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12:00 AM, May 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 16, 2019


Wilmots to coach Iran


Former Ivory Coast and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has arrived in Tehran and is set to sign a three-year deal as national coach, state news agency IRNA reported.

The official agency said Iran football federation president Mehdi Taj had confirmed the deal and the former Belgian striker would sign a contract later Wednesday.

It said the 50-year-old who was capped 70 times for his country was expected to sign on until the end of the 2022 World Cup for a fee of $1.2 million (1 million euros) a year.

He replaces Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz who stepped down after eight years in charge in January following Iran’s semifinal exit in the Asian Cup when they went down 3-0 to Japan.

He led Iran to two World Cup finals and extended his contract to 2019 after the 2018 tournament in Russia.                                          

Stimac named India coach


Former Croatia coach Igor Stimac was named India manager on Wednesday, replacing Englishman Stephen Constantine who quit following the Asian Cup exit.

“Igor is the right candidate to coach the Blue Tigers... Indian football is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons,” All India Football Federation president Praful Patel said in a statement.

A former centre-back who won 53 caps, Stimac was in charge of Croatia during qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He was sacked after Croatia took only one point from their last four group games meaning they only just scraped into a playoff. Niko Kovac was in caretaker charge as they overcame Iceland to reach the finals.

Stimac’s last job was with Al-Shahania club in Qatar.

China’s Hebei sack Coleman


Former Wales’s manager Chris Coleman was sacked as coach of struggling Hebei China Fortune on Wednesday after the club’s fans demanded his firing.

The 48-year-old’s side have won only once in nine Chinese Super League (CSL) games this season and languish one place off the bottom of the table.

A Hebei team containing former Barcelona star Javier Mascherano lost 3-2 at home to mid-table Henan Jianye at the weekend and had a player sent off for the fourth time in all competitions this year.

Coleman, who took Sunderland down into England’s third tier in his previous job, was appointed as a replacement for West Ham United-bound Manuel Pellegrini in June last year.

After a decent start, he came under intense pressure from disgruntled Hebei supporters.

Genoa put up for sale


One of Italy’s oldest football clubs Genoa has been put up for sale, the Serie A side announced on Tuesday.

The clubs said in a statement that “a mandate has been given to Assietta S.p.A., a financial consultancy company, specialising in corporate finance, as an advisor for the sale of the club”.

Italian businessman Enrico Preziosi, who controls one of the country’s biggest toy manufacturers, took over the club in 2003, when they were in the second tier.

The club returned to Serie A in 2007.

Genoa -- founded in 1893 -- are just one point above the relegation zone with two games left this season.

The club have won nine Serie A titles, all during the late 19th and early 20th century, the last in 1924.

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