Daei fired as Iran coach after loss
USA Today/Associated Press
29-Mar-2009 (2 comments)

Iran's state television says that Ali Daei has been fired as the national soccer coach after his team lost to Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier.The report on Sunday said that Daei was dismissed after "weak results in the World Cup qualifiers." He was appointed in March 2008.On Saturday, Iran lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in front of 100,000 people in Tehran, resulting in fans chanting for Daei's resignation.Iran is fourth in the five-team Group B of Asian World Cup qualifiers with six points from five games. North Korea leads the group with 10 points, followed by South Korea with eight and Saudi Arabia with 7.

Javad Yassari

Ali Daei gets the axe

by Javad Yassari on

Here we go again--firing a coach after a loss.  Whether he is a good coach or a bad coach cannot be determined in any one game, because it takes a good coach several years to build up a good national team. The question does remain whether Ali Daei is a good coach, but this is the same treatment ALL Iranian National Team coaches have suffered.



Dear Javad

by IRANdokht on

I don't think this is exclusive to Iranians or even soccer coaches.

by the way did you see his interview after the game?