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Iran
ایران
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team melli
(Persian: تیم ملی)
"The National Team"
Lionhearts
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC
Head coach Iran Afshin Ghotbi
Asst coach Netherlands Piet Buter
Captain Ali Karimi
Most caps Ali Daei (149)
Top scorer Ali Daei (109)
Home stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA code IRN
FIFA ranking 64
Highest FIFA ranking 15 (July 2005)
Lowest FIFA ranking 122 (May 1996)
Elo ranking 44
Highest Elo ranking 15 (May 2005)
Lowest Elo ranking 73 (January 1964)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Afghanistan 0 - 0 Iran Iran
(Kabul, Afghanistan; August 25, 1941)
Biggest win
Iran Iran 19 - 0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; November 24, 2000[1])
Biggest defeat
 Turkey 6 - 1 Iran Iran
(Istanbul, Turkey; May 28, 1950)
 Korea Republic 5 - 0 Iran Iran
(Tokyo, Japan; May 28, 1958)
 Hungary 5 - 0 Iran Iran
(Nuremberg, Germany; August 27, 1972)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1978)
Best result Round 1, 1978, 1998, 2006
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1968)
Best result Winners, 1968, 1972, 1976

The national football team of Iran (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال ایران) represents Iran in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The national football team of Iran, known as the Team Melli, ranks 6th in Asia and 64th in the world according to the current FIFA World Rankings.[2]

Contents

History

Early years

The very first match that the Team Melli played was on January 1, 1941 away at Afghanistan.

Iran has won the Asian Cup three consecutive times (1968, 1972, 1976), a championship record to which the team has not been able to add since, although they have finished third four times.

1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina

In 1978, Iran made its first appearance in the World Cup after defeating Australia in Tehran to qualify. Iran lost two of their three group stage games against the Netherlands and Peru.[3] However, they managed to create a surprise[4] by drawing 1-1 against Scotland with a late Iraj Danaeifard goal.[5]

After Revolution

After the 1979 Revolution, football was somewhat neglected and cast aside. During the 1980s, the Iranian national team did not feature in World Cup competitions due to the Iran–Iraq War (1980-88) and domestic football suffered the inevitable effects of conflict. The national team withdrew from the Asian qualifiers for the 1982 World Cup, and refused to participate in the qualifiers for the 1986 World Cup because of having to play on neutral ground. The war and political upheavals left Iran without major club competitions until 1989 when the Qods League was established. A year later, the Qods League was renamed the Azadegan League. Despite failing to qualify for either the 1990 or the 1994 World Cups, it was during this period that a number of quality players burst onto the Iranian football scene, laying the foundation for their second stab at World Cup glory in 1998.[6] Iran could count on new talents such as Ali Daei, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Khodadad Azizi and Karim Bagheri.

1998 FIFA World Cup in France

Iran lineup during the 1998 World Cup
Additional information: 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (play-off AFC-OFC)
Additional information: 1998 FIFA World Cup - Group F

In November 1997, Iran qualified for the 1998 World Cup after eliminating Australia in a close playoff series. Both games finished undecided, but Iran managed to qualify due to the away goals rule. Iran held Australia to a 1-1 draw at home, and a 2-2 draw in Melbourne; however, since Iran had scored more away goals, they were able to qualify for the Cup.[7]

At their first game of the Group F at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Iran played well against Yugoslavia, losing narrowly 1-0, only to a free kick goal by Mihajlović.[6]

Iran recorded their first World Cup victory in the second game[5], beating the United States 2-1, with Estili and Mahdavikia scoring goals for Iran. The Iran vs USA World Cup match was preheated with much excitement because of each country's political stance after the Iranian revolution. However, in an act of defiance against all forms of hatred or politics in sports, both sides presented one another with gifts and flowers and took ceremonial pictures before the match kickoff.[8] Following defeat with Iran the United States were eliminated from the World Cup.[9]

Iran played against Germany in the third game. The game was lost 2-0. The goals were scored by Bierhoff and Klinsmann.[10] The one win and two losses meant Iran became third in the final group standing and failed to make it to the next round.[11]

2002 FIFA World Cup

Additional information: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Iran failed to qualify for World Cup 2002 after an aggregate defeat to the Republic of Ireland, losing 2-0 in Dublin and winning 1-0 in Tehran. The elimination saw manager Miroslav Blažević step down from the top spot to be replaced by his assistant Branko Ivanković, who stepped up from assistant coach.

2006 FIFA-World Cup in Germany

Iran score against Angola during a 2006 FIFA World Cup match.
Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup seeding

On June 8, 2005, Iran together with Japan became the first country to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, making it Iran's 3rd appearance on the world stage of football. The qualification round both in 2001 and 2004-05 resulted in mass celebrations, hysteria and rioting, causing internal chaos and unrest between youth and government officials. The Iran versus Japan leg of the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers in Tehran was the highest attended qualifying match among all confederations.

Iran started their 2006 FIFA World Cup appearance with high expectations from fans and media. Their first match was against Mexico in Group D. The game was level 1-1 at the half-time, but Iran lost at the end because of a defensive mistake. The final score, 3-1, was brought about by goals from Omar Bravo and Zinha for Mexico, with Yahya Golmohammadi scoring the only Iran goal.

Iran played against Portugal in the second game. The game was lost 2-0. The goals were scored by Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty). The two losses meant Iran was eliminated from the competition, before their third and final game against Angola. Iran drew 1-1 with Angola on the 21st of June 2006, Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh scoring the Iran goal.

Temporary Suspension

In November 2006, Iran was suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, on the grounds of governmental interference in the national football association.[12] The ban lasted less than a month,[13] and as a dispensation was given to allow the Iran under-23 team to participate in the football competition of the 2006 Asian Games,[14] fixtures were unaffected.

2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Additional information: 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Third Round

Iran is in the same FIFA World Cup qualifying group as Kuwait, Syria and United Arab Emirates. They will play home and away against each of the other three teams in the group 5. Ali Daei was chosen to become the new coach after Spanish coach Javier Clemente had been close to signing on as Iran's national team manager but talks collapsed when he refused to live full time in the country.[15] Ali Daei got ejected from his position as the Iranian national coach on March 29, 2009.[16] He was replaced by Afshin Ghotbi. Iran failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after ranking 4th overall in its group.[17]

Iran renewed the contract with Afshin Ghotbi till the end of 2011 AFC Asian Cup and the team qualified to the tournoment with 13 points as the group winners.

2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 13
 Jordan 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
 Thailand 6 1 3 2 3 3 0 6
 Singapore 6 2 0 4 6 15 −9 6

Political Protests

Bahrain-Iran, 21 October 2001

The 3-1 defeat by Bahrain came as a surprise. There were allegations that the authorities pressured the players to lose. It was later denied by Safā'i[18].

Presidential Election Protests, 2009

During the final game of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against the South Korean national football team held in Seoul on June 17, 2009, five members of the team, Javad Nekounam, Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Kaebi, and Vahid Hashemian, wore green wristbands in support of the opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the 2009 Iranian election protests.

Home stadium

Azadi Stadium

Iran play their home games at Azadi (Freedom) Stadium which was built in the mid 1970s with a capacity of over 100,000. A record was set in Azadi for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign in Iran's home match against Japan, in which the whole stadium was filled. The government restricts Iranian women from attending football matches such as the ones held in Azadi stadium.

Kit

Iran's current jersey is provided by Legea. The table below shows the history of kit providers for the national football team of Iran.

Period Kit Manufacturer
1978 Adidas
1993 Shekari
1997 Saipa
1998–2000 Puma
2001–2004 Shekari
2004–2005 Daei Sports
2006–2007 Puma
2007-2009 Daei Sports
2009–2010 Merooj
2010–2015 Legea[19]

Media coverage

Iran home matches (both qualifiers and friendlies) are shown live on Channel 3 and satellite television network Jame Jam 2. All matches are broadcasted with full commentary.

Tournament records

World Cup record

World Cup record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter - - - - - -
1974 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1978 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 8
1982 Withdrew - - - - - -
1986 Disqualified - - - - - -
1990 to 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1998 Round 1 3 1 0 2 2 4
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2006 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 6
2010 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 3/19 9 1 2 6 6 18
World Cup matches (by opponent)
Against Wins Draws Losses Total
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1
 Peru 0 0 1 1
 Scotland 0 1 0 1
 Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1
 United States 1 0 0 1
 Germany 0 0 1 1
 Mexico 0 0 1 1
 Portugal 0 0 1 1
 Angola 0 1 0 1
Total 1 2 6 9
World Cup history
Year Round Score Result
1978 Round 1 Iran Iran 0 – 3  Netherlands Lose
Round 1 Iran Iran 1 – 1  Scotland Draw
Round 1 Iran Iran 1 – 4  Peru Lose
1998 Round 1  Iran 0 – 1  Yugoslavia Lose
Round 1  Iran 2 – 1 United States USA Win
Round 1  Iran 0 – 2  Germany Lose
2006 Round 1  Iran 1 – 3  Mexico Lose
Round 1  Iran 0 – 2  Portugal Lose
Round 1  Iran 1 – 1  Angola Draw

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1900 to
1960
Did not enter - - - - - -
1964 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 6
1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 Round 1 3 1 0 2 1 9
1976 Quarter Finals 3 1 0 2 4 5
1980 Qualified but boycotted the event - - - - - -
1984 Did not enter due to boycott - - - - - -
1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Best: Quarter Finals 9 2 1 6 6 20
Olympic Games matches (by opponent)
Against Wins Draws Losses Total
 East Germany 0 0 1 1
 Mexico 0 1 0 1
 Romania 0 0 1 1
 Hungary 0 0 1 1
 Denmark 0 0 1 1
 Brazil 1 0 0 1
 Cuba 1 0 0 1
 Poland 0 0 1 1
 Soviet Union 0 0 1 1
Total 2 1 6 9
Olympic Games history
Year Round Score Result
1964 Round 1 Iran Iran 0 – 4
 East Germany
Lose
Round 1 Iran Iran 1 – 1
 Mexico
Draw
Round 1 Iran Iran 0 – 1
 Romania
Lose
1972 Round 1 Iran Iran 0 – 5
 Hungary
Lose
Round 1 Iran Iran 0 – 4
 Denmark
Lose
Round 1 Iran Iran 1 – 0
 Brazil
Win
1976 Round 1 Iran Iran 1 – 0
 Cuba
Win
Round 1 Iran Iran 2 – 3
 Poland
Lose
Quarter Finals Iran Iran 1 – 2
 Soviet Union
Lose
  • As of 1992 Olympic Games campaign onwards U23 team played in qualification.

Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup Record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
1956 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1960 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1964 Withdrew - - - - - -
1968 Champions 4 4 0 0 11 2
1972 Champions 5 5 0 0 12 4
1976 Champions 4 4 0 0 13 0
1980 Third place 6 3 2 1 16 6
1984 Fourth place 6 2 4 0 8 3
1988 Third place 6 2 2 2 3 4
1992 Round 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
1996 Third place 6 3 2 1 14 6
2000 Quarterfinals 4 2 1 1 7 3
2004 Third place 6 3 3 0 14 8
2007 Quarterfinals 4 2 2 0 6 3
2011 Qualified
Total 3 Titles 54 31 17 6 106 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Asian Games record

Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
New Delhi 1951 Runners-Up 3 2 0 1 2 1
Manila 1954 Did not enter - - - - - -
Tokyo 1958 Round 1 2 0 0 2 0 9
Jakarta 1962 Did not enter - - - - - -
Bangkok 1966 Runners-Up 7 4 0 3 9 6
Bangkok 1970 Round 1 2 0 1 1 2 3
Tehran 1974 Champions 7 7 0 0 20 1
Bangkok 1978 Did not enter - - - - - -
New Delhi 1982 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 3 2
Seoul 1986 Quarterfinals 5 3 1 1 13 2
Beijing 1990 Champions 5 4 1 0 7 1
Hirosima 1994 Round 1 4 1 2 1 5 2
Bangkok 1998 Champions 8 7 0 1 25 7
Total 3 Titles 47 30 5 12 86 34
  • As of 2002 Asian Games Campaign onwards U23 Team participated in the Tournament.

West Asian Football Federation Championship record

Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
2000 Champions 5 4 1 0 7 1
2002 Third Place 4 1 2 1 4 3
2004 Champions 4 4 0 0 17 3
2007 Champions 4 3 1 0 5 1
2008 Champions 4 4 0 0 13 2
Total 4 Titles 21 16 4 1 46 10

RCD Cup/ECO Cup record

Year Round
1965 Champions
1967 Runners-Up
1969 Runners-Up
1970 Champions
1974 Runners-Up
1993 Champions

West Asian Games

Year Round
1997 Champions
2002 Runners-Up
2005 Third place
2010

Results and fixtures

see Iran national football team results

Previous matches

Matches from the past six months as well as any future scheduled matches.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers
January 2, 2010 Qatar Doha  Korea DPR Qatar Friendship Cup 1-0 W 42' Madanchi
January 6, 2010 Singapore Kallang  Singapore 2011 ACQ 3-1 W 11'Aghili, 13' Madanchi,70' Rezaei
March 3, 2010 Iran Tehran  Thailand 2011 ACQ 1-0 W 89' Nekounam

Next matches

Upcoming friendly games haven't yet been officially announced. However, the Iranian Coach (Afshin Ghotbi) has contacted five teams to play against. Preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup; Turkey, Egypt and Chile. Iran also intends to invite Japan and South Korea to Tehran to play friendlies.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers
TBA N/A  Egypt Friendly
TBA N/A  Chile Friendly
TBA N/A  Turkey Friendly
TBA N/A  Korea Republic Friendly
TBA N/A  Japan Friendly

Managers

# Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
1 Hossein Sadaghiani Iran Aug 1941–Sep 1948 3 0 2 1
2 Alfred James Gibel England Sep 1948–Sep 1949 0 0 0 0
3 Hossein Sadaghiani Iran Sep 1949–Dec 1950 3 2 0 1
4 Mostafa Salimi Iran Jan 1951–Mar 1956 5 2 2 1 Silver Medal at 1951 Asian Games
5 Masayufskei Austria Mar 1956– Aug 1957 0 0 0 0
6 Ferenc Mészáros Hungary Aug 1957– Dec 1959 8 3 1 4
7 Hossein Fekri Iran Dec 1961– Mar 1966 14 5 5 4 Qualification to 1964 Summer Olympics
8 György Szűcs Hungary Mar 1966– Dec 1966 7 4 0 3 Silver Medal at 1966 Asian Games
9 Hossein Fekri Iran Jan 1967–Feb 1968 2 1 0 1
10 Mahmoud Bayati Iran Mar 1968–Jun 1968 4 4 0 0 Winner of 1968 Asian Cup
11 Zdravko Rajkov Yugoslavia Jul 1968– May 1970 4 3 0 1
12 Mohammad Bayati Iran Jun 1970–Sep 1970 2 1 1 0
13 Igor Netto Soviet Union Oct 1970– Dec 1970 2 0 1 1
14 Parviz Dehdari Iran Jan 1971– Apr 1972 5 3 1 1 Winner of 1971 Cyrus International Tournament
15 Mohammad Ranjbar Iran May 1972- Jun 1972 11 6 2 3 Winner of 1972 Asian Cup
16 Mahmoud Bayati Iran Jul 1972– Mar 1974 12 6 2 4
17 Frank O'Farrell Republic of Ireland Apr 1974– Apr 1976 15 10 3 2 Gold Medal at 1974 Asian Games, Winner of 1974 Iran International Tournament, Qualification to 1976 Summer Olympics
18 Heshmat Mohajerani Iran 5 May 1976– Dec 1978 30 14 8 8 Winner of 1976 Asian Cup, Quarter Finals of 1976 Summer Olympics, Qualification to 1978 WC
19 Hassan Habibi Iran Nov 1979– Oct 1980 14 9 4 1 Qualification to 1980 Summer Olympics,Third place at 1980 Asian Cup
20 Asghar Sharafi Iran Nov 1980- Aug 1981 0 0 0 0
21 Parviz Aboutaleb Iran Sep 1981- Mar 1982 0 0 0 0
22 Naser Ebrahimi Iran Apr 1982- Sep 1982 0 0 0 0
23 Jalal Cheraghpour Iran Oct 1982- May 1983 4 2 0 2
24 Ahmad Tousi Iran Jun 1983- Mar 1984 0 0 0 0
25 Mahmoud Yavari Iran Apr 1984- Oct 1984 7 6 0 1
26 Nasser Ebrahimi Iran Oct 1984– Feb 1985 10 4 4 2 Fourth place at 1984 Asian Cup
27 Asgharzadeh Iran Mar 1985– Mar 1986 0 0 0 0
28 Parviz Dehdari Iran Apr 1986– Oct 1987 8 4 1 3
29 Mahmoud Yavari Iran Nov 1987 0 0 0 0
30 Parviz Dehdari Iran Nov 1987-Feb 1989 11 4 5 2 Third place at 1988 Asian Cup
31 Reza Vatankhah Iran Mar 1989 -Apr 1989 3 3 0 0
32 Mehdi Monajati Iran May 1989 - Sep 1989 3 2 0 1
33 Ali Parvin Iran Oct 1989– Nov 1993 38 18 11 9 Gold Medal at 1990 Asian Games, Winner of ECO Cup 1993
34 Stanko Poklepović Croatia Apr 1994– Oct 1994 4 1 2 1
35 Hassan Habibi Iran Mar 1994- Oct 1995 0 0 0 0
36 Mohammad Mayeli Kohan Iran Mar 1995– Nov 1997 40 24 10 6 Third place at 1996 Asian Cup
37 Valdeir Vieira ( Temp) Brazil Nov 1997 - Dec 1997 3 0 2 1 Qualification to 1998 FIFA World Cup
38 Tomislav Ivić Croatia Jan 1998 - May 1998 5 1 2 2
39 Jalal Talebi Iran May 1998 - Aug 1998 4 1 0 3 Iran's historical first win at the FIFA World Cup
40 Mansour Pourheidari Iran Sep 1998 - Feb 2000 19 10 6 3 Gold Medal at 1998 Asian Games
41 Jalal Talebi Iran Mar 2000 - Oct 2000 20 13 5 3 Quarterfinals at 2000 Asian Cup, Winner of 2000 WAFF
42 Ademar Braga (Temp) Brazil Nov 2000 - Feb 2001 3 3 0 0
43 Miroslav Blažević Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina Mar 2001 - Nov 2001 19 10 4 5
44 Branko Ivanković Croatia Feb 2002 - Sep 2002 9 4 3 2
45 Shahrokhi Iran Feb 2003 - Sep 2003 6 2 1 3
46 Branko Ivanković Croatia Oct 2003 - Jul 2006 41 28 6 7 Winner of 2004 WAFF,
Third place at 2004 Asian Cup, Qualification to 2006 WC
47 Zolfagharnasab (B Team) Iran 9 April 2005 - 20 April 2005 6 3 3 0 Third place at 2005 Islamic Solidarity Games
48 Amir Ghalenoei Iran 16 Jul 2006 -Sep 2007 21 13 7 1 Quarterfinals at 2007 Asian Cup
49 Mazlomi (B Team) Iran 16 June 2007 - 24 June 2007 4 3 1 0 Winner of 2007 WAFF Championship,
50 Ebrahimzadeh (Temp) Iran Jan 2008 - 7 Mar 2008 3 0 3 0
51 Ali Daei Iran 3 Mar 2008 - 8 Mar 2009 24 15 6 3 Winner of 2008 WAFF Championship
52 Rutemöller (temp) Germany 29 Mar 2009 - 5 Apr 2009 1 0 1 0
53 Mohammad Mayeli Kohan Iran 5 April 2009– 22 April 2009 0 0 0 0
54 Afshin Ghotbi IranUnited States 22 Apr 2009 - 16 7 4 5

Coaching Staff

Head Coach IranUnited States Afshin Ghotbi
Assistant Coach Netherlands Piet Buter
Goalkeeping Coach Iran Mansour Rashidi
Adviser Iran Morteza Mohasses
Physiotherapist Netherlands Jan Langalon
Team Doctors Iran Dr. Parham Khanlari and Dr. Shahab
Team Manager Iran Asghar Hajiloo

Players

Current squad

Iran's list of 25 players for the Asian Cup Qualifier against Thailand on March 3, 2010.

# Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Mehdi Rahmati February 2, 1983 (age 26) Iran Sepahan 00440 (0)
- Sosha Makani November 18, 1986 (age 23) Iran Pas 00000 (0)
23 Ebrahim Mirzapour September 16, 1978 (age 31) Iran Saipa 00740 (0)
Defenders
34 Khosro Heydari September 14, 1983 (age 26) Iran Esteghlal 00150 (0)
4 Jalal Hosseini February 3, 1982 (age 27) Iran Sepahan 00440 (2)
5 Hadi Aghili January 15, 1981 (age 28) Iran Sepahan 00430 (4)
20 Mohammad Nosrati January 10, 1982 (age 27) Iran Tractor Sazi 00670 (4)
- Farshid Talebi Aug 24, 1981 (age 28) Iran Zob Ahan 00100 (0)
- Amir Hossein Feshangchi January 7, 1987 (age 22) Iran Saba 00200 (0)
- Hanif Omranzadeh April 30, 1985 (age 24) Iran Esteghlal 0000 (0)
31 Alireza Mohammad July 14, 1981 (age 28) Iran Persepolis 0030 (0)
Midfielders
25 Ehsan Hajisafi February 25, 1990 (age 19) Iran Sepahan 00220 (2)
14 Andranik Teymourian March 6, 1983 (age 26) England Fulham 00450 (4)
11 Mehrzad Madanchi January 10, 1985 (age 24) United Arab Emirates Al Ahli 00420 (8)
28 Pejman Nouri July 13, 1980 (age 29) Iran Malavan 00220 (2)
- Iman Mobali November 3, 1982 (age 27) United Arab Emirates Al Nasr 00490 (1)
35 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari September 14, 1983 (age 26) Iran Zob Ahan 00270 (0)
68 Ali Karimi November 8 , 1978 age (31) Iran Steel Azin 001120 (36)
- Farzad Ashoubi April 6, 1980 (age 29) Iran Mes 0060 (0)
66 Javad Nekounam September 7, 1980 (age 29) Spain Osasuna 001090 (25)
18 Masoud Shojaei June 9, 1984 (age 25) Spain Osasuna 00290 (3)
Strikers
32 Karim Ansarifard April 3, 1990 (age 19) Iran Saipa 00800 (2)
24 Milad Meydavoudi January 1, 1985 (age 24) Iran Esteghlal Ahvaz 00190 (3)
15 Gholamreza Rezaei march 6, 1984 (age 25) Iran Foolad 00280 (8)
84 Milad Zanidpour march 21, 1986 (age 23) Iran Rah Ahan 0060 (1)

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Iran squad within the last twelve months:

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
Goalkeepers
Memarzadeh 9 January 1983 (1983-01-09) (age 27) Iran Persepolis 0 (0) v - v Iceland, 10 November 2009
Defenders
Mohsen Bengar 30 July 1980 (1980-07-30) (age 29) Iran Sepahan 12 (0) v Kuwait ,26 March 2008 v Senegal, 1 April 2009
Alenemeh 1 January 1982 (1982-01-01) (age 28) Iran Sepahan 6 (1) v Iraq,16 June 2007 v Senegal, 1 April 2009
Sheys Rezaei 21 March 1984 (1984-03-21) (age 25) Iran Persepolis 8 (1) v Iraq, 4 October 2006 v Senegal, 1 April 2009
Hassan Ashjari 18 February 1979 (1979-02-18) (age 31) Iran Zob Ahan 12 (0) v Ecuador, December 2008 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Hossein Kaebi 23 September 1985 (1985-09-23) (age 24) Iran Steel Azin 89 (2) v, 2002 v Singapore, 6 January 2010
Amir Hossein Sadeghi 6 September 1981 (1981-09-06) (age 28) Iran Esteghlal 9 (0) v , 2005 v Singapore, 6 January 2010
Sepehr Heidari 19 June 1980 (1980-06-19) (age 29) Iran Persepolis 3 (0) v Ecuador, June 2007 v Uzbekistan, 6 January 2010
Midfielders
Javad Kazemian 23 April 1981 (1981-04-23) (age 28) United Arab Emirates Ajman 41 (2) v China, January 2001 v Jordan, 14 November 2009
Maziar Zare 22 December 1984 (1984-12-22) (age 25) United Arab Emirates Emirates 14 (3) v Iraq, 16 June 2007 v Saudi Arabia, 28 March 2009
Hossein Kazemi 3 October 1979 (1979-10-03) (age 30) Iran Esteghlal 12 (1) v UAE, August 2006 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Amir Mohebi 24 February 1981 (1981-02-24) (age 29) Iran Tractor Sazi 0 (0) v - v Iceland, 10 November 2009
Hashem Beikzadeh 22 January 1984 (1984-01-22) (age 26) Iran Esteghlal 11 (1) v ,2006 v Singapore, 6 January 2010
Majid Gholamnejad 18 June 1983 (1983-06-18) (age 26) Iran Pas 17 (1) v Bahrain,March 2008 v Singapore, 6 January 2010
Mohammad Nouri 9 January 1983 (1983-01-09) (age 27) Iran Saba 10 (3) v, 2008 v Singapore, 6 January 2010
Fereydoon Zandi 26 April 1979 (1979-04-26) (age 30) Iran Steel Azin 29 (5) v Bahrain, February 2005 v Singapore, 6 January 2010
Strikers
Mojtaba Zarei 1 January 1984 (1984-01-01) (age 26) Iran Persepolis 2 (0) v Bahrain, August 31, 2009 v Jordan, November 22, 2009
Hadi Norouzi 19 July 1985 (1985-07-19) (age 24) Iran Persepolis 2 (0) v Bosnia, 12 August 2009 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Farhad Majidi 3 June 1977 (1977-06-03) (age 32) Iran Esteghlal 43 (10) v ,1996 v Jordan, 14 November 2009
Arash Borhani 14 September 1983 (1983-09-14) (age 26) Iran Esteghlal 36 (10) v ,2004 v Jordan, 14 November 2009
Mohsen Khalili 14 February 1981 (1981-02-14) (age 29) Iran Persepolis 12 (1) v ,2008 v Singapore, 6 January 2010

Previous squads

World Cups

Asian Cups

See also Category:Iran international footballers

Most capped players

As of 3 March 2010, the players with the most caps for Iran are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Ali Daei 1993–2006 149 109
2 Ali Karimi* 1998–Present 112 35
3 Mehdi Mahdavikia 1996–2009 111 12
4 Javad Nekounam* 2000–Present 109 25
5 Hossein Kaebi* 2002-Present 89 2
6 Karim Bagheri 1993–2009 86 50
7 Hamid Reza Estili 1990–2000 82 12
8 Javad Zarincheh 1987–2000 80 1
9 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh 1987–1998 79 0
10 Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht* 2000-2008 77 14

The records are collected based on data from FIFA and RSSSF.
* denotes a player still playing or available for selection.

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Top goalscorers

As of 3 March 2010, the players with the most goals for Iran are:

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Ali Daei 1993–2006 109 149
2 Karim Bagheri 1993–2009 50 86
3 Ali Karimi* 1998–Present 36 112
4 Javad Nekounam* 2000–Present 25 109
5 Gholam Hossein Mazloomi 1969–1977 19 40
= Farshad Pious 1984–1994 19 34
6 Ali Asghar Modir Roosta 1990–1998 18 32
7 Vahid Hashemian 1998–2009 15 50
8 Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht* 2000–2008 14 77
9 Mehdi Mahdavikia 1996–2009 13 111
= Ali Parvin 1970–1980 13 76
= Hassan Rowshan 1974–1980 13 39
10 Parviz Ghelichkhani 1964–1977 12 64

The records are collected based on data from FIFA and RSSSF.
*denotes a player still playing or available for selection.

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Iran captains

# Reign Player Caps (Goals) Years Active Matches As Captain(Goals)
1 1996-1998 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh 79 (0) 1988-1998 ?(0)
2 1998-1999 Nader Mohammadkhani 64 (4) 1988-1999  ?(?)
3 1999-2000 Hamid Reza Estili 82 (12) 1990-2000 ?(?)
4 2000-2006 Ali Daei 149 (109) 1993-2006 ?(?)
5 2006-2009 Mehdi Mahdavikia 111 (13) 1996-2009 20(1)
6 2009-Present Javad Nekounam 108 (24) 2000-Present 10(4)

Iran World Cup captains

# Matches As Captain Player World Cup Played As A Captain(Goals) Years Active Caps(Goals)
1 3(0) Ali Parvin Argentina 1978 1970-1980 76(13)
2 2(0) Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh France 1998 1987-1998 79(0)
3 2(0) Ali Daei Germany 2006 1993-2006 149(109)

Iran Asian Cup captains

# Matches As Captain Player Asian Cup Played As A Captain Years Active Caps(Goals)
1 4(0)[20] Hassan Habibi Iran 1968 1958-1970
2 4(0)[21] Mostafa Arab Thailand 1972 1959-1972 48(2)
3 3(0)[22] Parviz Ghelichkhani Iran 1976 1964-1977 64(12)
4 5(0)[23] Nasser Hejazi Kuwait 1980 1968-1980 62(0)
5 6(0)[24] Mohammad Panjali Singapore 1984 1978-1991 45(0)
6 6(0)[25] Sirous Ghayeghran Qatar 1988 1986-1992 40(6)
7 3(0)[26] Sirous Ghayeghran Japan 1992 1986-1992 40(6)
8 1(0)[27] Mojtaba Moharrami UAE 1996 1988-1996 37(5)
9 4(2)[28] Hamid Reza Estili Lebanon 2000 1990-2000 82(12)
10 6(3) Ali Daei China 2004 1993-2006 149(109)
11 4(0) Mehdi Mahdavikia Asian Cup 2007 1996-2009 111(13)

Honours

Asian Cup: 3 Times


Asian Games: 4 Times


West Asian Football Federation Championship: 4 Times

See also

References

  1. ^ Iran World Cup 2006 team Profile from Football.co.uk
  2. ^ http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=irn/ranking/gender=m/index.html
  3. ^ Iran in World Cup 1978
  4. ^ BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP 2002 | Iranian football facts
  5. ^ a b FIFA World Cup 2006 Iran Team Overview
  6. ^ a b The History of Soccer [Football] in Iran - Team Melli :: Iran Visitor
  7. ^ A third half for Iranian football, by Christian Bromberger
  8. ^ France 1998 World Cup: 1st Round - Day 12 Match Reports
  9. ^ World Cup: U.S. eliminated from Cup after 2-1 loss to Iran
  10. ^ FIFA.com - 1998 FIFA World Cup France
  11. ^ France 1998 World Cup: 1st Round - Day 16 Match Reports
  12. ^ "FIFA suspends Iran Football Federation". FIFA. http://www.fifa.com/en/media/index/0,1369,126229,00.html. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  13. ^ "FIFA to lift Iran ban: Blatter". the-AFC.com. http://the-afc.com/english/media/default.asp?mnsection=media&section=newsDetails&newsID=7658. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  14. ^ "FIFA President announces temporary lifting of Iran ban". the-AFC.com. http://the-afc.com/english/media/default.asp?mnsection=media&section=newsDetails&newsID=7543. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  15. ^ News - Ali Daei named new Iran coach - Soccerway
  16. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/mar/30/iran-football-ali-daei
  17. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/standings/index.html
  18. ^ Kayhan, p14, No.881, 7 November 2001
  19. ^ "لگا، اسپانسر جديد تيم ملي ايران". Goal.com. September 2009. http://www.goal.com/iran/news/1825/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86/2009/09/19/1510635/%D9%84%DA%AF%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D9%8A%D9%85-%D9%85%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86. 
  20. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1968.htm
  21. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1972.htm
  22. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1976.htm
  23. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1980.htm
  24. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1984.htm
  25. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1988.htm
  26. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1992.htm
  27. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_1996.htm
  28. ^ http://www.parssport.ir/football/iran/national%20team/games/asian%20cup/asian_cup_2000.htm

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Preceded by
1964 Israel 
Asian Champions
1968 (First title)
1972 (Second title)
1976 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1980 Kuwait 
Preceded by
Korea Republic 

Taiwan
Asian Games Champions
1974 (First title)
Succeeded by

Korea DPR

Korea Republic
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Korea Republic 
Asian Games Champions
1990 (Second title)
Succeeded by

Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan 
Asian Games Champions
1998 (Third title)
2002 (Fourth title)
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Qatar
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WAFF Champions
2000(First title)
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2002 Iraq Iraq
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2002 Iraq Iraq
WAFF Champions
2004 (Second title)
2007 (Third title)
2008 (Fourth title)
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Incumbent
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ECO Cup Champions
1965 (First title)
Succeeded by
1967 Turkey 
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1969 Turkey 
ECO Cup Champions
1970 (Second title)
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1974 Turkey 
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1974 Turkey 
ECO Cup Champions
1993 (Third title)
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Last edition

Simple English

Iran
Association Islamic Republic of Iran Football Federation
Confederation AFC
Coach Ali Daei
Most caps Ali Daei (149)
Top scorer Ali Daei (109)
World Cup
Appearances 3
First Apps 1978
Best result Round 1 (1978, 1998, 2006)

Iran national football team is the national football team of Iran.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Ali Daei1491091993-2006
2Ali Karimi109351998-present
3Mehdi Mahdavikia103121996-present
4Javad Nekounam97222000-present
5Karim Bagheri82481993-present
5Hamid Reza Estili82121990-2000
6Javad Zarincheh8011987-2000
8Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh7901987-1998
9Ali Parvin76131970-1980
10Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht74142000-present

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Ali Daei1091491993-2006
2Karim Bagheri51821993-present
3Ali Karimi351091998-present
4Javad Nekounam22972000-present
5Gholam Hossein Mazloomi19401969-1977
5Farshad Pious19341984-1994
7Ali Asghar Modir Roosta18321990-1998
8Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht14742000-present
9Ali Parvin13761970-1980
9Vahid Hashemian13411998-present
9Hassan Rowshan13391974-1980








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