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Team Iran: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Iran: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

The Korean team’s coach prophesied that Iran will not advance to the finals and their coach, Carlos Queiroz, will be left without any choice but to watch the World Cup only on his TV.  But this prediction was a mere childish statement spoken due to anger when the Iranians controversially won over the Koreans in Tehran during a qualifying match. Not only did they manage to pull off some surprising stunts, but Team Melli really secured seeding in the FIFA World Cup 2014 to represent the Asian region along with Japan, Australia (who were previously in the OFC), and well, Korea.

Iran are not as popular as compared to the other qualified teams but they certainly have the experience to impress, evidenced by their impressive confederation performance en route to booking their berth in Brazil. This will be the Iranians’ fourth time to compete on the sport’s biggest stage in history. But unlike in the past editions where they never went past the first stage, the troupe are hoping to lift themselves out of the group stage and slowly build momentum on bagging their first ever World Cup victory.

The silverware is an elusive opportunity for Queiroz’s men especially that they are seeded alongside powerhouses Argentina, Nigeria, and debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina in the group stage. However, there is serious talent happening within this side. Javad Nekounam nearly landed as the AFC Player of Year after obtaining an impressive 140 caps and six World Cup qualifying goals. Newcomer Reza Ghoochannejhad is also displaying signs of hope for the national team while Jalal Hosseini continues to do an outstanding job in central defense.

 

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