TEHRAN - Former Portugal coach
Carlos Queiroz has agreed a three-year contract to lead
Iran's national football team, Fars news agency reported on
Queiroz, who previously coached South Africa and Real
Madrid, arrived in Tehran early on Monday for final talks with
the Iranian Football Federation (IFF), Fars reported.
After a meeting with the head of the Physical Education
Organisation, Ali Saeedlou, Queiroz reached an agreement with
the IFF to lead the team through the 2014 World Cup, it added.
Queiroz looked to have reached an agreement in February to
coach the side, even appointing his assistants, but turned the
post down reportedly because his family were reluctant to live
The website of state English news network Press TV said in a
separate report Queiroz would receive an annual salary of about
Iran have slipped down the pecking order in Asian football
behind heavyweights Japan, South Korea and Australia, with many
blaming the country's sports authorities for the slide.
Iran missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and were
knocked out of the 2011 Asian Cup in the quarter-finals by South
Korea in January.
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