0 – Iran have never kept a clean sheet in the 9 World Cup matches they have played.
0 – Nigeria and Ivory Coast were the only undefeated sides in qualifying from the African section.
1 – Iran have won only 1 of their previous 9 World Cup matches. This was a 2-1 win over the USA at France ’98.
1 – Nigiera became the first nation to lose to Greece in a World Cup when they were beaten by the 2004 European champions in their opening group game.
8 – Nigeria are winless in their last eight World Cup matches since beating Bulgaria 1-0 at France ’98. They have lost 6 matches during this streak.
9 – Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad was top scorer in Asian qualifying with 9 goals in 11 games.
11 – 11 of Iran’s 23-man squad are over the age of 30.
21 – Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama kept the most clean sheets in the traditional top five European Leagues last season.
30 – Iran were the top scorers in Asian qualifying with 30 goals.
140 – Only Spain’s Iker Casillas (154) and Japan’s Yasuhito Endō (144) have more caps than Iran captain Javad Nekounam (140) heading into this World Cup.