QNA/Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) nominated the coach of the Qatar national football team, Felix Sanchez, to be among the list of greatest coaches in the history of the Asian Cup after the team’s 2019 victory, as part of the voting launched by the body on its official website.
In the 64-year history of the tournament, only 16 men have won the AFC Asian Cup as a head coach, with countless other talented tacticians trying, and failing, to get their hands on Asian football’s greatest prize.
Few observers penciled Qatar in as pre-tournament favourites for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but the Sanchez-led side produced a superb month of football to claim a dominant maiden title in the United Arab Emirates.
In the first-ever 24-team AFC Asian Cup, the Qataris were untouchable — winning all seven of their matches, scoring 19 goals and conceding just one as Almoez Ali and Akram Afif dazzled the continent with a series of brilliant performances.
With Asian glory achieved, Snchez is now tasked with leading Qatar at their first FIFA World Cup, which the country will host in 2022.
The list also included Khalil al-Zayani of Saudi Arabia (winner of 1984 edition), Mohamed Ranjbar of Iran (winner in 1972), Heshmat Mohajerani of Iran (winner in 1976), Carlos Alberto Parreira of Brazil (winner in 1980 and 1988), Ange Postecoglou of Australia (winner in 2015), Zico of Brazil (winner in 2004), Philippe Troussier of France (winner in 2000), Jorvan Vieira of Brazil (winner in 2007), and Alberto Zaccheroni of Italy (winner in 2011).
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