Former Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz sacked by Qatar

Carlos Queiroz has been sacked as Qatar's national team coach less than a year after signing a four-year contract to lead the Asian champions and just over a month until the nation hosts the next edition of the Asian Cup, with Marquez Lopez named as his replacement.

The former Real Madrid and Portugal head coach took over as the long-term replacement for Felix Sanchez in February after the Qataris hosted last year's World Cup finals and was charged with qualifying the Gulf state for the 2026 tournament.

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"The Qatar Football Association has announced that Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz's tenure as head coach of the Qatar national team has ended amicably by mutual agreement between the two parties," the QFA said in a statement.

"The QFA expresses its sincere gratitude to coach Queiroz for his unwavering dedication, leadership, and contributions during his tenure as the head coach of the national team. We wish him success in his future endeavours."

The QFA have announced Marquez Lopez as his successor. The Spaniard is currently in charge of Qatari club side Al-Wakrah.

"The coach will be in charge of the Qatar national team at the 2023 Asian Cup, which will be hosted in Qatar next year," the QFA said.

"The QFA expresses gratitude and appreciation to Al-Wakrah Sports Club for their cooperation and consent in facilitating Coach Marquez Lopez's appointment as the national team head coach for the upcoming period."

Queiroz oversaw wins over Afghanistan and India in November in the second round of Asia's preliminaries for the next World Cup, with the Qataris chasing one of eight spots available for teams from the continent at the expanded 48-team tournament.

Qatar won their first Asian Cup title under Sanchez in 2019 and the country is due to defend the trophy on home soil next month, when they have been drawn to face China, Tajikistan and Lebanon in the group phase.

The Gulf nation is hosting the continental championship after original hosts China relinquished the rights due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.