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Twitter Just Verified Iran's National Soccer Team

Is this a sign of a Twitter thaw in Iran — or just practical pre-World Cup procedure?

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Iran's National Football team has qualified for the World Cup games set to start in Brazil next month. Iran's Twitter-savvy Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is already verified — but will more Iranians be verified (cc @HassanRouhani) before the games begin?

"There are hundreds of World Cup players on Twitter, now representing every team in the tournament," a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed in an email. "Twitter is about bringing people closer to the action, in real time, and there's no better way to do that than following the players themselves."

No comment on the Iranians that still can't access Twitter in Iran.

Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor

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