Preview: Iran vs Nigeria

The first fixture in Group F sees Iran take on Nigeria. Coached by Portuguese manager Carlos Quieroz, the Iranians will no doubt be relying on the quality of Fulham midfielder Ashkan Dejagah to see them overcome Nigeria. Meanwhile for Stephen Keshi's side, the hope that they can build on their African Cup of Nations success with victory in their opening group game.

Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah will be Iran's main source of creativity against Nigeria.

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2014 World Cup team guide: Iran

Iran topped their group in qualifying.

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Group F fixtures:

Iran v Nigeria
June 16 Curitiba, 2000

Argentina v Iran
June 21 Belo Horizonte, 1700

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran
June 25 Salvador, 1700

FIFA World Ranking: 45

Head coach: Carlos Queiroz

How they qualified: In style. Topped their group ahead of Korea Republic and Uzbekistan, and conceded a miserly two goals in eight games.

World Cup pedigree: An infinitely satisfying 2-1 win over the USA at France '98 is their shining highlight.

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