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The national football team of Iran ( ) represents Iranmarker in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The national football team of Iran is known as Team Melli and ranks 5th in Asia, and 63rd in the world according to the current FIFA World Rankings.

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 Tehranmarker to qualify. Iran lost two of their three group stage games against the Netherlands and Peru. However, they managed to create a surprise by drawing 1-1 against Scotland with a late Iraj Danaeifard goal.

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. 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
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 Melbournemarker; however, since Iran had scored more away goals, they were able to qualify for the Cup.

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.

Iran recorded their first World Cup victory in the second game, 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. Following defeat with Iran the United States were eliminated from the World Cup.

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

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



Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
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 FIFAmarker from all participation in international football, on the grounds of governmental interference in the national football association. The ban lasted less than a month, and as a dispensation was given to allow the Iran under-23 team to participate in the football competition of the 2006 Asian Gamesmarker, 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 Spanishmarker 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. Ali Daei got ejected from his position as the Iranian national coach on March 29, 2009. He was replaced by Afshin Ghotbi. Iran failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after ranking 4th overall in its group.

Group 5

In the next stage of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Iran will play in group B.

Group B





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, or that an over-zealous mullah kept them awake by insisting that they stay up late to pray. Both were denied by Safā'i. Riots occurred in Tehran (covering 54 districts), Tabrizmarker, Kermanmarker, Isfahanmarker, Shirazmarker, Kermanmarker, Qazvinmarker and Rashtmarker. Many of the riots developed into anti-clerical with chants like "Death to the Taliban, whether in Kabulmarker or Tehran" . In some areas the Basiji militia were disarmed, in other areas they were attacked with stones and molotov cocktails. Government buildings were burnt, roads were blocked sometimes with burning vehicles. Pictures of Khamene'i were also burnt. The regime mobilised tanks against the rioters and Hezbollah organised gangs intimidating people off the streets and the security forces opened fire on the crowds at the Coca-Cola crossroads in Tehran.

Iran-United Arab Emirates, 25 October 2001

The 1-0 victory against UAE also led to riots. Iranian security now consisted of Basiji Militia, Pasdaran units, anti-riot squads, Hezbollah, a parachute regiment and some regular army units. Many of the rioters were teenagers. Many women would through away their veils, just as young male teenagers would wear masks to hide their identity. Hundreds were arrested in Tehran, Isfahan and Tabriz. They were treated as political prisoners and given at least two months in prison. Khamene'i cancelled his visit to Isfahan.

Presidential Election Protests, 2009

During the final game of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against the South Korean national football team held in Seoulmarker 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 Stadiummarker 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 stadiums 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


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
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 1 0 1
0 0 1 1
1 0 0 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 1 0 1
Total 1 2 6 9


World Cup history
Year Round Score Result
1978 Round 1 Iran 0 – 3 Lose
Round 1 Iran 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 Iran 1 – 4 Lose
1998 Round 1 0 – 1 Lose
Round 1 2 – 1 USA Win
Round 1 0 – 2 Lose
2006 Round 1 1 – 3 Lose
Round 1 0 – 2 Lose
Round 1 1 – 1 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
0 0 1 1
0 1 0 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
1 0 0 1
1 0 0 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
Total 2 1 6 9


Olympic Games history
Year Round Score Result
1964 Round 1 Iran 0 – 4

Lose
Round 1 Iran 1 – 1

Draw
Round 1 Iran 0 – 1

Lose
1972 Round 1 Iran 0 – 5

Lose
Round 1 Iran 0 – 4

Lose
Round 1 Iran 1 – 0

Win
1976 Round 1 Iran 1 – 0

Win
Round 1 Iran 2 – 3

Lose
Quarter Finals Iran 1 – 2

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
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 9, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker Friendly 3-1 W 19' Borhani, 26' Bagheri, 71' Zare
January 14, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker ACQ 6-0 W 28' Gholamnejad, 51' Bagheri, 54' Rezaei
79' Zare, 82', 83' Nouri
January 28, 2009 Rajamangalamarker, Bangkokmarker ACQ 0-0 D
February 11, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker WCQ 1-1 D 65' Javad Nekounam
March 14, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker Friendly 1-0 W Hossein Kazemi
March 23, 2009 Nationalmarker, Kuwait Citymarker Friendly 1-0 W 84' Maziar Zare
March 28, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker WCQ 1-2 L 64' Masoud Shojaei
April 1, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker Friendly 1-1 D Mehrzad Madanchi
June 1, 2009 Qinghuangdaomarker China Friendly 0-1 L
June 6, 2009 Kim Il Sungmarker, WCQ 0-0 D
June 10, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker WCQ 1-0 W 53' Ali Karimi
June 17, 2009 Seoul World Cupmarker, WCQ 1-1 D 51' Shojaei
August 12, 2009 Asim Ferhatović Hasemarker Bosnia Friendly 3-2 W 79' Shojaei, 86' Borhani, 93' Teymourian
August 31, 2009 National Stadiummarker Bahrain Friendly 4-2 L 35' Zandi, 82' Zandi
September 5, 2009 Pakhtakormarker Uzbekistan Friendly 0-0 D
November 10, 2009 Azadi Stadiummarker Iceland Friendly 1-0 W 53' Karim Ansarifard
November 14, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker Jordan ACQ 1-0 W 72' Javad Nekounam
November 18, 2009 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker Friendly 1-1 D 36' Teymourian
November 22, 2009 Amman Internationalmarker, ACQ 0-1 L


Next matches

Date Venue Opponent Competition
January 6, 2010 National Stadium, Singaporemarker, Kallang 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
March 3, 2010 Azadimarker, Tehranmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification


Managers

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


Coaching Staff

Head Coach Afshin Ghotbi
Assistant Coach Piet Buter
Goalkeeping Coach Abe Knoop
Advicer Morteza Mohasses
Physiotherapist Jan Langalon
Team Doctors Dr. Parham Khanlari and Dr. Shahab
Team Manager Asghar Hajilou


Players

Current squad

Iran's 25 players for the match against Jordan.



# Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Mehdi Rahmati February 2, 1983 (age 26) Sepahan 40 (0)
12 Vahid Talebloo May 26, 1982 (age 27) Esteghlal 12 (0)
- Sosha Makani November 18, 1986 (age 23) Pas 0 (0)
Defenders
34 Khosro Heydari September 14, 1983 (age 26) Esteghlal 11 (0)
4 Jalal Hosseini February 3, 1982 (age 27) Sepahan 40 (2)
5 Hadi Aghili January 15, 1981 (age 28) Sepahan 38 (3)
20 Mohammad Nosrati January 10, 1982 (age 27) Tractor Sazi 66 (4)
13 Hossein Kaebi September 23, 1985 (age 24) Steel Azin 87 (2)
- Farshid Talebi Aug 24, 1981 (age 28) Zob Ahan 1 (0)
- Amir Hossein Sadeghi September 6, 1981 (age 28) Esteghlal 9 (0)
- Amir Hossein Feshangchi , 1987 (age 22) Saba 1 (0)
Midfielders
25 Ehsan Hajisafi February 25, 1990 (age 19) Sepahan 18 (1)
14 Andranik Teymourian March 6, 1983 (age 26) Fulham 40 (4)
7 Mehrzad Madanchi January 10, 1985 (age 24) Al Ahli 38 (6)
28 Pejman Nouri July 13, 1980 (age 29) Malavan 19 (2)
64 Iman Mobali November 3, 1982 (age 27) Al Nasr 49 (1)
60 Hashem Beikzadeh January 22, 1984 (age 25) Esteghlal 10 (1)
- Majid Gholamnejad June 18, 1983 (age 26) Pas 17 (1)
41 Mohammad Nouri January 9, 1983 (age 26) Saba 9 (3)
35 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari September 14, 1983 (age 26) Zob Ahan 23 (0)
65 Javad Kazemian April 23, 1981 (age 28) Ajman 41 (2)
Strikers
- Mojtaba Zarei February 29, 1984 (age 25) Persepolis 2 (0)
50 Arash Borhani Sept 14, 1983 (age 26) Esteghlal 36 (10)
32 Karim Ansarifard April 3, 1990 (age 19) Saipa 4 (1)
24 Milad Meydavoudi January 1, 1985 (age 24) Esteghlal Ahvaz 15 (3)


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 Persepolis 0 (0) v - v Iceland, 10 November 2009
Defenders
Mohsen Bengar Sepahan 12 (0) v Kuwait ,26 March 2008 v Senegal, 1 April 2009
Alenemeh Sepahan 6 (1) v Iraq,16 June 2007 v Senegal, 1 April 2009
Sheys Rezaei Persepolis 8 (1) v Iraq, 4 October 2006 v Senegal, 1 April 2009
Hassan Ashjari Zob Ahan 12 (0) v Ecuador, December 2008 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Midfielders
Maziar Zare Emirates 14 (3) v Iraq, 16 June 2007 v Saudi Arabia, 28 March 2009
Rezaei Foolad 23 (7) v Zambia, 26 May 2008 v North Korea, 6 June 2009
Maysam Baou Persepolis 5 (0) v Iraq, 16 June 2007 v China, 18 December 2008
Fereydoon Zandi Steel Azin 28 (5) v Bahrain, February 2005 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Hossein Kazemi Esteghlal 12 (1) v UAE, August 2006 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Farzad Ashoubi Mes Kerman 6 (0) v Iraq, July 2007 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Amir Mohebi Tractor Sazi 0 (0) v - v Iceland, 10 November 2009
Nekounam Osasuna 108 (24) v ,2000 v Macedonia, 18 November 2009
Masoud Shojaei Osasuna 28 (3) v Laos,November 2004 v Macedonia, 18 November 2009
Strikers
Mohsen Khalili Persepolis 10 (1) v Qatar, 10 January 2008 v North Korea, 6 June 2009
Hadi Norouzi Persepolis 2 (0) v Bosnia, 12 August 2009 v Uzbekistan, 5 September 2009
Farhad Majidi Esteghlal 43 (10) v ,1996 v Jordan, 14 November 2009


Previous squads

World Cups



Asian Cups



See also :Category:Iran international footballers


Most capped players

, the players with the most caps for Iran are:
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Ali Daei 1993–2006 149 109
2 Ali Karimi 1998–2009 111 35
3 Mehdi Mahdavikia 1996–2009 111 12
4 Javad Nekounam* 2000–Present 108 24
5 Hossein Kaebi* 2002-Present 87 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.

Top goalscorers

, 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 1998–2009 36 111
4 Javad Nekounam* 2000–present 24 108
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.


Player drain to other countries

The following were Iranian-born players who chose other national teams:

Senior Level:

Youth Level:

The following players were eligible to play for Iran but chose other national teams:

The following players are still eligible to play for Iran:

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)
7 ?(?) Sirous Ghayeghran Japan 1992 1986-1992 40(6)
8 ?(?) Mojtaba Moharrami UAE 1996 1988-1996 37(5)
9 4(2) 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:3 Times

West Asian Football Federation Championship:4 Times

See also



References

  1. http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=irn/ranking/gender=m/index.html
  2. Iran in World Cup 1978
  3. BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP 2002 | Iranian football facts
  4. FIFA World Cup 2006 Iran Team Overview
  5. The History of Soccer [Football] in Iran - Team Melli :: Iran Visitor
  6. A third half for Iranian football, by Christian Bromberger
  7. France 1998 World Cup: 1st Round - Day 12 Match Reports
  8. World Cup: U.S. eliminated from Cup after 2-1 loss to Iran
  9. FIFA.com - 1998 FIFA World Cup France
  10. France 1998 World Cup: 1st Round - Day 16 Match Reports
  11. News - Ali Daei named new Iran coach - Soccerway
  12. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/mar/30/iran-football-ali-daei
  13. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/standings/index.html
  14. Kayhan, p14, No.881, 7 November 2001
  15. Mojahed, p8, No. 563, 30 October 2001
  16. Kayhan, p1, No.880, 31 October 2001
  17. Kayhan, p9, No.880, 31 October 2001
  18. Mojahed, p7, No. 563, 30 October 2001
  19. Mojahed, p9, No. 564, 6 November 2001
  20. Zones of proletarian Development by Mastaneh Shah-Shija, Openmute 2008


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