Iran to issue commemorative stamp on Team Melli qualification for 2018 FIFA World Cup

PTV - The Supreme Stamp Council of Iran’s Ministry of Communication & Information Technology has agreed to a request to issue a special stamp commemorating the qualification of Iran men’s national football team, domestically known as Team Melli, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Iranian Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Masoud Soltanifar put in the request with Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mahmoud Vaezi soon after Team Melli became the first Asian team - and the third team after Brazil and hosts Russia - to secure its place at the quadrennial international football tournament.

“The well-deserved qualification of Iran national football team to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia filled the Iranian nation and sports circles with pride and happiness. You are hereby kindly requested to support Iranian footballers and order the necessary measures to be taken concerning the design and issuance of the postage stamp commemorating this sports achievement,” the letter of request read.

Iran’s Supreme Stamp Council granted the request on Tuesday, and Team Melli’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup is going to be commemorated on the stamp.

On June 12, the Iranian team, which has so far kept its clean sheet record unblemished at the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament, became the first Asian team - and the third squad after Brazil and hosts Russia - to secure its place at the quadrennial international football tournament.

Iranian national football team defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

Iranian professional footballer Sardar Azmoun, who currently plays as a striker for FC Rostov in the Russian Premier League, opened the scoring for the host team in the 23rd minute.

Taremi found the back of the net from inside the area in the 88th minute, and finished off the White Wolves.

This is the second time in a row that Team Melli has won the ticket for the FIFA World Cup finals under the tutelage of 64-year-old Portuguese head coach Carlos Queiroz.

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