|Should Carlos Queiroz stay Iran coach or not?||
TEHRAN – Having earned one point out of three matches is not good. But the majority of the Iranians are proud of their performance in Group F of the 2014 World Cup, especially against Argentina, where the Persians suffered a late loss.
Nigeria never found a way through Iran's defensive wall and Argentina made it late. Lionel Messi broke the heart of the Iranians with a sublime strike in the 91st minute. To play against Messi and great names such as Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero is a dream came true for the Iranian players.
Despite the lackluster performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina, many Iranians believe Carlos Queiroz is still the best choice to remain at the helm.
But it seems Queiroz plays hard to get.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has already showed interest in signing the Portuguese mentor.
SAFA will find a replacement for Gordon Igesund by the end of July, ahead of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.
After Nigeria Football Federation didn’t renew Stephen Keshi’s contract, now, the 52-year-old coach has been shortlisted for the vacant post.
The Iranian federation has opened contract renewal talks with Queiroz, whom stepped down after World Cup exit last week because of a lack of government financial backing.
Now, it’s a big question mark for many, how he has returned to Iran and suggested the federation to award him a written request?
Without a doubt, Carlos Queiroz is a great tactician in the world of football.
The Portuguese joined Team Melli in 2011 and led the team to the 2014 World Cup.
Under tutelage of Queiroz, Iran became the best Asian team in FIFA rankings. Iran’s success built on the defensive solidity Queiroz has implemented, having only conceded two goals in its last eight qualifying matches.
Of course, the Iranian football team is far from a complete team. Iran could advance to the World Cup Round of 16 but Queiroz’s team failed to defeat already-eliminated Bosnia. It shows Iran suffers lack of cutting edge since the team scored a few goals in its friendlies ahead of the tournament.
Now, the Iranian football federation is making effort to keep former Real Madrid coach in the team, since they are preparing for the 2015 AFC ASIAN Cup in Australia in January.
From now, Japan and South Korea concentrate on the 2018 World Cup and the Asian cup is a good opportunity for them to find the new talented players, but the Iranian officials never concentrate on long-term plans and don’t inject new blood in their team.
The players such as Javad Nekounam, Masoud Shojaei, and Andranik Teymourian are veterans and should be replaced with the new generation.
The Iranian football officials have to award their request in written, in terms of financial issues, but they must also mention that they serve the AFC Asian Cup as an opportunity to find the new faces.
They have to pave the way for the coaches to change gradually the current generation of the Iranian football.
Iran needs new blood since the players were incredibly exhausted against Bosnia.
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