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News number: 8802210683

13:20 | 2009-05-11

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Qotbi Assistant Says Team Able to Go to World Cup

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's national soccer team coach Pete Buter said the technical staff believes the team is able to go to 2012 World Cup.



Asked about his motivation for presence in the team's technical staff, Buter said he knew nothing about Iranian soccer team last year, but he started studying on the matter and pursuing Asian League after talks with head coach Afshin Qotbi on cooperation.

Buter said he will continue daily practices along with Qotbi and that they believe the team is able to compete at World Cup.

Speaking to the reporters after the second round of the team's exercises, Buter said he had served as Ajax Amsterdam coach, the Iranian students news agency reported.

Asked how much he is confident on Iran's presence at World Cup, he said "you had better ask the question after the next two weeks," the players were nervous and suffered lack of required qualities when they started the camp yesterday and their performance did not made him satisfied since they wanted to show their whole capabilities to technical staff.

Also regarding his sports background, Qotbi's assistant said he had played soccer professionally when 16, but put it away shortly due to injuries.

He then started coaching the teens and then adults and worked 7 years as a professional coach.