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#8624.05.18

Queiroz's squad selection ahead of the World Cup..

Our latest podcast discusses some of the key topics that have arisen as a result of the 24 man squad Carlos Queiroz picked leading up to the world cup in Russia.Jalal Hosseini omission came as a surprise to many and we break down the reasons behind it and what this means for the younger players. We also discuss the omissions of Vouria Ghafouri and Kaveh Rezaei, two players who have just finished great seasons with their respective clubs. As Queiroz can only take 23 players to the world cup, we discuss who the final man to be cut could be. Other topics such as the Defensive midfielder against Morocco, the goalkeeper situation and our preferred starting lineups against for the 2018 world cup are all included.

#8416.04.18

Interview: Branko Ivankovic

Branko Ivankovic now has won the Iranian league on a consecutive basis.The former manager of Iran's national team told us about his time so far with Persepolis, about the upcoming match with Al-Sadd, Asian Champions League, and many other interesting things!

Blog04.04.18

World Cup 2018: A comparison of the squad and its preparation with that of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

World Cup 2018: A comparison of the squad and its preparation with that of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

With just over two months remaining until the World Cup in Russia kicks off, it is clear that plenty of work remains for Carlos Queiroz and Team Melli in preparation of the first match against Morocco in St. Petersburg. After the two friendlies against Tunisia and Algeria, Queiroz said that the squad, particularly the domestic players, are “far” from the required physical level. The Team Melli head coach criticised the players’ speed, power and ability to win challenges and aerial battles. Having demanded a 40-day training programme for the domestic players in order to remedy these physical deficiencies, the Portuguese coach has in true Queiroz-style emphasised the need for more time with his players by suggesting that Iran-based national team players should be relieved of their club duties to prepare full-time for the World Cup.

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#8221.03.18

Interview: Mehdi Mahdavikia

Mehdi Mahdavikia won the Asian Young Footballer of the Year award in 1997, as well as Asian footballer of the Year in 2003. He captained Iran's national team side from 2006-2009 and currently the fourth most capped Iranian International.We had the pleasure of having this legend to discuss World Cup 98, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, FC KIA, his coaching role at Hamburger SV, and his thoughts on Iran's World Cup group.

Blog21.03.18

The questions Carlos Queiroz must answer ahead of Russia

The questions Carlos Queiroz must answer ahead of Russia

In fewer than 90 days Iran will line up against Morocco in the first of their three 2018 World Cup group games. Ahead of what is the greatest football competition in the world, Carlos Queiroz has a difficult, but luxurious, set of decisions to make. Who will start up front? What formation (or indeed, formations) do we play and how does he get the best out of arguably the Dutch Eredivisie’s best player, Alireza Jahanbaksh?

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