Iran is entering their fourth World Cup appearance this year, and they are looking to get past the group stage for the first time. The chances of that happening are slim as they enter as one of the lowest FIFA ranked times, and many see them as being the punching bag of this years tournament.
They are led by by head coach Carlos Queiroz, and they hope that their strong defense will follow them to Brazil. They only conceded two goals in eight qualifying matches; that being said, scoring goals is something that they find difficult at times, and in order for them to find success, they need captain Javad Nekounam to play well in their 4-2-3-1 formation.
Iran was not given any favors by the countries they will have to face in the World Cup. While they aren’t in one of the two ‘group of deaths,’ having Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, along with Argentina who is a favorite to win it all, they will have to be on their top game to find any kind of success.
Iran enters the World Cup with no real expectations; they are a team that is just in the tournament and nobody would really be surprised if they lost all three games in group play. They will pull out a tie against Nigeria, but because of their lack of scoring, they will lose both games to the talented team in Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
TV Schedule (Group F):
6/16/2014: vs. Nigeria 3:00 p.m. EDT (ESPN)
6/21/2014: vs. Argentina 12:00 p.m. EDT (ESPN)
6/25/2014: vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 12:00 p.m. EDT (ESPN2)