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'Anti-hijab' protest row: Iran releases footballer, prominent dissident on bail

The arrest on Thursday of Ghafouri, who is Kurdish and had spoken out in support of the protests, had sparked an outcry as the Iranian team plays in the World Cup in Doha.

published on : 27th November 2022
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Iran media blames humiliating World Cup loss on protests, foreign 'enemies'

Some former soccer stars who have championed the protest movement have been arrested or charged in absentia.

published on : 22nd November 2022
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Iran to drop tattooed footballers from team

The Iranian players, who have tattoos on their arms, always enter the playing field with long-sleeved tops

published on : 19th March 2019
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Queiroz to the occasion

As the Portuguese leaves his post after seven long years, his contribution to Iranian football is so much more than just three good games in Russia.

published on : 27th June 2018
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FIFA World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised.

published on : 26th June 2018
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo deserved red for elbow, says Iran coach Queiroz

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off for an elbow during Monday's 1-1 draw at the World Cup.

published on : 26th June 2018
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz sees Portugal as greatest challenge ever

He said the Portugal match is the most interesting and important clash for him in his seven-year career.

published on : 25th June 2018
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Iran defender Rouzbeh Cheshmi ruled out of FIFA World Cup by muscle injury

Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh is among the options to partner Morteza Pouraliganji in central defence against 2010 world champions Spain.

published on : 19th June 2018
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In Iran, FIFA World Cup fever plays out in cinemas

Supporters thronged the steps of the Azadi cinema in central Tehran ahead of the match, chanting and deafening passers-by with blasts of vuvuzela.

published on : 16th June 2018
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Pre-FIFA World Cup chaos motivates Iran: Carlos Queiroz

Cancelled friendlies, world-class opposition and even a shortage of boots will not dent Iran's World Cup dreams, says coach Carlos Queiroz.

published on : 14th June 2018
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No boots, no problem as coach Carlos Queiroz plays up Iran unity ahead of Morocco clash 

Nike announced they have been forbidden from providing football boots to Iran's squad during the tournament, on account of sanctions imposed against the country by the United States.

published on : 14th June 2018
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Unbeaten in qualifying, Iran faces tougher test at FIFA World Cup finals

Iran's route to the round of 16 from Group B could be blocked by defending European champion Portugal and 2010 World Cup winner Spain.

published on : 10th June 2018
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Iran first team to arrive in Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018

Iran will be based at the Lokomotiv Bakovka Training Center in the Moscow region.

published on : 6th June 2018
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Carlos Queiroz, from Manchester United enforcer to Mr World Cup

Carlos Queiroz became Iran coach in 2011 and has weathered cultural and logistical difficulties to find success with Team Melli.

published on : 29th May 2018