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Ivankovic appointed Oman head coach


Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Muscat: Oman Football Association announced on Sunday that Branko Ivankovic will be the new Oman national team head coach.


The 65-year-old Croatian replaces Dutchman Erwin Koeman, who was relieved of his position after the 2019 Gulf Cup in December.

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Ivankovic has vast experience in Asian football, having steered Islamic Republic of Iran to a third-place finish in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup before leading them to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Ivankovic also won the 2010 Chinese Super League with Shandong Luneng before moving to Saudi Arabia with Al Ettifaq.

Ivankovic coached UAE’s Al Wahda in 2012 and after a brief stint with Dinamo Zagreb, he took charge of Persepolis FC and steered them to three consecutive league titles and the final of the 2018 AFC Champions League.

🗞 مجلس إدارة الاتحاد العماني لكرة القدم يعتمد تعيين المدرب الكرواتي برانكو ايفانكوفيتش مدربا للمنتخب الوطني الأول مع جهازه الفني المعاون. pic.twitter.com/lFYedoOSte

— OFA - Official Page (@OmanFA) January 19, 2020

The veteran coach took charge of Saudi Arabia giants Al Ahli in June, 2019 but left after three months.

Ivankovic’s first task with Oman will be a friendly against Myanmar on February 14 before playing Afghanistan in an Asian Qualifiers tie on March 31.

Oman are currently second in Group E of the Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 after winning four of five matches. They trail Qatar by just a point.

Photo: AFP

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