Iranian federation sacked coach Skocic a few months before the World Cup in Qatar

The Iranian Football Federation on Monday sacked Croatia coach Dragan Skocic less than five months before the start of the 2022 World Cup, official media reported.

“The Technical Committee of the Football Association has dismissed national team coach Dragan Skocic from his position,” the IRNA news agency reported.

The 53-year-old coach was appointed in February 2020 to replace the Belgian Mark Wilmots, who left the post of coach of the Iranian national team due to disagreements with the local federation.

Skocic rose to the head of the technical leadership of the national team after gaining experience in Iranian football coaching Malvan, Fulad Khuzestan and Sanat Naft, becoming the fifth Croatian coach to manage an Iranian team after Stanko Poklebovic, Tomislav Ivic, Miroslav Blazevic and Branko Ivankovic.

At the end of January, Skocic led Iran to the final of the World Cup for the sixth time in his history and the third time in a row.

The World Cup in Qatar brought the Iranian team to the second group, which has a political connotation, as it includes the Islamic Republic, the United States, England and Wales.

The Iranian team hopes to miss the group stage for the first time in its history when they play in the final, which will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

Source: AFP.

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