2014 FIFA World Cup Countdown

Javad Nekounam (L) and Reza “Gucci” Ghoochannejhad (R) during the June 2, 2014 farewell ceremony (Tasnim News Agency).The players on Iran’s national soccer team were so stylish during the farewell ceremony that comparisons were drawn to photos of Iran’s 1988 World Cup squad as a sign of the times.

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.

Andranik Teymourian, June 2, 2014 farewell ceremony (Imgur).

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.

Chorus

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

Billboard in Brazil welcoming Iran's national soccer team (Tasnim News Agency). Hashem Beikzadeh sitting out during a match against Trinidad and Tobago on June 8,  2014 (Tasnim News Agency).

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