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Lionel Messi Wants More Offensive Argentina Against Iran

Argentina defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in their opening FIFA World Cup 2014 match but were far from dominant in their performance. Reported by: Agence France-Presse Last updated on Friday, 20 June, 2014 10:42 IST Taking aim: Lionel Messi in action against Bosnia and Herzegovina. © AFP Belo Horizonte: Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes coach Alejandro Sabella has to back his side’s attacking …

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World Cup 2014: How ‘Team Melli’ has changed Iran’s image

Open-door policy to media and tweets from president in a football shirt represent PR coup for secretive nation Well supported: Iran has one of the largest fan contingent’s in Brazil Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Jeremy Wilson, in Sao Paulo 6:59PM BST 19 Jun 2014 The loud belly laughs emanating from the Sao Paulo training base of the Iran national team are not what you might …

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Team Melli U-23 resumes training

FFIRI has announced the resumption of the U23 team training. As per the FFIRI website, the team under the coaching of the Portuguese Nelo Vengada, will start a training camp from first day of July. This camp will be held for four days in the national teams training center . The players invited to camp are as follows: Ahmad Noorallahei, …

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Ghoochannejhad: We’ve got nothing to lose

© Getty Images 19 Jun 2014 FIFA.com It is safe to say that the crowd at this past Monday’s Iran-Nigeria game at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba were not exactly bowled over by the spectacle. After all, the match yielded the sole goalless draw of the first round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ group-stage action. There is no …

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Queiroz : Exclusive interview with Publico

Full interview by the Portuguese website publico.pt with Carlos Queiroz translated from Portuguese to English

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Confirmed : Queiroz to leave Team Melli after the World Cup.

Iran’s preparations for Saturday’s clash with Argentina have been rocked by the news that coach Carlos Queiroz intends to stand down after the World Cup. The former Real Madrid boss masterminded Team Melli’s qualification for Brazil 2014 and inked a new deal earlier this year ensuring he would be be in charge until the end of the tournament. Iran’s football …

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Mehrdad Pooladi 2nd top player in the World Cup first round

Team Melli left back , Mehrdad Pooladi , who did a remarkable job in the first match against Nigeria, was selected as the second best player in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil behind Thomas Muller of Germany. The Index seveal criteria is calculated by FIFA in each of the games played which includes Goal scoring , shots , shot position attacking , …

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The Guardian:Iranian president tweets World Cup chillout pic

Rare glimpse of an off-duty Hassan Rouhani cheering on his team against Nigeria, in a tracksuit with a cup of tea Saeed Kamali Dehghan The Guardian, Tuesday 17 June 2014 14.10 BST Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani watching Iran v Nigeria at home in Tehran. Photograph: Twitter It’s 11.30pm Tehran time and Hassan Rouhani is relaxing at home, watching the World Cup match between Iran and …

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Iran vs. Argentina – Queiroz claims he needs a miracle, while Messi prepares.

  Messi and Argentina prepare for Iran   Iran coach Carlos Queiroz looks ahead after the goalless draw against Nigeria and precisely the challenge against Argentina: “It will require a miracle since  Albiceleste is one of the best teams in the world and also they have one day of rest more than we do. ” – continues Queiroz also praising the individual …

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Carlos Queiroz “fans must judge players on reality of Iranian amateur league !!”

• Coach hits back over boos after dour draw with Nigeria• Portuguese praises his ‘amateur league’ squad’s achievements The Guardian, Tuesday 17 June 2014 16.43 BST Carlos Queiroz said his Iran players deserve ‘respect and civility’ for reaching the World Cup finals.  When the final whistle went in the first 0-0 draw of the World Cup, Iran’s players gathered in the middle of …

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