Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz


Carlos Queiroz is a Portuguese football coach born March 1, 1953 in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique.


Assistant coach of Estoril Praia in 1984, Carlos Queiroz joined the Portuguese Football Federation in 1987 in charge of youth selections. He does a lot of research into training methods used overseas. The Federation invests considerably in the training of young players and it allows certain talents like Luís Figo, Rui Costa, Vítor Baía, Paulo Sousa, Fernando Couto and João Vieira Pinto to bloom for all to see.

He continued until 1991 sporting successes with the under-17s, under-19s and under-20s between the U20 World Cup and the U17 European Championship. He was appointed Portugal coach in 1991 with the ambition of qualifying the selection for the 1994 World Cup. He relies on this young generation with whom he won everything with the youth teams but fails to qualify the team. Indeed, on November 17, 1993, Portugal lost one to zero against Italy the match that should not be lost and finished third in these qualifications, one point behind Switzerland and two points against Italy.

Disappointed with this setback, he left the Federation and signed up as Sporting Portugal coach. He won the Portuguese Cup (2-0 against Maritimo Funchal) and finished in second place in the league in 1995.

With his reputation as a trainer, he enrolled in football development projects and joined the United States, at Red Bull New York where he stayed for one season, before joining the Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight where he succeeded. to Arsène Wenger. The season is difficult in the league as the club shines in the Asian Cup winners cup reaching the final (lost 1-3 against Al Hilal). The Portuguese then remains a season (1998-99) at the head of the selection of the United Arab Emirates.

South Africa (2000-2002)

From 2000 to 2002, he coached South Africa and qualified the “Bafana Bafana” for CAN 2002 Then the 2002 World Cup. He resigned from his post after the poor results of the selection, a quarter-final during of the competition, and the induction of Jomo Sono as selection supervisor.

Assistant coach at Manchester United (2002-2003)

He was then recruited by Alex Ferguson as assistant to Manchester United and is one of the architects of the 2003 league title. In June 2003, he left his post to coach Real Madrid following the departure of Vicente Del Bosque

Real Madrid (2003-2004)

With Real Madrid, he won the Spanish Super Cup by beating Real Mallorca. In the middle of the season, the team leads the championship but loses its last five matches and finishes in fourth place. Real Madrid won only one trophy at the end of the season, the Spanish Supercup and Queiroz was dismissed from his post in May 2004.

Return to Old Trafford (2004-2008)

Returning to Manchester United in 2004, he resumed his post as Alex Ferguson’s deputy. On July 11, 2008, Manchester United agreed to release Queiroz from his contract, and he was appointed manager of the Portugal national team2,3.

Portugal (2008-2010)

Back at the head of the Portuguese national team, the team has three poor performances after being beaten at home by Denmark, three goals to two, and is held in check by Sweden and Albania in the qualifying phase. at the 2010 World Cup. After this mediocre first part of qualifying, the team recovered and qualified for the play-offs. Thanks to two victories, a goal to zero against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Lusitanians qualify and Queiroz admits to achieving “the dream of a lifetime4”.

At the 2010 World Cup, Portugal started with a scoreless draw against Côte d’Ivoire and then largely won against North Korea seven goals to zero, the heaviest victory of the World Cup since Germany’s victory over Saudi Arabia in 2002. In the round of 16, the Portuguese were beaten by Spain one goal to zero. On September 9, 2010, he was dismissed from the post of Portugal coach5. He was also suspended for six months by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Authority on August 30, 2010. On March 23, 2011, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld on appeal the sanction imposed on Queiroz.

Iran (2011-2019)

On April 4, 2011, Carlos Queiroz became coach of the Iranian national team6. Queiroz signs a two-and-a-half-year contract until the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Under him, Iran qualifies for the World Cup and becomes the third team that Queiroz manages to qualify for the world competition, having reached the 2002 edition with South Africa and the 2010 edition with Portugal. .

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