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Friday, November 25, 2005

Iran Coach Under Pressure

Back in the mists of time, someone - probably Jimmy Hill - was the first person to say "'s a funny old game".

Allow me to be the latest. Having managed to qualify for next years' World Cup Finals in Germany, the Iranian national team - under coach Branko Ivankovic - has not performed to expectations . They've been beaten by Japan, South Korea and Macedonia in friendly matches.

The very fact that Ivankovic got such a small nation to the 2006 World Cup is something every Iranian soccer fan should be cheering. The friendlies are largely irrelevant, but it seems that expectation levels have changed dramatically and now people are calling for the coach's head. Luckily - given the nature of Iranian law - not literally.

It still surprises me that anyone should even think about sacking the guy that got them to the World Cup. This is craziness of the highest order.

Give the guy who got you there a chance to prove his quality against the big football nations or Iran will forever be thinking about what could have been.

posted by mark_s at 5:02 PM


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