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Vingada appointed head coach of Iran U-23 football team
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_13-2(370).jpgTEHRAN - Nelo Vingada has been named as head coach of the Iranian U-23 football team on Monday. 
 
Vingada joined Iran U-23 football team on a one-year contract, reportedly worth $360,000. 
 
“I Iran U-23 football team has won the Asian Games in 2002. Our first goal is the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea,” Vingada said in a news conference on Monday. 
 
“I want to help Iran to advance to the 2016 Olympic Games, that’s why I am here. We are going to book a place in competitions. I am hopeful we can qualify for the event,” the 61-year-old Portuguese added.  
 
Vingada has already worked in Iran twice. In 2009, he led Iranian giant football team Persepolis. He also was appointed as assistant of Carlos Queiroz just in the match against Qatar in the 2014 World Cup qualifier. 
 
Iran has been without a coach since the team failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics under tutelage of Alireza Mansourian. 
 
Iran participated in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and made it to the second round, where it was beaten by former Soviet Union 2-1.
 
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