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Belgian Wilmots to coach Iran

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Pin Wilmots could take over at Iran. AFP
Wilmots could take over at Iran. AFP

Belgian Wilmots to coach Iran

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Former Ivory Coast and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has arrived in Tehran and is set to sign a three-year deal as national coach, state news agency IRNA reported.

The official agency said Iran football federation president Mehdi Taj had confirmed the deal and the former Belgian striker would sign a contract later on Wednesday.

It said the 50-year-old, who was capped 70 times for his country, was expected to sign on until the end of the 2022 World Cup for a fee of $1.2 million (1 million euros) a year.

He replaces Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz who stepped down after eight years in charge in January following Iran's semi-final exit in the Asian Cup, where they went down 3-0 to Japan.

He led Iran to two World Cup tournaments and extended his contract to 2019 after the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Wilmots guided Belgium to the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012 and 2016.

He took charge of Ivory Coast in 2017, but left a year later after failing to lead the African giants to the 2018 World Cup.

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