Marc Wilmots, the new Belgian manager of Iran’s national football team, better known as Team Melli, describes Iran as a safe and beautiful country a few weeks after his arrival.
In an interview with a Belgian TV channel, Wilmots underlined that during his stay in Iran over the past weeks, he has not faced any instance of insecurity.
He described Iran’s conditions as good and added when the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic offered him the leadership of Iran’s Team Melli, he found out that the Iranians have a long-term plan.
“My journey to Asia after years of coaching in Europe was a new experience. I made a tour of Iran’s sports facilities which gave me an extraordinary experience,” he said.
The Belgian coach described Iran as a safe and beautiful country and said unlike what is rumoured worldwide, there is no war or insecurity in Iran. “I’ve never ever experienced a slight trace of insecurity in Iran.”
Based on a contract, Wilmots is set to lead the Iranian team for the next three years. The 50-year-old coach has so far led several national football teams across the world. He is going to lead the Iranian team during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Reports say his deal is signed for a fee of $1.2 million a year.