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Carlos Queiroz shows what he can do with world-class talent
17:00 Wednesday 26th June 2019

Carlos Queiroz has travelled extensively during his 30 years in coaching. From being a forgotten Real Madrid manager to Portugal national team boss, Sir Alex Ferguson’s acclaimed assistant and holding jobs on four continents, he’s…

Carlos Queiroz: Master and Commander on the far side of football
08:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

Whether it’s club or international football, managers love to play god, remaking teams in their image. If that was the case with Carlos Queiroz, Colombia fans would be in for a shock. For eight years in Iran, Queiroz built a crack defensive…

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World Cup Group B: Irresistible striker meets immovable defence when Portugal takes on Iran
15:30 Monday 25th June 2018

Group B at the World Cup has been crammed with intrigue. Before the enthralling 3-3 encounter between Portugal and Spain, there were late heroics when Iran toppled the heavily-fancied Morocco 1-0. That result has left both European heavyweights…

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Morocco's exit from the World Cup reveals football's cruelty
18:02 Friday 22nd June 2018

Morocco has suffered this week. The Atlas Lions lost World Cup bids both present and future.  First, FIFA announced the combined effort from CONCACAF, involving Canada, Mexico and the United States had been awarded 2026 World Cup…

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World Cup Group B: Iran hope to pour further misery on Spain
12:30 Wednesday 20th June 2018

If you were forecasting every match in this World Cup before the tournament started last Thursday, Iran v Spain at the 45,000-seat Kazan Arena would be straightforward. Spain would be looking to all but lock down progression to the knockout…

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World Cup Group B: Morocco v Iran is not the start of a beautiful friendship
09:30 Friday 15th June 2018

Group B of the FIFA 2018 World Cup gets underway on Friday afternoon. Morocco and Iran meet in the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. This is a must-win for both sides. An unkind draw has pitted them against European giants Portugal…

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Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group B
12:30 Monday 11th June 2018

In housing former world champions Spain and current European champions Portugal, most would consider Group B something of a foregone conclusion. That would be foolish. Spain may have formidable strength in depth across their squad, so…

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World Cup: Ranking the 32 nations based on squad strength
08:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup is upon us. All participating nations have revealed their contingents. Squad strength doesn't guarantee success but what if it did? Who would be the world champion. Who would be the first to bow out? Here’s…

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Who are Asia's World Cup dark horses?
12:00 Tuesday 5th June 2018

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is five teams strong at the 2018 World Cup: Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iran and Australia. By now, everyone should know the Socceroos ditched Oceania to find some serious competition. The World…

Alireza Jahanbakhsh: The Iranian breaking new ground in Europe
13:00 Monday 12th February 2018

Throughout history, Iranian sports was all body-building and freestyle wrestling. Persian kids bragged about flesh. Some didn't, however. Today, football has taken over. Alireza Jahanbakhsh, the torch-bearer for football in Iran. Iranian…

Larne : The small club making a big noise in Northern Ireland
10:30 Sunday 11th February 2018

Northern Irish football's second tier doesn’t get much coverage. In recent months, though, there has been one smalltown club making noise about plans to make the top division and, when there, provide the big hitters serious…

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2018 FIFA World Cup: Analysing the draw
19:55 Friday 1st December 2017

The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw is now official and all eight groups have been confirmed. Let's take a quick look to analyse which team had better luck in the first round. Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia and Uruguay clearly…

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England World Cup Scenarios: How good or bad could it be?
14:45 Tuesday 21st November 2017

With lower expectations than ever, coupled with being in Pot 2, England has the unfortunate risk of being drawn against one of the favourites, including France, Brazil or Germany. However, the lack of optimism could serve to be a blessing for…

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Iran qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia
15:09 Tuesday 13th June 2017

The second official team to qualify for the 2018 Russian World Cup tournament was decided on Monday. Iran had beat Uzbekistan 2-0 to secure their spot in the finals taking place in Russia. The other team to qualify before Iran was Brazil. Team…

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Carlos Queiroz Finds Enemies On All Sides With Iran
09:00 Tuesday 28th March 2017

As a rule, all successful football managers do one thing. They follow the money. The Premier and Chinese Super Leagues prove that. Of course, there is an exception to every rule. In this case, it's Carlos Queiroz. The Portuguese, actually born…