Carlos Queiroz: Iran must invest to avoid World Cup disappointment

(IranSportsPress.com-reuters.com)- Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has urged the country’s authorities to commit more funding to the preparations for next year’s World Cup finals or risk elimination in the group stages yet again.

Queiroz’s side became the first team from Asia to book their ticket for Russia in June and next summer’s tournament will be the fifth time Iran have appeared at the World Cup finals.

In 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014, the three-times Asian champions failed to advance to the knockout phase of the competition and Queiroz fears a similar outcome next year if funding issues are not addressed immediately.

“The situation basically is the same as in the past,” Queiroz told Reuters.

”We have the federation trying to do their best. But unfortunately in Iran, and I think all over the world, when you struggle with financial support it’s always very difficult to implement a programme.

”We qualified three months ago and at this moment there is no reason for us not to have a clear plan and a consistent budget in order to make decisions.“If you copy the preparations of the last four World Cups, you don’t go anywhere. It’s a simple conclusion,” he added.

Queiroz’s comments echo a recent statement issued by seven Iran players on Instagram, in which they called on the authorities to emulate South Korea in mobilising the country “from top to bottom” for the World Cup campaign.

The Portuguese coach presented his preparation plans to the Iran’s football federation soon after they qualified but only two friendlies have been arranged so far.

Iran will play Togo on Oct. 5 before taking on World Cup hosts Russia five days later.

 Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has urged the country’s authorities to commit more funding to the preparations for next year’s World Cup finals or risk elimination in the group stages yet again.

Queiroz’s side became the first team from Asia to book their ticket for Russia in June and next summer’s tournament will be the fifth time Iran have appeared at the World Cup finals.

In 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014, the three-times Asian champions failed to advance to the knockout phase of the competition and Queiroz fears a similar outcome next year if funding issues are not addressed immediately.

“The situation basically is the same as in the past,” Queiroz told Reuters.

”We have the federation trying to do their best. But unfortunately in Iran, and I think all over the world, when you struggle with financial support it’s always very difficult to implement a programme.

”We qualified three months ago and at this moment there is no reason for us not to have a clear plan and a consistent budget in order to make decisions.“If you copy the preparations of the last four World Cups, you don’t go anywhere. It’s a simple conclusion,” he added.

Queiroz’s comments echo a recent statement issued by seven Iran players on Instagram, in which they called on the authorities to emulate South Korea in mobilising the country “from top to bottom” for the World Cup campaign.

The Portuguese coach presented his preparation plans to the Iran’s football federation soon after they qualified but only two friendlies have been arranged so far.

Iran will play Togo on Oct. 5 before taking on World Cup hosts Russia five days later.

By Michael Church