Iran Manager

Carlos Queiroz

The Portuguese Carlos Quieroz takes Iran to its second World Cup in a row for the first time in national time history. It is far from Quieroz’s first time on the big stage, though. He managed his native Portuguese national team over two different stints from 1991 to 1993 and 2008 to 2010. He is also spent time at the wheel of the U.A.E., South Africa, and Real Madrid, also working under Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford for years. This will be his fourth World Cup, having been before with South Africa in 2002, Portugal in 2010, and Iran just four years ago. Since taking over for Afshin Ghotbi in 2011, Quieroz has won over Iranian supporters through his strong results, but also through his ability to introduce foreign players with Iranian heritage to the national team, such as German-Iranian star Ashkan Dejagah and Dutch-Iranian star Reza Ghoochannejhad. He is no stranger to controversy — his temper and petulance precede him. Nonetheless, the Iran fan-favorite has vowed to carry his side to the knockout stage in Russia, and his legend will only grow should he succeed in such a daunting group.




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