South Korea and Japan will face Brazil; Iran slows down – The New Indian Express



SEOUL (South Korea) – As Japan and South Korea begin to prepare for the World Cup with top-flight warm-ups against Brazil next month, Iran fears that the top-ranked team will Asia is slow with its preparations.

Iran are in Group B with England and the United States at the World Cup, which kicks off Nov. 21 in Qatar. But while there have been reports of a June friendly with New Zealand and talk of a potential game with Canada, so far Iran have not confirmed their warm-up commitments. .

“There seems to be no concrete plan,” Afshin Ghotbi, head coach of Iran’s national team from 2009 to 2011, told The Associated Press. “Time is running out and preparation is vital for Iran’s success.

“Most teams have already organized games and many good opponents are no longer available. Iran must urgently put in place proper timetables in preparation for the World Cup.

There has been criticism in Iran over the lack of movement so far, with a Tehran Times op-ed last month headlined: “Iran squanders golden chance as always.” The editorial hoped for greater urgency when the football association meets to choose a new president on May 10.

Acting chairman Mirshad Majedi said no matches would be announced until details were finalized.

As the country is under international sanctions, attracting teams to Tehran or traveling abroad may be more complex for Iran than for its Asian rivals.

Ghotbi wants to see Iranian players such as Medhi Taremi at FC Porto and Sardar Azmoun, with Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, given every chance of succeeding in Qatar.

Iran, No. 21 in the FIFA rankings and currently coached by Dragan Skocic, have qualified for five previous World Cups but have never made it past the first round.

“I faced many of these challenges during my tenure, just like those that came before and after me,” Ghotbi said. “It’s frustrating because Iran has a golden generation of players and if they have the best support and preparation then they can reach their true potential on the world stage.”

Carlos Queiroz, Ghotbi’s successor as head coach, complained about the quality of opposition Iran faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup when he prepared with matches against Turkey, Lithuania, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

“If you copy the preparations for the last four World Cups, you won’t get anywhere. It’s a simple conclusion,” Queiroz said in 2017. Meanwhile, seven Iranian players took to social media to demand that the country emulate South Korea when it comes to preparations.

This time around, South Korea, drawn in Group H along with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana, will face Brazil in Seoul on June 2, then meet Chile four days later and Paraguay on June 10. June.

Japan will kick off Group E preparations – containing Germany, Spain and either Costa Rica or New Zealand – by taking on Brazil and Paraguay in the first week of June.

Saudi Arabia also qualified from Asia and Qatar automatically earns a place in the tournament as hosts. Australia and the United Arab Emirates will meet in an Asian qualifier for the right to play the fifth-ranked South American side for another berth in Qatar.


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