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Iran National Football Team

Governing bodyIR Iran Football Federation
StadiumAzadi Stadium (99,885 seats)
ManagerM. Wilmots

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FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into soccer stadiums - CNN International
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned Iran it must lift its ban on women attending soccer matches across the country.
CNN International (3 days ago)
FIFA must act after death of Iran's 'Blue Girl,' says activist - CNN International
An Iranian activist is lashing out at FIFA following the death of a female fan who set herself on fire after she was denied access to a soccer stadium in Tehran.
CNN International (1 week ago)
Protests Against Ban On Women At Men's Soccer Games In Iran - NPR
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with former Iranian soccer coach Katayoun Khosrowyar about Sahar Khodayari, a young woman who died after trying to watch
NPR (1 week ago)
Iran's woman ban, FIFA in spotlight after female soccer fan dies from setting herself on fire - Yahoo Sports
An Iranian woman arrested and detained for attending a soccer match in the country died this week after setting herself on fire once she discovered she could be
Yahoo Sports (1 week ago)
FIFA tells Iran: Women must be allowed into soccer stadiums - KTVZ
The ban on women attending soccer matches in Iran is "unacceptable" and must be lifted, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
KTVZ (2 days ago)
FIFA Says Tehran 'Assured' It That Women Can Get Into Next Soccer Match - Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty
FIFA President Gianni Infantino says soccer's world governing body "cannot wait any more" and has been "assured" by Tehran that the authorities will allow
Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (3 hours ago)
Football Stars In Iran Voice Support For Female Fan Who Set Fire To Herself - RadioFarda
Two Iranian soccer superstars have sympathized with a young female football fan who set herself on fire on September 1, after being sentenced to jail for trying
RadioFarda (2 weeks ago)

Iran's FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch

Although Iran are among one of the more successful teams in Asia, with three Asian Cup titles to their name (in 1968, 1972, and 1976), they have not experienced the same levels of success on the bigger world stage. To date, Team Melli have qualified for four prior World Cups and have never cleared the group stage. In fact, their only World Cup win was a 2-1 victory over the United States in 1998, which given the tense relationship between the two countries, was something that was celebrated widely in Tehran and many cities around Iran 20 years ago - and is still probably remembered fondly today.

However, since then, Iran have featured at two other World Cups (in 2006 and 2014) and only experienced disappointment. Will this be the year for them to finally end decades of frustration?

Coach's mission

Carlos Queiroz will face an obvious tough task to even get out of their quartet. This will be their fifth World Cup and unfortunately, Iran have been placed in a very difficult group, alongside Morocco as well as European heavyweights Spain and Portugal. The latter duo obviously are expected to qualify for the next round and Morocco will hope to at least head home with something in hand, so truly, Team Melli's task will be a very difficult one ahead, to say the least. That being said, football is an unpredictable thing and Iran are coming into this tournament without any pressure on them, so they certainly could stage an upset.

New recruits

Amir Abedzadeh and Majid Hosseini are among the newer faces called up to the 24-man provisional squad. Older Iranian football fans will be familiar with the name Abedzadeh as his father Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh was the skipper of the national team at the 1998 World Cup.

Experienced faces

With the absence of 36-year-old Jalal Hosseini, this team has a much younger feel overall. The oldest player so far is 34-year-old Pejman Montazeri, who has earned 46 caps. Other more experienced players include Masoud Shojaei, Ehsan Hajsafi, and Karim Ansarifard, and they will be heavily relying on 23-year-old Sardar Azmoun, who has scored 23 goals in just 31 appearances to help them navigate through a very tough challenge ahead this summer.

Notable omissions

Defenders Jalal Hosseini and Vouria Ghafouri didn't make the cut. Hosseini plays his club football for domestic champs Persepolis whilst Ghafouri features for Esteghal.

Iran's squad

Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo)

Defenders: Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiakos), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Saad), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Ramin Rezaeian (KV Oostende), Seyed Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal)

Midfielders: Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis), Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest)

Forwards: Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (SC Heerenveen), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiakos), Mahdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa Sports Club), Saman Ghoddos (Östersund)


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Iran Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1920, Affiliated: 1948
Uniform Jerseys: White, Shorts: White, Stockings: White
World Cup Appearances 5: 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018
Continental Titles First: Asian Nations Cup (1968, 1972, 1976)
Best Results Third: FIFA Futsal World Cup Final 2016, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Final 2017
Fourth: FIFA Futsal World Cup Final 1992, Youth Olympic Football Tournaments Women 2010

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