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Bora Milutinovic says he will coach Iraq

Bora Milutinovic says he will coach Iraq

Journeyman coach Bora Milutinovic agreed Tuesday to lead Iraq through this year's Confederations Cup, taking charge of his eighth national football team.
Milutinovic, who has coached five different teams at World Cup tournaments, last coached Jamaica but was let go in November 2007 over a contract dispute.
"I've been offered a deal to take Iraq to the Confederations Cup and I agreed," Milutinovic told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Doha, Qatar.
In Baghdad, Iraqi football federation official Tareq Ahmed declined to confirm the news, saying that the process of choosing a new coach has not yet been finalized.
Jorvan Vieira, a Brazilian coach who led Iraq to the Asian Cup title in 2007, was fired in February following the team's disappointing performance at the Gulf Cup. Radhi Shunashi took over the team's training on a temporary basis.
Before coaching Jamaica, Milutinovic led host Mexico to the quarterfinals at the 1986 World Cup. He also took Costa Rica to the second round in 1990, and then did the same with the United States in 1994 and Nigeria in 1998.
At the 2002 World Cup, Milutinovic coached China but the team was eliminated in the first round. He also coached Honduras.
Milutinovic said he would be returning to Mexico before starting work with Iraq. He did not say whether that would be in Iraq or one of the neighboring countries.
Milutinovic lives in Mexico with his wife and daughter, and he remains popular in China, which he took to its first World Cup.
The eight-team Confederations Cup in South Africa is regarded as a warm-up tournament for next year's World Cup. Iraq is in Group A with South Africa, Spain and New Zealand. Brazil, Italy, the United States and Egypt are in the other group.


Updated : 2021-10-21 10:32 GMT+08:00