The sad thing is that their futbol team is one of the few things that allows the Iranian people to escape the grasp of their religious leaders. If it was up to the Ayatollahs, futbol would be banned altogether, as it was for a while. One of the few occasions when Iranian women dare to discard their veils is when the team wins and the people are celebrating in the street, which is downright revolutionary. Those are not mere celebrations of a win in futbol, it is a way of showing the Ayatollahs that they can't take everything away from the people. Believe me, the Ayatollahs would have been delighted if the FIFA had banned the Iranian team from the World Cup.