The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has opted to terminate the contract of coach Carlos Queiroz, who previously coached superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal national team, after a tenure of less than one year.
Carlos Queiroz has parted ways with the Qatar national football team, less than a year after signing a four-year contract to coach the host nation of the 2022 World Cup. With just over a month until Qatar hosts the Asian Cup 2023, Marque Lopez has been selected as his replacement.
The former head coach of Real Madrid and the Portugal national team took over from Felix Sanchez in February after Qatar’s disappointing performance in the 2022 World Cup on home soil, where they suffered three losses in the group stage.
“The Qatar Football Association (QFA) announces that the tenure of Carlos Queiroz as the head coach of the Qatar national team has ended amicably through a mutual agreement between both parties,” stated the QFA in a press release.
“The QFA expresses sincere appreciation to Coach Queiroz for his dedication, leadership abilities, and continuous contributions during his tenure as the head coach of the national team. We wish him success in his future endeavors,” the announcement added.
The QFA did not specify the reasons behind this move. Marquez Lopez, a 61-year-old Spanish coach currently leading the Qatari club Al Wakrah, has been announced as Queiroz’s successor.
“The QFA announces that Coach Lopez will lead the Qatar national team at the Asian Cup 2023, to be held in Qatar next year. The QFA expresses gratitude and highly values the cooperation and consent of Al Wakrah Club for facilitating the appointment of Marquez Lopez as the head coach of the national team in the upcoming period,” said the QFA.
Queiroz guided Qatar to victories against Afghanistan and India in November during the second-round qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. In total, the Portuguese strategist had 12 matches in charge of the Middle Eastern nation, with a record of 5 wins, 5 losses, and 2 draws.