‘Potato Fist, Master Park Ji-sung, Senior Bento’ Keiros goes to WC as coach in Qatar
Carlos Queiroz (69, Portugal) will lead the Qatar national team. 안전놀이터
The Qatar Football Association said on the 7th (Korean time), “Coach Queiroz was appointed as the new head coach. Coach Queiroz will lead the Qatar national team until the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America,” it was officially announced. Queiroz’s first international competition is the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 2023 Gold Cup will be held from June to July this year.
Coach Queiroz is a well-known figure among domestic soccer fans. The impact of the ‘fist potato’ incident was great. In 2013, in the final Asian qualifying match between Korea and Iran at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan, coach Queiros threw a fist potato at coach Choi Kang-hee, angering Korean fans.
Coach Queiroz is a well-known figure in the football world. He started his coaching career at the end of the 1980s, and has managed the Portuguese national team, Sporting CP, Nagoya Grampus, UAE (United Arab Emirates) and South Africa. Afterwards, he became Manchester United’s assistant manager at the request of Sir Alex Ferguson. At that time, there were Park Ji-sung, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney.
After coming out of Manchester United, he coached Real Madrid, Portugal, Iran, Colombia and Egypt, and led the Iranian national team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Iran, led by Queiroz, defeated Wales 2-0 in Group B of the Qatar World Cup group stage. However, with a final score of 1 win and 2 losses, they failed to advance to the round of 16. He is also the senior leader of former Korean coach Paulo Bento.
Coach Queiroz continues his new challenge in Qatar. Although Qatar was the host country of the World Cup, they were the first to be eliminated after losing all three matches in the group stage. They are the only team in World Cup history to not win a single point. Because of this, Qatar sacked manager Felix Sanchez immediately after the tournament and chose Queiroz as their new manager.