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Iran National Football Team

Iran
Governing bodyIR Iran Football Federation
Affiliated1948
StadiumAzadi Stadium (99,885 seats)
ManagerM. Wilmots

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Players

#NameAgeA
Goalkeepers
H. Hosseini 2600000000000
A. Abedzadeh 2600000200000
M. Mazaheri 3000000100000
A. Beiranvand 261802200000000
P. Niazmand 2400000100000
Defenders
E. Hajsafi 291672201002000
R. Cheshmi 2500000200000
S. Moharrami 2300000100000
M. Pouraliganji 271802200000000
M. Hosseini 22541101100000
R. Rezaeian 291672201000000
V. Ghafouri 31131010200000
M. Kanani 251262110100000
P. Montazeri 3500000200000
M. Mohammadi 251802200000000
Midfielders
V. Amiri 31932111101000
M. Shojaei 35252020200000
A. Nourollahi 26441010200000
M. Torabi 24902111100000
O. Ebrahimi 311592201000000
S. Ezatolahi 22342020200000
Attackers
M. Taremi 261802201030000
A. Sayyadmanesh 17101010210000
A. Jahanbakhsh 251082202010000
A. Alipour 23101010200000
K. Ansarifard 291602202001000
S. Azmoun 2400000100000

News

FIFA says wrong to stop Iran activists in World Cup stadiums - Olean Times Herald
NICE, France (AP) — FIFA says it was wrong for people campaigning for women to be allowed into Iranian soccer stadiums to be removed from a Women's
Olean Times Herald (13 hours ago)
Iran, Hong Kong, India: Your Friday Briefing - The New York Times
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning,. We're covering the apparent
The New York Times (5 days ago)
Good Morning, News: Hong Kong Protests, Iran Goes Nuclear, and Portland Gets Proud - The Portland Mercury
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The Portland Mercury (1 day ago)
Iranian Stadiums a Hotbed for Increasing Defiance of Government Restrictions - Iran News Update
Edward Carney. On Monday, the Independent reported upon the latest in a long series of clashes betwee
Iran News Update (1 week ago)
Football: Italy's Lippi returns as China coach - CNA
World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been reappointed as head coach of China's national football team, the Chinese Football Association
CNA (3 weeks ago)
Asian Cup: Expectations high for Iran but not all is rosy - DW (English)
Six months after a strong performance from Iran's national team at the World Cup, expectations for 'Team Melli' are high.
DW (English) (5 months ago)
The ‘Satanic’ women of Iranian soccer | TheHill - The Hill
Iran's female soccer fans offer a key lesson for FIFA and human rights activists.
The Hill (5 months ago)
Iran allows women into soccer match for the first time in 35 years - The Washington Post
Women have been barred from men's soccer matches in Iran since the 1979 revolution.
The Washington Post (8 months 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
Website www.ffiri.ir
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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