In Group B of the 2022 World Cup which will be held in Qatar, it is not only about who is in the group. More than that, there is a smoldering political bench. A kind of meeting that crystallizes the two camps to return to war and stab each other covered in blood because of the past that was hit with a ruthless left foot. There, we have Wales, Iran, England and the United States.
Once again, in this group, it’s not just about presenting the battle as a battle on the field as usual. More than that, apart from selling technical football, from a memory or history perspective, it is also very sexy and even very interesting to always discuss, although not in its entirety. That is a political motive.
Iran and the United States whose Politics are very Sticky
You must understand, the most stressful is Iran versus the United States. Both, have a very hysterical story. It has been more than 40 years that Iran and America have experienced political estrangement. Since the main Iranian revolution, of course, countless conflicts have occurred. And of course, thousands of lives have been lost since the revolution of the Shah of Iran that toppled President Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was accused of being a puppet of the United States in 1979.
And sure enough, the fate of the gripping conflict finally continued to the 1998 World Cup. At that time, France was the host. In the group stage to be precise, Iran met the United States. As for the handshake, the negotiations were tough and tense. The handshake in question is before the match starts.
Khamenei, who was Iran’s supreme leader at the time, refused to shake hands before kickoff. Khamenei gave instructions to Iranian players not to shake hands with American players. It didn’t stop there, as many as 40 thousand match tickets were provided, 7 thousand of them, the organizing committee missed. The 7,000 tickets were bought by terrorist groups to watch the matches of the two teams, and to spread political propaganda.
The preliminaries which were not as simple as usual, which were tense, were finally won by Iran with a score of 2:1. Hard tackles presented. Although it is under the control of “sportsmanship”. Iran took the lead through Hamid Estili through his header. America had equalised. However, again, Iran was able to tear the net. Until victory finally sided with Iran.
Will the United States take revenge in Qatar later? Or is it Iran that will again make the United States’ teeth no longer sharp?