14 Jun 2010

Verbeek heavily criticised in the wake of Australia loss

6:48 pm on 14 June 2010

The Australian football coach Pim Verbeek has been heavily criticised in the wake of the Socceroos four nil loss to Germany in their world cup opener in South Africa.

The former Australia and Manchester United keeper Mark Bosnich says coach Pim Verbeek and captain Lucas Neill went into the match with a negative mindset.

Verbeek's decision to pick a five-man defensive midfield and play a winger in an unfamiliar lone striking role backfired badly.

Bosnich says Neill contributed to the negativity by talking up the Germans, who've won the tournament three times, ahead of the game.

Bosnich says the defeat was an embarassment.

Bosnich says thousands of fans who had travelled to South Africa to support the Socceroos had been let down and they deserved answers about Verbeek's extraordinary match selections.