Carlos Queiroz’s returnd to homeland

On 23 September 2018, Queiroz extended his contract until the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, hoping to win Iran’s first continental title since 1976. With wins over Yemen and Vietnam, and a draw with neighbours Iraq, Iran won Group D and progressed to the round of 16, where they met the third-placed team from Group F, Oman. A 2–0 win over Oman set up a quarter-final against China, whom they beat 3–0. However, in his 100th match in charge of Iran, the semi-final against Japan saw Queiroz’s team concede their first goals of the tournament, all in the second half, losing 3–0. After the match, he left Team Melli.