2014 FIFA World Cup Countdown
Another photograph that made some social network waves was a photo of a customary Iranian farewell ritual in which Iranian-Armenian (of Christian faith) Andranik Teymourian lightheartedly kissed and passed under a Quran held by a well-wishing cleric.
On Sunday June 8, Team Melli competed against Trinidad and Tobago and won 2-0 in its last World Cup warm-up. The match was not open to the public. Photos reveal top player Hashem Beikzadeh sitting out as he tries to recover from a heel injury before Monday’s match against Nigeria.
As the countdown continues, a number of videos have been posted online, which are getting the blood pumping for Iranian soccer fans. Credit card company, Visa, has produced a promotional video for every team in this year’s World Cup including Iran, even though Visa is not accepted in Iran as a form of payment.
And lastly, Iranian-Turkish pop music artist Mansoor released a The song has a catchy beat and chorus, alongside shots of some of the best moments and players in Iranian soccer history. The lyrics have been translated into English below.
We Love Football…Football
We Love Iran…Iran
Thank you national (soccer) team
For the World Cup
We are proud of you as Iranians
The national team is in our hearts
For us they are heroes
We are a generation that played with the soccer ball, we score goals and we are awake
We don’t back down when it gets difficult