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Seoul, South Korea ( Associated Press) — While Japan and South Korea begin fine-tuning for the World Cup with a high-profile warm-up…

Seoul, South Korea ( Associated Press) — While Japan and South Korea begin fine-tuning for the World Cup next month with a high-profile warm-up against Brazil, Iran has concerns that Asia’s top-ranked team is going slow. running from Mark it with preparation.

Iran are in Group B with England and the United States in the World Cup, which begins in Qatar on 21 November. But while there have been reports of a June friendly with New Zealand and a possible match with Canada, Iran has yet to confirm its warm-up commitments.

“There doesn’t appear to be any concrete plans,” Afshin Ghotbi, head coach of the Iran national team from 2009–11, told the Associated Press. “Time is of the essence and preparation is critical to Iran’s success.

“Most teams have already arranged matches and many good opponents are no longer available. Iran urgently needs to install suitable fixtures to prepare for the World Cup.”

There has been criticism within Iran about the lack of movement so far, with last month’s Tehran Times editorial headline: “Iran, as always, wastes golden opportunity.” The editorial expected more urgency when the football federation would meet on 10 May to choose a new president.

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Interim president Mirshad Majedi has said no games will be announced until the details are finalised.

Since the country is subject to international sanctions, attracting teams to Tehran or traveling abroad may be more complicated for Iran than for its Asian rivals.

Ghotbi would like to see Iranian players like Sardar Ajmoun in FC Porto along with Medhi Taremi and Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen have every chance of succeeding in Qatar.

Iran, ranked 21st in the FIFA rankings and currently coached by Dragan Skosic, have qualified for the last five World Cups, but have never advanced beyond the first round.

“I faced many of these challenges during my tenure, as did the challenges I faced before and after,” Ghotbi said. “It’s disappointing because Iran has a golden generation of players and if they have the best support and preparation they can reach their true potential on the world stage.”

Ghotabi’s successor as head coach, Carlos Queiroz, complained about the quality of the opposition that Iran faced until the 2018 World Cup, when it prepared for games against Turkey, Lithuania, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Tunisia and Uzbekistan. .

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“If you copy the preparations of the last four World Cups, you are not going anywhere. It’s a simple conclusion,” Queiroz said in 2017. At the same time, seven Iranian players took to social media to ask whether the country emulates South Korea when it comes to preparation.

This time around, South Korea, in Group H along with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana, will take on Brazil in Seoul on June 2, followed by Chile four days later and Paraguay on June 10.

Japan will begin preparations for Group E – consisting of Germany, Spain and either Costa Rica or New Zealand – taking on Brazil and Paraguay in the first week of June.

Saudi Arabia also qualified from Asia and Qatar got an automatic place in the tournament as hosts. Australia and the United Arab Emirates will meet in an Asian playoff for the right to take on a fifth-placed team from South America for another spot in Qatar.

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