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UAE appoint Ivan Jovanović as head coach

Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ivan Jovanović-UAE Head Coach

Dubai: UAE Football Association (UAE FA) announced the appointment of Ivan Jovanović as national team head coach on Sunday.

The Serbian replaces Bert van Marwijk, who was removed three weeks ago following UAE’s exit from the 2019 Gulf Cup.

Jovanović’s main task will be to steer UAE in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

UAE, currently in fourth place, will take on Malaysia at home on March 26 in Group H before playing Indonesia away five days later. They will conclude their campaign against Thailand and Vietnam in June.

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“The decision to sign the coach came after the recent meetings that were held by the committee of technical affairs and national team support in the UAE FA,” said Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Transitional Committee of the UAE FA.

“Ivan Jovanović has a good resume with special characteristics which meet the requirements of the committee of technical affairs, which include his knowledge in UAE football.

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— UAEFA (@uaefa_ae) December 22, 2019

Jovanović coached UAE Pro League side Al Nasr to the UAE President's Cup and UAE League Cup in addition to the 2014 GCC Champions League and the quarter-finals of the 2016 AFC Champions League.

The 57-year-old coach also had great success in Cyprus after winning four Cypriot First Division titles with APOEL.

Photo: United Arab Emirates Football Association

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