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"The best defense is a good offense"

Balatarin

 

Iran’s loss against Argentina was disappointing, but expected.

 

Team Melli struggled for 90 minutes. Argentina was unable to create a finishing opportunity until the 91st minute when Lionel Messi managed to break away from the already tired Iranian defense, to score a goal that can only be described as magic.

 

The loss wasn’t surprising, it was expected. Everyone knew that Argentina was to win, which is why Iran’s playing strategy should have been different.

 

Team Melli’s world cup game plan has been conservatism. The whole team defends, and upon intercepting the ball, it is either cleared or passed up to an attack comprised of two-three players. This is why Iran has yet to secure a world cup goal.

 

With no expectation of winning, why not focus on scoring?

 

In the 86th minute Reza had a breakaway shot that the Argentinean goalkeeper was unable to contain. The ensuing rebound was loose for the next few seconds, a sure goal had there been another attacker.

 

There were two other formidable opportunities, but they lacked the talent and luck to produce a desperately needed goal, there was also a questionable tackle that many saw as a penalty in Iran's favor.

 

The team needs to shift its attention onto scoring. Albeit a great goalkeeper, Haghighi can only block so many shots.

 

Team Melli has played well so far, putting up a fight against powerful teams, but has yet to impress the spectators and viewers back home. Without a win against their next opponent Bosnia, Iran will not advance to the next round.

 

If Team Melli is not likely to win the cup (or even advance for that matter), why not try and score some goals to celebrate over?

Balatarin

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P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

Messi did for his team what any good player would have done for his/hers team, including Iran. Iranians have always appreciated great teams and great players and been able to sat nationalism aside. I congratulate Messi for his play and successful goal...and let's not blame others for our shortcomings; try to learn from our mistakes and fix them.

As Mr. Araki correctly stated; "the best defense is a good offence". Unfortunately, Iranian team did not have a good one, but I give them an "A" for trying...may be the next time!!

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

A for effort, atleast we did better than spain ironically

Dakho

Dakho Satirist, humorist, Ph.D. in Laughter Therapy

That depiction of Messi is really offensive, childish and unprofessional. It also seriously devalues this site. Iranians need to learn how to play like Messi, not insult him like a bunch of crybabies and bad losers.
I'm sure none of our Footballists in Brazil feel this way about Messi, because they're professionals, they learn from Messi and their mistakes. Vulgarism and disrespecting after losing in not professional, or acceptable. Shame on you.

Samanro

Saman Just Iran and politics.

Yes, cause all Iranians in the world wrote those things about messi and disfigured messis picture. Sureee.

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

The image is just to poke fun, keep in mind it was produced by an 8 year old.

Your comment implies that iranians are mature, professional and considerate, which they are not. Look at messi's facebook page right now, its flooded with Iranians giving him fohsh e khahar-madar

Iranians are crybabies and bad losers. When I told my family "Iran lost fair and square" they bitched at me about the penalty and unfair reffing.

I put the image to make a statement about the iranian state of mind/ mentality which is like you have described.

Dakho

Dakho Satirist, humorist, Ph.D. in Laughter Therapy

We have Iranians of all types. Mr. Jamshid Mashayekhi volunteered to personally meet Messi and apologize on behalf of Iranians after that Facebook debacle.
Your excuse and justification is worse than your error. OZRE BADTAR AZ GONAH!
Have a nice day and enjoy sports for its inherent beauty and character building qualities not childish competitiveness.

Bavafa

Bavafa   Free copy of all e-mails, posts and voice conversation at NSA depository, no sign up is required and it won't cost you a dime only your freedom. Mehrdad

I don’t mean to pick on Mr. Araki as he is more of a messenger here than the responsible party for such ugly behavior, not that dismissing it as “poking fun” excuse the behavior but I am often times baffled by the behavior of some of our friends who have lived in the West for years if not decades. We often hear critics of Iranian’s less than civilized/overly emotional behavior inside Iran yet some of us outside of Iran have learned little and sometimes behave even worse despite years of living here.

Case in point:
It was only days ago when one of the prominent writer here on IC who would not pass an opportunity to remind us about the violent and backward nature of the IRI, only to wish for the US to arm Sunnis, just that they can kill more Shite. Of course this was all in the context of ISIS in Iraq.

“Honestly, I don't mind the US arming Sunnis against the Shiites. Because guess who's a Shiite!”
http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/34146

Mehrdad

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

Haha sounds like Mr. Jamshid wanted to meet messi just like anybody else.

thanks for the good words
its good to have iranian adults such as yourself to learn from

Bavafa

Bavafa   Free copy of all e-mails, posts and voice conversation at NSA depository, no sign up is required and it won't cost you a dime only your freedom. Mehrdad

"That depiction of Messi is really offensive, childish and unprofessional. It also seriously devalues this site. Iranians need to learn how to play like Messi, not insult him like a bunch of crybabies and bad losers"

Could not have said it better.

Thank you
Mehrdad

farokh2000

farokh2000

They played a great game and lost to one of the top 5 teams in the entire World by a goal in the extra time.
A Super Star does what a Super Star is supposed to do.
No shame in losing such a close game to such a great team.

Very proud of the young men for fighting for 90 plus minutes.

These young men have to fight even to get Team Uniforms from the Thieves running the Country. Under those circumstances, you have to be very proud of what they have done.
Go Team Melli!

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

Great point, really like your comment. A super star was going to score, there was no shame in losing that game. Their is pride in playing an honest game.

danielponnce

Dany Ponce Resido en la República Argentina de donde soy nativo.. mas precisamente de la segunda ciudad del país. La provincia de Córdoba.

Felicito a su selección de fútbol por este partido... jugaron muy bien y eso tiene su valor.. Íran es un gran equipo.....!!!

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

I agree. It was the uniform's fault.

danielponnce

Dany Ponce Resido en la República Argentina de donde soy nativo.. mas precisamente de la segunda ciudad del país. La provincia de Córdoba.

Soy Argentino y veo la palabra de los Iranies y la verdad me gusta el espiritu deportivo que llevan como país.. Yo como argentino los felicito.. Su equipo hizo un gran partido, como sea... y lo que vale es el resultado.
La imagen de Messi como argentino no me gusta.. la veo muy poco serio para un diario que representa a un país.. aunque lo haya echo un niño de 8 años.. Leo Messi es un gran jugador de fútbol y no es tramposo o sucio para jugar.. hace sus jugadas y sus goles con su habilidad y eso es propio de él. Yo como argentino me gusta verlo jugar como a todo el mundo porque esto es un deporte, solo eso...!! el partido que ganamos ante Botznia el gol de Messi lo festejaron tanto los Botznios, los Brasilero que estaba en el estadio como los argentinos.. toda la gente que estaba allí grito de la emoción de verlo personalmente hacer su "magia", hacer un gol como los que hace en el Barsa, eso es solo habilidad deportiva, por algo gano 3 balones de oro..

Felicito a al pueblo de Ìran y les deseo lo mejor para esta Copa Mundial Brasil 2014-. desde Córdoba, en el centro de la República Argentina... Saludos Hermanos.....!!

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

Gracias por tus amables palabras, pero no nos patrocinan. Este no fue nuestro mejor juego, o jugadores. Irán está bajo el control de los maestros religiosos, y tú lo sabes mejor que nadie, la mejor footbal es sólo cuando los jugadores son libres.

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

"la mejor footbal es sólo cuando los jugadores son libres."

AminP

AminP

Next game will be all offense. Iran needs to play 4-3-3 It needs more than one striker.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

#43 in the world is statistically NEVER going to draw or win against #5 in the world.

I guess I am the only one who watches Iranian league football (I will always be Estghlal, sorry), because no one seems to have noticed that these players at the WC are NOT in fact the BEST Iranian players we have!

These players seemed like retarded goodie two shoe Mollah boys who promised to do their prayers while on the trip, and to not defect.

Dejahgah seemed to have lost even more hair from Game 1 to Game 2. And was so preoccupied with smoothing over his fading combover, that he couldn't think, never mind play to the hype he had been raised.

Is he Ghooch? Or is he Reza? Maybe if he would embrace the loving nickname given to him by the sports reporters who noticed his quality, he could have had some confidence and scored that one shot he had. Or was he merely more devout to go as (emam) Reza?

Whatever you decide as the excuse it or offer astute reasons for Iran's lousy play, one thing is for sure. Allah clearly hates Football.

farokh2000

farokh2000


"I agree. It was the uniform's fault"!!
Behrooz, what is wrong with you man?. Who said the reason they lost was for their Uniforms. Are you reading before you put in your comments?

I said they need to be commended for what they are doing, even with all the garbage that is going on back home.
Stop being so negative all the time. These are young men who are playing at the highest level of Football and doing their best. Teams from England and Spain are already out but the Team Melli still has a chance.
I am very proud of them for trying so hard.

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

I am also really proud. they really put in their all considering the lack of adequate funding, friendly games, etc.

I think mr. bahmani was joking/ being ironic with the uniforms comment.

Samanro

Saman Just Iran and politics.

Irans defense was great, so was Irans goalie, but there was barely any offense at all. Blame Irans american coach pal.

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

the reason there is barely any offense is that we don't have the physical ability to do both, if we focus on defense, offense is lacking (nigeria, argentina) if we focus on offense, defense is lacking (boznia)

iranvatan

iranvatan One Iran for all Iranians

It is called planning to strategize and then execute.

The team did very well.

The team executed very well on the plan strategize by their General.

Your way of thinking and please don't take it in the wrong way is the same thought process that inexperienced leaders perform.

Iran played exactly like Italy in the 1980's and 1990's and that is why they were very successful.

The coach has improved pur defense which we have lacked for decades. Now we have to produce better offensive attacks.

The team fought and ran for more than 90 minutes.

They are becoming physically stronger and even mentally more confident.

This has been the BEST EVER Team meli

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

I do agree that querioz is trying to help improve the team, but that will only work in the long term, the lack of funding means he will be cut off after his contract is up

yolanda

yolanda

I hope they do well in the next game against Bosnia/Herz! A great game can lift up the spirit and Omid of an entire nation like what happened to the crazy Mexico game yesterday! Hey, if you can score and win, you will go down history as a national hero!......excluding Luis Suarez! I hope he gets banned!

MohammadAraki

Mohammad Araki Iranian-American

Well, they did score, but not enough

thanks for the comment and wishes