The Football Federation of Iran is in talks with several countries to arrange a couple of friendly fixture for the national team in June’s FIFA international break.
Iranian squad left for Qatar on Wednesday to hold a training camp in the Persian Gulf country and, according to an IRNA report, the two countries have reached initial agreement for a game within next two weeks.
Uruguay had emerged in recent days as a potential opponent to play Iran in Montevideo but IRNA wrote the match is unlikely to go on as “Iran head coach Dragan Skocic and his technical staff are against a long trip to the South American country.”
Meanwhile, Tasnim News Agency reported on Tuesday that Cameroon, DR Congo, and Algeria have also been lined up by the Iranian federation as negotiations continue with the three African countries for a possible game in Qatar.
Iran was to play Canada in the city of Vancouver on June 5, before the North American country’s football governing body unilaterally canceled the game last Thursday, saying: “the untenable geopolitical situation of hosting Iran became significantly divisive.”
Iranian team director Hamid Estili said last week that the federation is in advanced talks with its Senegalese counterpart for a game between the two countries but it is not expected to happen before September’s international break as the African champion is tied to the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June.
Iran has been pitted against England, USA, and a third team coming through the European qualifiers, in Group B of the World Cup, starting November 21 in Qatar.
Seeking a first-ever progress to the last-16 round in the finals, the Asian powerhouse will kick off its campaign against England at Al Rayyan’s Khalifa International Stadium on the opening day of the competition.
Skocic’s men are yet to know which team it will face on November 25 as the winner of the Scotland-Ukraine qualifier will take on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday for the final slot in the group.
Iran will then 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.