With the world cup starting soon i figured a new thread is in order. Here is a article about the only team with an Armenian in the WC.
TEYMOURIAN HEADS TO BRAZIL WITH IRAN WORLD CUP SQUAD
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Andranik Teymourian celebrates Iran's win against South Korea in a
decisive World Cup 2014 qualifiyng match
TEHRAN--Iran coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday named a 24-man squad for
the World Cup, pending the elimination of one player from the official
final line-up because of injury worries. 31-year-old national team
veteran Andranik Teymourian was named as a starting midfielder for
Teymourian, who currently plays for Tehran's Esteghlal, has also
played for three clubs in the English Premier League, including
Bolton and Fulham. Teymourian, an ethnic Armenian born in Tehran,
has had 78 appearances for the Iranian national team and has scored
8 goals. His performance against South Korea in a decisive World Cup
qualifying game was instrumental in securing a spot for Iran in Brazil.
"No game is going to be easy for us," Andranik Teymourian said to
reporters at a training camp in eastern Austria last week. "But
playing against Iran is not going to be easy for any of our opponents."
Iran start their fourth World Cup against Argentina, Nigeria and
Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F. They have never made it past the
They head to Brazil, however, having topped their Asian qualifying
group ahead of South Korean -- a fact the players will not let
"This shows the enormous fighting spirit shown by the players,
proven in the qualifiers, and the fact that we could qualify is an
absolutely tremendous achievement for our team and I personally hope
that we can be one of the favorites also," Teymourian said in Austria.
The 24-man team, as selected by coach Carlos Quieroz, is as follows:
Defenders: Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven "Mehrdad" Beitashour
(Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini
(Persepolis), Amir-Hossein Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft),
Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Mehrdad Pouladi (Persepolis).
Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC), Andranik Teymourian
(Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Haddadifar (Zob Ahan),
Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan).
Forwards: Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham), Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas),
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton),
Karim Ansarifard (Persepolis, on loan to Tractor Sazi), Khosro Heydari