Iranian Football federation , through its official website , announced the arrangement of a friendly football match against Tajikistan (Ranked 136) on November 6th , a week before meeting Uzbekistan in Azadi.
The match against the Farsi-speaking country will serve as a preparation for the match against Uzbekistan in the FIFA world Cup Brazil 2014 qualification match. Iran is currently second in the table of 5 teams with 7 points , the same as the leaders Korea Rep. who have a superior goal difference.
Iran has become notorious for announcing and then canceling friendly international games, the latest was the match with North Korea which was canceled in the aftermath of the loss to Lebanon. Although Team Melli has failed to arrange any high quality matches at home, a match with Tunisia was played in Hungary during the training camp held there. Since Carlos Queiroz took the helm , Tunisia was the only friendly opposition which was ranked slightly higher that Iran in the FIFA ranking system.