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#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.

ali

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.

ashkah

“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).

team melli selfie

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.

assss

 

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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source: Farsizaban tumblr

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.

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