Belmadi appointed coach for Qatar football team

IANS| Updated: Mar 16, 2014, 19:42 PM IST

Doha: Algeria`s Djamel Belmadi has been appointed as the head coach of Qatar`s national team, the country`s football governing body said Sunday.

The 37-year-old Belmadi spent most of his player career with European clubs and retired in France`s Valenciennes in 2009, reports Xinhua.

His first experience as head coach was in Qatar`s Lekhwiya. After taking the position in the summer of 2010, he led the newly-promoted top division club to two league titles in 2011 and 2012.

The country`s former coach Fahad Thani, under whose charge Qatar failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has been given the job as coach of the Olympic squad.