Qatar announces Paulo Autuori as new national coach

The 55-year-old Brazilian becomes the fourth manager of the Qatar national team in the past year, but is full of confidence they can progress towards the 2014 World Cup
Paulo Autuori has been announced as Qatar's new national team coach less than a fortnight out from their final third round 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iran.

Qatar has been without a coach since sacking Sebastiao Lazaroni in December following an unimpressive performance at the Arab Games where the team exited in the first round.

The incoming Brazilian, who had been in charge of Qatar's Olympic team, has already assembled a 28-man squad for the February 29 clash with Iran in Tehran.

Qatar are currently second in Group E with one game to play, three points and a vast goal difference advantage ahead of Bahrain who host Indonesia on the same date.

The Brazilian, who becomes Qatar's fourth coach in the past year following on from Lazaroni, Milovan Rajevac and Bruno Metsu, told reporters he was confident the national team could reach the fourth and final round of qualifying through Asia.

"I have a great deal of confidence in my players' ability to make it through our next match in Iran, we are trying to instill to needed amount of confidence and experience in this stage," he said.

"We will have the advantage of having many players from Al Sadd who have done really well recently, this of course boosts our chances to produce a solid display in Azadi."

Autuori has had a long career in management with former jobs at Gremio, Sao Paulo, Kashima Antlers, Peru and Botafogo among others, but has vast experience in Qatar, having also coached Al Rayyan to two Emir of Qatar triumphs.

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