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Lozano appointed as new Iran coach

Lozano is aiming to reach a third Olympic Games
Tehran, Iran, November 17, 2015 – Raul Lozano has been named as the new coach of the Iran men’s team and takes over from Slobodan Kovac with the aim of reaching the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

The Argentine led Poland to silver at the Japan 2006 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and later coached Germany from 2009 until 2011. If Iran qualify for Rio 2016 it will be Lozano’s third Olympic appearance as a coach. 

The 59-year-old will work alongside assistant coach Juan Manuel Cichello, who worked with Iran as assistant to Julio Velasco.

Kovac led Iran to fourth place in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World League, gold at the Asian Championship and to the Poland 2014 World Championship. Eighth place at the recent FIVB Volleyball World Cup was deemed unacceptable though. 

In May 2016 Iran will play in the Asian Olympic Qualifier in Tokyo and try to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since the 1964 edition in Tokyo, the first year volleyball appeared on the Olympic programme.

It is the final target of the 10-year-plan that the Iran Volleyball Federation implemented in 2007 and which featured the aim of winning the Asian Championship, reaching the World League top group and qualifying for the FIVB World Championship, which they did in 2014. 


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