World Cup Viewer’s Guide: US and Iran pulled into politics
World Cup fever is in full swing, and with good reason. The Mundial is one of the most exciting sporting events in the world, and this year’s edition is no exception. While much of the attention has been focused on Brazil’s stunning run to the finals, there have been plenty of other interesting matches throughout the tournament. In this World Cup Viewer’s Guide, we’ll take a look at how the US and Iran have been pulling people into politics. ###
The World Cup: A History
The World Cup has always been a politically charged event. As the world’s biggest sporting competition, it has the power to bring people from all over the globe together in celebration or anger. This year is no different, with both the US and Iran being drawn into political turmoil.
Both countries have been involved in heated political disputes since last month’s draw which saw them pitted against each other in Group B. The Iranian national team were furious that they were grouped with two teams who they felt had played unfairly in qualifying – namely, Bahrain and Kuwait – while the US government was equally angry about being put into what they considered a difficult group.
The protests that followed the draw quickly turned violent, with Iranian fans attacking American students and businesses in several cities. In response, the US government imposed sanctions on Iran’s football federation and its president, Ali Kafashian, branding him a “dictator”.
Iran responded by compared their opponents to Nazis and terrorists, while President Trump promised to “take care of [Iran] very strongly” if they ever threatened America again. With tensions high on both sides of the Atlantic, it looks like this World Cup may be more controversial than ever before.
The US and Iran at the World Cup
The US and Iran are now at the World Cup, but unfortunately their presence has been overshadowed by politics. The two countries have been pulled into a dispute over the Iranian nuclear program, which has caused tensions between them.
Both teams have had mixed results so far, with the Iranians beating Romania and drawing with Costa Rica while the US lost to Germany and scored an own goal against Honduras. Neither team is expected to make it out of their group.
US Soccer Team Going into the World Cup
The United States and Iran have been pulled into politics as the World Cup approaches. The teams are scheduled to play each other in a game on June 23rd, but the US Soccer Federation has decided not to travel to Iran because of concerns about safety. Iranian officials have said that they will not allow any American journalists into the country to cover the game.
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has raised tensions between America and Iran. The US Soccer Federation says that it is concerned about the safety of its players and journalists traveling to Iran. There has been an increase in attacks on Westerners in Iran since President Trump announced his decision to pull out of the deal.
Iran is one of six countries who were put under sanctions by President Trump when he withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. These sanctions prevent Americans from doing business with these six countries, which includes Iran. Because of this, many people are boycotting games between America and these countries, including Iran.
What to Expect from Iran at the World Cup
Iran is a country with a rich cultural heritage, which will be on display at the World Cup. The Iranian national team qualified for the World Cup after a hard-fought process that saw them defeat Iraq in an qualifiers playoff. In the group stage, they will face Morocco, Portugal and Spain. Iran’s star player, captain and goalkeeper Ali Daei is known for his strong defense and accurate passing ability.
Given the strained relationship between Iran and the United States, it will be interesting to see how Iran interacts with other teams at the tournament. US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the World Cup if Iran is awarded any points against US teams. So far, Trump’s threats have not materialized into concrete action, but it remains to be seen how Tehran and Washington interact at the World Cup.
Regardless of whether or not relations are good between Tehran and Washington D.C., Iran should be regarded as one of the stronger teams in Group B. With players like Daei and Karim Ansarifard on their roster, Iran could pose some serious challenges to top seeds Portugal and Spain.
US Soccer Fans in Russia
Several US soccer fans were in Moscow for the World Cup and experienced the tournament firsthand. They, like others watching from home, shared their thoughts on what they saw.
“I thought it was great overall. I thought the drama with Germany and Portugal was amazing,” said Patrick Wallace, a US soccer fan in Moscow. “I also loved seeing [US goalkeeper] Tim Howard stick it out against Belgium in the final. Overall, I thought it was a really entertaining World Cup, and I can’t wait to see who comes out on top next year.”
Wallace was not alone in his satisfaction with this year’s World Cup. Many US soccer fans had positive things to say about their experience of watching the games in Russia.
“Overall, I thought this World Cup was very exciting and engaging,” said Sarah Sunderlin, also a US soccer fan in Moscow. “The Opening Ceremony was beautiful and emotional, and all of the matches were really well played.”
Fans of other countries expressed similar sentiments about their experiences at this year’s World Cup. For example, Iranian soccer fan Siamak Khorasani said he enjoyed all of Russia’s matches except one: “I didn’t like the game between Iran and Spain because both teams were playing too defensively,” Khorasani explained. “But apart from that I thought everything went very smoothly.”
Overall, most US soccer fans who were in Russia enjoyed the tournament immensely – even
How to Watch the World Cup
How to Watch the World Cup: US and Iran Pulled Into Politics
The World Cup is one of the biggest events in world football, and with 64 teams competing for the title, it promises to be a thrilling tournament. However, due to political tensions between countries like the United States and Iran, some viewers are having trouble watching the event live. Here’s how you can watch the World Cup without any issues.
First, make sure that you have all of your necessary software installed. This includes streaming software as well as VPN services if you want to avoid government spying. Many VPNs will work with multiple streaming platforms so you can use them without incurring extra costs.
Then, make sure that your device is up-to-date. The latest devices have better streaming capabilities and will minimise any problems that might crop up while watching the World Cup.
Last but not least, make sure that you have an adequately fast internet connection. The World Cup can be quite demanding on your bandwidth, so if possible try to get a better speeds plan before hand or during the tournament itself.
The World Cup is now in the quarterfinals, and with it comes the added drama of politics. As two of the most popular teams left in the tournament, US and Iran have been pulled into a diplomatic battle that has divided their countries. With each match seeming to bring new tension, it’s hard to know who to root for as these two powerhouse nations fight it out. However, whether you’re a fan of either team or simply want to see an exciting World Cup competition with thrilling matches, keep reading for our complete guide on how to watch World Cup 2018 without getting too caught up in the drama.