Marco Octavio re­turns to Iran na­tional beach soc­cer team

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TEHRAN — Marco Oc­távio Si­moes Bar­bosa (or sim­ply Marco Octavio) re­sumes his coach­ing ca­reer in Iran na­tional beach soc­cer team.

Marco Octavio re­turned for a fourth stint in charge of Team Melli in Au­gust 2017 but trav­eled to his home­land Brazil ahead of Per­sian Beach Soc­cer Cup in April due to per­sonal prob­lems.

“I am wait­ing for my visa to travel to Iran. I miss so much my play­ers and also Ira­nian peo­ple. I am very mo­ti­vated to start our prepa­ra­tion for the next World Cup,” the Brazil­ian coach said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Tehran Times.

Marco Octavio also wished Iran na­tional foot­ball team all the best.

“I want to con­grat­u­late my friend Car­los Queiroz for ad­vanc­ing to the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the first Asian team. Team Melli have been drawn in a tough group along with Spain, Por­tu­gal and Morocco but I be­lieve in ca­pac­ity of Ira­nian play­ers and I think they will over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties,” he said.

Octavio first took charge of Iran in 2007, be­fore re­turn­ing for fur­ther spells in 2010 and 2012, with the coach hav­ing taken Iran to two FIFA Beach Soc­cer World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal in 2013 and 2015.

Octavio re­places Mo­ham­mad Hos­sein Mir­shamsi as Iran boss af­ter he en­sured a third-place fin­ish at this year’s FIFA Beach Soc­cer World Cup in The Ba­hamas.

Team Melli have to pre­pare for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soc­cer World Cup.

The 2019 FIFA Beach Soc­cer World Cup will be the tenth edi­tion of the FIFA Beach Soc­cer World Cup, the premier in­ter­na­tional beach soc­cer cham­pi­onship con­tested by men’s na­tional teams of the mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions of FIFA.

Pre­vi­ous edi­tions be­fore 2005 were not gov­erned by FIFA and were held under the ti­tle Beach Soc­cer World Cham­pi­onships.

Over­all this will be the 20th edi­tion of the World Cup since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1995. This will be the fifth tour­na­ment to take place under the bi­en­nial ba­sis; the World Cup now takes place once ev­ery two years, af­ter tak­ing place an­nu­ally be­tween 1995 and 2009.

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