• Wed / 15 May 2019 / 13:58
  • Category: Sports
  • News Code: 98022513492
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Marc Wilmots; new head coach of Iran’s national football team

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Tehran (ISNA) - Ex-Belgium coach Marc Wilmots arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to finalize his deal with the Iranian football federation.

Iranian Football Federation President Mehdi Taj, has officially announced that Belgian Marc Wilmots has been selected as the coach of the national football team of Iran.

Iran will pay the 50-year-old coach $1.5 million per year. The contract is understood to be until the end of the 2022 World Cup.

Wilmots, who is also on the Scotland's list of candidates, will replace Carlos Querioz the longstanding Portuguese coach who qualified Team Melli to two consecutive World Cup appearances at the 2014 and 2018 tournaments.

Wilmots will start his work as Iran coach in two friendly matches against Syria and South Korea, scheduled for June 6 and 11.

Marc Wilmots, 50, was previously working with the Belgian National Team from 2009 to 2012 as an assistant to George Leekens. He continued with the Belgian national team after taking over as the head coach of the Red Devils from 2012 until 2016. In 2017, he moved to Africa to lead Ivory Coast. Wilmots also won the Gloucestershire Award for the best coach of the year in 2015.

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