Iran Dismisses Nigeria’s Threat

(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

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Iran’s Political Strife and Its Effect on Their World Cup Qualifying Campaign

(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

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TeamMelli, the third least valuable team during World Cup 2014

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

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Argentina vs. Slovenia, 2014 World Cup friendlies: Final score 2-0, Albiceleste looking sharp

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

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Iran down 6 spots to No.43 but still top-ranked Asian Side in new FIFA rankings

(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

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