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Colombia present Carlos Queiroz, on contract until 2022 World Cup

Carlos Queiroz was famous in his time in England for being serving as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant coach at Manchester United.
Carlos Queiroz was Iran's longest-serving coach.

Colombia on Thursday officially presented former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz as their new national team coach on a contract that runs until the 2022 World Cup.

"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," the former Manchester United assistant said at the federation's headquarters in Bogota.

"I want to thank all the fans in Colombia as well as the federation for putting their faith...

Carlos Queiroz steps down as Iran boss after Asian Cup loss to Japan

Carlos Queiroz stood down after nearly eight years as Iran coach on Monday following his team's 3-0 loss to Japan in the semifinals of the Asian Cup.

The former Real Madrid coach had been hoping to deliver Iran's first continental title since 1976 in the United Arab Emirates but Japan scored three second-half goals to send them crashing out of the tournament.

"I think the simplest thing to do is to copy the old song: 'and now, the end is here,'" the 65-year-old Portuguese said, misquoting the song...

Asian Cup: Iran and Japan advance to semifinals

Iran advanced to their first semifinal since 2004.

Regional heavyweights Iran underlined their Asian Cup title credentials with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Marcello Lippi's China on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the continental championship for the first time since 2004.

Goals from forwards Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun and Karim Ansarifard combined with a record-equalling fifth straight clean sheet was enough to set up a last-four date with four-times champions Japan in Al Ain next Monday.

Outmuscled by the physical Iranians and embarrassed...

FIFA panel says Iran's ban on women fans violates ethics code

Women in Iran have been prohibited from attending male sporting events since 1981, although some progress has been made of late.

Global football body FIFA has been urged by its own human rights advisory panel to give Iran a deadline for allowing women to watch football matches.

In a report published Monday, the panel said that Iran's ban on women fans violated FIFA's own ethics code which "specifically prohibits discrimination including on the basis of gender."

Iranian women and girls have not been allowed to attend any men's sporting events in the country for much of the 39 years since the Islamic revolution, and have not...