SYDNEY (AP) -- Ange Postecoglou has been hired as head coach of the Socceroos in a five-year deal that could involve two World Cups.
The 48-year-old Postecoglou, who led Brisbane Roar to two domestic A-League titles before moving to Melbourne Victory last year, is the first Australian head coach of the Socceroos since Frank Farina in 2005.
German Holger Osieck was fired earlier this month after back-to-back 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France, despite helping Australia qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy confirmed the widely expected appointment of Postecoglou on Wednesday, confirming a deal running through to August 2018.
Postecoglou, who played four times for the Socceroos, will be in charge for the international friendly against Costa Rica on Nov. 19.