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Infighting, Early Retirements Bedevil National Soccer Team

Football experts say Reza Ghoochannejad and Sardar Azmoon’s decisions to retire from national duty are “emotional” and reversible
Infighting, Early Retirements Bedevil National Soccer Team Infighting, Early Retirements Bedevil National Soccer Team

Some unfortunate events have overshadowed the superb performance of Team Melli at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Portuguese Manager Carlos Queiroz has lashed out at Persepolis Manager Branko Ivankovic of Croatia accusing him of distracting the Team Melli camp before the World Cup finals. Also two of the players bid farewell to the national team after returning home from Russia.
Iran finished third in Group B with four points behind Spain and Portugal with five points each. As a result, the national team failed to advance to the knockout stage, a dream which many believe Iran could have realized and deserved. 
However, when Queiroz arrived in Iran, unexpectedly he complained about the situation caused by Ivankovic as he did not allow Persepolis players to join the preparation camp regularly as Team Melli manager had expected.

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