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Iraq fires Brazilian football coach

sports Updated: Feb 07, 2009 10:27 IST
Iraq fires Brazilian football coach

Iraq has fired its Brazilian football coach Jorvan Vieira following the team's disappointing performance in last month's Gulf Cup, a senior sports official said.

The decision ends Vieira second stint in charge of the team.

Previously, he led Iraq to a 2007 Asian Cup title before stepping down unexpectedly shortly afterward.

Vieira returned to coach the team in September, but the head of the Iraq Football Federation, Najeh Hamoud, said it had decided to terminate his contract.

Vieira's Iraqi assistant, Rahim Hameed, has also had his contract terminated.

Hamoud said Iraqi coach Radhi Shunashi will take over the team's training on a temporary basis.

"Shunashi will train the Iraqi team temporarily until we appoint another foreign coach," Hamoud said on Friday.

Iraq failed to register a victory in the Gulf Cup, losing to Bahrain and hosts Oman and drawing 1-1 with Kuwait.