HONG KONG, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Carlos Queiroz’s return as Iran coach is expected to throw the country’s preparations for a third consecutive World Cup into disarray but instead of bringing back the Portuguese he has brought back an aging squad for the final blast in history. .
In the last five World Cups, Iran have not advanced to the group stage but after being placed in a group alongside England, Wales and the United States there is growing hope that their disappointing record can be broken.
Queiroz regained the position at the head in mid-September, replacing Dragan Skocic after qualification was confirmed and the Croatians were expelled due to the fallout from the presidential election of the Iran Football Federation.
The former Real Madrid coach in Portugal is looking to resume the relationship he has developed with the team over the past eight years and the signs are clear from the start that little has changed for the 69-year-old coach.
For their September friendlies against Uruguay and Senegal, Queiroz selected 16 of his 23-man squad for the finals in Russia 2018, when Iran recorded their best ever World Cup results. has four points in three games.
That saw Team Melli miss out on the knockout stage, and Queiroz and company will be determined to go one step further in Qatar.
However, things off the field can cause a lot of distraction for the Iranians.
The meeting in England and the United States will be a political charge in the house where the protest for women’s rights in Iran has an emotional impact on a group that has been damaged by the dispute over the reconstruction of Queiroz.
Events against Uruguay and Senegal in September carried all the signs of the group of coaches Queiroz, however, in the discipline of defense and brutality in the attack of the most important.
Iran’s defense worked hard to keep out Uruguay strikers Darwin Nunez and Luis Suarez before Mehdi Taremi came on from the bench and completed the move that resulted in the only goal of the game in Austria.
Taremi, who has come to prominence at Porto over the past two seasons, carries a lot of threat to Iran and can be used on his own or in combination with Bayer Leverkusen’s Sardar Azmoun.
Former Brighton & Hove Albion striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh will also be looking to prove that English footballers have not seen the best of his talent during his three-year spell in the Premier League as Iran look to break new ground in the cup. International.
Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, editing by Ken Ferris
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