Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz has been quick to dismiss the notion that his side is the favorite to win the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 after Thursday’s impressive 3-0 win over China saw Iran book its place in the semifinals.
Football managers used to screaming themselves hoarse during games are finding little need to reach for a post-match lozenge at the Asian Cup – where their voices echo around sparsely-populated stadia.
Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand revealed that striker Sardar Azmoun’s advice and a steely determination not to let his country down were behind his remarkable penalty save in Sunday’s Round of 16 win over Oman at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
Iran won't make the mistake of underestimating Yemen while the tournament debutants won't be overawed when facing one of the continent's biggest teams in their AFC Asian Cup Group D opener at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Monday.
Carlos Queiroz will lead tournament favorite Iran into the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 having instructed his players to focus on winning one game at a time as the nation aims to end a 43-year drought at the continental championship.
Some of the greatest minds in world football will be fixing their sights on Asia’s ultimate prize as the anticipation builds toward the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, which kicks off in January 5 with host UAE taking on Bahrain at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Carlos Queiroz has yet to agree to extend his stay as Iran coach despite claims by the president of the country's football federation that the Portuguese would lead the team at January's Asian Cup finals.