Middle East Watching the World Cup in Iran: Women on the sidelines

Women and men cheer on their teams while watching the World Cup on TV in Tehran. But if the games were hosted in Iran, women would be barred from attending.

By , Staff writer

Leonhard Foeger

The World Cup game is projected large onto the wall of the packed Tehran café, 14 feet across and 9 feet high. In the late-night crowd, women and men leap out of their chairs, cheering together at every goal, and moaning in unison with every near-miss.