Carlos Queiroz was finally presented as the new coach of Colombia on Thursday in Bogota. The Portuguese has signed a contract with the South Americans until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 65-year-old left his post as manager of Iran after the recent Asian Cup, having led the Middle Eastern country for eight years which included successive qualifications for the last two World Cups in 2014 and 2018.

Queiroz replaces Jose Peckerman in taking charge of Colombia, after the Argentina left his position following the team’s Round of 16 elimination to England at the World Cup last summer. Under Peckerman Colombia reasserted themselves in qualifying for the last two World Cups, having missed out in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

“For me it’s an honour, and I’m happy to have the trust of the federation,” Queiroz said at his unveiling in the capital. “First off, I intend to take care of the great tradition here that has grown larger over the years. From there, my mission is to improve in all facets. We are going to be demanding.

“My goal is to preserve the prestige, reputation and placement of the Colombian national team in the world and that will be my first priority. I want to thank all the fans in Colombia as well as the Federation for putting their faith in me. I hope to do the job as it is supposed to be done.”

Having arrived during an era in which Colombia has enjoyed a revival on the world stage, the well-travelled coach was asked about the status of some of the team’s leading players, including Bayern Munich’s former Porto star James Rodriguez.

“James, Falcao and Ospina are the soul of this team and I have to analyse their performances but when you start a project, the wise thing is to create a group around those players as they are heart and soul of the team,” Queiroz said.

“The most difficult region” for qualification

The former Sporting coach faces the gruelling prospect of the notoriously difficult 10-team South America qualification campaign for the next World Cup. The most recent edition of qualification for last year’s tournament saw Colombia secure their spot by just a single point, with just two points separating Argentina in 3rd place and Chile who missed out in 6th.

"I have many colleagues and friends who work with national teams," he said. "Everyone knows that this is the most difficult region for qualification. It's like winning half of a world championship. We have to prepare extremely well."

Queiroz is unlikely to be daunted by the task, given his vast and wide-ranging experience in the game. His latest post means the veteran Portuguese will have worked in the leading five of FIFA’s six continental regions.

Born in Mozambique, Queiroz has worked on the African continent as boss of South Africa, as well as stints in Japanese club football with Nagoya Grampus Eight and Asian national sides UAE and more recently Iran. Queiroz has also led USA club Ny/NJ Metrostars in 1996.

In Europe, Queiroz guided Portugal’s U20 side to consecutive World U20 Cups in 1989 and 1991, and went on to manage Sporting and Real Madrid, while also enjoying two highly successful periods as assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, during which time the Red Devils became European champions in 2008.

Colombia’s first match under their new boss is against Japan in Yokohama on 22nd March, in what is the first game leading up to this summer’s Copa America. Queiroz’s side have been drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Paraguay and guests Qatar.

By Sean Gillen

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Carlos Queiroz will work wonders with Colombia .

They have considerable talent but are somewhat lacking in the tactical and organizational area.

If he did what he did with Iran, expect much more from Colombia. I wouldn’t be surprised if they...

Carlos Queiroz will work wonders with Colombia .

They have considerable talent but are somewhat lacking in the tactical and organizational area.

If he did what he did with Iran, expect much more from Colombia. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win a Copa America title with Queiroz , or make a run for a WC title.

Queiroz is a great coach who is unfairly targeted.

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Did not like the way he treated portugal in the world cup

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@Superbock7

And what about the way Portugal treated Queiroz?

IMO he did amazing with Portugal in wc 2010 but was unfairly let go. We ran eventual winners Spain close and only lost to an offside goal.

IMO if Queiroz was allowed to coach us for...

@Superbock7

And what about the way Portugal treated Queiroz?

IMO he did amazing with Portugal in wc 2010 but was unfairly let go. We ran eventual winners Spain close and only lost to an offside goal.

IMO if Queiroz was allowed to coach us for euro 2012 we would have won that tournament .

He is similar to Fernando Santos , but a little bit better .

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I think it's really great of you to take time out from your Uber successful life to comment on this article with the rest of us peons.

Now, I know better than to try and have a rational discussion with you because you are potentially a...

I think it's really great of you to take time out from your Uber successful life to comment on this article with the rest of us peons.

Now, I know better than to try and have a rational discussion with you because you are potentially a professional contrarian, and as much as I think you thrive on being a troll, you're still a person like any other and I think that is worth honouring...so let me say this;

Carlos Queiroz is a good manager for certain teams. Mostly those that have lesser talents and are willing to make that up with hard work and discipline. Teams like Colombia, who despite being fairly dirty in their tactics, have talented, flair players.

That doesn't bode well for a manager like Queiroz whose default tactic is parking the bus and hitting on the counter. Could he win a Copa America? Maybe. But a deep run in then world Cup is unlikely.

Lastly, Queiroz gets what he deserves in terms of "gratitude" from Portugal fans. He was an arrogant price the entire time he was there and thought more of himself than he actually accomplished.

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@Chris

Can you please clarify what you mean about Colombia having dirty tactics?

Would you ever say that Iceland or Norway have dirty tactics ?

We still have racism in 2019.
Dirty Colombians , your anti Latin American discourse and bigotry is...

@Chris

Can you please clarify what you mean about Colombia having dirty tactics?

Would you ever say that Iceland or Norway have dirty tactics ?

We still have racism in 2019.
Dirty Colombians , your anti Latin American discourse and bigotry is noted.

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Are you sure you want to come at me with big words like "racist" and "bigot"? I can tell you that you're professional trolling is amusing but when you want to throw heavy terms like that around, you'd better have a clean record yourself:

"Let’s...

Are you sure you want to come at me with big words like "racist" and "bigot"? I can tell you that you're professional trolling is amusing but when you want to throw heavy terms like that around, you'd better have a clean record yourself:

"Let’s just say my bank account puts many to shame and my interest in posting on Portugal in but a mere distraction from my life of success, money, travel, and company with fine young ladies."

So, who's the bigot? Objectifying young women as some false narrative for what a baller lifestyle you have, look who's talking now.

Colombia played dirty, there is no racism in that statement. It is the truth. One of their players headbutted an English player in the chest during a dead ball situation. Another body checked and elbowed Harry Kane in mid air and made no attempt to get the ball. In each of their games, there were several unsportsmanlike events, such as time wasting, constant diving, tackles that bordered on aggravated assault and jersey-yanking.

If Norway or any other country did this, I would call it as it is. Anyways, I suppose this is the reward I get for trying on some level to have a reasonable discussion with you. No good deed goes unpunished. Please, continue with your life of yachts, Bentley's and champagne.

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@Chris

Objectifying women? Most young women objectify my status and money. I rarely cheat because my wife is beautiful, but sometimes she permits me to have a treat.

I note how you bought into the Anglo media’s propaganda. Calling Colombia...

@Chris

Objectifying women? Most young women objectify my status and money. I rarely cheat because my wife is beautiful, but sometimes she permits me to have a treat.

I note how you bought into the Anglo media’s propaganda. Calling Colombia dirty. Maybe you are too young but the Anglo media also called us Portuguese dirty back in 2000, 2004, and 2006.

I was a teenager during those times, and in fact, I fought for us Portuguese here in Toronto. I knocked out a couple of fans who were talking smack during wc 2006 calling our team dirty and our people.

It’s too bad many of those in our community still don’t know the reality. They think they are assimilated.

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Z, I must say, you are like the Donald Trump of PortuGOAL. Your need for attention far exceeds your need to keep to a consistent story.

So now you have a wife? What happened to all of the young ladies and yachts and champagne? I suppose you...

Z, I must say, you are like the Donald Trump of PortuGOAL. Your need for attention far exceeds your need to keep to a consistent story.

So now you have a wife? What happened to all of the young ladies and yachts and champagne? I suppose you have those as well, being a true renaissance man of wealth. Yachts in Toronto are very very common, especially on the Ontario Riviera.

I'm not one to try and tell other people how to live, but I think you might find it more rewarding to try and have conversations with people as opposed to just making acerbic and ridiculous remarks all of the time.

This site actually has some great posters, people who support all different clubs and still manage to be respectful and appreciative of one another. You are free to carry on with your ways, but I'm just saying you can have interactions that are relevant instead of just not making any sense.

As far as the English media and Portugal, that's a big topic. I don't think anyone really takes the English media seriously as it's a circus, and while I think there can be some over-inflated sense of self and accomplishments within the English culture, each and every culture has its own pros and cons.

I look forward to seeing how you spin this.

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Thats cute, --Z-- calls his right hand Wife. Dude get out of your parents basement.

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I knocked out a couple of fans who were talking smack during wc 2006 calling our team dirty and our people.
Hahhahhaa

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This is a recipe for disaster.

The arrogant, unlikeable Quieroz who managed to get every single player from the 2006 Selecao to hate his guts and still to this day refuse to shake his hand, will now coach Colombia.

This would work if the...

This is a recipe for disaster.

The arrogant, unlikeable Quieroz who managed to get every single player from the 2006 Selecao to hate his guts and still to this day refuse to shake his hand, will now coach Colombia.

This would work if the Portuguese coach had a more temperate and reasonable personality like a Jardim or a NES but Quieroz? It only worked with Iran because they were still a side very much on the rise with players who looked up to Quieroz for his experience.

Colombia are a very experienced, seasoned and grizzled side with top tier talent and experience. Also a country traditionally used to attack minded football and hard fouls. Quieroz only knows 1 system, 10-0-0.

This is going to be so much fun when it goes South.

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Just hope he does not get shot.......

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