The FIFA World Cup Russia™ is almost a month away from now. With exactly 27 days until the international football tournament, guessing games and predictions are everywhere. In an exclusive interview with FIFA, Van Marwijk, Australia’s coach at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, stated that France has a huge possibility of winning the World Cup.
Van Marwijk is one of the most experienced coaches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The former football player currently coaches the Australian National football team. On top of that, he managed his native land from 2008 until June 2012. Eight years ago, he led the Netherlands to 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Nevertheless, he left the team after the Netherlands lost all of their three matches at UEFA Euro 2012.
Marwijk also became the head coach of Hamburg but was terminated after Hamburg’s losses. More recently, Marwijk led Saudi Arabia to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by winning against East Timor, Malaysia, and Japan.
Today, Marwijk was appointed as the new head coach of the Socceroos after Ange Postecoglou’s unexpected departure last November. In an exclusive interview with FIFA, the third Dutch coach of the Australian football team shares his new side characteristics, the qualities of the France team that Australia will face, the value of experience for a World Cup coach and his memories of South Africa 2010.
Marwijk tells FIFA that the Australian team is “motivated with a good mentality.” He added that the team members are good listeners and made a good impression since their first day.
When asked about what qualities he would like to bring out of the team in Russia, he indicated that he would not bring out something from the team. “The challenge is to find a system which fits the players, and it is even better when it fits the coach too,” he said in a statement.
Marwijk also told FIFA that he felt the interest of his homeland for Australia in the World Cup. “I think the interest will increase as we get closer to the World Cup, because I’m the only one that will be coaching at the World Cup,” Marwijk assumed.
When asked about his thoughts on Australia’s group, he admitted that the group is “very difficult,” particularly France. “Especially France, and we saw in part of their match against Colombia, they have a very good team and have a big chance of winning the world championship. They have very fast and creative players, are physically strong, and they have one of the best players in the world at the moment in [Kylian] Mbappe. They have a lot of weapons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a result against them,” Marwijk confessed.