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Former Colombia, Costa Rica boss Pinto to coach UAE

Dubai: Jorge Luis Pinto, best known for leading Costa Rica to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, is set to take over the United Arab Emirates national team, it was announced on Monday.

The 67-year-old Colombian will sign a two-year deal which would lead up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Finals, local media reported after the United Arab Emirates Football Association said the deal had been given a green light.

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Pinto has won league titles with clubs in Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Venezuela, but won global recognition by guiding Costa Rica to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in 2014.

Pinto was hailed after a run which ended with a penalty shoot-out defeat by the Netherlands, after winning a tough group, beating Uruguay and Italy and drawing with England.

UAE are currently fourth in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. Only the group winners are guaranteed progress to the final round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Pinto replaces Serbia's Ivan Jovanovic, who had been on a short-term deal when the coronavirus lockdown saw the UAE release him.

Source: AFP

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