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#TeamMelli Player to Watch: Javad Nekounam

Javad Nekounam: Iran’s Talisman. Team Melli Captain. World Cup Veteran.

This is his second World Cup appearance (first time in 2006 where he played alongside Ali Daei and Ali Karimi). 

Source: Zimbio

Zimbio

Nickname: Neku.

Sidenote: his nose is so worthy of #ManlyNoseMonday. 

Most notable achievement: where do we begin?

He has represented Team Melli 140 times.

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Prior to his second World Cup, Nekounam played for CA Osasuna in the Spanish first division – in nearly 174 games and scoring 26 goals.

According to his former Real Madrid manager, “He is the kind of player every team needs as he contributes in so many different ways. The bigger the occasion, the better he plays.”

He scored the goal against South Korea that sealed Iran’s fate to move on to the World Cup 2014.

FIFA

FIFA

Known for his passing ability, defensive acumen and powerful long-range shots.

#TEAMESTEGHLAL

World Soccer Talk

World Soccer Talk

 According to Iran’s general team manager, all the ladies in Asia find Neku cute.

Sorry ladies, he’s married to Iranian model Nasrin Moghadam and welcomed a baby boy two years ago (future soccer player??)

Stormnotify

Stormnotify

We’re counting on you, Nekounam.

Nekounam: “We are ready. All of Iran is ready.”

What are your predictions for the #IRNvsBIH game? Remember to share your fan love with us!

#TeamMelli vs. Argentina: The Highlights

The game ended 1-0 in favor of Argentina — but Team Melli played their hearts out with all odds against them.

This was a must-watch game.

Again, we asked our joonies to send us photos of their team spirit and they didn’t disappoint.

We were all celebrating Team Melli around the world.

One word: defense.

They are now the top defending team, according to FIFA.

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two words: shady ref.

Source: Iran Wire

Source: Iran Wire

But Team Melli maintained their sportsmanship.

Because they’re awesome.

Even after this happened.

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But we’re in awe of Team Melli.

They defended against one of the best football players in the world (what a Messi). He couldn’t get one goal in till the 90th minute.

That’s enough cause for celebration. And Iranians everywhere wore their pride out loud.

They were screaming in the streets of Iran.

In Brazil:

The face paint was on point.

Source @pedestrian

Source @pedestrian

Flags were flying everywhere.

Source: yahoo

Source: yahoo

The food was delish.

(Sorry Argentina, none for you). 

Source: @peyvazzzin

Source: @peyvazzzin

But most of all, there was unity. We were with Team Melli.

Team Melli Goalie Daniel Davari Hugs Alireza Haghighi post-Argentina game.

Team Melli Goalie Daniel Davari Hugs Alireza Haghighi post-Argentina game.

 You know President Rouhani and Javad Zarif aren’t playin:

Oh but they’re watching.

From Farrah and Saaghi:

Bosnia best be ready because…

Made by @Saaghi_Joon

Made by @Saaghi_Joon

JOONS, comment with your photos and tweets of support to #TeamMelli.

(Iran vs. Bosnia is on Wednesday, June 25 at noon EST). 

#TeamMelli Player to Watch: Ashkan Dejagah

Tomorrow, Iran plays its second match against Argentina. We’re a little nervous for Messidona, but we have a star of our own on #TeamMelli:

Ashkan Dejagah:

German Iranian.

attacking mid-fielder and right-winger.

His name just rolls off the tongue– De-ja-gah

Most notable achievement: scoring like a rockstar.

Ashkan scored twice on his debut for Iran against Qatar in the 2012 World Cup qualifier. He later scored in games against Lebanon and Thailand, sealing Iran’s place in the 2015 Asian Cup.

Thanks Dejagah.

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“I have more Iranian than German blood in my veins,”

And he wears his German-Iranian heritage proudly. Literally.

Berlin on one arm. And Tehran on the other.

With “Never Forget Where You’re From” on his neck.

(born in Tehran).

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But he’s not just a tattooed, football playing bad boy…

He’s a family man too.

He wears the Nike Mercurial boot line on the field, and has the names of his wife and daughter embedded onto the external sides of his boots.

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source: @gh_reza

source: @gh_reza

 What are your predictions for tomorrow’s game? Remember to share your fan love with us!

 

#TeamMelli Player to Watch: Alireza Haghighi & Daniel Davari

Ever since the Iran-Nigeria game, the world has been buzzing about Team Melli – not necessarily for the football, but for a certain someone’s fab hair.

source: Guardian

source: Guardian

The media loved it.

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His hair even has a Facebook page.

source: Twitter

source: Twitter

After the game, even non-Iranians wanted a piece of Alireza.

source: @TeamMelli2014

source: @TeamMelli2014

What’s better than one goalie/model? TWO goalie-models, duh.

source: instagram @shiwagh

source: instagram @shiwagh

 Meet the Persian Princes Alireza Haghighi & Daniel Davari.

source: instagram @shephchenko

source: instagram @shephchenko

 HIGH-FIIIVE.

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Alireza Haghighi

Age: 26

Early Career Team: Persepolis

source: instagram @beautymodel_official

major throwback, with ali daei source: instagram @beautymodel_official

 major notable achievement: Saved A Penalty against Ali Daei. As well as being the youngest captain for Persepolis. ever.

source: instagram @beautymodel_official

source: instagram @beautymodel_official

& Best Hair.

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source: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

source: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

sourcE: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

source: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

Here he is with Iranian football icon Ali Daei (15 years later).

source: instagram @actorsfan

source: instagram @actorsfan

DANIEL DAVARI

Age: 26

Current Team: Eintracht Braunschweig

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

Half-German, Half-Iranian.

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

Most notable achievement: James Bond Look-alike.

source: instagram @marmah1

source: instagram @marmah1

Check out this interview with him, his accent is adorable.

 

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source: zetaboards

source: zetaboards

Basically, #TeamMelli has some fine goalkeepers.

source: photoaman

source: photoaman

THE END.

#TeamMelli vs. Nigeria: The Highlights

The game ended with 0-0, but it was a roller coaster.

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For us there were plenty of highlights.

Iroonis all over the world were cheering on #TeamMelli in their game against Nigeria — and people were getting creative.

We asked our Joonies to send us pics of how they were showing their fan pride, and we were not disappointed.

Compiling a list so you don’t have to look anywhere else, now get to scrolling…

One word, Hugs.

Source: twitter @PHLovefootball

Source: twitter @PHLovefootball

True Sportsmanship on the field.

source: twitter @yellownx

source: twitter @yellownx

Goalie or Model?

source: twitter @pedestrian

source: twitter @pedestrian

From Food Flags to Real Flags, here’s all the different ways we sent love to our national team:

BEST FAN LOOKS

source: twitter @squawka and @tribundergi

source: twitter @squawka and @tribundergi

bears'

source: twitter @therealsunnista

source: twitter @therealsunnista

In Brazil

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

In Brazil. Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Famous Iranian actor Mohammadreza Sharifinia

Famous actor Mohammadreza Sharifinia. Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

IN VIENNA:

Nuclear talks delegation source: @ladanenasseri

Nuclear talks delegation source: @ladanenasseri

FROM LOS ANGELES:

source: twitter @sep_persian

source: twitter @sep_persian

SWEDEN:

source: twitter @denniszadeh

source: twitter @denniszadeh

LONDON:

source: twitter @tehranix

source: twitter @tehranix

FACEPAINT, EVERYWHERE:

Twitter: @fifaworldcup_fr

Twitter: @fifaworldcup_fr

source: twitter @AFP

source: twitter @AFP

EVEN ON PETS.

source: twitter @farboddanesh

source: twitter @farboddanesh

And cheetahs.

Twitter: Omid_M

Twitter: Omid_M

 A PERSIAN CAT EVEN WATCHED.

soure: twitter @ladanenasseri

soure: twitter @ladanenasseri

LOVE HAPPENED.

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FOOD FLAGS. YES.

Pudding #Shirberenj #ricepudding & homemade pistachio & strawberry jam

Pudding #Shirberenj #ricepudding & homemade pistachio & strawberry jam

Twitter: @SimisKitchen

Twitter: @SimisKitchen

 FANS REPPING THE RED, WHITE & GREEN:

Twitter: @ShabnamRezaei

Twitter: @ShabnamRezaei

Instagram: @mehran_e

Instagram: @mehran_e

Instagram: @rod_oo

Instagram: @rod_oo

Instagram: @shadan214

Instagram: @shadan214

NAIL ART:

source: twitter @adayinthelalz

source: twitter @adayinthelalz

source: twitter @persianintrigue

source: twitter @persianintrigue

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A FASHIONABLE OUTFIT:

source: instagram @bibifatemeh

source: instagram @bibifatemeh

Fans also took notice of how FIIINE the players were (check out the hottest ones here):

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Best Tweets:

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From Saaghi & Farrah:
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President Hassan Rouhani also had a few words to share (tweet):

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

 

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

Joonies, let’s continue to

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ANYTHING WE MISSED?

 

Get Ready for Team Melli’s First Game Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the day: Iran vs. Nigeria

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And Team Melli had their last practice today. They’re ready.

Source: Facebook, Team Melli

Source: Facebook, Team Melli

Ashkan Dejagah says, “I am 100% ready for tomorrow.”

Baby, so are we.

Facebook: Ashkan Dejagah

Facebook: Ashkan Dejagah

Go Team Melli, go!

Facebook: Ashkan Dejagah

Facebook: Ashkan Dejagah

Praying for Team Melli extra tonight.

Facebook: Ashkan Dejagah

Facebook: Ashkan Dejagah

Fans are already sporting their Team Melli pride.

Iranians everywhere are rooting for this team.

Taken outside Team Melli’s hotel in Brazil as they head to practice:

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

How will you be wearing your team spirit tomorrow?

Face paint? Jersey? HAIR DYE?!

(also taken outside Team Melli’s hotel in Brazil): 

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Share your team spirit photos with S&F — tag us on Facebook or tweet at us @Sex_Fessenjoon!

We’ll be featuring your styles tomorrow after the game! 

 

Everything You Missed | The Weekly Roundup

What did you miss this week?

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  • It’s graduation season and unless you’re heading to college, you’re worried: now what?
  • Show your support with these posters for the Iran World Cup game on June 16.
  • Lebanese model and singer Myriam Klink shows her support for Iran in the World Cup by posing with the flag… naked?

submit links for the weekly roundup here! 

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Fashion Trends: World Cup 2014 Edition

Traveling to Iran for the World Cup, and at a loss as to what to wear? We got some fashion options for you.

Pre-approved by the Islamic Republic. Male model sold separately.

You have options:

¡Viva España!

Team Italy?

Germany!

June 21. It’s on Argentina:

Of course, you have to show some love for the home team.

BRAZIL:

How will you represent for the World Cup games?

Thanks to POOSHEMA for their team spirit. Click here for their site!

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World Cup 2014 Iran Photos

Iran made it to the World Cup against all odds.

You know we’ll be cheering louder than anyone.

With these posters:

Team Melli Facebook Cover Photo

Team Melli Facebook Photo

Reza Ghoochannejhad AKA “Gucci.”

Iranian-Dutch. Plays “Forward.” #8.

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imgur

Andranik Teymourian AKA “Ando.”

Iranian-Armenian. Plays “Defensive Mid-Fielder.” #14.

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imgur

Sardar Azmoun: the youngest Iranian player to ever play a European match at age 18.

Rides horses for fun. Plays “Forward.” #69.

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imgur

 Ashkan Dejagah: he embedded the name of his wife and daughter on the external side of his Nike Mercurials.

Iranian-German. Plays “Attacking Mid-Fielder” or a “Right-Winger.” #24.

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Javad Nekounam: represented Iran’s national team over 140 times and played in two World Cups.

Team Esteghlal. World Cup Team Captain. #6

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 For more photos, click here.

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LISTS ON LISTS ON LISTS. Time to get all the best information, with the least amount of effort.

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