Team Melli to face Turkey after 44 years

Tasnim – TEHRAN, The Iranian national football team will play Turkey in an international friendly on Sunday for the first time since 1974. Iran is preparing for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia, where it has been drawn alongside Morocco, Spain and Portugal in Group B. Turkey coach Mircea...
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Iran youngster Azmoun carries the hopes of a nation

The Star Online – HONG KONG, From the moment Sardar Azmoun arrived on the international stage and Iran manager Carlos Queiroz compared him to Ruud van Nistelrooy, the pressure has been on the young striker to carry the hopes of the Gulf nation into uncharted territory. Azmoun’s spinning turn and...
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Iran primed for attempt to break group stage hoodoo

Rueters – TEHRAN, The stability and pragmatism of Carlos Queiroz’s seven-year reign has firmly established Iran’s as Asia’s number one team, but the nation will go to the World Cup hoping to advance for the first time to the knockout phase. Queiroz’s side face a daunting task after being drawn...
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Iran at Russia 2018: A dream 20 years in the making

Football Paradise – MUMBAI, It is tough to profile Iran without thinking about the summer of ’98, when they played USA in a World Cup match against the backdrop of the Gulf War. The Iranians chose the occasion for a peace message, presenting white roses to their counterparts. This summer,...
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Team Melli anthem “Eleven Stars” performed in Tehran [VIDEO]

Tehran Times – TEHRAN, “Eleven Stars”, the official anthem of Team Melli, Iran’s national football team, was performed by an ensemble composed of musicians from the Tehran Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday evening. Vocalist Salar Aqili performed the song, whose lyrics were composed by...
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Iran players get Russia 2018 boost

AFC – TEHRAN, Islamic Republic of Iran President Hassan Rouhani welcomed the national football team at the presidential palace on Sunday. Rouhani was handed replicas of the Iran national football team No 12 jerseys and he wished the team well ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia preparations. “I...
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Some big surprises, as Queiroz trims squad to 24

Persianfootball.com – TEHRAN, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz dropped 11 players from the squad, following the narrow 1-0 friendly match win over Uzbekistan and ahead of the training camp in Turkey, which includes a friendly match against the hosts. Among the dropped players are some big names and players, who many...
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FFIRI unveils new Team Melli mascot at Uzbekistan friendly

Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Yupa, the mascot of the Iranian national football teams, was unveiled ahead of the friendly match between Iran and Uzbekistan. Team Melli defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the warm-up match held in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium Saturday night. The word ‘Yupa’ is derived from the Persian word ‘Yuzpalang’...
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