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MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) and the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) have reached an agreement to hold a friendly football match between the two national teams in Russia on October 10, a source close to the situation told TASS on Friday.
"The Russian Football Union and the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran has reached an agreement on the friendly football match," the source said in an interview with TASS.
"Our federation assumes that the match will be held on October 10 in Russia and everything has been agreed upon," the source said. "We are now waiting for the confirmation from the Russian side regarding the venue for the upcoming match."
The news about the talks on holding a friendly football match between the Russian and Iranian teams was first voiced in July by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also holds the post of the RFU president.
Iran, which holds 24th place in the most recently published FIFA World Rankings list, have already passed the qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and secured the birth in the global quadrennial football tournament, which will be held next year for the first time in Russia.
Russia, ranked 62nd in FIFA World Rankings, played a friendly match against Iran in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in February losing the game 0-1. The team of the former Soviet Union played against Iran on three occasions winning all of them - in 1976 (Olympic Games 2-1), in 1978 (1-0) and in 1985 (2-0).
National teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage, battling for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russia as the host nation has been already guaranteed a berth in the world’s main quadrennial football event.
Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup.