Iran and Uruguay are set to square off in a friendly during September’s international break as part of the preparation for the FIFA World Cup.
Uruguayan journalist Federico Buysan on Thursday tweeted that La Celeste will face Iran in Vienna, Austria, on September 23 before going head-to-head with Qatar four days later.
The South American giant is drawn in Group H of November’s showdown in Qatar – alongside Portugal, South Korea, and Ghana.
However, Hassan Kamranifar, the interim secretary-general of the Iranian Football Federation, said a deal for the match is yet to sealed, adding: “Uruguay is among four candidates that could play Iran during September’s training camp in Europe.”
The match, if confirmed, will come as a boost in Iran head coach Dragan Skocic’s preparation plans, as the country has been struggling to find opponents ahead of the World Cup.
Having already seen a friendly against Canada unilaterally canceled by the North American country – for what Canada described as “the untenable geopolitical situation of hosting Iran” – the Asian side only managed to play a single game in the previous international break – a 2-1 defeat against Algeria in Qatar in mid-June.
Seeking a first-ever progress to the last-16 round in the finals, Iran will open its World Cup campaign against England at Al Rayyan’s Khalifa International Stadium on November 21.
Skocic’s men will then take on Wales on November 25, before facing 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.