INTIMATE

ENEMY

Carlos Queiroz wants to take Iran to the Round of 16, but he needs a good result against Portugal, his homeland, to make it happen. This isn't the first time a coach faces his home nation at the World Cup.

The first one

Iran-Portugal will be the 20th time that a coach faces his own country at the World Cup. The first occurrence was at France 1938: Nagy, leading Sweden, lost 1-5 to Hungary

The last one

USA's coach Juergen Klinsmann faced Germany in 2014. "Of course I looked over to the German bench because I helped to shape the side into what it is, but as soon as the game kicked off I was only rooting for my team," said Klinsmann. USA lost 0-1.

I had an inkling it might happen but you still think ‘come on, did it have to be like that?'

Juergen Klinsmann, on USA being drawn with Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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Sven-Goran Eriksson holds the record for facing his own country at the World Cup. Coaching England he faced and drew against Sweden in 2002 and 2006.


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Only 5 coaches have won matches against their home country. Frenchman Bruno Metsu, in charge of Senegal, has produced the biggest upset to date. His team beat defending world champions France in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup.

Against all odds

Facing their homeland, coaches have lost 11 of 19 games in World Cup history. Zico, a legend in Brazil, could do little but watch in 2006 as his Japan team lost 4-1 to the South Americans.

As a Portuguese coach, I think this is an opportunity and a very special moment, both for me and my players. But then, it will be football that decides who wins and who is better on the field of play.

Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach

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