Former Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz has called time on his eight-year reign as coach of the Iran national team, after bowing out of the Asian Cup at the semi-final stage.

Queiroz’s Iran were beaten 3-0 by Japan on Monday, leading the former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United assistant to announce his departure after a highly successful spell in charge of the Asian outfit.

The defeat to Japan was the 100th match of Queiroz’s tenure with Iran, during which time the Portuguese has taken the country to two World Cups and reached the quarter finals (2015) and semi finals (2019) of the Asian Cup.

"I think the simplest thing I can do is copy that old song: I'm happy and proud to say that I did things my way," Queiroz said, quoting Frank Sinatra.

It had been expected that Queiroz would be on the lookout for a new challenge after the Asian Cup. The 65-year-old has been linked with a host of international jobs, including Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Colombia and USA in recent months.

By Sean Gillen

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I learned to respect Queiroz in Iran, he's truly one of the last professionals with a real passion for the game, no strings attached. It's amazing to think that *30 years ago* he won both the under-16 Euro (with Figo) and under-20 World Cup and...

I learned to respect Queiroz in Iran, he's truly one of the last professionals with a real passion for the game, no strings attached. It's amazing to think that *30 years ago* he won both the under-16 Euro (with Figo) and under-20 World Cup and today he's still going strong.

Any other manager would have walked away many years ago (look at the list of foreigners managers), but not Queiroz. Things are so bad that after the loss one of the top iranian clubs tweeted a joke about him, after an awful national team loss. It has to be in the top 10 of the most difficult national teams in the world, but still he persisted for 8 years, a length of time barely anyone, anywhere, including clubs, is able to achieve.

According to the news he's going to manage Colombia, which is vintage Queiroz. Another cultural clash, another extremely difficult job where failure will always be around the corner, but at 66 he's still the same person that believed in the impossible in 1989. Above all, he's a dreamer, and you can't get more refreshing than that in todays football.

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Nice comment Fernandes. I'm sure you have to have such hunger to be so valued by Alex Ferguson as Queiroz is.

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