Qatar have appointed Brazilian Paulo
Autuori as national team coach, the country's FA said on its
website on Saturday.
The first task for the 55-year-old Autuori, who has managed
Qatar's Olympic side for five months, is to steer the team
through their final third round match in Asian Zone qualifying
for the 2014 World Cup against Iran in Tehran on February 29.
Qatar are battling for the section's remaining qualifying
spot with Bahrain who face a must-win match against Indonesia
while the Qataris need just a point to progress to the fourth
stage of the qualifying competition with Iran.
Qatar have been without a coach since December 20 when they
sacked Autuori's compatriot Sebastiao Lazaroni following their
early elimination from the Arab Games.
Former Peru coach Autuori guided Cruzeiro and Sao Paulo to
Copa Libertadores titles and has also managed other top
Brazilian clubs including Santos, Flamengo and Botafogo.
One of the highlights of his club career came in 2005 when
he led Sao Paulo to a Club World Cup triumph in Japan.
Autuori is among the most successful foreign coaches to have
worked in Qatar having joined Al Rayyan Sports Club in 2007/08
and guided them to the Emir's Cup in the last two seasons.
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