Mariners' Brama hails van Marwijk appointment

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Wout Brama believes countryman Bert van Marwijk and the Socceroos are the perfect match leading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Wout Brama in action against Brisbane Roar Source: Getty Images

Brama played three times for the Netherlands national team during van Marwijk's tenure, and sees Australia's work-rate as an invaluable asset his compatriot will look to build upon.

"With the attitude and work-rate that Australia has, in combination with the technical and tactical qualities of Bert van Marwijk … all those things make it a very good appointment," Brama told the Socceroos official website.

"He’s tactically a very good coach, very strong."

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But while strength is key on the pitch, van Marwijk won't accept the kind of behaviour Brama exhibited during his side's 2-1 defeat at home to Brisbane Roar in the A-League on Saturday night.

Brama, 31, left Corey Gameiro in tears after his studs-up stamp across the shin had everyone, including the injury-prone Roar striker, fearing the worst.



Despite facing a potential multiple-match ban, Brama, who has since apologised for the challenge, insists van Marwijk knows what's best for the Socceroos.

"He knows what he wants, he knows how to play and how to win games and that’s the most important thing," Brama said.

"He showed that with Saudi Arabia against Australia and also with the national team of Holland in 2010 where we came second. He's a good appointment for Australia.

"He will look at the strengths of the Australian team and play to those strengths."

Van Marwijk is set to arrive in the country next week and begin preparations for upcoming friendlies against Norway and Colombia.

Australia have been drawn in Group C for the World Cup alongside France, Denmark and Peru.




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Published 29 January 2018 at 4:24pm
Source: SBS The World Game