(ThisDayLive) – Assistant coach of Iran’s national team, Oceano Cruz, has predicted defeat for African champions, Nigeria when both nations square up in the second Group F game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals starting tomorrow in Brazil. The Super Eagles and Team Melli as the Iranian squad is called, will go head-to-head at
(bleacher report) – It was smiles all round last week as Iran’s football team attended an official ceremony before leaving for the World Cup finals in Brazil. But tensions between head coach Carlos Queiroz and Iranian authorities have cast a shadow over what is a huge task to qualify for the second round. Iranians celebrated
Times.com — On Thursday, FIFA announced the 23 players for each of the 32 World Cup teams. All put together, these 786 players have a total market value of $9.69 billion, according to the trading site Transfermarkt. The priciest squad taking the field in Brazil this month? Spain. The scrappiest? Honduras. The Spanish squad’s players have a
(Goal.com) – Carlos Queiroz’s side beat Trinidad and Tobago on Friday and his assistand is confident they are ready for the challenge of the summer showpiece Iran assistant coach Oceano Cruz was quick to switch the country’s focus to their World Cup opener with Nigeria after the 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.
SAO PAULO (espnfc)- Iran defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in their World Cup warm-up on Sunday played in a stadium that was empty apart from a few journalists. Ehsan Haji Safi scored late in the first half and Dutch-born Reza Ghoochannejhad, who plays for Championship team Charlton Athletic, added a goal early in the second.
By Kevin McCauley (SBNation) – Argentina are headed to the World Cup in better form than any of their serious competitors to win the title. Coming off a thrashing of Trinidad and Tobago, Alejandro Sabella opted to rest his stars against tougher opposition — Slovenia — while also changing formations. The adjustments didn’t hurt them
(AP) – Nigeria defender Uwa Echiejile is out of the World Cup with an unspecified injury. The team said in a statement on Saturday that the Monaco left back had a muscle tear and needed three weeks to recover, not enough time to be fit for Nigeria’s group games in Brazil on June 16, 21
(Sport Live) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is under no illusions as to how important their final FIFA World Cup friendly against Trinidad and Tobago will be. The Portuguese will lead Iran into their first World Cup since 2006 when they take on Nigeria in Group F on June 16. If they have been unconvincing
(AAP) – Defending World Cup champions Spain will travel to Brazil as the No.1 team in the FIFA rankings, while the host nation will start as the third-ranked side. Spain and Germany remain first and second in FIFA’s monthly standings, while Brazil have leapfrogged Portugal who drop to No.4. Argentina and Switzerland both climbed two