Selfies and belly shirts: Kambiz Hosseini on Iran's World Cup bid
Iran represented by their national team, Team Melli, is one of 31 countries in the World Cup this year. And while they've been called one of the weakest teams at the tournament, Team Melli's still worth following. Iranian political satirist Kambiz Hosseini returns to Day 6 to dissect some of the most intriguing stories behind Iran's World Cup bid.
Highlight Reel: Iran at the World Cup
Iran's first match against Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup ended in a goalless draw, but was still celebrated by Iranians around the world. Perhaps most notably by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, who tweeted this picture of himself watching the match.
Proud of our boys who secured our first point--hopefully the first of many more to come. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup2014?src=hash">#WorldCup2014</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamMelli?src=hash">#TeamMelli</a> <a href="http://t.co/9pzyT1Dr3f">pic.twitter.com/9pzyT1Dr3f</a>—@HassanRouhani
Team Melli's Jerseys
Iran's World Cup jersey is red and white, featuring an Asiatic cheetah. There was some controversy surrounding with the jerseys, with reports that the team had complained about the quality of their shirts.
The American on Iran's Bench
Though the countries are historically known as sworn enemies, there's an American on Iran's bench at the the 2014 Cup. Iran's goal-keeping coach Dan Gaspar is from Connecticut.
Kambiz on an Iranian news site?
As discussed with Brent, satirist Kambiz Hosseini believes an Iranian news agency accidentally posted a photo of him celebrating the World Cup in Brazil.
Fars mistakenly put <a href="https://twitter.com/kambizhosseini">@kambizhosseini</a>'s photo in a story, vanished quickly! See Google Cache: <a href="http://t.co/M0oAsLm5Mo">http://t.co/M0oAsLm5Mo</a> <a href="http://t.co/fGxldzZBXm">pic.twitter.com/fGxldzZBXm</a>—@mahdi