Iran became the first team to arrive in Russia yesterday as it touched down at 20:26 local time at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia“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.â€œWe 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,” said the teamâ€™s Head Coach, Carlos Queiroz. Iran’s base for the tournament will be the Lokomotiv Bakovka Training Centre in the Moscow region, and the team will play itâ€™s first match on 15 June against Morocco at Saint Petersburg Stadium.Iran was the first Asian team to book its place at Russia 2018. This is the fifth time the Iranians have qualified for the world finals. Their previous appearances at football’s showpiece event came in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Lonzo Ball injury update: Lakers guard will miss rest of season, report says When ESPN’s Michael C. Wright was asked about whether or not Leonard would sign with the Lakers he responded “I do not,” via The Hoop Collective podcast.”That’s just what I’ve been told. It’s what I’ve been told going back to last summer. I don’t see that as something that’s happening.” Related News Kawhi Leonard doesn’t seem likely to sign with the Lakers next season.The Raptors forward was traded by the Spurs in the offseason, but was reportedly interested in returning to his home state of California. Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost four straight and could miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.Los Angeles has publicly gone after the NBA’s top talent in recent years, and they could already be out of the running for one major piece this summer. Lakers to put LeBron James on minutes restriction, report says According to Wright, who covers the Spurs, the Clippers are more likely to land the superstar.Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season. He is averaging 27 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a Raptor.Toronto is 46-19 and second in the Eastern Conference standings.