Carlos Queiroz has furiously hit out at Jurgen Klinsmann after the former Germany international’s comments about the Iran national team went viral on social media.
Klinsmann was one of the BBC’s pundits working on Friday’s Group B match between Wales and Iran at the 2022 World Cup.
After Iran secured a 2-0 win, BBC host Gabby Logan said: “… in terms of their attitude to the game, let’s call it gamesmanship – you can call it something else at home, if you like – and they did just that and they just stayed on the right side of the law for the referee. In another game, they might not have done.”
What did Jurgen Klinsmann say about the Iran national team?
Klinsmann then commented: “Yeah, that’s their culture. That’s their way of doing it, and that is why Carlos Queiroz fits really well [with] the Iranian national team.”
The retired striker, who previously managed Bayern Munich and the Germany national team, added: “[Queiroz] struggled in South America, he failed to qualify with Colombia and then he failed with Egypt to qualify and then he went back before the World Cup and guided Iran, who he worked already with for a long, long time. So this is not by coincidence, this is done on purpose.
“This is just part of their culture and how they play, then they work the referee, you saw the bench always jumping up, working the fourth official and the linesman, constantly in their ears, constantly in your face. Kieffer Moore will probably tell you more after the game about little incidents that we didn’t see.”
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Video: Klinsmann on the Iran national team
Watch the clip in full here:
“That’s their culture…”
Jurgen Klinsmann confidently asserts that Iranians have a cultural predisposition to cheating in football matches four times in one minute.
— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) November 26, 2022
What did Carlos Queiroz say about Jurgen Klinsmann?
The clip has spread across social media. It’s fair to say that Queiroz isn’t the only person angered by Klinsmann’s comments.
Queiroz, the former Manchester United assistant coach who was reappointed Iran boss in September, took to Twitter to call out Klinsmann.
In a series of tweets, he wrote: “Dear Jurgen; You took the initiative to call me Carlos, so I believe it is proper to call you Jurgen. Right? Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority.
You took the initiative to call me Carlos, so I believe it is proper to call you Jurgen. Right?
Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority.
— Carlos Queiroz (@Carlos_Queiroz) November 26, 2022
“No matter how much I can respect what you did inside the pitch, those remarks about Iran Culture, Iran National Team and my Players are a disgrace to Football.
“Nobody can hurt our integrity if it is not at our level, of course.
“Even saying so, we would like to invite you as our guest, to come to our National Team Camp, socialize with Iran players and learn from them about the Country, the people of Iran, the poets and art, the algebra, all the millennial Persian culture and also listen from our players how much they love and respect Football.
“As American/German, we understand [you’re] no support. No problem. And despite your outrageous remarks on BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills we promise you that we will not produce any judgments regarding your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome to our Family.
“At the same time, we just want to follow with full attention what will be the decision of FIFA regarding your position as a member of Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group. Because, obviously, we expect you to resign before you visit our camp.
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