Iran had been undefeated throughout qualification, however they are going to do nicely to win a recreation in Russia.
Iran World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
By far the very best qualifiers in Asia, Iran by no means appeared in peril of not making the 2018 World Cup – the primary time of their historical past they’ve achieved such a feat. Unbeaten in 10 video games within the last 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 staff to the subsequent degree.
Key Moments in Qualifying
The opening recreation of the ultimate spherical, in entrance of virtually 80,00Zero followers in Tehran, and Iran are pissed off by Qatar till Reza Ghoochannejhad breaks the impasse within the fourth minute of harm time.
A 1-Zero win over South Korea in Tehran places Iran accountable for the group as a masterclass from Queiroz helps produce a efficiency that’s much more dominant than the scoreline suggests.
Again-to-back 1-Zero wins over Qatar and China within the area of 5 days signifies that the football-mad nation is getting ready to Russia.
The inevitable is confirmed with a 2-Zero victory over Uzbekistan and there may be dancing on the streets of Tehran.
Iran World Cup Group
Iran may have their work reduce out to get out of the group contemplating Portugal, Spain and Morocco make up the opposite spots within the group.
Iran World Cup Friendlies
Iran’s first 2018 pleasant in opposition to Libya was cancelled on the 14th of March. Tunisia beckons on the 23rd of March, after which Algeria on the 27th. On the 18th of Could they are going to play Turkey earlier than ending up in opposition to Lithuania on the eighth of June.
- 14th March – Libya (Cancelled)
- 23rd March – Tunisia
- 27th March – Algeria
- 18th Could – Turkey
- eighth June – Lithuania
Iran World Cup Fixtures
Iran kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to Morocco on the 15th of June, earlier than Spain after which Portugal on the 20th and 25th respectively.
- 15th June – Morocco
- 20th June – Spain
- 25th June – Portugal
Carlos Queiroz, age 64 (01.03.53)
In place for six years, he has used his appreciable expertise to get the staff the place it’s in the present day. He has certified three totally different nationwide groups for 4 World Cups: South Africa, Portugal and now Iran – the place he’s beloved by followers. Subsequent summer season may very well be his largest check and potential success.
Sardar Azmoun can lay declare to be the very best striker in Asia in the mean time, whereas Reza Ghoochannejhad has been scoring objectives for enjoyable with Heerenveen within the Dutch high flight.
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.
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.
Aged 21, Saeid Ezatolahi is being hailed because the “Persian Pogba” and the Russian-based midfielder has all of the attributes to turn into an actual star.
Iran World Cup Squad
Iran are but to announce their 2018 World Cup Squad.
Iran World Cup Accidents
We’ll replace you on any Iranian accidents right here.
The Unanswered Questions
Will Iran have the ability to rating objectives?
Regardless of having such a gifted attacker comparable to Sardar Azmoun, objectives didn’t precisely movement freely in qualification. To get out of the group, he’s going to want help.
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 staff’s stroll to the World Cup it stays to be seen who will emerge as a frontrunner when the strain is basically on.
Will preparation assist or hinder?
Whereas Japan and South Korea often play a number of the world’s largest sides, Iran wrestle to draw the identical calibre of pleasant opposition. Carlos Queiroz has overtly known as upon the nationwide federation to drag out all of the stops to get the staff prepared.
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