Colombia fired national coach Carlos Queiroz on Tuesday evening.

The Portuguese has to leave the field after two painful defeats in the South American qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup.

On November 13, Colombia lost 0-3 to Uruguay in its own country and four days later Ecuador was 6-1 too strong.

The disgrace against Ecuador was Colombia's biggest defeat in a qualifying match since 1977.

Due to the disappointing results, Colombia occupies seventh place in the World Cup qualifying pool after four rounds with four points, eight less than leader Brazil.

Only the best four countries will qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

67-year-old Queiroz was appointed as Colombia's national coach in February 2019.

The former head coach of Real Madrid (2003/2004) was previously the choice of Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Iran.

Queiroz was the national coach of the Iranians from 2011 to 2019.

It is not yet known who will be his successor in Colombia.

The quarter-finalist of the 2014 World Cup and eight-finalist of the World Cup 2018 will continue the World Cup qualification in March 2021 with matches against Brazil and Paraguay.

Standings in South American World Cup qualification

  • 1. Brazil - 4-12

  • 2. Argentina - 4-10

  • 3. Ecuador - 4-9

  • 4. Paraguay - 4-6

  • 5. Uruguay - 4-6

  • 7. Colombia - 4-4