in the standings guarantees a playoff against the third-placed team in the Asia Group B preliminaries, with the winners facing South American opposition in an intercontinental playoff.

The United Arab Emirates will next face Iraq on March 24, before taking on South Korea five days later.


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