Carlos Queiroz was hoping his team could get more friendly games ahead of the World Cup. Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters
Carlos Queiroz was hoping his team could get more friendly games ahead of the World Cup. Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Iran coach Queiroz laments 'no one wants to play against us'

By Farshid Motahari Time of article published Jun 2, 2018

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TEHRAN – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is reportedly upset that the

team can't find opponents for World Cup tune-up matches which is

hampering their preparations.

"The critics talk a lot although also know that no one wants to play

against us. Iran does have (political) problems," the Mehr news

agency quoted Queiroz as saying Saturday at the team's training camp

in Turkey.

The remarks came after Greece cancelled a planned test against Iran

set for Saturday, and that Kosovo then also declined to step in.

The World Cup build-up problems come after US President Donald Trump

on May 8 announced the withdrawal of his country from the Iran

nuclear deal and that he would partially renew sanctions on Iran.

Iran have played games against Turmenistan (won 1-0) and against a

Turkish b-team (lost 2-1). A final test is scheduled for June 8

against Lithuania in Moscow.

But Queiroz also said these issues have also united team ahead of the

nation's fifth World Cup participation in which they face Morocco,

ex-champions Spain and European champions Portugal in Group B.

dpa

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