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Portrait painting by Carlos Queiroz by Mahmoud Tabrizi Portrait painting by Carlos Queiroz by Mahmoud Tabrizi

Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz, ComIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluʃ kɐjˈɾɔʃ]; born 1 March 1953), is a Portuguese football manager who is currently in charge of the Iran national team. He has also been the manager of the Portugal national team and Spanish club Real Madrid, and was Alex Ferguson‘s assistant manager at English club Manchester United. Queiroz has qualified three national teams to the World Cup, those being South Africa in 2002, Portugal in 2010, and Iran in 2014 and 2018.

Portrait painting by Carlos Queiroz by Mahmoud Tabrizi

Queiroz has won several awards as a coach in junior levels, and has been successful at senior and club levels, mainly as Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager. In 1998, he authored the Q-Report, which detailed plans to enhance footballer development in the United States.

Queiroz is the longest serving manager in the history of the Iran national team after serving for over six years from his appointment in 2011. He is the only manager in the country’s history who has led the national team to two World Cups and also the first manager to lead the national team to consecutive World Cups.

On 4 April 2011, Queiroz agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal to coach Iran until the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil alongside goalkeeping coach Dan Gaspar and assistant coach Omid Namazi.

Since Queiroz’s role as manager of the Iran national team, he has been renowned for introducing players from the Iranian diaspora to the national squad. These players include German Iranians Daniel Davari and Ashkan Dejagah, Dutch Iranian Reza Ghoochannejhad, Swedish Iranians Omid Nazari and Saman Ghoddos, and Iranian American Steven Beitashour among others.

Carlos Queiroz was brilliant. Just brilliant. Outstanding. An intelligent, meticulous man. He was good for me. He was a Rottweiler. He was the closest you could be to being the Manchester United manager without actually holding the title.

—Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Queiroz in Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography.

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