A sharp spear or a sticky shield? [2022 카타르 월드컵]

England, the home of football, and Iran, a powerhouse in the Middle East, will meet for the first time ever in the World Cup. England, which is challenging to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966, is determined to defeat Iran with sharp offensive power. On the other hand, Iran faces England spear with pressure defense.

Harry Kane of the England national football team during the 2022 Qatar World Cup trains at the Al Wakrah SC Stadium in Qatar on the 18th (local time) and has a bright expression. Al Wakrah = Yonhap News

England and Iran will play the first match of Group B in the group stage of the tournament at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar at 10:00 pm on the 21st. The two teams have never met in an A-match yet.

England, challenging the World Cup trophy for the first time in 56 years, is ahead in terms of objective power. England has been in a good mood lately, recording 8 wins and 2 draws in 10 games in the European qualifiers for this tournament, winning the right to advance to the World Cup undefeated.

The composition of the players is also excellent. 25 members of the national team belong to the English Premier League (EPL). Harry Kane (Tottenham), who reached the peak of his skills, is aiming for the second World Cup scorer after the last tournament, and the attack led by technician Phil Foden (Manchester City) is evaluated as the world’s best. England is also the most expensive. According to the announcement of the International Sports Research Institute (CIES) under the International Football Federation (FIFA), the entire transfer fee for the England national team reached 1.499 billion euros (2.806 trillion won), the most expensive among participating countries.

Iran, a powerhouse in the Middle East, has recently advanced to the World Cup 3 times in a row, but has not yet advanced to the round of 16, despite standing on the stage of 6 World Cups. The total player transfer fee is only 53 million euros (73.6 billion won). It is about a quarter of England’s Jude Bellingham (Dortmund, 202 million euros, 280.4 billion won), who has the highest transfer fee among players participating in the World Cup.

However, based on strong defensive organization, Iran beat the Korean national team in the Asian qualifiers and rose to No. 1 in Group A. European strikers such as Alireza Jahanbaksi (Feyenoord) and Medi Taremi (Porto) also need attention. In particular, Sardar Azmun (Leverkusen) has a high concentration enough to score 41 goals in 65 matches in his A-match career.

Reporter Jeong Pil-jae [email protected]

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