Qatar name Carlos Queiroz as new national team coach!

Carlos Queiroz was appointed as the new Qatar national team head coach on Monday, February 6 until 2026, following the signing of the contract at Al Bidaa Tower between him and Mansoor Al Ansari, General Secretary of the Qatar Football Association (QFA).

Queiroz has served as the manager of his native Portugal’s national team, in addition to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Iran, Colombia and Egypt. He has led South Africa (2002), Portugal (2010) and Iran (2014, 2018, and 2022) to the FIFA World Cup. At the club level, he has also managed Sporting CP, the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in Major League Soccer (U.S) and Spanish giants Real Madrid, and had two spells as Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager at English club Manchester United.

Queiroz is the longest-serving manager in the history of the Iran national team, leading them for almost eight years between 2011 and 2019. He returned to the role for Iran’s 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign. He is the only manager in the country’s history to lead them at three consecutive FIFA World Cups.

After the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Queiroz resigned as Iran’s manager after his team had put up an impressive performance despite a group-stage exit. Iran finished third in Group B behind England and the United States, whom Iran lost to, and above Wales, whom they beat convincingly 2-0.

Taking over now in Qatar, he replaces Felix Sanchez, who spent more than five years in charge and led the team to their first continental title at the AFC Asian Cup in 2019.

The first assignment that Queiroz will have is to take charge of Al Annabi when they compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. This will be Qatar’s second appearance in the event, following their respectable semifinal finish in 2019.

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