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Qatar has dismissed Carlos Queiroz from his managerial position after just 11 games in charge.

The National understands Portuguese coach flew to Doha on Monday when he was told that his contract was to be terminated

by Minhaj

Carlos Queiroz has been removed from his position as the head coach of the Qatar national team, a role he assumed in February under a four-year contract. The decision was communicated to Queiroz by the Qatar Football Association last week, leading to a face-to-face confirmation in Doha on Monday.

Managing the team for 11 games, Queiroz secured four victories, three draws, and experienced four defeats, succeeding Felix Sanchez. His departure means Qatar needs to appoint a new manager for the upcoming 2023 Asian Cup, scheduled from January 12 to February 10, 2024, which they are hosting.

The Qatar Football Association issued a statement on Tuesday, announcing the amicable termination of Queiroz’s tenure through mutual agreement and expressing gratitude for his dedication and leadership. The 70-year-old Portuguese coach will be succeeded by Spanish coach Marquez Lopez, currently overseeing Qatari club side Al-Wakrah.

With little time before the 2023 Asian Cup, Lopez faces the challenge of molding the team quickly. Qatar took on hosting duties for the tournament due to the Covid pandemic’s impact on original hosts China.

Queiroz, a former Real Madrid and Portugal coach, was tasked with revitalizing an aging team that struggled in the World Cup they hosted, losing all three group-stage games. Additionally, he aimed to guide Qatar to qualification for the 2026 World Cup, drawing on his prior success with Iran in Asian football.

Queiroz sought to renew the team by scouting talent from the domestic league and providing opportunities to younger players. Despite concerns and clashes over his demanding coaching style, he brought in new talents and led the team to notable victories, including a historic win over Mexico in the Gold Cup.

However, local media in Qatar criticized Queiroz for a perceived defensive approach and underutilization of the Aspire Academy in Doha. Known for pushing for improvements, Queiroz did not have the same opportunity to showcase his coaching abilities with Qatar as he did with Iran.

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