World Cup studs: Iran players steal the show, Moroccon coach a head-turner

first_imgIran are set to face Spain in a key on Wednesday night after giving themselves a serious chance of qualifying from the first round of group matches.Iran produced a Moroccon heartbreak in their World Cup opener when Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in the fifth minute of added time and Iran walked away with all three points.Iran are placed in Group B, alongside two big names in Spain and Portugal. But with Spain vs Portugal finishing in a 3-3 draw, Iran now have a realistic chance to qualify for the Round of 16.While Iran put up a gritty display on field, the players’ good looks have not gone unnoticed either.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAs soon as the Iranian national team landed in Russia and their pictures were released, the social media began swooning over how good looking the players were. Ehsan Hajisafi (left) and Karim Ansarifard after Iran’s win over Morocco. (Reuters Photo)A Twitter user went on to say, “Not sure if it’s Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe!”Not sure if its Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe! https://t.co/GLjZ2iD9do(@Bamitsmahnoor) June 11, 2018People went on to say that they were going to support Iran only because they wanted to see these men for a longer time in the World Cup.Iran national football team pic.twitter.com/OgbABQzFps(@yasupton) June 14, 2018I heard the internet was suddenly #teamiran because of these guys – can you blame anyone? Sports can be a way to bridge political gaps – especially when these are the athletes representing us. Irans national football team #TeamMelli has landed for the #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/zqjQ0xNfe8advertisementHastiTaghi (@HastiTaghi) June 10, 2018Irans national football team is looking like some GQ spread pic.twitter.com/6zVpstOxX1(@itsSaranotSera) June 13, 2018But Iran’s campaign has not been without controversy.Ahead of Iran’s first game against Morocco, news came out that Nike had pulled out of the sponsorship deal and were no longer going to provide boots to the Iran national team due to US sanctions.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz and players slammed Nike for their irresponsible treatment towards the country and its player but social media managed to associate even this to the looks of the Iran team and found a silver lining. The team from Iran have been in the news for their looks since the beginning for FIFA World Cup 2018. (Reuters Photo)A Twitter user waived away Nike’s treatment of Iran and said, “Nike isn’t sponsoring their footwear due to US sanctions, but after photos like this, will anyone really be paying attention to their feet?”This is Iran’s national football team. Nike isn’t sponsoring their footwear due to US sanctions, but after photos like this, will anyone really be paying attention to their feet?#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/tCR4E1KoaDMuhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) June 13, 2018Meanwhile, a few Iranian fans also raised banners asking for women back home to be allowed inside stadiums. Iranian skipper Masoud Shojaei, however, said the World Cup was not the place to discuss women issues. Alireza Jahanbakhsh celebrating Iran’s victory in the first FIFA World Cup 2018 match. (Reuters Photo)While the Iran national team will take the field later on Wednesday, there is another man who will be at the ground and one who has caught everybody’s attention.When Portugal take on Morocco today, the latter’s coach Herve Renard will be the one who will have people’s eyes on him.Last time when he stood at the sidelines, he turned many heads and fans could not help but notice his stark resemblance to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the role of Jamie Lannister in HBO’s superhit series Game of Thrones.Famous TV presenter Joe Morrison posted a photograph of Renard and even joked, “The best looking guy at the #FifaWorldCup2018 will be involved in the Portugal v Morocco game tonight and it’s not @Cristiano !!”The best looking guy at the #FifaWorldCup2018 will be involved in the Portugal v Morocco game tonight and its not @Cristiano !! – Join me from 4.30pm on SonyTen2 #Rennard pic.twitter.com/OJ3ooRdSDvJoe Morrison (@joefooty) June 20, 2018last_img

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