Iran eyeing Spherical of 16 berth at FIFA World Cup, says striker Jahanbakhsh

Iran eyeing Spherical of 16 berth at FIFA World Cup, says striker Jahanbakhsh

A file picture of Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
Tehran: Iranian striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh has stated his group is aiming for a Spherical of 16 berth  on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. 
In an interview launched on the FIFA web site, Jahanbakhsh stated: “We’ve got by no means made it to the Spherical of 16, so that’s our largest intention, however we’ll play in one of many hardest teams with England, the US and Wales. But when I wish to say my dream, it could be to do our greatest first, then to make it to the second spherical. That’s whats on our minds.” 
“Ehsan Hajsafi and Karim Ansarifard had been additionally with me in 2014 and 2018. Its not one thing I anticipated, however it’s one thing I labored laborious for. It was at all times one among my largest desires every time I wore the nationwide group jersey,” he commented on his third participation in World Cup competitions.
“The thrill of World Cup doesn’t change and irrespective of how usually you expertise it, it’s at all times the identical. I nonetheless suppose and really feel the identical and sit up for it as I did on the age of 19 again in 2014. Im wanting ahead to it and hopefully I can symbolize my nation in one of the simplest ways doable and make our nation proud,” Jahanbakhsh added.
Talking about their match in opposition to England in World Cup Championship Qatar 2022, he stated, “I performed in opposition to a lot of this England group throughout my time there,” he stated. 
“Loads of high quality gamers! They will simply subject three completely different World Cup groups. They’ve three to 4 world-class gamers in each place, so they’re one of many favourites to win the World Cup and that claims sufficient about this group and the standard they’ve as a group and individually. We’re going to do our greatest and thats crucial factor. Its the identical scenario with USA and Wales they’ve quite a lot of good gamers who will come to do their finest on the World Cup.” 
“Final World Cup we had been fairly shut,” he stated. 
“Portugal and Spain went via with 5 factors and we simply missed out with 4. No person anticipated us to do that properly, however we had been united as a group. I believe we did fairly a great job in all three video games and had been unfortunate to not make it to the subsequent spherical from such a tough group. We’ve got the identical ambition now, to work laborious for our nation as a group. We all know tens of millions of Iranians again house and all over the world are wanting ahead to seeing us performing and making them proud”.
“It’s fairly a giant factor for our nation to play within the World Cup, however on this recreation, we consider nothing past that,” he stated. 
“I believe the most important distinction in comparison with 1998 is the generations. Now we’ve the most effective generations within the historical past of Iranian soccer, and for the US its the identical factor, they have quite a lot of high quality gamers individually taking part in in high European leagues and performing properly. So I believe the extent of USMNT now could be very completely different than 24 years in the past, and so are we,” he concluded.

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