Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension

Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. This time, the political overtones are just as strong and relations perhaps even more fraught as the US and Iran face off once again on … Read more

How USMNT vs. Iran became more than just a World Cup match

The press conference began innocuously enough, with a reporter for an American outlet asking head coach Gregg Berhalter if he thought tactics or intensity would decide the US men’s national team’s must-win match against Iran in their final World Cup group-stage match on Tuesday. It quickly transformed into something far more charged. Journalists from the … Read more

Female Iranian fans fear state ‘spotters’ are spying on them at World Cup games

The woman was becoming hysterical, standing outside the Khalifa International Stadium and sobbing. She is Iranian and, although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognized somebody who does: a man she believed was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during England’s 6-2 … Read more

Female Iranian fans fear state ‘spotters’ are spying on them at World Cup games

The woman was becoming hysterical, standing outside the Khalifa International Stadium and sobbing. She is Iranian and, although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognized somebody who does: a man she believed was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during England’s 6-2 … Read more

Iran is calling for the US to be thrown out of the World Cup after the flag change

Ahmad Nourollahi of Iran in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Richard Sellers Getty Images Sport | Getty Images Iranian state media is calling for the US World Cup soccer team to be thrown … Read more

France 2-1 Denmark: Sparkling Dembele and why this is Mbappe’s tournament for the taking

Denmark have been France’s bogey team in recent years, but Kylian Mbappe had other ideas in their World Cup clash at Stadium 974, scoring twice to secure a 2-1 victory that makes it two wins from two for the reigning champions. Denmark had beaten France twice in 2022 and looked to be on course for … Read more

France 2-1 Denmark: Sparkling Dembele and why this is Mbappe’s tournament for the taking

Denmark have been France’s bogey team in recent years, but Kylian Mbappe had other ideas in their World Cup clash at Stadium 974, scoring twice to secure a 2-1 victory that makes it two wins from two for the reigning champions. Denmark had beaten France twice in 2022 and looked to be on course for … Read more

Iran government supporters confront protesters at the World Cup

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Tensions ran high at Iran’s second match at the World Cup on Friday as fans supporting the Iranian government harassed those protesting against it and stadium security seized flags, T-shirts and other items expressing support for the protest movement. that has gripped the Islamic Republic. Some fans were stopped by … Read more

World Cup fans put off by prices, beer limits commute by air

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Travel at this World Cup was supposed to be easy in the tiny host nation of Qatar, after fans had to take long flights between cities at the last three tournaments. The eight stadiums in Qatar are in or near the capital, so fans don’t have to go too far to … Read more

Israeli-Palestinian conflict catches up with Qatar World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – It was uncharted territory for the Israeli journalist. Wandering through the rustic outdoor marketplace in Doha before the start of the World Cup, he zeroed in on a Qatari man in his traditional headdress and white flowing robe and asked for an interview. “Which channel?” the Qatari asked. The journalist replied … Read more