Majid Hosseini is an Iranian right back and relatively new to the team with just 1 cap.
“What can happen once in a while is a group of people, when they are united, we can create super stories and super things”.
We have the potential to surprise Morocco in our first match. They are superior to us and we’ve prepared for Iran like we have prepared for Spain and Portugal.
Iran’s coach, Carlos Queiroz, was critical of Nike’s decision, and has demanded an apology for his team.
That chance seemed to give Iran belief they could get a result at the Krestovsky Stadium, something that came to pass as substitute Bouhaddouz sent a bullet header past his own goalkeeper in the dying embers of the game.
Every World Cup season, the spotlight is on the star-studded teams, and Iran is rarely among them.
Prior to World Cup 2018, the American shoe company Nike announced it would not be providing equipment to Iranian players due to the USA sanctions imposed on Iran.
Iran will next face powerhouse Spain in Kazan on June 20.
Russian Federation leads Group A on goal difference after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in the tournament’s first match.
Iranian women, who have been banned from attending football in the Islamic state since 1980, have protested at Iran’s World Cup opening game against Morocco, seizing the exposure the world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, offers. After mocking up the brand’s famous strapline “Just do it” to read “We just did it without you”, the image has gone viral via social media.
Iran were missing the calming influence of suspended holding midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi as Morocco over-ran them in the centre of the park with the clever Mbark Boussoufa directing play as the African side frequently attacked in numbers.
Iran’s soccer federation threatened legal action, saying it inflicted “serious damage” to the team’s World Cup preparations, then saw Kosovo the supposed replacement for Greece also pull out.