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    1978 IRAN vs FRANCE - Arguably our best game of the Golden 70ies!



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    You may have wondered, when you talk to oldies and people who were big enough at the time to watch football, everyone says the height of Iran's golden 70ies generation was 1976-1978, and most point out to this game Iran vs France (1978) and Iran vs Argentina (1977) friendlies!

    In 1976 Iran reached the quarterfinals of Olympics in Montreal, and according to Mohajerani, Iran's coach of the time, that was the height of our football.
    2 years later we qualified as the only Asian team to WC for the first time and played preparation games vs Argentina and France, and we played some of our best football there.
    There was no vid or anything available, until Amoo Adessy found this yesterday.

    If you look at the game, you see absolutely no difference between our level of football and France's, who was a powerhouse with stars such as Platini, Henry Michel, Lacombe etc etc..
    We didn't defend, we attacked and played beautiful football, we were on par with France both technically and tactically.
    When you see the vid you don't see a difference between the teams in terms of football level.

    We lost that game 1:2 but we were equal in many aspects of the game.
    Game's pace was much slower back then since the ball was much heavier (anyone remembers those classic balls from 70ies and 80ies? lol) and the pitches were nowhere near today.
    Anyway, I thought I share this vid with you, down the memory lane...




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    The only reason France won was because on their second goal our players were waiting for the ref's whistle to restart the freekick while France chose to quickly play their freekick. That's what Hejazi was complaining about. The goal was legitimate but not as a result of France being better but rather our misunderstanding of the rules of the game.
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    This game and along with the games against Poland and USSR in the 1976 Olympic, against Argentina in 1977, and against Scotland and Peru in the 1978 world cup. were indeed among the best games that our National team performed in its golden era of the seventies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irandoust View Post
    This game and along with the games against Poland and USSR in the 1976 Olympic, against Argentina in 1977, and against Scotland and Peru in the 1978 world cup. were indeed among the best games that our National team performed in its golden era of the seventies.
    Yes, and thanks Iran Argentina was in 1977 (not 1978) for the Real Madrid's 75th anniversary tournament, where Iran was invited.

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    Thanks for sharing. Brings back memories!!!

    ..and for those of you who are wondering why the grass looked the way it did. Apparently the night before the game some members of the then called "Iranian student confederation" - an opposition group to Shah, entered the stadium and using white spray wrote anti regime slogans on the grass. French security tried to obscure the slogans by spraying green paint on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavian View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Brings back memories!!!

    ..and for those of you who are wondering why the grass looked the way it did. Apparently the night before the game some members of the then called "Iranian student confederation" - an opposition group to Shah, entered the stadium and using white spray wrote anti regime slogans on the grass. French security tried to obscure the slogans by spraying green paint on top.
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    lets keep this thread "footbally" plz. thanks

    I couldn't find any vid on Iran vs Argentina 1977, if anyone has plz post. These games along with the players must never be forgotten.
    And Heshmat Mohajerani even left some of our good players out for WC 1978, such as MOHAMMAD REZA ADELKHANI, who played many years in German Bundesliga in early 70ies and was a great forward.
    lol same complaints we have with player selection today, we had also back then. But Mohajerani brought in younger players to be part of the WC roster to gain experience for the future.

    What followed the golden 70ies, should and must have been the golden 80ies, where a lot of great players came to the scene but due to Iran Iraq war and all the financial problems and not participating in WCQ etc etc... they couldn't shine on world stage but only in Asia. Those generation should also never be forgotten.
    Thanks to KC for keeping the memory lanes of great 80ies alive!

    Anyway if anyone finds that Iran Argentina (1977) game, Amoo will give him a positive rep.
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    Iran - Argentina was never televised live in Iran. If my memory serves me well only brief highlights were shown on Iranian TV. From the reports TM played one hell of a game against the Team who would win the WC the following year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC McElroy View Post
    The only reason France won was because on their second goal our players were waiting for the ref's whistle to restart the freekick while France chose to quickly play their freekick. That's what Hejazi was complaining about. The goal was legitimate but not as a result of France being better but rather our misunderstanding of the rules of the game.
    And their first goal was the result of bad pitch as the ball bounced away from Hejazi. You can clearly see that.

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