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Carlos Queiroz quits as Iran boss


Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz confirmed his decision to step down after their World Cup exit on Wednesday, calling his relationship with the country's football association a one-sided marriage.

"I didn't I receive any single concrete or attractive proposal to stay on over the last 11 months," he told reporters after his side lost their last Group F match 3-1 to Bosnia to miss out on a first appearance in the knockout stages.

"As you can imagine I feel very proud and it's an honour to work for Iran. I will always keep the country and the players in my heart.

"I fell in love with them (the players). But you can't have a marriage when only one person wants to stay married and unfortunately it's not the people on Facebook who make the decision," he added after Iranian reporters told him social media was awash with demands he stay on.

"After going through the 11 months without hearing anything, I have been forced to make a decision.

"I have just come here to say thank you to all who have supported me and given me this opportunity to work for Iran."

Queiroz showed a flair for the dramatic as he waylaid several direct probes about his future at the news conference, preferring to exhaust all question about the match before then making his announcement.

Meanwhile, Alberto Zaccheroni stepped down as Japan coach on Wednesday after taking full responsibility for the Asian champions' group stage exit at the World Cup.

Japan's dismal World Cup campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat by Colombia on Tuesday as they finished bottom of Group C with only one point after an opening loss to Ivory Coast and 0-0 draw with 10-man Greece.

"I am the one that decided on the tactics and how we play and I want to take full responsibility," the Italian was quoted as saying by Kyodo News.

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"Everyone got together at lunch today and I offered my thanks to all the people that have supported the team. I would select exactly the same players and staff if I had another chance."

Japan will attempt to defend their Asian Cup title in Australia in January.

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