Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈkotu] or [ˈkoutu]; born 2 August 1969) is a former Portuguese professional football player, who works currently as the Technical Director of Iran national football team the main reason for going to Iran was Carlos Queiroz and the great talented players that Iran has. Couto has played in a number of top clubs in Portugal, Spain, and Italy and he has won the national league title of each country, as well as the European UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup trophies.
At the international level, he represented the Portugal national football team in 110 matches, and took part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as three European Championship tournaments. During his last matches with the Portuguese national team, at UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, he was selected as team captain.
Born in Espinho near Porto, Couto began his career with FC Porto. Following a few seasons at lower league clubs Famalicão and Académica Coimbra, he returned to Porto in 1990 with great success. In the following four seasons, he won three Portuguese SuperLiga titles with the club, before switching to the Italian Serie A, joining Parma AC in 1994. In...