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Saman Ghoddos called up to Iran squad for World Cup Qualifiers

Team Melli face four games next month

25 May 2021

Saman Ghoddos has been included in the Iran squad for their four 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in June.

Dragan Skočić's men resume their Second Round Group C campaign in June after an 18-month break. They currently sit in third place, having taken six points from four games, with only the eight group winners and four best second-placed teams going through to the Third Round. 

All four games will be played in Bahrain with Team Melli beginning against Hong Kong at the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium on Thursday 3 June, kick-off 3.30pm. They then face Bahrain at the Bahrain National Stadium the following Monday, kick-off 5.30pm before Cambodia are their opponents at the same venue on 11 June, kick-off 3.30pm. It is then back to the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium for a potentially huge game against neighbours Iran on 15 June, 5.30pm. 

Iran currently sit three points behind Bahrain and five behind Iran with a game in hand on each. The first group of games was played back in the autumn of 2019 with Iran beating Hong Kong and Cambodia, the latter 14-0, before a pair of narrow defeats to Bahrain and Iran. 

Saman was suspended for that first batch of games but did return to the Iran squad for a friendly against Uzbekistan last October to win his 22nd international cap. He also has two international goals to his name. 

Since joining The Bees, initially on loan last September, Saman has made 46 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals. He netted his first for the Club in January's Emirates FA Cup Third Round win over Middlesbrough before grabbing the only goal as we beat Luton in the Sky Bet Championship 11 days later. In between those two goals he also made his stay in TW8 permanent, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal. His other Brentford goals came in the home wins over Bristol City and Stoke City.  


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