Odds Iran Will Win World Cup 2014

Ranked No. 37 in FIFA’s World Rankings, Iran is returning to the World Cup for just the fourth time in the nation’s history. The Iranians have never advanced past the Group Stage, recording just one victory all-time at the World Cup, an emotional 2-1 victory over USA in 1998. Iran is a +3300 longshot to win Group F, which also includes Argentina, who sport the second best odds in the tournament, and a pair of football middleweights, Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Iran Odds to Win World Cup 2014: 1500/1 (from Bovada)
Iran Odds to Win Group F: +3300 (from Bovada)

In addition to being the longshot to win Group F, Iran is also a distant longshot to win the World Cup, tied with Honduras at 1500/1. The Iranians do not pose a serious offensive threat, but are well coached and play a solid fundamental defensive game, seizing scoring opportunities on the counter attack and by forcing turnovers. Iran would need to score a huge upset to advance to the Group of 16, thwarting the attacks of opposing squads with superior firepower.

Early World Cup Pick

No group features as big a difference between top team and bottom team as Group F. While Argentina is pegged at 9/2 to win the World Cup, Iran sits at a distant 1500/1. There is virtually no chance that Iran will defeat Argentina, a superior squad in all areas. For Iran to have any chance of advancing, they will have to put points on the table against Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, teams expected to battle for second spot in Group F. Iran has never played the young, offensive-minded Nigerians, but have enjoyed a history of success against Bosnia-Herzegovina, whom they have defeated in their last four meetings.

Iran Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup

Iran finished first in their qualifying group, which included South Korea, whom they posted a pair of 1-0 wins against.

15/11/11 Indonesia  1 – 4 Iran
29/02/12 Iran 2 – 2 Qatar        
03/06/12 Uzbekistan 0 – 1 Iran        
12/06/12 Iran 0 – 0 Qatar        
11/09/12 Lebanon 1 – 0 Iran        
16/10/14 Iran 1 – 0 Korea Republic        
14/11/12 Iran 0 – 1 Uzbekistan        
04/06/13 Qatar 0 - 1    Iran        
11/06/13 Iran 4 - 0    Lebanon        
18/06/13 Korea Republic 0 – 1 Iran

Iran World Cup Group Play Schedule

16/06/14 Iran vs. Nigeria - Arena da Baixada     
21/06/14 Argentina vs. Iran - Estadio Mineirão     
25/06/14 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran - Arena Fonte Nova

Iran Key Players

Reza Ghoochannejhad FW Charlton Athletic – A goal scorer in each of Iran’s final three qualifying matches, “Gucci” will be key to Iran’s offensive production.

Jevad Nekounam MF Al-Kuwait – Veteran captain of the Iranian squad has played in over 140 international matches, including two previous World Cups.
Ashkan Dejagah MF Fulham – Can be used on the right wing or as an attacking midfielder. Has the ability to set the tempo of a game with solid two-way play.