We promised to write about this and then about affordable Land transactions before we start on DOG TALK for this week.
Slow starting week here.
The Iranian National team is ranked about 43rd presently.We range from 36th to about this same figure.
Iran was the 4th country to qualify for the World Cup Brazil.This was on the 18th of June 2013.
Iran came first in group A.
We will count on the Eagle spirit of rising to the occasion to make a mark in this World Cup….Hopefully.
We will look at the Iranian team,since we all know the Nigerian team,with the inclusion of Christantus Ejike Uzoenyi.
The Iranian National team,which by the way qualified by beating along the way teams like Korea and which recently beat Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly game,a game in which Ehsan Haji Safi scored late in the first half and Reza Ghoochannejhad in the second is made up of the following players-
1.Daniel Davari- Daniel Davari is a German-Iranian goalkeeper .Hecurrently plays for Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga and the Iranian national team.26 Years.
2.Rahman Ahmadi-Rahman Ahmadi is an Iranian goalkeeper.He plays in the Iran Pro League for a club named Sepahan.33 Years.
3.Alireza Haqiqi-Alireza Haqiqi an Iranian goalkeeper who plays for Portuguese side Sporting Covilhã, Before then he played for Rubin Kazan.26 years old,six feet five.
4.Hossein Mahini-27 year old Hossein Mahini plays for Iran’s Premier Football League’s Persepolis.A defender.
5.Jalal Hosseini-32 Year old Jalal Hosseini,also plays for Persepolis.
6.Amir Hossein Sadeqi- 32 year old,Six feet two inches tall Amir Hossein Sadeqi is a center back defender who plays for Iran’s Premier Football League team Esteghlal
7.Mehrdad Pooladi-27 Year old Mehrdad Pooladi or Pouladi also plays for Persepolis in Iran’s Premier Football League. He is a left back.
8..Ahmad Alenemeh-31 Year old Ahmad Alenemeh,plays for Naft Tehran. He is renowned for his exceptional shooting ability.
9.Hashem Beikzadeh-30 year old Hashem Beikzadeh,plays for for Esteghlal in Iran’s Premier Football League as a defender.
10..Pejman Montazeri-30 Year old Pejman Montazeri, plays for Umm Salal SC in the Qatar Stars League.A center back defender.
At this stage we will point out that all the players thus far are averagely upwards of 186 cm or Six feet one inch,some more than this.Yaya Toure,Joseph Yobo,Mikel Obi type height,and from the ages stated above,most are in their primes.
Two of them thus far play for the same team in Iran,a prime team named Persepolis.
Remember also the Iranian bone strenght,a result of their peculiar diet perharps.Incredible feats of strength,weight lifting,etc.
11.Steven Beitashour-27 Year old,Five feet,Ten inches tall Steven Beitashour (Victor Moses height range),plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.He is a defender.
12.Reza Haghighi-25 Year old,Six feet six inches tall Reza Haghighi (Peter Crouch,Kanu Nwankwo height range,a little taller than Kanu),also plays for Persepolis.
13.Andranik Teymourian-31 year old Andranik Teymourian,at Five feet eleven inches,plays for Esteghlal in the Iran Pro League
14.Ghasem Hadadifar-30 year old,Five feet eleven Ghasem Hadadifar plays for Zob Ahan in the Iran Pro League.
15.Bakhtiar Rahmani-22 Year old,Five feet Ten inches tall Bakhtiar Rahmani plays for Foolad in the Iranian Pro league.
16.Javad Nekounam-Six feet one inch tall,33 year old Javad Nekounamplays for Kuwait SC.He is the captain of Iran.
A central midfielder.
17.Ehsan Hajsafi-Iniesta Sized,Maradona/Messi type height Ehsan Hajsafi plays as a defender for Sepahan in the Iran Pro League.
In 2009, Hajsafi was selected by Goal.com as the most promising player in Asian football. Ehsan Hajsafi
18. Khosro Heydari-30 Year old,Khosro Heydari,a defender,at Five feet eight and a half inches,plays for Esteghlal in Iranian Premier league.
19.Karim Ansarifard-24 year old,Six feet two inches tall (Drogba height range )Karim Ansarifard is also a striker and plays for Tractor Sazi in Iran Pro league,Before then he played also for the same Persepolis as a few other players in this team.
20.Reza Ghoochannejhad-26 year old,Five eleven Reza Ghoochannejhad plays for Charlton Athletic.A foward.
21.Alireza Jahanbakhsh-20 year old,Five eleven Alireza Jahanbakhsh plays for NEC, Holland.
22.Masoud Shojaei-30 year old,Six feet one Masoud Shojaei plays for UD Las Palmas in Spain as an attacking mid fielder.
23.Ashkan Dejagah-27 year old,Five eleven Ashkan Dejagah plays for Fulham as an attacking midfielder.
So we must summarize-will youth of some sorts,strenght as is common to Iranians tilt the game in favor of Iran against an also some what youthful Eagles,or will the Eagles “rise up to the occasion syndrome” carry the day?
As Nigerian we hope for a win,but the truth is that not even Iran is not a push over.
In fact far from it and we hope we will not be disappointed in our first game.