The World Cup Dream

The World Cup Dream: Iran

Three Iranian footballers playing in the Gulf and Europe hope to represent their country at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Every footballer’s dream is to play for their country, especially at the World Cup.

This episode features three Iranian players – Ahmad Nourollahi, Saeid Ezatolahi and Morteza Pouraliganji.

Ahmad won the Iranian league four times with Persepolis, and has 26 caps for Iran but missed Iran’s World Cup qualifiers because of COVID. Saeid has played in Europe and 47 times for Iran; now he is at Al Gharafa in Doha. And Morteza – who is devoted to his mum – has played in China and Qatar but is now back at Persepolis in Iran.

They did not know during filming but all three have since made the Iran squad for Qatar 2022.