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Iran's national team are preparing for the World Cup in Russia to the backdrop of a football revolution back home. Here, Sky Sports speak to the Iranian-American who swapped Oklahoma for Tehran to help transform the women's game in the country. sbobetsh
It is lunchtime in Tehran when Katayoun Khosrowyar answers my call. The Iranian capital is still coming to terms with the United States' controversial withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal a few days earlier, but for Khosrowyar, an Iranian-American who has devoted over a decade to developing women's football in the country, there is no time for pause.
Instead, there are training sessions to plan and schedules to organise. In her role as head coach of Iran's U19 women's team, Khosrowyar has spent the morning holed up in one of the offices at the country's Football Academy, where, together with her assistants, she has been finalising arrangements for the squad's upcoming training camp. sbobetsh
"It's a lot of work but I have to make sure everything is ready," Khosrowyar tells Sky Sports cheerily.
The exhaustive preparations are a measure of just how far the sport has come in the country. Though women are still prohibited from watching men's games in the national stadium, women's football has taken giant strides in recent years and attitudes towards it are gradually changing.sbobetsh
It is in no small part thanks to Khosrowyar, a talented footballer who grew up in Oklahoma and first visited Iran when she was a high school student back in 2005. "It was during the summer of my 11th grade year," she says. "I was already getting offers from university teams in the US, which was exactly what I wanted, but I came to Tehran and fell in love with it.
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