Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Cambodia and Iran take on each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Bahrain National Stadium on Friday evening. Iran aim to overtake Iraq in top position in Group C, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the rock-bottom side. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Porto attacker Taremi, but Zenit forward Azmoun will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well.
Cambodia, on the other hand, have been serving as a cannon fodder for their rivals in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The hosts are stuck at the bottom of the standings, and given their shaky defence, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. When the two teams met in Tehran earlier in the process Iran rolled over Cambodia 14-0, and yet another high-scoring affair is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Amir Abedzadeh):
Amir Abedzadeh is an Iran international who plays for Maritimo as a goalkeeper. The 186-cm-tall shot-stopper was born in Tehran, Iran, on April 26, 1993, and started his senior career at LA Blues. After making 14 appearances for the American club.
Amir Abedzadeh moved to Persepolis in the summer of 2012, and after playing for the likes of Rah Ahan and Barreirense, he joined Maritimo in the winter of 2017. The Iranian goalkeeper made his debut with Maritimo in the Taca de Portugal clash against Torcatense on October 14, 2017.
Speaking of his international career, Amir Abedzadeh made his Iran debut against Uzbekistan on May 19, 2018. It has to be noted that the Iranian shot-stopper managed to keep three clean sheets in 13 appearances for Maritimo in the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga, conceding 16 goals in the process. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the number 1 shirt.
Highlighted Team (Iran):
Iranian Football Federation was founded back in 1920. The Team Melli played their first match not before August, 1941, when they faced British India in Kabul. The Iranians emerged triumphant in the game (1-0) and two days later they played their first FIFA international match against Afghanistan. In 1968 the Iranians won their first trophy, with the team lifting the Asian Cup title.
The Iranians repeated the success four years later and, to make things even better, they won the 1976 Asian Cup trophy as well. Speaking of their participation at the FIFA World Cup finals, Iran booked their place at the showpiece tournament for the first time in 1978. The Team Melli then missed the next four major tournaments before qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France.
The Iranians participated at the 2006 and the 2014 tournaments as well and they did well to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. Iran footballers wear white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kits is red.