And Graham Arnold will remain the coach of Australian footballers until the next World Cup. The 59-year-old Arnold, a former player of NAC Breda and Roda JC, among others, extended his contract until 2026. Then the World Cup will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
After the 2018 World Cup, Arnold succeeded Bert van Marwijk as coach of the national team. Then he started his second term as coach of the national team. Arnold was a former assistant to Guus Hiddink and was in charge for a while after the 2006 World Cup, in which Australia reached their eighth final.
The former striker, who played 56 international matches himself, led his country during the play-off matches to the World Cup in Qatar. Australia surprised by reaching the eighth final by defeating Tunisia and Denmark (twice 1-0) in second place in the group behind France. In it, Arnold’s team had to lose 2-1 to Argentina, which eventually won the world title.
“I love Australian football and Australia,” says Arnold. “Nothing could compare to the pride I felt towards our performance in Qatar. The thirst to continue in this role has never been stronger. I am sure we can achieve much more with this group.”
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