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End of the Road: Iran on their World Cup Exit

End of the Road: Iran on their World Cup Exit

Finish: Fourth place, Group stage

(Featured Image: Iran players | Source: FIFA)


The 2014 FIFA World Cup journey for Team Melli was a disappointment amongst Asian fans. Iran rank atop the FIFA World rankings in the Asia region, so when they landed at the bottom of their Group, many were not pleased. No side in Asia was able to reach the Round of 16 as Japan and South Korea also finished in the bottom half of their respective groups. Iran had an impressive defense but lacked genuine skills in the attack.


Against Nigeria and Argentina, Iran illustrated excellent skills in the defense and goalkeeping. They held their African rivals in a goalless draw while they only conceded one goal to their South American foes. However, in their fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the side produced their least impressive stunts in the departments where they have been known to excel. Iran conceded three goals to the Bosnians although a second-half effort by Ghoochannejhad ensured that they will not head home with zero goals.


Of course, Iran’s first-round exit caused sadness to their fans particularly from their own country. But they understand why their team did not advance through the next stages. The politics and other issues at the back of their World Cup campaign largely hampered a successful preparation en route to the finals. The side were not strongly supported by the government and they lacked sufficient warm-ups to fully maximize their potential for the then-impending cliff-steep battles. So when they put their enemies’ scoring spree (particularly against Argentina and Nigeria) to a minimum, the Iranians had enough reason to express merriment despite the defeats.


With their elimination, Iran had to let go of their manager Carlos Queiroz. It was the coach’s decision to part ways with the team. He felt happy that he inspired Team Melli but also expressed dismay as to why a renewed contract was not even offered despite the passion he displayed for the team.


“I’ve shown my commitment to this project, but I haven’t received any new contract offer,” said the coach. “It’s been an honor for me to work for Iran, I’ve fallen in love with the country. But you can’t have a marriage when only one side wants to commit.”


Some media figures were not necessarily discontent of Queiroz’s performance. In fact, they were even enthusiastic of giving him deserved plaudits. Tony Barrett of The Times congratulated the manager for arriving with a “genuine plan.”


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