May 06, 2014
Iran will be making just their fourth appearance at the World Cup when they venture to Brazil in June and in that time they have never managed to make it past the group stage.
The Iranians are big outsiders in Group F which includes Argentina, Bosnia and Nigeria, and while they can hold their own defensively, scoring goals to win games at this tournament will be the biggest problem they face at the World Cup.
Iran topped their World Cup qualifying group (ahead of South Korea – Group H) under the guidance of Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz and he had them playing solid football which will stand them in good stead for Brazil.
With Argentina clearly a class above in Group F, Iran is likely to find Bosnia a handful, however they they may be able to hold their own against Nigeria, but realistically it would be a surprise to see them make it through to the second round.
Bookies are in agreeance with Iran $1501 to win the tournament in early 2014 World Cup betting markets and $34 to finish on top of Group F.
Iran World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $1501
Win Group F: $34.00
Qualify for next Round: $6.00
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $326
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On their qualification form Iran will be confident about performing well at the World Cup but the South American conditions and better quality opponents will be a tough ask for the Asian nation.
If you fancy a bet on Iran then consider the $1.50 about finishing bottom of Group F.
Group F Draw for Iran
Iran will meet Argentina, Bosnia and Nigeria in Group F and they are scheduled to play their first match on Tuesday 17th June 2014 against Nigeria at 5am in the morning (Australian time).
|Tue 17 Jun||Iran||vs||Nigeria||5am||Curitiba||Bet now|
|Sun 22 Jun||Argentina||vs||Iran||2am||Belo Horizonte||Bet now|
|Thu 26 Jun||Bosnia||vs||Iran||2am||Salvador||Bet now|
Iran World Cup Squad
The Iran World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan), Sousha Makani (Foolad Khuzestan)
Defenders: Khosro Heidari (Esteghlal), Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Zob Ahan), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan), Mehrdad Pooladi (Persepolis)
Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Al Kuwait), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Hadadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiyar Rahmani (Foolad), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham)
Forwards: Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (Persepolis), Mehdi Sharifi (Sepahan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Persepolis, on loan at Tractor Sazi), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan)
The Head Coach of the Iran World Cup squad is Carlos Queiroz and team captain is Javad Nekounam.
World Cup players to watch for Iran
Captain Javad Nekounam is his country’s most capped player and his ability to read the game and chip in with a much needed team goal when required makes him an inspirational player for Iran.
Defender Jalal Hosseini has been a mainstay in the Iran defence for some time and his experience and leadership down back will be crucial for his country in Brazil.
Ashkan Dejagah is one to watch up front as he can take on defenders and find the net regularly, while Masoud Shojaei can be a tad inconsistent at times but if che an find his name on the goal scoring sheets at the World Cup then Iran can make their presence felt in South America.
Head over to our Group F page for more information on each team competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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