World Cup 2018: Iran, first team to arrive in Russia

This is going to be Iran’s fifth World Cup and it will play its first game on June 15 against Morocco at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

The Iran contingent at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport on Tuesday.   -  FIFA

Iran became the first team to arrive in Russia, nine days ahead of the opening match, as the contingent landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport on Tuesday evening.

“Being in Russia is a dream come true for Iranian football. We have achieved this dream through lots of hard work and sacrifices, which only heightens how honoured and privileged we feel to be here. The Iranian national team will relish rubbing shoulders with the best teams in the world and being part of this fantastic World Cup family.

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“We arrive raring to keep this dream going for as long as possible and we look forward to playing our part in making this the best World Cup ever. We would like to send our greetings to all the other teams and their fans, particularly the people of Russia, who will be hosting the competition. We wish you all a great World Cup," head coach Carlos Queiroz was quoted as saying in a FIFA media release.

This is going to be Iran’s fifth World Cup and it will play its first game on June 15 against Morocco at Saint Petersburg Stadium.