Iran today: Rouhani hails power of football victory

President-elect Hassan Rouhani has hailed Iran’s 1-0 victory over South Korea on Wednesday as an “introduction to bigger victories” for the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani said that the football victory, which qualifies Iran for the 2014 World Cup, heralded the “powerful presence of our nation on all fields”.

The President-elect also praised Iran’s youth for their displays of patriotism after the victory.

Our patriotic youth is one of our country’s biggest assets. #Brazil2014#victory #pridepic.twitter.com/O4ne0VCHEs

— Dr Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) June 18, 2013

Rouhani’s rival, and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili also tweeted about Iran’s football win, calling it the “second victory in a week”:

به تيم ملى ايران و ملت قهرمان ايران تبريك ميگوييم. دومين پيروزى در اين هفته#iranelection #worldcup #brazil2014

— Saeed Jalili (@DrSaeedJalili) June 18, 2013

Celebrations of the victory took place across Iran, including in the Sunni-majority province of Sistan Baluchistan:

Iranian Baluch danced in streets of Sistan & Baluchistan province celebrating #Iran‘s qualification for#brazil2014pic.twitter.com/9qDHrI66LX

— Madi J © (@iShahrzad) June 18, 2013

Images from the celebrations in Tehran:

Iranians celebrate World Cup Qualification in Tehran via @Vahid#Iran #WorldCup #Brazil2014pic.twitter.com/QJMnAyZ8WL

— Zealous_Iranian (@Zealous_Iranian) June 18, 2013

The victory was also front page headlines in Iranian dailies on Wednesday, including the hardline Kayhan newspaper, close to the Supreme Leader’s Office:

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