Tehran Times – DOHA, Iran national football team will play two friendly matches with Palestine and Qatar in Doha before heading to the UAE for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Team Melli, headed by Carlos Queiroz, are scheduled to play Palestine on Dec. 24 and meet Qatar a week later, Iran football federation’s website announced.
Iran have started training camp in Doha from Dec. 17.
Queiroz also wanted to play India the buildup to the tournament, but Stephen Constantine turned down the Portuguese’s request since the Blue Tigers already had scheduled on December 27 and December 30.
Iran national football team have been drawn along with Iraq, Yemen and Vietnam in Group D.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.