Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Iran's Hopes Are Soaring

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Iran's Hopes Are Soaring

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While the rest of the world may see Iran's participation in this summer's World Cup as little more than a footnote, there is a very different mood in Tehran.

In a country where football is the overwhelming sport of choice for the majority of the population ( and which was seen at one stage by the authorities as a significant threat to 1979's Islamic Revolution ( the feeling is the team Croatian coach Branko Ivankovic will take to Germany is the strongest the nation has ever assembled.

Certainly Iranian football has returned to levels akin, if not beyond, those attained in the mid to late 1990s ( when the triumvirate of Ali Daei, Khodadad Azizi and Karim Bagheri led the team to third place at the Asian Cup in 1996, the gold medal at the Asian Games two years later and qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France.

Now the nation expects the team to go beyond the achievements of the golden generation, who earned Iran their first World Cup victory in France when they defeated the United States in a politically-charged clash. …

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