Quaresma: “Queiroz should show more respect”

Portugal versus Iran may have not been the highest quality football match played at World Cup 2018, but it was certainly one of the most tense and dramatic, adorned with a wonder goal and a slew of controversial VAR decisions.

Emotions were running high at the end of the ninety minutes, with Carlos Queiroz furiously arguing that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off, and a number of Portugal players expressing their displeasure at how Iran’s Portuguese coach had conducted himself. PortuGOAL brings you all the match reaction.

 

Portugal coach, Fernando Santos

“We started well, had control of the game and Iran had only one or two counter-attacks in the first half. Things started to get complicated for us when they adopted a man-for-man marking system all over the pitch. Portugal’s players didn’t understand what was happening and William got lost and the match became more to and fro.”

“At the break we rectified matters and in the second half we took control again. We should have been more clinical but we ended up conceding. Afterwards, of course, we knew Iran would take risks and throw everything at us, especially in the air. The most important thing was to qualify and by the grace of God we did.”

“The Ronaldo red card review? I wasn’t worried because it was a normal collision. The referee did what he had to do, using the VAR three times. He gave two penalties and gave Ronaldo a yellow card. I haven’t seen the replays to give an opinion, but I think the referee did his job.”

 

Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz

“The rules say an elbow is a red card. There are no half elbows. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lionel Messi or Ronaldo. We need to know what’s going on and nobody lets us see. We have a system in place that costs a fortune and nobody’s taking responsibility. When there is a VAR decision, we have to know who’s making the decisions.”

“I’ve been a coach for 36 years and for 20 years for international teams: almost eight for Iran and 12 with Portugal. That’s 20 years of my life working for two national teams, so this was a special match for me. At the end of the match I was greeted by my friend Fernando Santos, Carlos Godinho [FPF director] and some players: Adrien, Bruno Alves, Cédric and Beto.”

“But I can’t remember any others who acknowledged me, and some of them I was coaching when they were teenagers. When I play against Spanish or Brazilian players who I have trained they all come to greet me.”

“There’s no such thing as a moral victory in football, although success for us and success for Portugal cannot be judged on the same scale. We aren’t good losers. The dream has ended. I wish the best of luck to Portugal. From now on Portugal has one more supporter.”

 

Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal winger

On the aggressive attitude of the Iranian players: “I was more annoyed with their coach. As a Portuguese citizen he should have more respect for the Portuguese people, but that’s a conversation for another day.”

On Queiroz complaining about non-acknowledgement from Portuguese players: “I’m not going to answer Queiroz, otherwise we’d be here all night.”

On his wonder goal: “I connected well with the ball, it was a great goal, but the most important thing was to achieve the objective we were all fighting for, which was to progress to the next phase, which we did. Now we have to rest and think about the next game.”

On annoyance at being substituted: “That’s how I am. You shouldn’t pay much attention to it. Everyone knows what I’m like. I always want to play, you should ignore my resentment.”

 

João Moutinho, Portugal midfielder  

When asked what Queiroz was telling him as he was about to be subbed on: “Who? I didn’t see anyone, didn’t hear a thing. I was about to go on and was focused on the game.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card review: “It’s not a red. Cristiano tried to get his arm in front of his opponent to reach the ball first and the Iranian made a bit of a meal out of it.”

On Queiroz complaining about non-acknowledgement from Portuguese players: “I went to the anti-doping test, I didn’t, see him. I have nothing to say about that.”

 

José Fonte, Portugal defender

“We have to be happy to be in the last 16. We had the game under control until the penalty, which was difficult to accept. It was doubtful to say the least. You can’t jump with your arms beside your body. When you jump you have to raise your arms.”

 

Adrien Silva, Portugal midfielder

On the incredible atmosphere: “We’ve played plenty of games like this, with this pressure, with this atmosphere. It’s what you want as a professional footballer, to be on stages like this one, playing high-intensity games. Happily, we achieved our aim which was to get through to the next phase.”

On Ronaldo missing his penalty: “He’s got unshakable confidence, as always. That’s his mentality. His belief in himself is one of his strong points. He’ll score the next one for sure.”

By Tom Kundert

 

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Im sorry to say this. Morocco and Iran played with their heart, but their fans and players showed little to no sportmanship. Morocco players were very aggressive and they didnt let us play. Everytime a portuguese player had the ball he was pushed...

Im sorry to say this. Morocco and Iran played with their heart, but their fans and players showed little to no sportmanship. Morocco players were very aggressive and they didnt let us play. Everytime a portuguese player had the ball he was pushed from the Moroccan player. With the Iranians it was different, but this time Queiroz's complained throughout the group stage with the attempt to put pressure on the refs so that he could benefit from their decisions in the game vs Portugal and the Africans and Asians showed a clear complex of inferiority towards Europe.
Also, Iranian fans went near the hotel of the portuguese team during the last night to sing and try to disturb them. As I said: little to no sportmanship. I despise their behaviour

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I agree these teams should not be missed by anyone, specifically Iran, they were the anti-futbol. They played 9 to 10 men back at all times, used every dirty trick in the book, consistently harassed the refs and really got away with murder. ...

I agree these teams should not be missed by anyone, specifically Iran, they were the anti-futbol. They played 9 to 10 men back at all times, used every dirty trick in the book, consistently harassed the refs and really got away with murder. They harassed the ref to the point where he made that terrible VAR call for the Iran PK, no doubt due to the Iranian harassment and pressure throughout the match. Anyways, I don't think anyone should give them any respect or should be sad to see them gone, they brought nothing to this tourney IMO.

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On point Guilherme. When are we going to get a real Ref? This is a joke. When looking at the replay of Ronaldo's red card play (a bunch of bull crap) you could clearly see that the opposing player was obstructing without the ball, in essence by...

On point Guilherme. When are we going to get a real Ref? This is a joke. When looking at the replay of Ronaldo's red card play (a bunch of bull crap) you could clearly see that the opposing player was obstructing without the ball, in essence by soccer rules, there is a foul before Ronaldo tried to go around the player. Now let's play along, Ronaldo goes around this player and hits him in the face, where is the intent? Queiroz goes back to your adopted country. I have a feeling that FIFA doesn't want us in the World Cup, let's see what ha
On the coaching front, I am happy that we mentioned that we lost our footing when Iran started to man mark, William was completely lost after the 15-minute mark, he had a great game, but he needs to notice the situation and try something new. On the sub's front, why did we not use Manuel Fernandes instead of Moutinho, physically Mouthinho cannot win a 1 vs 1 battle? Cedric was ok, he could not cross one ball.? Joao Mario played most of his passes back to the defense? Didn't try attacking? Please coach why didn't we try the young defender, Fonte cannot carry on for 90 minutes. On the penalty play Andre Silva played a bad pass, but throughout the game he was great. More to come.

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So happy Quaresma scored against Queiroz...remember the beef they had and Paulo Bento also leaving Quaresma out off those Portugal teams.

Morocco/Iran were solid....Portugal not the most talented team but did enough to go through...Glad to see...

So happy Quaresma scored against Queiroz...remember the beef they had and Paulo Bento also leaving Quaresma out off those Portugal teams.

Morocco/Iran were solid....Portugal not the most talented team but did enough to go through...Glad to see Quaresma as a Veteran living up to expectations like the GOAT Ronaldo

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Not going to mince words on CQ.

Queiroz is a miserable SOB. That’s why nobody likes him, fans, media and especially the players. How quickly he forgets the universal team implosion at the WC 2010. Every player hated his guys, Portugal played...

Not going to mince words on CQ.

Queiroz is a miserable SOB. That’s why nobody likes him, fans, media and especially the players. How quickly he forgets the universal team implosion at the WC 2010. Every player hated his guys, Portugal played garbage, ineffective football. Ronaldo famously yelling at reporters to “ask the coach.” I wonder why?

He is coaching in Iran for a reason. Any decent person with his resume would be coaching in top clubs in Europe but Carlitos had to go to Iran to get a job. He is unlikeable, uncharismatic, annoying and lives in a narcissistic bubble. He is cut from the same cloth as BdC. Undiagnosed mental issues I suspect.

Of all people, Moutinho! The least abrasive player Portugal has ever had has no time for CQ, that alone should tell you something stinks with Queiroz.

Every word out of his mouth is filled with hypocrisy and disrespect. Go whine back to Tehran dude. You should never coach any Portuguese team again you clown.

Sorry for the rant Tom, but Carlos Q burns me up.

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My theory is that Queiroz had to play up the fact of being "all in" for Iran as its coach. Could you imagine the reception he would've received back in Iran had he not? Execution, maybe? Anyway, once he whispered what he was doing in Santos's...

My theory is that Queiroz had to play up the fact of being "all in" for Iran as its coach. Could you imagine the reception he would've received back in Iran had he not? Execution, maybe? Anyway, once he whispered what he was doing in Santos's ear, Santos immediately hugged him knowing the tricky situation Queiroz was dealing with.

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Wow! I support 100% Val’s commentary and description of Carlos Queiroz. I especially relate to the following words:

“He is unlikeable, uncharismatic, annoying and lives in a narcissistic bubble. He is cut from the same cloth as Bruno de...

Wow! I support 100% Val’s commentary and description of Carlos Queiroz. I especially relate to the following words:

“He is unlikeable, uncharismatic, annoying and lives in a narcissistic bubble. He is cut from the same cloth as Bruno de Carvalho. Undiagnosed mental issues I suspect.”

(That portrayal is so accurate that at first I thought it was a description of Donald Trump, as I see similar characteristics in both individuals––Sorry for the political aside, Tom.)

I am proud that Quaresma had the “tomates” to engage publicly in some sarcasm vis-à-vis Queiroz when asked, since CQ is truly a despicable person who tried his best to sabotage Quaresma’s career way back when. CQ also trashed the Selecção in so many ways when coaching it.

Again, this is only my opinion. If were ever to meet CQ in person, my only thought would be, “Vade-retro, Satanás.”

Viva Fernando Santos, e Força Portugal!

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@Tom,

A little off-topic but you tweeted that Argentina, Germany, and Spain were all on the brink of elimination, you now expect them all to make the semis.
Argentina is now on the same side of the bracket as Portugal. If they are to make the...

@Tom,

A little off-topic but you tweeted that Argentina, Germany, and Spain were all on the brink of elimination, you now expect them all to make the semis.
Argentina is now on the same side of the bracket as Portugal. If they are to make the semis, it would be at the expense of Portugal. What do you make of that?

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Hi Davi, it was just a throwaway remark about how they were lucky to scrape through and lamenting that they may now go far. Would have been much more fun to see 1 or 2 or 3 of them fall this early stage, ha ha.

If it comes to it I actually would...

Hi Davi, it was just a throwaway remark about how they were lucky to scrape through and lamenting that they may now go far. Would have been much more fun to see 1 or 2 or 3 of them fall this early stage, ha ha.

If it comes to it I actually would be reasonably confident if Portugal faced Argentina. I think the Seleção would have a better chance against them than against France - despite Euro 2016.

Loving this tournament!

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A little off topic...but joao cancelo having medical this week for juventus...38 mil plus addons...starting rb for juve next season after his impressive inter milan loan spell....he was hit or miss for us but could have played on flank or...

A little off topic...but joao cancelo having medical this week for juventus...38 mil plus addons...starting rb for juve next season after his impressive inter milan loan spell....he was hit or miss for us but could have played on flank or wing...you want dynamism, offence and speed...there u go...what an option to have...he was one of my choices over mario rui as ricardo could have been back up for guerreiro but hindsight!!!

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Hey Mike,

Heard the same thing. Will be interesting to see how he does at Juventus. I don't think his loan spell at Inter was that good to be honest. He was OK at a very mediocre Inter who finished 4th in Serie A and was 23 points behind...

Hey Mike,

Heard the same thing. Will be interesting to see how he does at Juventus. I don't think his loan spell at Inter was that good to be honest. He was OK at a very mediocre Inter who finished 4th in Serie A and was 23 points behind Juventus.

He was much better at Valencia, but even then, his game has some glaring flaws. Defensively, he is a bit of liability who is caught out of position a lot. If anything, Nelson Semedo of Barca has more of a shot at the Seleeccao at this point. Between who was available, I think Santos made the right call, as Cancelo is a RB/RW, he doesn't operate on the left. And at RB we have much stronger players in Cedric and Ricardo Pereira (who I have to say, I am disappointed has not been given a chance yet).

Pereira is a better player and more versatile than Cancelo, playing as a RB, LB, RW and even Striker at one point. I think the real missed opportunities Santos made were not selecting Ruben Neves and Rony Lopes. Those 2 arguably have a place on the Seleccao ahead of Manuel Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, respectively. I know, some might say that is blasphemy, but I cannot think of a more useless player for the Seleccao than Bernardo since maybe Hugo Almeida. That really tells you something.

Cheers.

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I agree that Rony Lopes or Neves should have been on for Manuel Fernandes. But he was looking good for the Russian champs.

I am not sold on Rony, but he was in excellent scoring form towards the end of the season and we know Andre Silva wasn't....

I agree that Rony Lopes or Neves should have been on for Manuel Fernandes. But he was looking good for the Russian champs.

I am not sold on Rony, but he was in excellent scoring form towards the end of the season and we know Andre Silva wasn't. We need Andre because he offers a big presence upfront and does everything well, except in his current form, score. So yeah Rony would have been our second in form scorer.

Neves was needed in case William gets injured or can't play because of yellow accumulation. He brings a great vision and very good passing.

In the end hard choices, I think Santos likes to go with less talented experienced players vs talented but raw youngsters who make mistakes. Off course he gave a raw Renato Sanches a run and that paid off.

I would be hard to not have brought in Bernardo given the way he played for Man City. Hindsight is always 20/20. But given how he has under-performed, he may not be ready for the tournament elimination style of the World Cup. But he did great against Germany in the semi-finals of the under 21 Euros. Hopefully, his best is yet to come if he is called upon.

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Could have been a red but if the Iranian player had done the same to Cristiano we’d all be calling for him to be sent off so… Portugal are through which is the main thing!

I felt this was the best they have played so far with Adrien Silva...

Could have been a red but if the Iranian player had done the same to Cristiano we’d all be calling for him to be sent off so… Portugal are through which is the main thing!

I felt this was the best they have played so far with Adrien Silva dictating play, lots of movement (though still not enough!) but they miss a central presence up front as Andre Silva doesn’t look sharp enough to me and Guedes is too raw. Joao Mario still just basically passes the ball back to whoever gives it to him and is a waste of a place – I’d play Guedes on the left instead of him or possible even Quaresma. Moutinho and Bernardo Silva are good subs to have.
I have my doubts about them beating Uruguay – Their defence is excellent and Suarez will try to get Pepe sent off but an early goal and who knows!

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Off topic again but I see Sporting are about TO SACK SINSA Mihajlovic!

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