Qatar coach Carlos Queiroz sacked before AFC Asian Cup title defense

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The Qatar Football Association has announced that they have parted ways with head coach Carlos Queiroz less than a year into his role. This decision comes just six weeks before the 2023 Asian Cup. The QFA stated that the termination of Queiroz’s contract was a mutual agreement between both parties. They expressed their gratitude for his dedication and leadership during his time as head coach.

In place of Queiroz, the QFA has named Spanish coach Marquez Lopez as his successor. Lopez is currently coaching the Qatari football club Al-Wakrah and will take charge of the national team at the upcoming Asian Cup. The QFA also expressed their appreciation to Al-Wakrah Sports Club for their cooperation in facilitating Lopez’s appointment.

Queiroz was hired in February to replace former coach Felix Sanchez, who led the national team to their first Asian Cup triumph in 2019. Queiroz’s task was to ensure Qatar’s qualification for the 2026 World Cup, but he was let go after leading the team in 11 matches, with four wins, four losses, and three draws over a 10-month period.

The departure of Queiroz comes just ahead of Qatar’s title defense at the 2023 Asian Cup, where they will face Lebanon in their opening match. The tournament will run from January 12 to February 10, with Qatar and Lebanon placed in group A along with Tajikistan and China.

The QFA’s decision to part ways with Queiroz and appoint Lopez as his successor has raised questions about the national team’s preparation for the upcoming Asian Cup. However, with Lopez now at the helm, Qatar will be looking to defend their title and make a strong showing at the tournament.

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