Fans call for Nike boycott after Iran WC 'disgrace'

World Cup Egyptians solidly behind national squad despite defeat in opening match

Azmoun had Iran's best chance of the first half, failing to score from a one on one opportunity spawned from a quick counter attack.

There was a notably even split between men and women.

However, that wasn't the only highlight of them match. The World Cup will run from June 14 to July 15.

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at the World Cup.

Within minutes, Tehranis had poured out on to the streets as if they had won the entire tournament.

Before the match started on Friday, a number of Iranian fans including women were seen waving their country's flags and singing songs.

Cristiano Ronaldo record is stat I have tournament record Asamoah Gyan
Ronaldo has had the case hanging over him since he appeared in court last July near Madrid to answer four counts of tax evasion. The perfectly taken shot - with the ball going over the wall and into the top corner - was the talk of the World Cup on Friday.

Renard said his team "fell into the trap" set by Iran, which sat back and relied on the defensive strength that carried the team through Asian qualifying by conceding only two goals in 10 games.

Fellow Iranian national team member Alireza Jahanbakhsh also had a message of encouragement for Bouhaddouz, writing, "Aziz Bouhaddouz, keep your head up, old man, we are all professionals, so do not worry and stay positive".

The victory was all the sweeter given the rough journey the players have faced, with Portuguese coach Carlos Quieroz complaining about limited resources and poor facilities for the squad.

"U.S. sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike can not supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time", a Nike statement had said. Iranian women have the right to share the joy of shouting the Team Melli slogan, "80 Million People, One Nation, One Heart Beat" in front of their team! However, they were left rueing the draw that saw them placed in the same group as 2010 winners Spain and European champions Portugal, with only the top two sides advancing to the last 16.

But Iranians always revel in being the underdog.

Related News:



Most liked

Trump's trade adviser apologises for comments on Trudeau
The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, featured a tense standoff between Trump and other G7 leaders. The relationship between the USA and its allies was already off-balance after Mr.

Gareth Southgate tells England squad the starting XI to face Tunisia
My wife will give me the heads-up - I'm waiting on the text saying: "Get back home" - and I'll get back as fast as possible. What we were doing in training was completely different to how Iceland played in the game.

New York Attorney General sues Trump and Trump Foundation
Trump responded to the suit on Twitter , blasting "sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Its statement accused the NY attorney general of holding $1.7 million in foundation assets "hostage for political gain".

Iceland fans bring back Viking clap celebration at Russia World Cup
Despite Argentina failing to convince in Moscow, Hallgrimsson still believes they have the talent to go deep in this World Cup . That provided the space Argentina needed to whip in the cross that led to the penalty that was expected to be the match-winner.

United Methodist Church urges Sessions to halt migrant family separations
And Press Secretary Sarah Sanders comes under fire for falsely claiming the administration was just following existing law. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.

Eid truce between Afghan army and Taliban marred by deadly blast
Both sides had declared overlapping cease-fires and unarrned Taliban militants had entered Afghan cities Saturday. The president also announced that 46 Taliban prisoners had been released in the spirit of the Eid ceasefire.

Stocks rise as economy strengthens, central banks step back
The ECB's president, Mario Draghi , will take questions from the media.to discuss the bank's decision on Thursday afternoon. President Donald Trump was due to meet with his trade advisers later on Thursday to decide whether to activate the tariffs.

Saudi Footballers To Be Penalized For Heavy Defeat By Russia
Before Thursday, Russia had not won a game since October 2017 - a 2-0 win over South Korea, courtesy of two own goals. Gazinsky charged forward to meet the ball as Saudi player Taisir Al-Jassam stumbled, leaving him a simple finish.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah given 100kg birthday cake by Chechen fans
With matches against Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia to come, the star will surely be hopeful of some positive results. In Egyptian media and on social media, the response has been similar.

Two Kansas City Sheriff's Deputies Dead Following Shooting
On Friday , both deputies of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office were transported to the University of Kansas Hospital. Investigators said the inmate may have grabbed a weapon from one of the deputies during a struggle late Friday morning.

FIFA World Cup fans injured after Moscow taxi crashes into crowd
Pictures released by the Moscow Traffic Authority show the taxi came to a stop next to a knocked-down traffic sign. Police said that it is likely the man lost control of the vehicle and he holds a Kyrgyzstan driving license.

Phil Mickelson takes 2-shot penalty for hitting a moving golf ball!
For some reason, he made a decision to give himself the gift of a two-stroke penalty during the third round of the U.S. Saturday was Mickelson's 48th birthday, and there were good vibes everywhere early in his round.

Eid ul Fitr being observed in parts of KP
A day earlier, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee met in Karachi while the zonal committees met in Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore. The met Office said that chances were higher of Eidul Fitr being celebrated on Saturday, June 16 across Pakistan.

Rory McIlroy laments third successive missed cut at US Open
The second-round leader made double bogey on the second hole on Saturday, dropping him to 2 under for the tournament. That's just to say that Woods, who has had four surgeries on his spine since 2014, will just have to be patient.

Porter Jr. Cancels Workout Over Major Spasms
Representatives of multiple teams that reviewed the information with their medical staffs say those results are encouraging. Not a draft season passes by where there's not at least one highly-regarded prospect whose health isn't questioned.