Azmoun named in Iran’s World Cup squad despite political pressure
MOSCOW, November 14 – RIA Novosti. Petersburg “Zenith” former striker Serdar Azmoun joined the Iranian team for the World Cup in Qatar. area Iranian Football Federation.
Earlier, the media reported that head coach Carlos Queiroz was pressured by the security service of the Iranian Ministry of Sports and Youth with a call to prevent Azmoun, who plays for Germany’s Bayer, from entering the national team. The football player supported the action organized in memory of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died on September 16.
A total of 25 people took part in the squad, including Portuguese Porto forward Mehdi Taremi, defender Milad Mohammadi, who played for Akhmat Grozny before, and Rostov and former midfielder Said Ezzatollakhi of Anji Makhachkala.
Azmoun is 27 years old and made 65 appearances for the Iranian national team, scoring 41 goals and providing seven assists.
The World Championship will be held from 20 November to 18 December. The Iranian national team will compete in Group B with the teams of England, USA and Wales.
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