Football: Queiroz extends Iran stay until World Cup Finals

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Carlos Queiroz will stay on as Iran's football coach up till next year's World Cup Finals after leading the West Asians to Brazil, the Portuguese said on Friday.

"My contract is such that it goes step by step in accordance with the interests of the (Iranian) football federation," the 60-year-old former Real Madrid manager was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

"After qualification for the World Cup, it has now been extended until the end of this competition."

Iran secured a fourth World Cup finals appearance on Tuesday by beating South Korea 1-0 away in a match which was preceded by a war of words between Queiroz and Korea coach Choi Kang Hee, who quit after the defeat despite also qualifying for Brazil.

"The Korean coach created an unusual atmosphere before the match. In my 32 years of coaching, I've never encountered such an issue," said Queiroz.

"Talk of war, revenge and blood is not normal. The Korean coach wanted to put our players under pressure with such talk but we used it to motivate our players."