( June 11, 2014 )
Kevan Eftekhari, 31, South Loop
Do you have a particular tie to Iran? My father was born and raised there, and I've been there once.
Why are you an Iran fan? Because my father and his side of the family are from there. The same goes for my mother and Spain.
What do you love about your team? I simply love the World Cup in general because my whole extended family gets so excited about it. Whether it be Iran, Spain or USA. England is also important to us because my sister was born there. Also my uncle's side of the family is from Italy, so we root for them too.
How big would you say the Iran team fan base in Chicago? I would imagine everyone in the Persian community of Chicago would be a fan, which I'm not even sure of how big that is.
Where do you like to watch games? The Wabash Tap, Flo & Santos, South Loop spots.
Our team will win the World Cup because … As a fan of my top three teams, Iran, Spain and USA, I'd say my best odds lie with Spain. Iran and USA have frequent attendances in World Cups, but never get too far.
Our team's most common yell/chant is … No clue.
During games, we have to drink/eat … Beer.
If you watch only one player on our team, make sure it's … Not sure. It's more a matter of fun ethnic pride every four years. I will become familiar with the teams once the tournament starts.