Iran considers Matthaeus for national team

January 24, 2008

TEHRAN (EARTHtimes.org) The Iranian Football Federation (FFI) is looking for a German coach for its national football team and the first option is Lothar Matthaeus, a unnamed FFI official told the Mehr news agency on Wednesday. Meanwhile, former Germany captain Matthaeus told the Die Welt newspaper that, although he had not yet been contacted, he was willing to meet Iranian officials to discuss the job.

“I have heard of this report but I can’t add anything to it as I have had no personal contact yet,” said Germany’s most capped footballer.
Matthaeus, who previously coached the Hungarian national team and also worked at clubs in Austria and Serbia, added that he expected to return to coaching by the summer at the latest.
Besides Matthaeus, there is also believed to be a second German candidate whose name the FFI official did not disclose.
There has, however, been speculation in the local sports media that Iran was also after Cologne coach Christoph Daum, interviewed only last week by the Fars news agency.
According to Mehr, the FFI has already had indirect contacts with the two. Talks had also been with Winfried Schaefer and Peter Neururer, but apparently without any tangible results.
Iran is the only national team in Asia which has no head coach. The players are trained for the time being by two local assistant coaches.
But the FFI wants to employ a head coach before the first World Cup 2010 qualification game against Syria on February 6 in Tehran, stressing several times that it wants a top foreign coach.