Queiroz confirms Iran return ahead of World Cup final

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Former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz confirmed on Tuesday that he will take charge of the Iran national team just over two months before the start of the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Queiroz replaces Dragan Skocic, who led Iran in the Asian preliminaries, and the Portuguese coach will lead the country to the World Cup for the third time having also been in charge in 2014 and 2018.

“When the family calls you home, all you do is just show up,” Queiroz wrote on Instagram alongside a photo taken during his previous stint with the Iranians.

“Fully committed to your duties and ready for the mission. Let’s do it together guys! In the future! Many thanks to the Melli team.

The Iranian Football Federation announced last week that Queiroz was back, but informed sources Reuters the 69-year-old wouldn’t sign a contract until the situation with Skocic is fully resolved.

Iran will kick off their World Cup campaign against England in Group B on November 21 before facing Wales and the United States.

Queiroz led the country to their best performance at a World Cup in Russia four years ago when the Iranians beat Morocco and drew with Portugal before narrowly missing out on a place in the knockout stages.

Qatar will be Queiroz’s fourth World Cup appearance as a manager, having captained his native Portugal in 2010 before taking Iran to finals in Brazil and Russia.

Iran will be taking part in the World Cup for the sixth time and have never made it past the group stage.

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