2018 FIFA WC: Iran is first team to arrive for tournament

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Nine days ahead of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Islamic Republic of Iran became the first team to arrive in Russia as they touched down on Tuesday at 20:26 local time at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

"Being in Russia is a dream come true for Iranian football. We have achieved this dream through lots of hard work and sacrifices, which only heightens how honoured and privileged we feel to be here," the website of FIFA quoted Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese coach of the Iranian team as saying.

"The Iranian national team will relish rubbing shoulders with the best teams in the world and being part of this fantastic World Cup family. We arrive raring to keep this dream going for as long as possible and we look forward to playing our part in making this the best World Cup ever. We would like to send our greetings to all the other teams and their fans, particularly the people of Russia, who will be hosting the competition. We wish you all a great World Cup," said Queiroz.

Iran’s base for the tournament will be the Lokomotiv Bakovka Training Centre in the Moscow region, and they will play their first match on 15 June against Morocco at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Iran is in Group B with Portugal, Morocco and Spain.

Iran were the first Asian team to book their place at Russia 2018. This is the fifth time the Iranians have qualified for the world finals. Their previous appearances at football’s showpiece event came in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014.
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06 june 2018 04:26:03

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