Thursday Jun 12, 2014. 14:06
Former Iran assistant coach Omid Namazi has tasked Carlos Queroz to tighten the team's defence, which he said is the biggest shortcoming of the team.
Namazi, who is now on the technical crew of the USA women National team, said he believes defending in numbers will be essential for Iran to impress at the 2014 World Cup.
Namazi was involved in the Iranians’ qualification for the showpiece event in the role of assistant coach.
He will therefore be a keen observer as Carlos Queiroz’s men attempt to make an impact on the biggest stage.
“Iranian players are very skillful but they’re not all great defenders,” he said.
“Carlos is not stupid. Going to the World Cup as the 31st or 32nd team in terms of level, you’re probably going to have to defend a lot. He needs players who can defend.”
While Iran enter the tournament with few expectations, being drawn in one of the less challenging groups – they are alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria and Argentina – means the passion of their supporters could be rewarded.
Namazi added: “It’s a strange, strange world in Iran. Yes, the passion is there. The people live and die with soccer.
“Everyone, everyone on the streets talks about soccer. But they haven’t been able to translate this passion into performance.”