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Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz resigns, Branko being considered as replacement

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Carlos Queiroz has resigned from Iran national coach on Saturday, according to a member of the board of directors of Iran's Football Federation.  Amir Abedini said that they have received the Portuguese coach's resignation letter on Saturday.

Carlos Queiroz vs. Branko Ivankovic
(source: Khabar Sport daily)

Queiroz lost his cool after Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic criticized him over holding a training camp in Dubai, the UAE.

Queiroz expelled seven Persepolis's players from the camp in response to Croat's allegations.

The Iranian national football team was scheduled to play a friendly with Morocco but the match was cancelled.

Ivankovic had said Persepolis's players need to rest in mid-season instead of taking part in a useless camp.

The Reds are favorite to win Iran Professional League and also they will represent the country in the AFC Champions League.

Queiroz has already resigned several times but the Iranian football federation rejected them.

Team Melli, who is currently top of Group A in the Asia's 2018 World Cup qualifying with 11 points, will take on Qatar on March 23 before facing China five days later.

Branko being considered as replacement: report

Persepolis head coach Branko Ivankovic could replace Carlos Queiroz if the Portuguese leaves his role at Team Melli, according to Croatian media.

Branko: "Queiroz shouldn't be worried. I won't take his place."
(source: Iran Varzeshi)

Ivankovic, who extended his contract last week, has a term on his new contract which allows him to leave and become Iran coach if Carlos Queiroz quits.

Branko has a four-year spell as Iran national team head coach (2002-2006) and led Team Melli to 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Iran has qualified for the third round of World Cup qualifying round in Asia. The team has been drawn in Group A along with South Korea, Uzbekistan, Qatar, China and Syria.

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