Sunday, 08 December, 2019

Shiite, Sunni and Christian Players score goals for Iran

In a rare occurrence, three Iranian players with different religions on Tuesday scored three goal for Iran against India during AFC World Cup 2018 Qualifications.

Iranian national team’ goals in the match, held in Indian city of Bangalore, were scored by three different Shiite, Sunni, Armenian Christian players.

Sardar Azmoun, who scored the first goal for Iran, is born in Gonbad-e Kavus in north-eastern Iran into a Sunni family.

Iran’s second goal was scored by Andranik Teymourian, an Iranian Armenian. Teymourian has become the first Christian to lead Iran’s national football team as its permanent captain.

Mehdi Taremi, who is Shiite like many other Iranians, scored last goal in a match that ended with the hosts suffering a 3-0 defeat against Iran in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match at Kanteerava Stadium

Whereas the West is trying to sow the seeds of discord among the Shia and Sunni Muslims as well as among Muslims and other religions in Iran and the whole region, the happening proves that sport and more specifically soccer can have a potential to make different Iranian sects closer to one another.

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