World

Iranian President's Lonely, World Cup All-By-His-Selfie

Hassan Rouhani cut a forlorn figure when he posted a picture on Twitter of him watching the World Cup match between Iran and Nigeria. Much like the game, which ended 0-0, he doesn't look terribly excited.

Posted on

The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is just like the rest of us. He knows he should be watching what's going on in Iraq, but there's football on.

Proud of our boys who secured our first point--hopefully the first of many more to come. #WorldCup2014 #TeamMelli

Hassan Rouhani@HassanRouhani

Proud of our boys who secured our first point--hopefully the first of many more to come. #WorldCup2014 #TeamMelli

11:10 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Amid news the UK was to reopen its embassy in Tehran, he managed to convince David Cameron and Ed Miliband to come over for the game. No beers though, of course.

But, as some have pointed out, it's the little details that really give the picture a sad poignancy.

Count the sad Rouhani things: kleenex, untouched bowl of nuts, bare walls, awkward cushion in the small of the back

Tom Gara@tomgara

Count the sad Rouhani things: kleenex, untouched bowl of nuts, bare walls, awkward cushion in the small of the back

1:29 AM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Paul Hamilos is the world features editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Paul Hamilos at paul.hamilos@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.