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Brazilian Named Qatar Olympic Football Coach

PTI 29 Aug 2011, 14:05:22 IST
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Doha, Qatar, Aug 29 : Qatar has named Brazilian Paulo Autuori as the new coach of the Gulf nation's Olympic football team.

The statement Monday by the Qatar Football Association is the latest bid by Qatar to boost its world football credentials after winning the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. Qatar also plans to bid for the 2020 Olympics.

The first test for the 55-year-old Autuori will be next month in Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics. Qatar's group includes Asian football power South Korea and regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Autuori has led Qatar's Al Rayyan club since 2009. AP