Soccer: Iran primed for attempt to break group stage hoodoo

Reuters – The stability and pragmatism of Carlos Queiroz’s seven-year reign has firmly established Iran’s as Asia’s number one team, but the nation will go to the World Cup hoping to advance for the first time to the knockout phase.

Queiroz’s side face a daunting task after being drawn to take on Morocco, Spain and Portugal. However, Team Melli represent the Asian Football Confederation’s best hope of a successful 2018 finals.