2018 Schedule

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2018 Schedule
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52dMichael Church

Queiroz dares Iran to sack him as coach

Carlos Queiroz has told authorities in Iran to remove him from his role as the nation's head coach if they do not cede to his demands for Russia 2018.

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53dMichael Church

Iran boss Queiroz eyes Portugal WC clash

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz will need to take on his home nation Portugal and former player Cristiano Ronaldo after the draw for Russia 2018 on Friday.

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53dAdriana Garcia

Lopetegui: Spain have 'hard, difficult group'

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has a lot of admiration for the three countries his team will face in the group stages of the World Cup.

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Group B - A cruise for Portugal and Spain? (1:57)
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112dPaul Murphy

Ex-Thailand boss Schafer gets Iranian job

Former Thailand and Cameroon head coach Winfried Schafer, of Germany, has been appointed as the new manager of Iranian giants Esteghlal FC.

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113dMichael Church

Five best World Cup playoffs

Ahead of Australia's AFC World Cup playoff against Syria, Michael Church looks back at five memorable showdowns involving Asian sides.

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148dJohn Duerden

Ex-Man United coach works wonders in Iran

Ex-Man United coach Carlos Queiroz helped Iran qualify for the 2018 World Cup and deserves to be considered for coach of the year, says John Duerden.

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149dMichael Church

Iran leave out Shojaei after Israeli game

Sweden-born midfielder Saman Ghoddos has been called up for the first time by Iran but there is no place in the squad for midfielder Masoud Shojaei.

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159dJohn Duerden

Iran play 'like Europeans' - Park Ji-Sung

Park Ji-Sung has called upon home fans to get behind South Korea vs. a "European" Iran in a vital 2018 AFC World Cup qualifier in Seoul on Aug. 31.

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222dESPN Staff

Carlos Queiroz backs Vingada for Malaysia

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has given his vote of confidence to his former assistant Nelo Vingada, despite Malaysia's new coach making a losing start.

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222dJohn Duerden

Queiroz bullish about Iran's World Cup dream

Team Melli, as the national team is known, has qualified for back-to-back World Cups. Now its sights are set on finally making the knockout rounds.

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225dMichael Church

Iran first Asian nation to reach World Cup

Iran became the first Asian nation to book their place at the finals of next year's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan.

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261dChris Wright

Wonder goal at Beach Soccer World Cup

In the third-place playoff between Iran and Italy, striker Mohammad Mokhtari lit up the match with a truly audacious overhead kick.

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301dMichael Church

Lippi accepts Iran were better in WCQ

Marcello Lippi lauded Carlos Queiroz's Iran team as he conceded China still have a lot of improvements to make.

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302dMichael Church

China face exit, Iran remain unbeaten

Iran's 1-0 win over China put them one step closer to World Cup qualification while Marcello Lippi's team are on the brink of elimination.

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302dJohn Duerden

AFC WCQ: Iran, South Korea, Australia win

Japan, South Korea and Iran all secured key victories on Tuesday, in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

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306dESPN staff

AFC: China shock S. Korea; Australia held

Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw Marcello Lippi's side claim a 1-0 win over South Korea.

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321dAssociated Press

FIFA: Trump ban may prevent U.S. 2026 bid

"Mr. Trump is the president of the United States of America and as such of course [I have] huge respect for what he does," Infantino said.

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344dJohn Duerden

Iran's embarrassment of attacking riches

Reza Ghoochannejhad is finding form with Heerenveen as Iranian forwards make their mark in Europe, ahead of the 2018 World Cup, John Duerden writes.

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356dAssociated Press

Iran official out of FIFA Council vote

Iranian official Ali Kafashian has dropped out of an election to join the FIFA Council, and officials from South Korea and Philippines have entered.

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376dJohn Duerden

Why did Queiroz walk out on Iran?

Iran look to be on course to qualify for successive World Cups for the first time ever. So why has Carlos Queiroz just quit as national team manager?

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Goal Difference4Tied-26th
Goals Scored8Tied-35th
Assists6Tied-8th
Goals Conceded4Tied-68th