Nine days ahead of the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first among the 32 countries that would be on parade have touched down in Russia.

They touched down on Tuesday at 20:26 local time at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

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Iran are no strangers to being first, they  were the first Asian team to book their place at Russia 2018.

This is the fifth time the Iranians have qualified for the world finals.

Iran

Their previous appearances at football’s showpiece event came in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014.

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