SALVADORBrazil(Reuters) - Bosnia beatIran3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of claiming a shock spot in the knockout stage.
Iranian officials have arrested two people for singing and dancing in an online video aimed at showing support for Iran’s national team in the World Cup soccer tournament. The video features scenes from both inside and outside of Iran, with a number of people dancing, some of them women who were not wearing their legally mandated hijabs.
(Reuters) - Individual genius triumphed over collective organization as Lionel Messi’s magnificent stoppage time goal for Argentina cruelly left Iran with nothing after an outstanding defensive display from Carlos Queiroz’s team.
As a former member of Iran’s national soccer team, it is difficult to celebrate the World Cup because it reminds me of bitter personal memories.
Hassan Nayeb-Agha. By Hassan Nayeb-Agha Special to McClatchy-Tribune The World Cup that began in Brazil this week is the most watched and beloved sporting event the world over, more popular than the Super Bowl, Olympics and even the somewhat ironically named World Series.
THE NEW YORK TIMES –By Thomas Erdbrink- JUNE 11, 2014
TEHRAN — In a city where few people are allowed to organize large gatherings, and fun is enjoyed in private, the public celebrations of a year ago are legendary.
The Iranian national soccer team, called Team Melli here, had just qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2006 by beating South Korea in a tense match. Millions of Iranians flooded the streets of the capital in a display of pure happiness, dancing and singing of national pride. The authorities were helpless to stop them.
An article at Bleacher Report discusses some of the challenges facing the Iran National Team as it gets ready for competition in the World Cup Soccer tournament next week. The team has reportedly received little to none of the government support that it needs in order to train properly, and even the team’s coach recognized that Iranian soccer was at a disadvantage going into preparations.