Source: Fars News Agency
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz already has plenty of World Cup experience, and the country's national team will be hoping to make the most of it in Brazil. Iran begin their campaign on Monday against Nigeria in a Group F which also includes mighty Argentina and debutants Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Source: Shahrvand daily, Tehran
"Iran has faced difficulties off the pitch but we want to make our point on the pitch," the 61-year-old Portuguese coach said.
"The players will want to walk away from Brazil with respect and pride. We also want people to have an understanding of Iran and we want to bring joy to the Iran fans," the Iran Coach added.
Triple Asian champions Iran are taking part in their fourth World Cup finals after 1978, 1998 and 2006 but have never got out of the group stage.
"When we qualified for the World Cup we knew that we must be able to play at higher level. We worked hard and we are very satisfied with our preparations. It wasn't easy to raise the level of Iran Football Team. we did what we needed to do and now we are ready to face the best in the world and show we deserve our place at the World Cup," Queiroz underlined.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz
Queiroz expects a tough opener against African champions Nigeria.
"Their national team is made up of many stars, big players and they have a big advantage in terms of experience," he said.
"It's a very difficult match for us but we can draw on the spirit in the squad. They are favourites but nobody is strong enough to win every match and nobody is weak enough to lose them all," he added.
"This is my squad. Iran play for passion. it's amazing to have this loyalty and affection," the Iran Coach stressed.
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