Carlos Queiroz quits as Iran coach

January 28, 2019

TEHRAN - Carlos Queiroz announced his resignation as head coach of Iran national football team after Team Melli failed to reach the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The 65-year-old decided to call time on his eight-year stint with the Iranians at the news conference in Al Ain.

Iran suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat against Japan in the competition’s semi-final.

Star-studded Team Melli failed to reach the Asian Cup final after 43 years.

Queiroz marked his 100th match as head coach of Iran national football team against Japan.

“There are no words to express my gratitude to this players, for everything they have done all over these years, for their effort, support and commitment.

It was an honor to be side by side with these great men, in this eight year journey, facing all the adversities, always and always with great character, the top character for which I believe they deserved to play the final.

Congratulations to Japan, the best team tonight, but honour to Team Melli, for what they built for their people, for the football they show to the World, and for the legacy they take to the future.

This was one of the best football families of my career and I wish all these players the best! Now the end is here. I did it my way, giving the very best of me, with the support of my staff – thank you guys! And gratitude you to all the Iranian fans,” Queiroz posted on his Instagram account.

The Portuguese coach has been linked with a move to Colombia football team.

Reporting by Masoud Hossein

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