Carlos Queiroz named as new coach of Iran

BY foxsports • April 4, 2011

Iran has named former Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz as its new national coach.

Official IRNA news agency said Monday that Queiroz has a three-year contract that will take him through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The deal, details of which were not given, also involves him supervising Iran's under-23 and youth sides.

Queiroz is a former coach of Real Madrid and also had two stints as Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United.

Iran has been without a head coach since January, when Afshin Qotbi's contract expired after Iran's dismal performance in the Asian Cup.

Queiroz told Portugal's national news agency Lusa he expected to iron out a few remaining details with Iranian authorities by the end of today.

''Almost all the outstanding formalities for me to take charge for the next three and a half years have been overcome,'' he was quoted as saying.

He said Iran ''has good players, resources, passion and a desire to be at the World Cup in Brazil, and that coincides with my goals.''

Iran has qualified for World Cup three times: in 1978 in Argentina, in 1998 in France and in 2006 in Germany.

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