World Cup: from RFA – RDA to Iran – United States, 5 matches where politics were invited into the stadium

“Both teams worked well to qualify and we see this game as just a World Cup game. » 1er April, a few hours after the draw for the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar, the American coach Gregg Berhalter tried to draw a line under the past. This Tuesday, November 29, almost nine months later, on the lawn of the Al-Thumama stadium in Doha, the United States face Iran for the second time in a World Cup, after the confrontation of 1998.

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A match with an eminently political scope as diplomatic relations between the two countries, frozen after the Islamic revolution and the taking of hostages at the American embassy in Tehran in 1979, have again been strained since the mandate of Donald Trump. On Sunday, 48 hours before kick-off, the Iranian Football Federation officially protested against the American Federation, which had removed the emblem of the Iranian flag representing the word Allah in posts on social networks.

The meeting of this Tuesday, November 29 (8 p.m. French time) will therefore be closely scrutinized, like others in the past. A look back at five emblematic matches in the history of the football World Cups.

The geopolitical match

Throughout the World Cup in Qatar, historian Florian Louis, who has just published “What is geopolitics? (PUF), deciphers matches through the prism of international relations

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