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Iceland coach Hallgrimsson hired by Qatari soccer club

December 10, 2018
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, Iceland's Iceland head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson sings his country's national anthem, prior to the World Cup Group I qualifying soccer match between Turkey and Iceland in Eskisehir, Turkey. Iceland’s coach at the World Cup, part-time dentist Hallgrimsson, has been hired by Qatari club Al-Arabi. Al-Arabi announced the move in a video on its Twitter account, and says Hallgrimsson will attend a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo, File)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Iceland’s coach at the World Cup has been hired by Qatari soccer club Al-Arabi.

The club announced the move in a video on its Twitter account , saying part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson will attend a news conference Tuesday.

It’s the first coaching job outside Iceland for the 51-year-old Hallgrimsson, who left the national team after its group-stage elimination in Russia.

Hallgrimsson was co-coach of Iceland alongside Lars Lagerback for the team’s run to the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals. He then guided the team alone as it became the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup.

Al-Arabi, which last won the Qatari league title in 1997, has been previously coached by former Chelsea teammates Gianfranco Zola and Dan Petrescu.

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