Iran football in jeopardy

January 4, 2017 - 18:58

Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic and Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz have renewed hostilities once again.

Branko criticized Queiroz for holding a useless five-day camp in the UAE because he will have not his six players in mid-season training and former Real Madrid coach has expelled the Persepolis players from the camp just one day in Dubai in response to the Croat’s allegations.

Iran was scheduled to face Morocco in Dubai in a friendly match but it was cancelled.

It seems the Portuguese who is a master of 'mind games' is going to put Branko under pressure since it can distract the players from their main focus of concentration in the rest of the Iran Professional League season.

Reds have an uphill tasks ahead since they will also represent Iran in the AFC Champions League.

Team Melli, who is currently top of Group A in the Asia’s 2018 World Cup qualifying with 11 points, will take on Qatar on March 23 before facing China five days later but the chaotic situation could have disastrous consequences for the team.

The Iranian football federation will try to make peace with two parties but it seems it would be extremely difficult to reconcile.

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