Iran’s World Cup Team Is Pretty Good. Its Jerseys Aren’t. | NYT News


Almost everything Iran
does on the world stage seems to be a reflection
of global politics. And that extends all the way
to the country’s World Cup uniforms. International sanctions dictate
what the country’s national team can wear or can’t. Let’s start with the jersey. Typically companies
like Adidas, Puma or Nike fight to sign contracts
with World Cup teams and pay them
millions of dollars to wear their jerseys. But it’s a different
story for Iran. Sanctions have made
sportswear companies wary of sponsoring
the team’s uniforms. Iran ended up signing
a contract with Givova, an Italian sports brand. But Iranian athletes
and media complained that the quality wasn’t great. The team then decided
to use Adidas jerseys. But they had to
buy them themselves, instead of being offered a
traditional sponsorship. They even had to customize
their own jerseys. Here in the team’s
World Cup photo shoot, look at Ramin Rezaeian’s jersey: It appears that his number
is placed upside down. The jerseys had other issues too. This do-it-yourself
approach to jerseys also means team Iran’s
World Cup uniform isn’t available for fans to buy. Now let’s take a
look at the shoes. Saman Ghoddos is a dual
Swedish and Iranian national. He’s a striker for
Ostersunds FK, a Swedish football club. And he has a sponsorship
with Nike for cleats. But now that he’s playing
for team Iran in the World Cup, Nike won’t supply him with shoes. The company says, “U.S. sanctions
mean that, as a U.S. company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players
in the Iranian national team at this time.” But Iran is pushing forward. They’re one of the
best teams in Asia and are heading to Russia
with some experts saying they have an outside shot
at some big upsets, no matter what kind of
jersey they’re wearing.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Who would've thought that NYT would get this low and make fun of someone's shoes?

  2. Well, politically, I think Iran is proving they are world class… Memes…

    But nevertheless, I support Iran and I hope they make it past through the group stage and make an upset.

    One thing I can't understand is why do they have to go to Adidas? Why not tap other sports Manufacturers like Li-Ning of China, Mizuno of Japan and their very own Meroon and start which also sponsors teams from the Persian Gulf League? I think that would have been even better. A local brand so Iranians can also buy that Jersey and also boost local economy even for a little.

  3. Can't believe there isn't an Iranian sports brand that could sponsor the national team with top quality uniforms.

  4. Unfortunately the Iranian people and Iran international team pay the consequence for the Iranian regime…
    This brutal regime taking hostage the Iranian people for 39 years …
    We’re tired from this terrorist regime and will collapse it very soon…

  5. After this World Cup, every major sponsors will beg to work with Iran.

    For Iran just showed the world they can Just Do It, without Nike!

  6. Iran was just lucky against Morocco. Morocco dominated the game (70 % possession) …they hardly got to the Moroccan 18 yards, and the Iranian didn't even score

  7. I thought football is the only thing that gathers people together without paying attention to their political issues…

  8. Iran is a superpower in absent (since the Safavid Empire — in modern times) . The so called world powers DO NOT want to see an independent and strong IRAN, no matter who is at the helm — clergy or Shah. If you lived for a little awhile abroad, you know well as how these world powers are eager to put an end to IRAN as a nation or at the least partition this GREAT NATION, and put an end to its sovereignty. IRAN's fate MUST be and will be decided by the IRANIANS from the WITHIN. In this dog-eat-dog world the only things matter are Iran's National Security and its millennia-old Sovereignty. Long Live Iran and The Persian Gulf — Iran's own backyard.

  9. How comes that Iran is having all this sanctions and yet didn't respond directly by any means ?!and how comes they proved they're capable to defend themselves and interest by the intervention in Syria and Iraq ?!
    Iran is either one of the bigest dogs of Israhell in the midle east like Turkey and all this sanctions and supposedly hate btwn them and the zionists is a show OR they're simply coward and won't do anything to face their problems unless they can do it from behind like trators and thieves .

  10. Another proof that all slogans about separation of sports and politics is just pure propaganda. Only applies as long as in favor of the US!!

  11. Iran just played gracefully.. best defense eveeeer <3 despite all these.. <3 Wish the world knew that our teams and people are nothing like the government..

  12. Double standards in football history,the football players is prohibited to show their political side,meanwhile sports apparel on the other hand…

  13. They gave Spain a run for their money 1-0. They still lost but how close it was is still impressive as heck. Go Iran!

  14. millions of dollars in sponsorship and the US still can’t make it to the world cup, Iran no sponsorship, on their path to quarter finals.

  15. Is the Iranian federation's budget really that small that they're making an issue out of paying for their own uniforms?

  16. Go Team e Melli !!! Do your best against Portugal we can do it !!
    All my best wishes from France 😉

  17. Shame on the USA and it’s sanctions to break Iran’s knees…like they did with Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Russia, philipines
    They will stand up tall

  18. The team's actually pretty awful too. Just come from an awful cobfederation so they're at the tournament since it's technically the "world" cup so they have to include teams from terrible confederations

  19. People commenting to boycott Nike are dumb. Of course, the company would like to sponsor teams as much as possible but cant do so because of US government sanctions. They are forced to do it to avoid penalties. Blame Trump on this.
    PS I love Nike shoes.

  20. This is so bad… I am from India mad supporter of Germany and this made me feel bad for Iranian team… So unfair… You are the best from Asia.. Play well against Portugal today. I will root for Iranian victory today… Good luck!!

  21. This video was fascinating. I had no idea about the Iran uniform controversy. Thank you for teaching me something today!

  22. Came here after the recent Portugal VS Iran, and I've got to say Iran's performance has been highly underrated. Truly they played an amazing game against Portugal and even scored a tie. I was rooting for them since it was refreshing to see a new country actually coming on top and I really wanted them to win but they were just so close and that's so sad. I'm pretty sure Iran will learn from this and come back stronger in 2022. I noticed how good irans defense was throughout the game, now they have to work on their attacks and come back stronger.

  23. I always hated Iran, why are you making me feel bad for them 😒. If only they didn't have this Islamic/Satanic government they would've so much better for themselves and for the world. I hope their situation will change for the better.

  24. I am Moroccan and, congrats to your team, we both played. Luck was against us even with the hard work both teams put in 🙁

  25. Cheap politics!!! Can't even leave the sports alone!
    You should buy multiple jersey; strip the logos and use them instead. Screw all brands who kiss up to politicians and unfair rules.

  26. I don't get why Adidas or Puma are not allowed to supply the Iranian National Team with football supplies. Adidas and Puma are German companies with their headquarters in Neckersulm, Bavaria.

    Germany never did Sanktionen to Iran, the U.S.A did. And I don't see how sports supplies affect the nuclear development of atomic missiles.

  27. Iran national team don't need your stupid Nike or Addidas product to win. Stop the propaganda. What a world we live in.

  28. Omfg so many dumbasses don’t know what sanctions are. NIKE CAN NOT PROVIDE GEAR TO IRAN. NO ONE CARES IF YOUR BOYCOTTING YOURE ALL A BUNCH OF DUMBASSES

  29. Check out the video "Cristiano Ronaldo off the ball elbow on Iranian " for extreme close up of jab in the jaw, although some claim it was a brush of the chin! Everywhere else they zoom out instead of zooming in at the crucial moment, as if trying to cover up the foul. Experienced Portuguese native coach for Iran team was correct, definitely red card according to the rules of the game, and not even close to ball. With Portuguese best player and captain out of the game, Iran team could have pulled through to next round. Maybe yellow for "Cristiano Ronaldo throws reporter's microphone into" lake, later! Apparently, some people did not want Iran team to succeed in the games, probably because it boosts nationalism, and popularity for a regime most want to change.

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