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UAE taps Pinto

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Best known for leading Costa Rica to the World Cup quarterfinals, Jorge Luis Pinto is set to take over the United Arab Emirates national team, the local football federation said.

The 67-year-old Colombian will sign a two-year deal, which would lead up to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, local media reported after the federation said the deal had been given a green light.

Pinto has won league titles with clubs in Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Venezuela, but won global recognition by guiding Costa Rica to the World Cup quarters in 2014.

Pinto was hailed after a run, which ended with a penalty shoot-out defeat by the Netherlands after winning a tough group, beating Uruguay and Italy and drawing with England.

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