For the first time in its history, Iran qualified for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup 2011 under the tutelage of Italian coach, Julio Velasco. Now the professional coach has returned to Iran and signed a new contract with Iran’s Volleyball Federation after reaching an agreement with Mohammad Reza Davarzani, President of the IRIVF.
“This is the second term of my career in Iran and I believe I have more goals to be achieved in future with this team. Iran will take part in World League for the first time and of course it won’t be an easy job for us. As you may know we are placed in a tough group and we should do all we could to qualify for the next round.” Julio Velasco said during a press conference held in Tehran.
“I had many personal problems before extending my contract with Iran. Also the recent currency fluctuations in country have forced many foreign coaches to quit their careers in Iran. By the way I discussed my concerns with Mohammad Reza Davarzani and he made me sure about my position in the team.” Julio Velasco added.
He also revealed that he had received offers from other countries. “In fact I received two offers from other countries. I’m not going to disclose the details of them but I must say that Iran was the best choice for me and I decided to go with Iran.”
Iran currently ranks 14th in the FIVB World Rankings with total a point of 53. It is followed by China with 48 points, France 47.75, Cameroon 46.75, Canada 46 and Japan 41.75.