World Cup 2022: U.S. soccer expert Carlos Queiroz returns to helm of U.S. foe Iran

Carlos Queiroz  became an expert on soccer in the USA in the late 1990s when, after coaching the MetroStars in MLS’s inaugural 1996 season, U.S. Soccer hired him to author a detailed study of American soccer to serve as blueprint for the future: Project 2010, aka the Q-Report.

Coach of Portugal's U-20 World Cup champions in 1989 and 1991, Queiroz spent eight years as Manchester United assistant coach in the 2000s. On the national team front, he guided South Africa, Portugal and Iran (twice) to successful World Cup qualification.

Iran, which he coached at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, has brought him back to replace Dragan Skocic.

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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where Iran's Group B foes are England, Wales and the USA, will mark Queiroz's third World Cup as head coach following 2010 (Portugal), 2014 and 2018 (Iran). South Africa replaced him with Jomo Sono after the 2002 qualifying campaign.

Since ending his first stint at Iran's helm (2011-19) after an AFC Asian Cup semifinal loss, Queiroz coached Colombia and Egypt.

Colombia exited the 2019 Copa America in the round of 16 and he was let go after 3-0 and 6-1 losses to Uruguay and Ecuador in 2022 World Cup qualifying.

Queiroz guided Egypt to a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations runner-up finish (losing to Senagal on PKs) despite managing only four goals in seven games. His Egypt failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, also losing a penalty kick tiebreaker to Senegal after a 1-1 aggregate score in the third round of African qualification.

1 comment about "World Cup 2022: U.S. soccer expert Carlos Queiroz returns to helm of U.S. foe Iran".
  1. R2 Dad, September 8, 2022 at 9:15 p.m.

    This is exactly the guy who is going to make life hard for the Nats. Q knows our system, our coaches, our players. All he really has to do is get a result against the US and he can declare victory and go home.

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