The World Cup, similar as the Olympic Games, is dependably an innately political undertaking

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It's difficult to assemble such countless countries in a single spot for an occasion without a few international issues behind the scenes that rises above game and creates a shaded area over the occasion.

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 the critical deciding game between USA and Iran on Tuesday has gone to a whole new level.

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In the lead up to the game there is virtually no focus on soccer. This has become a global political battle playing out on sports’ brightest stage, 

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and it’s a total mess — regardless of what happens on Tuesday.

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So let’s try to understand the background and impact of why this game is so much more than just soccer.

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It goes without saying that relations between the United States and Iran have been frosty for the better part of 75 years.

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The United States were a key player (along with the United Kingdom) in the 1953 coup to ensure the rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as Shah

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a move which was met with resentment by a significant portion of Irani citizens.

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