Preview: Recent political conflicts will hopefully be put aside, as Iran enters the World Cup with an optimistic outlook.  Iran's soccer program is steadily improving, and this year's national squad is considered to be the most promising ever.  Led by legendary striker Ali Daei, and 2004 Asian Player of the Year Ali Karimi, Iran boasts impressive firepower and should be able to score goals at the competition.  In addition, several key members of the team play in the Bundesliga, which is proof enough of their talent, but also means playing on foreign soil won't be a completely unfamiliar experience for the Iranian side.

Result: Iran struggled against group heavyweights Mexico and Portugal, but were able to salvage their World Cup campaign with a draw against Angola in the final match.