Iran, Togo match to be played in Tehran

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Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Iran national football team will face African nation Togo in a friendly match in Tehran on October 5th.

The match was originally scheduled for Sept. 29 in Russia but the Togo players cannot travel to the country because of the visa problems.

Team Melli will also play Russia five days later in St. Petersburg.

Iran football team, which holds 25th place on the most recently published FIFA World Rankings list, have already passed the qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Head of Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) Mehdi Taj has confirmed the two friendly matches.

“Team Melli will play Togo in Tehran and Russia in St. Petersburg. We’ve chosen Togo since we will likely face an African team in the 2018 World Cup group stage,” Taj said.

“We are going to arrange eight warm-up matches ahead of the World Cup. Iran will probably play Sweden in a friendly match,” he added.

Russia, headed by Stanislav Cherchesov, ranked 64th in FIFA World Rankings, played a friendly match against Iran in Abu Dhabi, the UAE in February 2011, losing the game 0-1.

The team of the former Soviet Union played against Iran on three occasions winning all of them – in 1976 (Olympic Games 2-1), in 1978 (1-0) and in 1985 (2-0).

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