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Iran coach Queiroz has already stopped Messi at club level, will try repeat at World Cup

  • Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz, right, visits Mineirao stadium with his team in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Iran plays in group F at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

    Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz, right, visits Mineirao stadium with his team in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Iran plays in group F at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iran's players visit Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Iran plays in group F at the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

    Iran's players visit Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Iran plays in group F at the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iran's soccer team visits Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Iran plays in group F at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

    Iran's soccer team visits Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Iran plays in group F at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)  (The Associated Press)

If anyone knows how to stop Argentina maestro Lionel Messi, it may just be Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.

He has been credited with devising the tactics and defensive system that shut down Messi in both legs of the 2008 Champions League semifinals while Queiroz was assistant manager at Manchester United, which beat Barcelona 1-0 on aggregate. Now, he will attempt the same feat when Iran takes on Argentina in Group F on Saturday at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

He said Friday that "we will try to do it. But Messi is surrounded by different players now. They know each other well."