DailyMail — Iran will face its first challenge against Nigeria in handful of hours and below are some facts and stats about the two teams. Group F: Iran v Nigeria Venue: Iran v Nigeria Kick-off: Arena de Baixada, Curitiba Odds: Iran 13/5, Draw 21/10, Nigeria 23/20 Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador) Managers: Carlos Queiroz (Portugal) and Stephen Keshi (Nigeria) Key clash: Reza Ghoochannejhad v Joseph
(thinkfootball) – Iran will participate at their fourth World Cup finals in Brazil 2014 following Argentina 1978, France 1998 and Germany 2006. However, they failed to progress from the group stage in all of their three previous appearances. Iran’s approach to the tournament has been not easy: the national federation was plagued by financial issues
(BBC) – A German beer manufacturer is in hot water with some Iranians over its World Cup-themed beer bottles, it’s been reported. Gaffel Koelsch beer bottles apparently feature labels and tops adorned with the flags of teams competing in Brazil. But some Iranian politicians are not happy, saying the use of Iran’s flag is insulting.
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian national football team coach Carlos Queiroz said that Nigeria is one the best teams in the world but they are going to keep their heads up at the end of the match against the African powerhouse team. Iran has been pitted in Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against
Michael McColl (MLSSoccer.com) – Vancouver Whitecaps defender Steven Beitashour still has to pinch himself when he thinks about being presented with the amazing opportunity of being part of the 2014 World Cup. This will be his first World Cup, and he’s still unsure what to expect and how he should react to the whole experience.
(sportal) – Carlos Queiroz has warned Group F opponents that his Iran team will not be pushovers at the FIFA World Cup. Iran, who have qualified for their fourth finals, were drawn into the group alongside Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria, potentially presenting the Asian side with a realistic chance of reaching the knockout rounds. In
(Asharq Al-Awsat) – Like the rest of the world, Lebanon is gearing up for this year’s FIFA World Cup, and they’re raising the flags of each of the 32 participating nations to show their support. Judging from the number of flags displayed in restaurants and cafes, on cars and draped over balconies, you might think
(TehranTimes) – Alireza Faghani of Iran was assigned to be the fourth official for the World Cup’s opening match on Thursday night, when Brazil plays Croatia in São Paolo. Faghani, 36, has been a FIFA listed referee since 2008, only a year after officiating in the top flight league in Iran. Faghani showed a red
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Former Brazilian footballer Marcos Evangelista de Moraes, better known as Cafu, believes that Iran will defeat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup. Two-time FIFA World Cup winner Cafu sent a short message to the Iranian football team ahead of the crucial match. The message is: “You will win against Argentina.” The 20th