Feb 3, 2024, 9:48 PM
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Raisi phones team members after Iran’s football victory over Japan

Tehran, IRNA - Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has spoken over phone with head coach and one of the players of the Iranian national football team after the team clinched a long-anticipated victory over Japan in the AFC Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Raisi spoke with Team Melli’s coach Amir Qalenoei and top player Mehdi Taremi on Saturday hours after the team defeated Japan 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The president thanked the coach, players and the team staff for their efforts in the tournament and expressed hope that they could finally clinch the continental football title.

Iran is expected to face either Qatar or Uzbekistan in the Cup’s semi-finals on Wednesday.

The team hopes to win the tournament nearly half a century after its third championship in the games in 1976.


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