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Iran National Team to Play Friendly against Sporting Lisbon in September

General Secretary of Iran Football Federation Mehdi Mohammad Nabi

General Secretary of Iran Football Federation Mehdi Mohammad Nabi announced on Wednesday that Iran’s national football team will play friendly against Sporting Lisbon in September.

The Portuguese manager Carlos Queiroz is currently serving as the head coach of Iran. Iranians have already qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Queiroz has extended his deal with Team Melli until the end of the 2014 World Cup.

“The officials of Iran Football Federation are intended to support Team Melli in the best possible way. We have planned to organize several camps and tours for Iran’s national football team outside the country,” said Mehdi Mohammad Nabi.

In recent months, the football federation of Iran was criticized by analysts for its poor planning. “There are some problems we cannot talk about them publicly. Sanctions on Iran have made difficult situations for the Iranian national team. On the other hand, Iran Football Federation has failed to find suitable sponsors to organize football tours for Team Melli,” Mehdi Mohammad Nabi added.

According to local media reports, the Football Federation is hit by economic crisis in Iran.

Nabi went on to say that Ali Kaffashian, the President of Iran Football Federation, has already asked the Iranian government to support football in the country. “We have submitted our requests to the Iranian new government. I hope they offer their best support in this field,”

Mehdi Mohammad Nabi also talked about the sponsorship deal offered by Puma last week. “Unfortunately no company has made a remarkable offer in this regard. It seems the foreign companies are only looking for their own profits in sponsorship deals. Iran Football Federation is ready to consider offers benefitting football in the country.”

The Germany-based sports goods manufacturer, Puma, was the kit manufacturer of Iran’s national football team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The company is reportedly interested in sponsoring Team Melli in the coming FIFA World Cup.

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