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Qatar FA appoints Brazilian to coach national team

Former Brazil manager Sebastiao Lazaroni takes over following team's setback in World Cup qualifier

Qatar FA appoints Brazilian to coach national team
Sebastiao Lazaroni, the new coach of the Qatar football team. (Getty Images)

Qatar Football Association (QFA) said on Monday it has appointed former Brazilian manager Sebastiao Lazaroni as the new coach of its national football team.

The Brazilian replaces Qatar's Serbian coach Milovan Ravavec whose four-month stint was mutually ended after the national's team's setback in the group stage of the Asian Zone World Cup qualifying round, state news agency QNA reported on Monday, citing the Qatar Olympic Committee website.

QFA president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani announced Lazaroni's appointment, saying the football association finalised the details of his contract on Sunday.

Lazaroni, who has managed Qatar Sports Club for past three years, is known for introducing the libero position in Brazilian football.

He used the 3-5-2 scheme during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but it was a failure, and Brazil was eliminated in the second round by Argentina.

As the head coach of Brazil he won 21, drew seven and lost seven from 35 matches.

Earlier, he was the manager of Fenerbahce that ended the 40-year undefeated European home record of Manchester United in the Champions' League match in 1996.

The QFA chief thanked Ravavec for his time in Qatar, saying: "We thank him for his efforts. But we feel this is a time to move on so we mutually agreed to end the contract."

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