USA vs Iran at France '98: the most politically charged game in World Cup history

Iran USA France '98

When the draw for the 1998 World Cup pulled together the USA and Iran in Group F, the president of the US Soccer Federation called it "the mother of all games".

At the same time the political regime in Tehran quaked in their boots. Six months later, the match didn't disappoint. Since the Iranian revolution that ousted the pro-American Shah in 1979, relations between the two countries had become hostile. Nineteen years later and a football match between the two nations provided FIFA with a red-hot political potato that would require some very careful juggling.

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