SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pim Verbeek, the Dutchman who coached South Korea and Australia, has died at the age of 63.
Verbeek, who played for Sparta Rotterdam, died on Thursday after a four-year battle with cancer.
Sparta said in a statement its players will wear black armbands when they take on Willem II Tilburg in the Dutch league on Saturday.
After a short-lived spell in charge of Sparta’s crosstown rival Feyenoord in 1989, followed by coaching Groningen and Fortuna Sittard, Verbeek started his globe-trotting adventures in 1998 as head coach of Omiya Ardija in Japan.
He became assistant to countryman Guus Hiddink with South Korea in 2000 and helped the Asian team reach the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup on home soil.