Portuguese Carlos Queiroz has been appointed as the head coach of Colombia national football team and he’ll serve Los Cafeteros till FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar. 65-year old Queiroz will take charge in March and Colombia is the fifth national team he’ll be coaching in his entire career.
Carlos had coach previously Portugal, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Iran. He left Iran team after completion of AFC Asian Cup 2019 in UAE as he got good opportunity from Colombia Football Federation (FCF).
“For me it’s an honour, and I’m happy to have the trust of the federation. First off, I intend to take care of the great tradition here that has grown larger over the years. From there, my mission is to improve in all facets. We are going to be demanding,” Queiroz said after appointment.
Queiroz’s first challenge will be in June 2019 when Colombia will be competing in Brazil’s Copa America. Colombian team is placed in Group-B along with Argentina, Paraguay and Qatar. However Carlos’ main goal will be preparing good team to qualify for 2022 world cup and then do good there.
Colombia appeared in 2018 Russia world cup where team reached into Round of 16. Carlos knows qualification from South American confederation for FIFA world cup is not an easy task as all teams are competitive.
“I have many colleagues and friends who work with national teams. Everyone knows that this is the most difficult region for qualification. It’s like winning half of a world championship. We have to prepare extremely well,” he said.
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The 22nd edition of fifa world cup is due to hold in Qatar from 21 November and it will be historic championship as it’s winter world cup for the first time in history.