News ID: 252868
Published: 0301 GMT May 15, 2019

Belgian Wilmots appointed as Iran manager

Belgian Wilmots appointed as Iran manager

Sports Desk

Former Belgium manager Marc Wilmots was named the new Iran head coach, Iranian Football Federation president Mehdi Taj announced, ending a three-month speculation over Iran’s dugout.

According to reports, Wilmots reached an agreement over a $1.2m-a-year contract with Iran which sees the ex-Belgian international on Iran’s bench until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Wilmots’s last job was a six-month stint in charge of Côte d'Ivoire which ended in November 2017 after the African side failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Wilmots was also the manager of the star-studded Belgium side – which had the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany in its ranks – between 2012 and 2016.

Former Schalke 04 and Bordeaux head coach led the Red Devils to two quarterfinal appearances at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 in France – where his team was stunned 3-1 by Wales. 

The 50-year-old Belgian takes over from Portuguese Carlos Queiroz – who stepped down after eight years in February for the Colombia job following a 3-0 defeat against Japan at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semifinals.

Wilmots is expected to attend his first press conference in Tehran today.



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