Brazil 2014: Iran Goalkeeper Dreads Eagles

Iran national team goalkeeper, Daniel Davari is glad with the prospect of playing against top opponents in Group F of the 2014 World cup, but he noted that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will give his country a tough challenge in Brazil.
The 26-year-old Davari, who is working hard to make Iran’s final squad to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, said the Nigerian team are a typical African side with very strong players who are equally physical to contend with.
Davari, who is helping his Bundesliga club, Eintracht Braunschweig to remain afloat this season, reasoned that their three Group F foes; Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria are tough opponents.
“Argentina are the clear favourites in our group”, Davari said. “Bosnia also have a great team with a lot of good players, many of whom play in the Bundesliga or elsewhere abroad.
“And then there’s Nigeria. On the whole, African teams are very strong, especially physically. It’s a massive challenge and I’m glad we have three really tough games”, he said.
After making his debut for the Iranian national team just a few months ago, Davari is now a regular member of the squad.
“Going to the World Cup would definitely be the highlight of my career”, he told “So far getting promoted to the Bundesliga was the best thing, but an invitation to go to the World Cup would be incredible, it’s what everyone dreams about. I’d be happy and proud and my family would be delighted”.
Davari, who faces competition for Iran’s Number 1 jersey against Rahman Ahmadi and Hamed Lak, was born and raised in Germany by his Iranian father and Polish mother.
He made his breakthrough at Braunschweig in 2009, but his club are in a precarious position at the foot of the Bundesliga standings, with just 12 points to show from their 20 league outings this season.

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