Iran begin camping in Austria

Tuesday 13 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Nigeria’s first opponents at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Iran, have commenced a three-week training camp in Austria ahead of the tournament.

The team, coached by Carlos Queiroz, will be based in Bad Waltersdorf until May 21 before spending another nine days in neighbouring Stegersbach.

The team have also scheduled three friendly games before facing the Super Eagles on June 16 Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. They will play against Belarus on May 18, Montenegro on May 26 and Angola on May 30.

“This is our mission impossible once, twice and three times,” Queiroz, the 60-year-old who took charge as head coach in April 2011, told AFP in a recent interview. “But that is what makes the tournament attractive.”

As for their chances of qualifying for the last 16, Queiroz says they have “a duty to try our luck” even if it seems like “an unrealistic dream.”

The former Real Madrid coach is not new to facing a team from Nigeria. He was in charge of the Portugal U-20 team that twice defeated the Flying Eagles at the 1989 U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia. He also coached Portugal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, taking them to the last 16 where they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Spain.

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