Cristiano Ronaldo in, Renato Sanches out of Portugal World Cup squad

(IranSportsPress – ESPN.co.uk) LISBON, Portugal — Portugal are going to the World Cup in Russia next month with Cristiano Ronaldo and 12 other players who led the nation to the European Championship title two years ago. Coach Fernando Santos announced a 23-man squad on Thursday, including nine players who started the final against France at

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Nigeria’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad ‘ready to play any team’

(IranSportsPress – africanews.com) – Nigeria released a provisional 30 man squad for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, with Tianjin Teda midfielder John Obi Mikel was named as Nigeria captain. With three friendly matches lined up ahead of the World Cup including a prestige encounter against England at the Wembley Stadium on June 2, members of

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Spain World Cup squad leaked? List of players circles who are ‘set in stone’ for Russia

(IranSportsPress – Express.co.uk) THE Spain World Cup squad may have been leaked by Spanish media – six days before the official announcement. Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will submit a 35-man list to FIFA on Monday, which will then be trimmed down to 23 players for the World Cup. But Spanish newspaper Marca say 20 of those

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Iran need quality from Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun but progress unlikely

(IranSportsPress – ESPN.com) – John Duerden Who they are Captain: Ashkan Dejagah Manager: Carlos Queiroz Nickname: Team Melli FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 36 How they qualified The road to Russia could not have been smoother and straighter for Iran, who became the second team (after Brazil) to secure a spot. All the

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Iran outclass Riyad Mahrez and Algeria [Video Highlights]

(IranSportsPress – Fox Asia)  – Iran produced a fine display on Tuesday as they continued to build towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 triumph over Algeria at the Merkur Arena in Graz. It took Team Melli just 11 minutes to open the scoring when Sardar Azmoun climbed majestically to meet a right-wing

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World Cup host Russia draws 1-1 with Iran in friendly ( VIDEO)

(IranSportsPress.com- USA Today)-  Russia salvaged a 1-1 draw in the 2018 World Cup host’s friendly against Iran on Tuesday. The game was played at a pedestrian pace before Sardar Azmoun’s 57th-minute opening goal for Iran, scored on a quick counterattack off a pass by Mehdi Taremi. In response, the Russians took more risks and were

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”Iran are the Asia’s best team”: Russia’s head coach Stanislav Cherchesov

(IranSportsPress.com-TehranTimes)- Russia national football coach Stanislav Cherchesov praised Team Melli ahead of the Tuesday’s friendly with the Asian powerhouses. Russia will face in Kazan Stadium. The hosts of next year’s World Cup were relieved to enjoy a confidence-boosting win in their first international test against South Korea since they were knocked out of the Confederations

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Iran build towards World Cup with Togo triumph (Video Highlight)

(IranSportsPress – Fox Asia) – Iran’s preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup got underway in fine fashion on Thursday as they claimed a 2-0 friendly win over Togo at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. Following a goalless first half, Karim Ansarifard broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when he made no mistake in finishing

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Iran look to edge closer, duo aim to bounce back

(IranSportsPress.com-FIFA)- Tuesday’s match day 7 in Asia could see Carlos Queiroz’s take another major step towards Russia 2018 by strengthening their position at the Group A summit. Group B joints leaders Saudi Arabia and Japan will, meanwhile, hope to continue their winning form against Iraq and Thailand respectively as they aim to consolidate their places

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