Carlos Queiroz furious over Iran Nike World Cup football boots snub

Jose Verdugo
Junio 14, 2018

The Iranian soccer federation has contacted FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup, to help address the matter, ESPN reported.

Nike confirmed in a statement they are unable to provide kit to Iran due to the United States sanctions now in place against the country. "This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement".

"They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary".

Iran head into the match against Morocco in Group B on the back of a hard build-up to the tournament overall, after friendly matches against Greece and Kosovo were also cancelled. Spain and Portugal round out the deadly Group B.

"We have the potential to surprise Morocco in our first match", Queiroz said.

With little time to react, Iran's players have taken varying steps to make sure they will be equipped to play: some have asked non-Iranian players on their club teams to loan them boots, according to one team official, while others have had friends acquire them or simply gone out and bought their own footwear at stores.

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Queiroz's mood may seem bullish but, despite upheaval off the pitch, his team have been in excellent form on it.

Iran's coach, Carlos Queiroz, expressed frustration with the move, noting how dramatically it could affect his team's play through the tournament. This team was among the first Asian side to qualify for the tournament.

Just days before their opening World Cup match against Morocco, Iran is scrambling to find a new footwear situation after Nike, which previously supplied the team's boots, announced it would not longer do so.

"We have a tough draw", Renard said.

"We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters", the manager told reporters.

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