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Published: 0840 GMT May 24, 2022

Doubts hanging over Iran’s pre-World Cup friendlies

Doubts hanging over Iran’s pre-World Cup friendlies

Sports Desk

With less than six months before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, the Iranian Football Federation has been struggling to arrange friendly fixtures for the countrys national team.

Dragan Skocics men will fly to Canada to take on the top team of the World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers on June 5 – a match already overshadowed by political issues – but the match in Vancouver, British Columbia, as it stands, will likely be Irans single outing during the upcoming 17-day international break.

The Asian powerhouse had also reached agreement for a friendly against Ecuador in the North American country, before team director Hamid Estili said the game had been called off – for what is believed to be Canadas refusal to name a host venue for the game.

We instantly began negotiations with the Senegalese federation to replace the game, but they wont be able to play us in June because of their commitment to the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers,” former Iranian international told Irans Arabic TV Alalam on Sunday, though he was optimistic of sealing a match with the African champion for September.

That all means Iran will only have nine days in Septembers international break to play friendlies before heading for the showdown in Qatar, starting November 21.

Iran has been pitted against England, USA, and one of Wales, Scotland, or Ukraine in Group B of the finals.

Skocics team will kick off its campaign against at Al Rayyans Khalifa International Stadium on the opening day of the competition.

Iran will have to wait until June to learn which European opponent it will face on November 25 as the winner of the match between Scotland and Ukraine will play Wales in Cardiff for the last slot in the group.

The final day of the Group B fixtures will see Iran square off against USA on November 29 in a repeat of the clash between the two geopolitical foes at the 1998 World Cup in France, which Iran won 2-1.


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