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Who is Carlos Queiroz, new Egypt national team head coach



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On March 1, 1953, Carlos Queiroz was born in Nampula, in Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique), to a Portuguese family. There he began playing soccer, and from 1968-1974 was a goalkeeper for the local club Ferroviario Nampula. He finished his career early as a soccer player.

After the Carnation Revolution occurred in Portugal in April 1974 and Mozambique declared its independence from Portugal in June 1975, Carlos Queiroz moved to Portugal. There he graduated from the University of Lisbon and began working as a coach. Since he has higher education, he earned the nickname “Professor.”

Carlos Queiroz way to the Manchester United

In the mid-80s Portuguese youth team coach Carlos Queiroz gathered capable players from all over the country. He soon shocked the whole world, thinking of them as the “golden generation” of Portuguese soccer. Queiroz’s squad made a lot of noise in Europe, and Luís Figo was one of its leading players. This team was one of the favourites, but analyzing team stats and choosing trusted gambling sites was hard. Now we have betting services like Take a look at to be sure and profit from this knowledge.

In 1989, these guys won the European Championship for 17-year-olds, and two years later, they became World champions for players under the age of 20.

In 1991, Carlos Queiroz was promoted and started working with the main Portuguese national team. Some players such as Jorge Costa, Peixe, Figo, and youth captain Joao Pinto moved with their mentor to a new career step, joining the ranks of the national team. In the same 1991, Luiz debuted in the adult national team in a friendly against Luxembourg. Queiroz created this team to aim for the ’94 World Cup, but the trip to the United States fell through during the qualifying tournament.

In 1993-1995 he coached Sporting Lisbon. In 1995 he won the Portuguese Super Cup and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting.

In 1996 he managed the U.S. “New York/New Jersey MetroStars” (now called the New York Red Bulls).

Then until 1997, he led Nagoya Grampus of Japan, with which he reached the finals of the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup in 1996, losing to Saudi club Al-Hilal with a score of 3-1. Meanwhile, while working as a head coach, he was also involved in some strategic soccer projects, such as Project 2010 to develop soccer in the United States. In 1999, he was the head coach of the UAE national team.

In 2000, he headed the South African national team, which won the right to participate in the 2002 FIFA World Cup under his leadership. Before the start of the World Cup, he resigned due to some problems with the South African Football Association, mainly due to internal problems and disagreements in the soccer association of that country. The national team of South Africa at the World Cup was headed by another coach, with whom the South African team could not get out of the group.

In June 2002, Sir Alex Ferguson offered the Portuguese specialist a job at Manchester United. Queiroz could not refuse.

Queiroz job as Alex Ferguson assistant

The 2002/2003 season was a memorable one. Manchester won the Premier League, and the club was joined by its first Portuguese player, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fergie followed the 16-year-old wunderkind from Sporting Lisbon for about two years. In the end, Carlos Queiroz was sent to Lisbon and negotiated everything. The 18-year-old footballer signed a contract with MU, and Sporting were happy with the monetary compensation, £12.2 m.

Carlos Queiroz’s work at United attracted the attention of Real Madrid. Vicente Del Bosque was sacked from Madrid, and the club made an offer to the Portuguese coach. By the 2003/2004 season, Real Madrid was already getting to know the new coach.

Queiroz failed to cope with the Galacticos and was sacked for poor results at the end of the season.

After his failure at Real Madrid, he did not have to sit out of a job for long. Alex Ferguson invited his assistant back, giving him a second chance. Fergie’s unheard-of generosity turned into a four-year fruitful collaboration.

Back to national job

Carlos Queiroz took charge of Portugal in 2008 and remained their manager until 2010 when they were knocked out of the World Cup by Spain.

The following job for Portugal manager was in Iran. What Queiroz did for this national team during his time with the squad: took them to the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, making them the trickiest, most disciplined, and difficult opponents from Asia.

It begs the question, why did he succeed in Iran when he supposedly failed in Madrid and Portugal? Carlos Queiroz is a man who needs total control. That’s why it’s difficult for him when managing stars like Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Luis Figo in Real Madrid, or Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal. He can’t share power: everyone and everything has to follow his instructions.

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