Fox Sports Asia – HONG KONG, The AFC Asian Cup 2019 is closing in and all eyes will be on the superstars that do battle on the field over the course of a month. However, the managers on the sidelines play an equally important role, barking instructions as they attempt to mastermind their team’s success.
From World Cup-winning coaches to managers who held the reins at clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus, FOX Sports Asia looks at
#5 Carlos Queiroz (Iran)
Best remembered for his hugely successful partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, where he served as the assistant coach in two different spells, Queiroz too has a glittering resume to boast of.
Queiroz performed various roles at United – from chief adviser to Sir Alex, to designated post-match interviewee to master tactician, the Portuguese was a hugely respected figure at Old Trafford.
Having worked with the cream of the crop – David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few – Queiroz took the unconventional route when he signed with Iran way back in 2011.
Under the Portuguese, some of Iran’s finest talents came to the fore including the likes of Ashkan Dejagah.
With a 58.70 per cent win rate since taking charge, Queiroz has made Iran quite a force to be reckoned with, not just in Asia, but worldwide.
He will be looking to mastermind Iran’s fourth triumph at the Asian Cup, but their first since 1976.