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2018 World Cup Guide: Group B: Iran

Iran have been undefeated throughout qualification, however they are going to do effectively to win a sport in Russia.

2018 World Cup Information: Group B: IRAN

By far the perfect qualifiers in Asia, Iran by no means seemed in peril of not making a second successive World Cup – the primary time of their historical past they’ve achieved such a feat. Unbeaten in 10 video games within the remaining group stage and conceding solely twice, Carlos Queiroz has developed a well-organised, well-oiled and well-drilled machine. Now it’s all about taking the group to the subsequent stage.

Key Moments in Qualifying

Sep 2016
The opening sport of the ultimate spherical, in entrance of nearly 80,00Zero followers in Tehran, and Iran are pissed off by Qatar till Reza Ghoochannejhad breaks the impasse within the fourth minute of damage time.
Oct 2016
A 1-Zero win over South Korea in Tehran places Iran answerable for the group as a masterclass from Queiroz helps produce a efficiency that’s much more dominant than the scoreline suggests.
Mar 2017
Again-to-back 1-Zero wins over Qatar and China within the area of 5 days implies that the football-mad nation is on the point of Russia.
Jun 2017
The inevitable is confirmed with a 2-Zero victory over Uzbekistan and there’s dancing on the streets of Tehran.

The Coach

Carlos Queiroz, age 64 (01.03.53)
In place for six years, he has used his appreciable expertise to get the group the place it’s at this time. He has certified three completely different nationwide groups for 4 World Cups: South Africa, Portugal and now Iran – the place he’s beloved by followers. Subsequent summer season might be his largest take a look at and potential success.

Effectively Drilled: Queiroz has developed an organised facet that’s unbeaten in 10 video games (Getty Photos)

The Gamers
Stars
Sardar Azmoun can lay declare to be the perfect striker in Asia in the intervening time, whereas Reza Ghoochannejhad has been scoring objectives for enjoyable with Heerenveen within the Dutch prime flight.
Stalwarts
Mehdi Taremi has his critics at dwelling however the striker typically pops up with a aim when wanted. Veteran defender Jalal Hosseini has over a century of appearances and remains to be going robust.
Lacking
Captain Javad Nekounam bowed out simply earlier than the qualification marketing campaign began, whereas former Premier League midfielder Andranik Teymourian has not appeared this 12 months.
Debuts
Aged 21, Saeid Ezatolahi is being hailed because the “Persian Pogba” and the Russian-based midfielder has all of the attributes to turn out to be an actual star.

Star: Azmoun lays declare to being the perfect striker in Asia in the intervening time (Getty Photos)

The Unanswered Questions

Will Iran have the ability to rating objectives?
Regardless of having such a gifted attacker similar to Sardar Azmoun, objectives didn’t precisely circulate freely in qualification. To get out of the group, he’s going to wish assist.

Enjoyable: Ghoochannejhad has been scoring objectives for enjoyable within the Dutch top-flight (Getty Photos)

Who will step up when the strain is on? 
Iran has lengthy had highly effective midfielders, each bodily and mentally, however the current crop is youthful and extra technical. With the group’s stroll to the World Cup it stays to be seen who will emerge as a pacesetter when the strain is actually on.

Will preparation assist or hinder?
Whereas Japan and South Korea often play a few of the world’s largest sides, Iran battle to draw the identical calibre of pleasant opposition. Carlos Queiroz has brazenly known as upon the nationwide federation to drag out all of the stops to get the group prepared.

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