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UAE sacks Van Marwijk

Bert van Marwijk has been sacked as head coach of the United Arab Emirates, the country’s football federation said on Wednesday after the team was knocked out of the Gulf Cup. The UAE was eliminated on Tuesday following a 2-4 loss to Qatar in a group game both sides needed to win to advance to the semifinals. Van Marwijk, who led his native Netherlands to the final of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, took over as head coach of the UAE earlier this year having previously qualified neighboring Saudi Arabia for the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Similar expectations were placed on the 67-year-old when he replaced Alberto Zaccheroni but the UAE has struggled so far in qualifying for Qatar 2022. The team is currently in fourth place in its group in the second phase of Asia’s preliminary rounds, five points behind leader Vietnam, with a game in hand.


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