(Persia Digest) – The President of the Iranian Football Federation, Mahdi Taj, has announced that Marc Wilmots from Belgium is now Iran’s new Team Melli coach.

The new coach will arrive in Tehran on Wednesday morning to sign his contract with the federation after a short rest.

He will be managing the Team Melli until the end of the 2022 World Cup. His contract is said to be USD 1MM and 200 thousand per year.

After Iran lost at the 2019 AFC Cup, the 8-year contract of former coach, Carlos Queiroz, ended with Team Melli.

Wilmots was one of the best players in Belgium and Europe in his time. He wore the Belgian national jersey 70 times and scored 28 goals for his team. He was also team captain.

As from 2003, he stepped into the world of coaching and worked with Schalke and Sint Truiden clubs. He began coaching the Belgian National Team in 2012.


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He took the star-studded Belgian team from FIFA’s 44th rank to 2nd place. In 51 games with the team, he managed 34 wins, 8 draws, and 9 losses. But he was unable to take his hopeful team to top place in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 UEFA European Championship and was dismissed.


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In 2017, Wilmots was hired as coach for the Ivory Coast team and was soon fired after five games resulting in 4 draws and 1 loss.

His profile in coaching has led some media in Iran to question his appointment as coach for Asia’s top football team.

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