ISP Editorial: Saman Ghoddos to play for Sweden or Iran?

Author: Naveed M Saman Ghoddos, who had a good season with Ostersund in Allsvenskan League and won the Swedish Cup with his club last season, earned the call up by Swedish National Team this year. The 23 years old attacking midfielder/Forward has already played and scored for Sweden in friendly matches and is on the brink of switching national teams to Iran.

Sweden in a short amount of time lost several big prospects to other national teams and there will be lots of pressure on Ghoddos to stay with Sweden and wait for his big shot.

Iran already booked their tickets to Russia 2018 as the second nation behind Brazil with two matches to play, Sweden also is looking good in World Cup qualifiers, leading the group A with 13 points ahead of giants such as France and Netherlands.  Will Ghoddos wait for a spot in the final roster of either teams or will he get a surprising call up for Iran’s last two qualification matches?

As we talk Carlos Queiroz has 9 of 11 spots in Iran’s starting lineup set in stone. Ghoddos can play in one of the two positions that will be up in the air until the very last minute. Just like three years ago no one, not even Queiroz assistant coaches knew and still don’t know who will play the supporting striker role. Ghoddos is dynamic, technical and powerful in his attacking game and he likes to play on the counter. Sweden, Iran and Ghoddos is awaiting an exciting finish to 2017 and perhaps an even more exciting summer of 2018.