Qouchannejad and Nekounam: Iranian Footballers among Asia's Top Ten Players in 2013

Qouchannejad and Nekounam: Iranian Footballers among Asia's Top Ten Players in 2013 ...
english.farsnews.com 30/12/2013 Sports

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Two key players of the Iranian football squad, Reza Qouchannejad and Javad Nekounam were selected by the US-based sport channel ESPN to be on the list of top 10 Asian soccer players in 2013.

The ESPN described Reza Qouchannejad as “crucial part of the Iranian squad”, adding that “the fleet-footed forward only made his national team debut at the tail end of last year.”

The site also names Javad Nekounam “a figure of supreme authority in leading his team to the most vital of victories,” adding that “the Prince of Persia” helped the Esteqlal “to the semifinal of the Asian Champions League and the Iranian title.”

The drawing ceremony for the Football World Cup was held in Salvador city of the Brazilian state of Bahia early this month during which the National Iranian football team was drawn with the Latin American Argentina, the African Nigeria and the European Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Iran, Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina have to compete in the sixth group of the World cup next summer.

Iranians will open their competition at the international men's football tournament against Nigeria at the Arena da Baixada stadium in the Southern Brazilian city of Curitiba on June 16 next year.

The Iranian squad will take on Argentines at the Estadio Mineirao in the city of Belo Horizonte on June 21.

Carlos Queiroz’s men will face Bosnians at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador on June 25 in their last group stage match.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th edition of the international sports event and is scheduled to take place from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil.

Brazil and Croatia will participate in the opening match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

The hosts have Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon for company in Group A, while Spain is drawn in Group B with Chile and Australia, as well as the Netherlands.

Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece are together in Group C. Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica and England comprise intriguing Group D.

Switzerland, Honduras, Ecuador and France make up Group E.

Group G looks set to be the 20th FIFA World Cup’s 'Group of Death', containing Germany, Ghana, the United States and Portugal.

Belgium, South Korea, Algeria and Russia complete the draw in Group H.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage matches will come to an end on June 26, with the first games of the round of 16 to take place only two days later in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

The four quarterfinals will then be staged on July 4 and 5, while the semifinals will take place on July 8 and 9.

The final match will unfold at the cathedral of Brazilian football, the iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, on July 13.

Iranian team strongly qualified for Brazil World Cup after garnering 16 points as first team of the first group of Asia.

Iran has qualified three times in 1978, 1998, and 2006 for the World Cup.

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