Iran will play against Nigeria on Monday June 16, for FIFA World Cup kicking off at 20:00 GMT. Nigeria was the CAF Third Round Winner in World Cup African qualifying and they also went to the Round of 16 in 1994 and 1998World Cup. The Super Eagles was an early pick to advance to Brazil. It was eliminated in the group stage in 2002 tournament as a result missed to qualify in 2006 World Cup. They did return in South Africa and this is their second consistent world cup. On the other side, Iran has lack of world-class talent, but Iran Football Federation appointed Carlos Queiroz as manager of the national team through the 2014 World Cup immediately after the World Cup left South Africa. Under Queiroz’s leadership, Iran got through to the finals of qualification round for 2014 World Cup with the help of team’s strong offense. The team will work hard to get any points this summer but reaching the knockout stage would be shocker for Iran. Musa Amadu, the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said that, “If we put our act together, we will be able to beat Iran. Having said that, we cannot however underrate Iran or Bosnia-Herzegovina because any team that has qualified for the World Cup is a good team and they all have hopes of excelling.” He also included that, “So, we must take our games very serious. We must prepare very well and never underestimate any team. But I am confident that this is a good draw we can build upon.” Mike Umeh, the First Vice-Chairman of NFA, told NAN that “It is better to play Iran than play against Portugal or Spain in the early round. Iran may have a good coach, but I don’t think they have better players than the Eagles who can deliver the goals for them. Iran and Bosnia are not big footballing nations, but at the same time we don’t have to underrate any team at this stage.”
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Date: June 16 2014
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Arena da Baixada
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Valid link to watch this game will be posted around 30 minutes before the match starts.
The responsibility of live broadcasting IRAN V NIGERIA match on Monday June 16 will be on the head of BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website this time.
Players to watch:
If Nigeria is to reach the knockout stage, the contribution of Emmanuel Emenike is unavoidable this year. This striker plays professionally for Turkish club Fenerbahçe. Victor Moses and Victor Obinna will be also player to watch from Nigerian squad.
Team Captain and central midfielder Javad Nekounam will be Iran’s main hope for 2014 World Cup. This 33-year-old midfielder is playing in the Iranian national team since 2000, but this tournament will almost certainly be his last World Cup. Apart from the team captain Reza Ghoochannejhad seems to be the main danger man for Iran as well.
Head to head:
This pair have not ever met earlier. The Iran-Nigeria match will likely be one of the closest games and toughest match.
No matches played between Iran and Nigeria.
Iran is likely to be in the safer side to pull out as a winner and also there is expectations for them to advance to the next round.
Both the teams will seek a valuable three points on this match. But to earn money and win in betting you need to be determined in which team you will bet.
THE IRAN SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan), Sousha Makani (Foolad Khuzestan).
Defenders: Khosro Heidari (Esteghlal), Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Zob Ahan), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan), Mehrdad Pooladi (Persepolis).
Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Al Kuwait), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Hadadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiyar Rahmani (Foolad), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
Forwards: Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (Persepolis), Mehdi Sharifi (Sepahan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Persepolis, on loan at Tractor Sazi), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan).
THE NIGERIA SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Norwich City, England); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Joel Obi (Parma, Italy); Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese, Italy); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain), Sunday Mba (CA Bastia, France), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona, Italy); Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City, England), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium); Victor Moses (Liverpool, England), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen, Holland).