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37th The national football team of Iran, known as ‘Team Melli’ ranks 1st in Asia and 37th in the world according to the May 2014 Fifa World Rankings.

100,000 Iranians love football and, with most other forms of recreation restricted by strict Islamic laws, sports take on added significance. Tehran’s Azadi stadium, with the capacity of more than 100,000, regularly sells out.

Match fixing Nigeria are at the heart of alleged match-fixing prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They haven’t been helped by the goalkeeper Austin Ejide who appeared to throw the ball into his own net in a friendly match against Scotland.

Did Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide really throw the ball into his own goal? It would appear so: