Iran have gained an unlikely cult of followers for the World Cup – because of how handsome they look in their official team suits.
The Asian nation are one of the biggest underdogs at this summer’s tournament given a tough group draw, which sees them pitted against Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
But even if they are not victorious on the pitch, Iran have certainly become the big social media winners.
Official pictures of the team in their suits were released ahead of the start of the tournament and it’s safe to say that they went down a treat.
Even Radio 1 DJ Greg James took to Twitter to comment on their appearance.
He tweeted: “Yeah yeah laugh it up – I got Iran in the Radio 1 World Cup Sweepstake – very funny. The joke’s on you though because they’re fit af and have the best chant.”
Other fans joined in, with one replying: “I was gutted I got them but now I take it all back.”
Another fan who spotted the Iran team’s good looks said: “Think I will be supporting the Iran football team.”
While another said: “Not sure if it’s Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe!”
Meanwhile, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has demanded an apology from Nike over their refusal to supply boots to his squad.
Nike say they are unable to provide boots to Iran’s players because of sanctions imposed on the nation by the US Government.
But Queiroz, whose side face Morocco in their World Cup opener on Friday, criticised Nike and called for FIFA to intervene over the matter.
“It has been a source of inspiration for us,” said Queiroz. “This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement. Everybody is aware about the sanctions.
“They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary.
“Players get used to their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week before such important matches.
“We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters. But we are asking FIFA to help us with this.”
President Trump imposed economic sanctions on Iran in May, following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers.
Nike released a statement which read: “US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time.”
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