ESPN - Iran's Karim Ansarifard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh had strong words for Nike following their team's 1-0 win against Morocco to open the World Cup.
TrainIsland - “I don’t know you personally but in life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Don’t let this owngoal bring you down.”
AP - Iranian fans at the national team's first game at the World Cup unfurled a banner protesting Iran's ban on women attending football matches back home.
Mirror - The St Pauli striker headed into his own net to hand the Asian side a shock win in St Petersburg.
PLDC – Tractor Sazo football club of Iran has dismissed reports that it is trying to sign Samuel Eto'o.
PLDC - Former Iranian striker Ali Daei believes it will take a long time Cristiano Ronaldo to beat his Iranian national team record of 109 goals in 149 games.
Tehran Times – Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz is optimistic over their opening World Cup match against Morocco, scheduled for the 67,000-seater St. Petersburg Stadium on Friday.
PLDC – Sepahan football club has signed Tractor Sazi captain Mehdi Kiani ion Thursday.
AP - First, they were picked in possibly the toughest group at the World Cup. Then they failed to attract any high-quality opposition in friendly matches.
HITC - Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion could reportedly splash the cash with AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh in demand.
Kivitv - North America won the right to host the 2026 World Cup, and it may have the White House to thank to sway the skeptics.
SMH - Socceroos' starlet Daniel Arzani will continue to honour his contract with Nike despite the sports manufacturer refusing to supply Iranian players with football boots for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Sport360 - Morocco take on Iran in the opening match of Group B in Russia on Saturday. And while most fans and pundits will salivate over the two super powers in Spain and Portugal, there’s plenty to marvel at in the other two teams.