Source: Mehr News Agency
Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz said on Sunday that his team is well-prepared to face Bahrain in the 2012 World Cup qualifiers. Group E leader Iran is scheduled to play Bahrain at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on 11th October.
Carlos Queiroz at the press conference in Tehran
"Bahrain coach (Peter Taylor) has said he comes here to beat us. It's normal, each coach wants to win but we are not scared of them. We will answer them with our performance on the ground," Queiroz said in a news conference held at the Azadi Sports Complex.
"Bahrain is stronger than Qatar. In the previous edition, they failed to qualify for the World Cup in the last moments. We are going to play a warm-up match against Palestine on Wednesday to prepare for the Bahrain match," the Portuguese added.
Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz has invited 22 players to the team for the friendly against Palestine and Bahrain in the World Cup qualifiers.
Wolfsburg striker Ashkan Dejagah and Osasuna injured midfielder Masoud Shojaei have been left out of the national team and Persepolis striker Javad Kazemian was added to the squad one day after the other players got call.
Iran is scheduled to play warm-up match against Palestine on October 5 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium.
Carlos Queiroz's men have been scheduled to play Bahrain in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers on October 11 at the Azadi Stadium.
Iran football team tops the standings in Group E of the FIFA World Cup qualifier, followed by Bahrain.
Goalkeepers: Mehdi Rahmati, Shahab Gordan, Alireza Haghighi
Defenders: Hadi Aghily, Khosro Heydari, Jalal Hosseini, Pejman Montazeri, Hossein Mahini, Ehsan Hajsafi, Mehrdad Pouladi
Midfielders: Ali Karimi, Javad Nekounam, Andranik Teymourian, Maziar Zare, Pejman Nouri, Mojtaba Jabbari
Strikers: Javad Kazeminan, Milad Meydavoudi, Karim Ansarifard, Mohammad Ghazi, Gholamreza Rezaei, Mohammad-Reza Khalatbari
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