Carlos Queiroz Biography

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In the media, he is widely known as the one who built the golden generation of Portuguese football. In this article, we will take a look at Carlos Queiroz biography.

Carlos Queiroz, born 1 March 1953 in Nampula, Mozambique is a Portuguese football coach and former footballer. He was made famous in 1989 and 1991 when he made the Portugal Under-20 World Champion, guiding the then promising "golden" generation of Portuguese players, which included Luís Figo and Rui Costa, among others.

In 1984 he joined the coaching staff of the Portuguese Football Federation as assistant coach of José Agustino's junior national team, although his work with the team started earlier. Between 1982 and 1984, he developed different projects for the development of football in his country.

He was appointed manager of the

Portugal national team

in 1990 but missed out on qualification for the 1994 World Cup, and led South Africa to the World Cup, although he was sacked a few months before the tournament. In addition, he coached teams in the United States, Japan and the United Arab Emirates; he is one of the few coaches to have worked on four different continents.

He was offered a chance by Real Madrid in 2003, but he had one of the worst seasons in the club's history in the Spanish capital, with a fourth-place finish in the

La Liga

and an early exit from the Champions League. He was again (previously in 2002-2003) Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United in 2004.

He was considered by many to be Ferguson's successor, however, in July 2008 he accepted an offer from the bosses of the Portuguese Football Association and for the second time in his career took charge of the Portuguese national team.

All You Need to Know About Carlos Queiroz Biography

On his second tenure, Queiroz spent two years with the national team, managing them in 28 matches, with four of them being in the 2010 World Cup, where they were eliminated by Spain in the round of 16. After the 1-0 defeat against Norway in the Euro qualifiers, he was sacked as coach of Portugal.

From 2011 to 2019, he was head coach of the Iranian national team, guiding them to two consecutive world cups for the first time in their history. After the 2019 Asian Cup and their elimination in the semifinal, he left Iran to become head coach of Columbia.

Carlos Queiroz Information

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Carlos Queiroz biography

we will share more general information about him such as

Carlos Queiroz nationality

to let you know him even better.

Carlos Queiroz Bio

  • Full Name: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal de Queiroz

  • Nickname: CQ

  • Profession: Professional Football Coach

Carlos Queiroz Physical Stats

  • Weight: 80 Kg

  • Height: 1.83 m

  • Eye Color: Grey

  • Hair Color: Brown

Carlos Queiroz Football Information

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Jersey Number: 1

  • Professional Debut: 1968

Carlos Queiroz Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 1 March 1953

  • Birth Place: Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique

  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces

  • Nationality: Portuguese

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Carlos Queiroz childhood


Carlos Queiroz Early Life

He was born in Nampula, a city in Mozambique, to Portuguese parents. In those days, Mozambique was still a Portuguese colony. In the African country, Queiroz began his playing career as a goalkeeper. During the 1970s, he spent a few seasons at the local club Ferroviário de Nampula. Following Mozambique's independence, Queiroz relocated to Portugal.

Queiroz focused on his coaching career in Portugal. He became an assistant coach at Estoril-Praia in 1984. In the late 1980s, he was named coach of Portugal's national youth teams. In 1989 and 1991, with Under-20 Portugal, he triumphed in the World Cup.

Carlos Queiroz, who made much research into the methods used overseas, focused intensely on the training of the young players in his charge and in doing so, Queiroz built up a golden generation that included Luís Figo, Rui Costa, Fernando Couto, João Pinto, Jorge Costa and Vítor Baía. He also led the team to victory at the 1989 European Under-17 Championship.

Carlos Queiroz Profile

With his success as youth team coach in 1991, he was named head coach of the senior national team. He failed both to qualify for the 1992 European Championship, having lost the play-off against the Netherlands, and to participate in the 1994 World Cup with 14 wins in 31 matches, where Portugal was eliminated by Italy and Switzerland.

He was defeated 0-1 in his last game as coach in Italy, which resulted in the elimination of the Portuguese. He left the Portuguese national team's bench with a lot of anger, claiming that "the dirt in the Portuguese football federation must be wiped out".

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Sporting CP

Queiroz was recruited by

Sporting CP

in 1994, where he replaced Bobby Robson, who had been controversially sacked despite the team being first in the Superliga. He was in charge of a team full of class, with players such as Luís Figo, Krasimir Balăkov, Stan Valckx, Nuno Capucho, Paulo Sousa, Pacheco and Jorge Cadete, and was able to produce some good results, but missed out on the title when they lost 3-6 at home to Benfica.

Although João Vieira Pinto scored a decisive hat-trick for Benfica, some critics claim that Sporting's safe defeat was a result of Queiroz's substitution of Paulo Torres, left-back, for António Pacheco, an attacking midfielder, when the score was 2-3, a change that disrupted the team's tactical set-up. He remained in Lisbon for the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, but only managed to win a National Cup and a Super Cup in 1995, despite the heavy investment. He stepped down in May 1996.

First Spells Abroad

He was recruited by the NY/NJ MetroStars but soon left to coach the

Nagoya Grampus

Eight in Japan. At the same time, he had drafted the Q-Report, a comprehensive plan for the development of football in the



He came back to coach a national football team in 1999 when he agreed to the offer from the United Arab Emirates. He guided

South Africa

to the qualification for the 2002 World Cup in 2000. However, he did not take part in the World Cup because he stepped down due to disagreements with the South African Football Association.

Manchester United

He became assistant coach of Alex Ferguson's

Manchester United

in June 2002. United had not had an assistant since the summer of 2001 when Steve McClaren left. In 2002-03 the club won the Premier League.

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Real Madrid


Real Madrid

Queiroz joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 signing a two-year contract to take over from

Vicente del Bosque

, who was dismissed in a sensational decision considering he had just won the La Liga. He faced a team full of top stars such as Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldo and Luís Figo and new signing David Beckham, but lacking tactical balance.

The transfer of Claude Makélélé, a major player in midfield, raised a lot of eyebrows in the club. Although they got off to a good start in the Spanish Super Cup with a win and in the league, and enjoyed a good first half of the season, from Christmas onwards the season was a failure for Real Madrid and CQ. With five consecutive defeats in the last five games, Real fell to fourth place resulting in the sacking of Queiroz, who was unable to avoid the unfortunate fate that struck Real Madrid coaches at that time.

The failure was also the result of disputes between the president Florentino Pérez, who was keen to see the many stars on the pitch, and Queiroz, who was not getting the attention his technical and tactical needs deserved from the management.

Return to Old Trafford

Queiroz came back to the United team in July 2004, becoming Ferguson's assistant again. He signed a three-year contract with the English top club and was assigned a lot of responsibility by Ferguson. Captain Roy Keane was not happy with that, as Queiroz's poor tactical skills bothered him. Finally, in November 2005, Roy Keane, who had been with the club since 1993, walked away.

He was linked with Benfica and the United States national team in 2006 but chose to stay at Manchester United. He won his first English Premier League title with Manchester United in 2007. Queiroz was again linked with Benfica in the 2007/08 season. A comeback to the Portuguese national team was also a possibility, however, Queiroz remained faithful to Manchester United again. The club won the title for the second time in a row in 2008.

Return to Portugal

Portugal was reinstated as coach of Portugal on 11 July 2008. The national team was unable to defeat their opponents in the qualifying round of the 2010 World Cup and only made it to the final stage through the play-offs and with two narrow victories against Bosnia.

Following their qualification in the group stage of the World Cup, Portugal was eliminated in the round of 16 by


who would go on to win the tournament. In spite of the defeat, Queiroz continued to be in charge of the national team, however, at the end of August, he was suspended for six months by his own federation, which claimed that he had insulted anti-doping officers and had interfered with their work before the World Cup.

Following a catastrophic start to the 2012 European Championship qualifying round with a 4-4 draw with Cyprus and a 1-0 loss to Norway, he was removed from the team on 9 September 2010. Now stay tuned to this section of Carlos Queiroz biography as we want to share some info about his 8-year tenure with the

Iran national team


Experience in Iran

He was officially named head coach of the Iranian national team on 4 April 2011. He was contracted for four and a half years. Iran qualified well in advance for the 2014 World Cup, where the team started with a draw against Nigeria, then failed to qualify for the first round by losing to Argentina in a very close match and later a 3-1 defeat against

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Having stepped down in March 2015 because of disagreements with the Iranian Football Federation, Queiroz was back in the post the following April. After qualifying for the 2015 Asian Cup as the best-placed team in the draw list, the Iranian team managed to make it through to the quarter-finals of the tournament, where they suffered a surprise penalty shoot-out defeat against Iraq.

With two matches still to play in June 2017, Queiroz guided Iran to qualify for the World Cup for the second consecutive time. They reached the 2018 World Cup by winning 2-0 against Uzbekistan at the Azadi Stadium, and Iran became the third team to make it to the World Cup after Russia (automatic qualification) and Brazil, by finishing first in the third-round group with six wins and four draws.

Iran was knocked out in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but achieved some decent results: a narrow win (1-0) over Morocco, a narrow defeat against Spain (1-0) and a 1-1 draw with Portugal.

Queiroz renewed his contract on 23 September 2018 until the 2019 Asian Cup, at which the Iranians were among the favourites to win the tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Having won two matches and drawn one, the team progressed to the round of 16, where they overcame Oman 3-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, they defeated China 3-0. Queiroz's team were defeated 3-0 by


in the semi-finals, which was the first goals they had conceded in the tournament, all of them in the second half. After the game, the Portuguese coach announced his intention not to renew his contract.


He took charge of the

Colombian national team

on 7 February 2019, signing a contract through 2022. Following the heavy 6-1 defeat in Quito against Ecuador in the last qualifying round of the World Cup in Qatar, it was announced on 2 December 2020 that the coach would no longer be working with the Colombian football federation as the head coach of Columbia.

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Style of Play

The teams managed by Carlos Queiroz, especially the Iranian national team under his guidance, played very defensive football, with a great organization in defence, which made it very difficult for the opponents to score goals against them.

While managing Iran, his main playing system was his famous 4-2-3-1, however, at times we saw his team play with 4-3-3 attacking and 4-1-4-1 playing systems too.


He is regarded as one of the best football coaches in Portugal, the one who built the golden generation of Portuguese football and was able to transform the Iranian national team during his 8-year tenure there.

Carlos Queiroz outside Football

In the 2005-06 season, when he was working as assistant coach of

Alex Ferguson

, he was co-owner, with Luís Figo, of the Portuguese A1 Grand Prix motorsport team.

Carlos Queiroz attended Liceu Almirante Gago Coutinho, which was a secondary school in Mozambique, and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lourenço Marques until 1974. He later graduated with a degree in Physical Education and a Masters in Sports Training Methodology.

Carlos Queiroz Personal Life

In this section of Carlos Queiroz biography, we will take a deeper look into his personal life and share some information about things like Carlos Queiroz life story and Carlos Queiroz religion, stay tuned.

Family, Children and Relationships

He has been married to Ana Paula for many years. The couple has two children together, named Rogério and Sandra.


Carlos Queiroz has always been involved in many charity activities during his coaching career. On one occasion, while he was head coach of the Iranian national team, he donated a total of $200,000 to two different charity organisations in Iran.

Legal Issues

At the time of writing this article, there are no reports of Carlos Queiroz legal issues or disputes in the English or Portuguese media.

Carlos Queiroz Career Statistics

In this section of Carlos Queiroz biography, we will take a deeper look into his career stats, both as an international and club player.


Carlos Queiroz has only played football at the youth level during his career and decided to focus on his coaching career later, rather than debuting in professional football.


He has an average win ratio of 63.67 percent with 226 wins, 87 draws and the same number of defeats in a total of 400 matches he managed different teams as of 17 November 2020.

Carlos Queiroz Honors

As a manager, he has won Taça de Portugal and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira with Sporting CP, Supercopa de España with Real Madrid, FIFA World Youth Championship on two occasions and the UEFA European Under-16 Championship with the youth ranks of Portugal.

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