Many Iranians have been torn over whether to support their national team at a time of mass protests over the death of a young woman in police custody. The tension has grown as Iran and the U.S. face off. The winner of the game will advance to the knockout stage.
Some Iranians don't want their team to win. I wondered how I had brought him up. He could not support the mullahs. Soheila told the newspaper that her son supported the Iranian team.
Concerns have been raised about sportswashing after the Islamic Republic mentioned the team's success on the pitch. The Iranian nation was happy by the players. The Supreme Leader of Iran said Saturday that he hopes God makes them happy.
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, said that the reluctance of some Iranians to support their team shifted after the win against Wales. Soccer is loved by Iranian people. The enthusiasm displayed by them in the game against Wales had a contagious effect.
There is controversy surrounding Iran's squad ahead of Tuesday's game and a look at the country's odds of progressing to the knockout stage for the first time.
The U.S. head coach and captain of the team answered questions from Iranian state TV reporters about the relationship between the two governments, as well as their personal convictions. Iran's people and their team are supported by us. Adams mispronunciation of the country's name led to further questions.
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An Iranian journalist from PressTV made a correction to Adams' pronunciation. He lashed out at the pair for pronouncing Iran's name wrong and for saying they supported the Iranian people.
The U.S. Soccer Federation changed the flag of Iran on its social media accounts. The USSF said on Sunday that the move was to show support for the women in Iran who are fighting for their rights. Pro-regime figures in Iran called for the team to be kicked out of the World Cup after they gestured.
Ehsan Hajsafi, a star player for Iran, expressed his sympathies to the families of those who have died in Iran. We support them, and we sympathize with them. The squad didn't speak during the anthem. The players mouthed along to the anthem during the game against Wales after the arrest of a regime critic.
Jrgen Klinsmann, a FIFA official and former U.S. coach, came under fire after he criticized Iran. According to Klinsmann, Iranians are unsportsmanlike and heckle referees. This is all being done deliberately. The way they play is part of their culture. "They work the referee, you saw the bench always jumping up, always working the linesman, and they're constantly in your face."
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The comments made by Klinsmann were called "prejudicial," "outrageous," and a "disgrace to football" by Queiroz after he heard them.
Klinsmann said thatQueiroz took it the wrong way. He said he would call Queiroz.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the most likely outcome is England beating Wales and the US beating Iran. Two games are being held at the same time. It's the Eastern Standard Time. Iran could advance with either a draw or win.
Armani Syed can be reached at armani.syed@time.