Queiroz criticizes Klinsmann’s criticism of the Iran team for the World Cup

Iran’s soccer federation and national team coach Carlos Queiroz have fired back at former German great Jürgen Klinsmann for saying Iran’s World Cup players use dirty tactics because it’s in their “culture.”

Both the federation and Queiroz called on Sunday for Klinsmann to resign from FIFA’s technical study group, while the Iranian federation said it is demanding an apology from the former Germany and United States national team coach. The federation asked FIFA for “immediate clarification” on the matter.

Klinsmann, who coached the United States from 2011 to 2016 and led Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup, said Friday that the “culture” of Iranian players is to play dirty and use tricks to switch the referee to your favor. he was commenting on Iran’s victory over Wales for the British BBC.

Iran plays the United States in a Group B decider on Tuesday.

“That’s his way of doing it. And that’s why Carlos Queiroz fits very well (with) the Iran team,” said Klinsmann, who also belittled the Central American players. “I worked for the United States for six years. They went to Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica. This fits their culture.”

Queiroz, who is from Portugal, fired back on Sunday, accusing the former Germany striker of having “a typical superiority bias.”

“These comments about the culture of Iran, the Iran national team and my players are a shame for football,” Queiroz wrote on Twitter.

As a member of FIFA’s technical study group, Klinsmann is supposed to “provide cutting-edge analysis” of all matches in the tournament “while increasing and developing understanding of the game around the world,” according to the governing body.

Queiroz invited Klinsmann to visit the Iran national team camp to see for himself how much the players “love and respect” soccer, but first called on the German to resign from the FIFA group due to his “outrageous remarks.” ”.

Klinsmann was also invited by the Iranian federation.

“As a German, it is promised that Mr. Klinsmann will not be tried for the most embarrassing episode in World Cup history, the ‘Gijon Disgrace’ 82, when West Germany and Austria rigged a result,” the federation said. “As a former player, he will not be judged by his famous dramatic dives.”


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