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Brazil's Viera agrees to coach Iraq

Brazil's Viera agrees to coach Iraq

Jorvan Viera, the Brazilian coach who led Iraq to its Asian Cup win last year, is returning to coach the team.
Viera will sign a one-year contract in Baghdad on Tuesday, Ahmed Abbas, the Iraq federation general secretary, said on Monday.
No other details were immediately available.
Viera stepped down after Iraq unexpectedly won the Asian Cup by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 _ a feat that gave the Brazilian instant hero status here.
However, his successor, Iraqi Adnan Hamad, was fired in June after Iraq lost to Qatar in a World Cup qualifier, ending the football-mad country's dream of attending the 2010 finals in South Africa.
Iraq has not played a home game in nearly two decades because of wars and internal strife. Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the national squad has been training mostly in neighboring Jordan, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
Iraq last reached the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.


Updated : 2021-10-16 20:09 GMT+08:00