Sat. Oct 1st, 2022
UNLUCKY manager Vahid Halilhodzic is thinking about QUITTING football having been sacked after qualifying for a World Cup yet again.

The Bosnian was dismissed by both Ivory Coast and Japan before the 2010 and 2018 World Cups respectively, and Morocco have incredibly followed suit ahead of Qatar 2022.

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Morocco became the third team to sack Vahid Halilhodzic before a World Cup[/caption]

In a emotional interview with Bosnian news outlet N1, Halilhodzic revealed: “This decision hit me a little hard. I’m even thinking of ending my career in a slightly strange way.

“That’s life, I’ve had many ups and downs, but this is all a bit too much. I’m thinking of saying thank you to football.”

The Moroccan Football Federation sacked Halilhodzic last month claiming he was let go as a result of “different and divergent visions”.

The former Paris Saint Germain manager reportedly had a bust up with star players Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui with the former even announcing his international retirement in February – a decision he has since rescinded.

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The row between Halilhodzic and Chelsea ace Ziyech was reportedly due to the manager’s concerns the forward was faking injuries.

The Moroccan Football Federation president said at the time: “There are problems that need to be solved. We will do so in order for Ziyech and Mazraoui to return to the national team.”

New Morocco manager Walid Regragui has succeeded Halilhodzic and wasted little time in recalling Ziyech.

The 29-year-old could make his first appearance in seven months against Chile on Friday night.


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Halilhodzic’s fate means the bullish Bosnian still has just one World Cup under his belt as a manager.

He led Algeria to their fourth World Cup in 32 years in 2014.

At the Brazil tournament, Halilhodzic’s side proceeded through the group stages for the first time in Algeria’s history.

Despite exiting to eventual winners Germany in a 2-1 extra time defeat, the tournament is regarded by some to be Algeria’s biggest success in history.

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