We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Sun 19 Feb 2012 08:59 AM

Font Size

- Aa +

Qatar appoints Brazilian Autouri as new football coach

New coach was boss of Qatar’s Olympic team for five months

Qatar appoints Brazilian Autouri as new football coach
Qatar appoints Brazilian Autouri as new football coach
In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Umm Slal stadium is pictured in this artists impression as Qatar 2022 World Cup bid unveils its stadiums on September 16, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The architectural concept takes its inspiration from a nearby beautiful old fort. (Getty Images)

Qatar have appointed Brazilian Paulo Autuori as national team coach, the country's FA said on its website (www.qfa.com.qa) on Saturday.

The first task for the 55-year-old Autuori, who has managed Qatar's Olympic side for five months, is to steer the team through their final third round match in Asian Zone qualifying for the 2014 World Cup against Iran in Tehran on Feb. 29.

Qatar are battling for the section's remaining qualifying spot with Bahrain who face a must-win match against Indonesia while the Qataris need just a point to progress to the fourth stage of the qualifying competition with Iran.

Qatar have been without a coach since Dec. 20 when they sacked Autuori's compatriot Sebastiao Lazaroni following their early elimination from the Arab Games.

Former Peru coach Autuori guided Cruzeiro and Sao Paulo to Copa Libertadores titles and has also managed other top Brazilian clubs including Santos, Flamengo and Botafogo.

One of the highlights of his club career came in 2005 when he led Sao Paulo to a Club World Cup triumph in Japan.

Autuori is among the most successful foreign coaches to have worked in Qatar having joined Al Rayyan Sports Club in 2007-08 and guided them to the Emir's Cup in the last two seasons.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.