Asking the Iranian media to unite in supporting the national football team sign now

Recently there have been many criticisms about the way Team Melli plays. Many in Iranian media believe that the team does not play bravely and that the players and the coaching staff are only after the result. It is obvious that constructive criticism will improve our chances in the world cup stage but it is believed that the criticisms are very destructive to the morale of the team at its present state. These criticisms have been magnified after a couple of bad results in recent warm-up matches.

The critics believe that this team will not be able to properly represent Iran in the world cup and some have asked the football federation to sack the current coach Branko Ivankovic. This has put a lot of pressure on the coaching and the playing staff of Team Melli. The negative effects of the pressure were evident in the last two warm-up matches against Macedonia and Togo. The negative conditions created have affected the fans as well. Following in the foot steps of the Iranian media, some fans chose to chant against the coach and some Team Melli players and decided to leave their national team alone when they last played at home (Azadi stadium was practically empty in the match against Togo).

Other than destroying the morale of Team Melli, the created environment will harm the preparation process of the team by driving the coaching staff and the football federation to avoid arranging proper warm-up matches against respectable teams. The main reason is that getting a bad result (which is quite possible, especially against strong sides) would intensify the negative environment created by the media, eventhough the result is that last thing to worry about in these kinds of matches. All this have significantly damaged the morale of the team.

Recently the same situation was created for the German national team. The criticisms against Juergen Klinsmann intensified after the team lost to Turkey and had a poor result against China. Germans believed that the created atmosphere will harm the team. So after a meeting with the coaching staff, the journalists decided to abandon their previous positions and only focus on supporting their national team. The results of this wise decision were evident in Germanys last match against France.

We believe that Team Melli will perform better if the coaching and the playing staff had to focus on football itself. We believe that the destructive criticisms have ruined the focus of the players and have damaged the winning spirit of the team. As we all (both the fans and the journalists) wish nothing but the best for our Team Melli, we the undersigned ask the respectable Iranian media who obviously have only the success of the national team in mind, to take the same approach as the Germans and unite in supporting Team Melli and destroying this negative atmosphere so they could focus on preparing a better team worthy of representing Iran in the world cup.

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