Carlos Queiroz Can Aid Iran Against England And The US. Carlos Queiroz was officially reinstated as Iran’s head coach on Wednesday, after days of rumors and conjecture. He had been absent from the position for the last 3.5 years.
Returning to Team Melli following coaching spells in Colombia and Egypt, the Portuguese manager has barely three months to be ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He is Team Melli’s longest-serving tactician.
Iran, coached by Queiroz, produced a memorable performance at the previous World Cup, beating Morocco, drawing with Portugal, and losing narrowly to Spain to fall short of the Round of 16 by a single point.
What can we anticipate from Iran with Queiroz at the helm in Qatar 2022, where they will play England, the United States, and Wales? By contemplating the answers to these five questions, we may better prepare for his return.
What Exactly Did He Do In The Past With Iran?
No previous Team Melli coach has had a longer stay than his seven years and nine months, illustrating how happy the FFIRI was with him. Iran is one of Asia’s traditional powerhouses, yet they missed the World Cup before Queiroz.
Iran finished third in Group B under Queiroz, one point behind Spain and Portugal. In a 1-0 loss to Spain, Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal disallowed, while Mehdi Taremi missed a last-gasp attempt against Portugal. Queiroz led Iran to the 2015 and 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals.
His First Departure From Team Melli Begged The Question: Why?
After Team Melli’s quarterfinal exit at the 2019 Asian Cup, Queiroz was fired. FFIRI’s 3-0 defeat to Japan wasn’t a huge setback, but the way they were outplayed was.
Queiroz’s contract wasn’t extended after the Asian Cup, therefore he resigned after Team Melli’s 100th game under him. “It was an honor to stand side by side with these great guys over this eight-year journey,” the Portuguese stated. In 100 matches, he won 60% and had a 121-goal advantage.
Has He Made Progress Since Then?
Queiroz’s career with Team Melli was his most successful in international football. After Iran, he took over Colombia in February 2019 and lost in the Copa America quarterfinals against Chile on penalties.
After a bright start, Colombia’s fortunes shifted during the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Queiroz was fired after 18 games following losses to Uruguay and Ecuador.
He took over Egypt in September, a team with high aspirations because of Mohamed Salah. Queiroz quit after Egypt lost to Senegal twice in seven months, threatening World Cup qualification.
What Circumstances Led To His Coming Back?
Even after leaving Team Melli, Queiroz remains revered. Dragan Skocic renewed Belgium’s World Cup qualifying after Marc Wilmots lasted 7 months.
They finished in the top two in Group A with 25 points to qualify for Qatar 2022. Was Melli OK? Porto forward Taremi was removed from two qualifiers during Skocic’s spell.
FFIRI authorities had to mediate between Skocic and Taremi to ensure his return to the national team, although several seasoned campaigners were absent from the Croat’s training.
Growing agitation and Queiroz’s availability led to demands for a return of an old hero, which was Mehdi Taj’s selection as FFIRI president on Aug. 30 and ratification a week later.
Is He Going To Help Iran Win The World Cup This Year?
Iran fans hoping for a free-flowing brand of football from Queiroz at the World Cup would be very disappointed; this was not the finest tactic.
Instead, they’ll have someone whose whole career has been dedicated to developing teams that are both well-organized and tenacious and adept at making the most of offensive forays. This tactic was successful in Russia in 2018.
While Team Melli will be the underdog against England in their first ever international encounter, they proved to be no slouches against Wales and the United States.
Taremi and Sardar Azmoun of Bayer Leverkusen, the 2019–20 Russian Premier League scoring leader, are just two of Iran’s many players with European experience.
Ex-Brighton and Feyenoord winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, ex-Antwerp goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand (who famously saved a penalty kick from Ronaldo in the last World Cup), and Hull’s own up-and-coming prodigy Allahyar Sayyadmanesh are also on the list.
There is widespread agreement that the Iranian team’s golden generation. It first emerged at the 2014 World Cup and continued to impress in subsequent tournaments. It is now reaching its peak and will have its best chance to advance to the knockout round in Qatar in 2022.
Team Melli needs a seasoned tactician three months out from the World Cup who not only knows the players through and out but is also highly valued by them.
Even if Queiroz isn’t the answer to Team Melli’s problems, in the long run, he’ll provide them a much-needed boost. The United Kingdom, Wales, and the United States take a risk by underestimating the Iranians.
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