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Iranian government officials ‘took the team’s PASSPORTS at halftime of 1998 World Cup game vs USA’


Former USA coach Steve Sampson has claimed the Iranian government intervened at halftime of their 1998 World Cup clash, saying officials confiscated the Iran team’s passports and threatened their safety if they failed to beat USA.

Iran won the group match 2-1 in Lyon, termed as ‘the mother of all games’ by US Soccer Federation Executive Director Hank Steinbrecher following the World Cup draw due to the long-standing political tensions between the two countries.

They meet again on Tuesday, with both teams needing a win to advance into the last-16 of the World Cup in Qatar. 

But speaking to TIME, the USA coach Sampson has detailed his memories of the highly-charged event, including one extraordinary detail.

Sampson claims he was told by Iran manager, Jalal Talebi, that Iranian government…



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