Raul Lozano Officially Joins Iran Volleyball Team
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran Volleyball Federation has officially appointed Raul Lozano as new head coach of the country's national volleyball team.
The 59-year-old coach reached an agreement with the Iranian federation to replace Slobodan Kovac in November but finalized his contract on Tuesday.
The Argentinian coach will lead Iran in the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan in May.
“I am happy to be joining Iran volleyball team and it’s a great honor for me. Our first goal will be to win the Olympic qualification at the tournament to be held in Japan,” Lozano said.
“I am also happy the Iranian federation has given me a chance to take charge of the team. Potentially, Iran is a great team but we have a difficult task due to lack of time,” Lozano said.
Lozano will be assisted by Juan Manuel Cichello, who has previously worked with his countryman Julio Velasko in the Iranian volleyball team.
Lozano began his coaching career with Estudientes de la Plata of Argentina and also worked at Poland and Italian clubs.
The Argentine coach has also coached Spain, Poland and Germany national teams.