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Portugal's Artur Jorge appointed Iran coach

Tehran, Jan 3, IRNA - Iran named Portugal's Artur Jorge as new coach in a long-awaited decision to rehabilitate its national football team.

Iran's Football Federation spokesman Ali Reghbati said that two foreign assistants were being appointed to work alongside Jorge as well as Iranian assistant coach Mansour Ebrahimzadeh.

The appointment comes just in time for the national side's warm-up games against Germany's Hansa Rostock and Qatar which are to be played in Tehran on January 5-9 respectively.

Many names had been linked with the job in a long search conducted by the federation, including Germany's Winfried Schaefer and Frenchman Philippe Troussier, and England's Peter Reid.

Iran has shown lackluster form since being bundled out of Germany 2006 at the group stages, despite boasting stars like Bolton Wanderers midfielder Andranik Teymourian and Eintracht Frankfurt winger Mehdi Mahdavikia.

Iran is due to play its first FIFA World Cup qualifier against Syria in February.

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