Former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz has signed a deal to lead Iran to the World Cup finals in Qatar (November 20-December 18) in less than three months, the officials reported on Tuesday. Iranian state media.
The Islamic Republic News Agency, the country’s official media, said the Portuguese traveled to Tehran over the weekend and signed a deal to replace Croatian Dragan Skocic as coach. The latter qualified the Iranians for the final phase of the World Cup and won 15 of his 18 matches in charge since replacing Marc Wilmots, the former Belgium coach (2012-2016), at full-time.
Queiroz previously coached Iran in 2014 and 2018
Carlos Queiroz previously captained Iran to the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 and in Russia four years later. He has been linked with a return to the post since Mehdi Taj was elected president of the Iranian Football Federation last Tuesday. Iran will start their World Cup against England on November 21 in Group B before facing Wales four days later and the United States on November 29.
Under the former Real Madrid coach, Iran had their best performance in Russia, beating Morocco (1-0) and drawing Portugal (1-1), which gave them allowed them to take four points and narrowly miss qualifying for the round of 16 for the first time in five appearances at the World Cup.