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Rutemoller Appointed Iran's interim coach : "I do not know how long I will stay here..."

Article source:, Germany - According to German tabloid, Erich Rutemoller, the celebrated German coach, has been appointed as interim coach of the Iranian national team.

Rutemoller replaces Ali Daei who was sacked after Iran's humiliating 1-2 loss in the World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on Saturday in Tehran. Daei was dismissed by the Iranian Football Federation.

Iran has done very poorly during the World Cup qualifying games and is in the forth place in Group B with 6 points. Iran has had one win, three draws and a loss so far.

Erich Rutemoller, was appointed as an assistant coach to Ali Daei in Iran's national soccer team in December 2009.  The former FC Koln and Hansa Rostock signed a one-year deal with the Iranian Football Federation.

In an interview with,  Rutemoller said that everything went very quickly here. He said that after the loss on Saturday against Saudi Arabia and when Ali Daei was released, he was was asked to do the job of the coach and that made sense too.

Rutemoller will be leading Iran for the first time during a friendly match against Senegal in Tehran on Wednesday. How goes it with you in Iran then?

Rutemoller :
"I do not know today how long I will stay here." Specifically, please?

Rutemoller: "Ali Daei has brought me. Now he is no longer here. I can not yet say when my commitment ends. One reason is that I do not speak the language."

At present, Saudi Arabia is third in the five-team Group B with seven points from five games. North Korea leads the group with 10 points, followed by South Korea with eight after four games.

Iran is fourth with 6 points while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is at the bottom of the group with just one point resulting from a draw against Iran's National Soccer Team in the UAE.

Iran, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and North Korea have all played five games so far.

Each team will altogether play eight games. The top two teams in Asian Groups A and B qualify directly to next year's World Cup in South Africa, while the third-place teams in the two groups to hold a playoff against each other for a spot in an intercontinental qualifier against the champion of Oceania seemed to be New Zealand.

... Payvand News - 03/30/09 ... --

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