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News number: 8711181040

16:54 | 2009-02-06

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Daei: Iran Much Better Than S. Korea

TEHRAN (FNA)- Coach of Iran's national soccer team Ali Daei said that his men will come out on top against South Korea at Tehran's Azadi Stadium.



"South Korea is a good team but I think we are much better than them and can defeat them with our foreign-based players in front of our fans," Daei said in an interview with Iranian students news agency on Thursday.

"The Iranian media has exaggerated South Korea," he went on to say.

"I have seen their friendly matches against Syria and Bahrain. They are not as big as what we have been led to believe."

"In my opinion, South Korea doesn't play as fast as Thailand," he explained.
"Anyway, it makes no difference. We need the whole three points of the game to top the group," the Iranian soccer coach added.

South Korea's 30-member squad arrived in Tehran Thursday night after a week-long training camp in the UAE and playing two friendly matches against Syria (1-1) and Bahrain (2-2) in Dubai.

South Korea's foreign-based players are scheduled to join Huh Jung-moo's squad in Tehran on Monday.

According to South Korean coach Huh Jung-moo, the Koreans are anxious to put an end to an all-time winless streak against Iran at Tehran's Azadi Stadium.

Iran will play its fourth match in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against South Korea on February 11.

Powerhouse Iran is competing against Saudi Arabia, North Korea, the UAE and South Korea in Group B of the event.