Iran national football team

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Nickname Team Melli
("The National Team")
Head coach Image:Flag of Iran.svg Amir Ghalenoei
Most capsAli Daei (149)
Top scorerAli Daei (109)
Home Stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA ranking 38 (+5)
Highest FIFA ranking 15 (July 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking 122 (May 1996)
Elo ranking 25 (+4)
Highest Elo ranking 15 (May 2005)
Lowest Elo ranking 73 (January 1964)
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Home kit
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Away kit
First international
Image:NF 1931 - 1974.jpg Afghanistan 0 - 0 Iran Image:Flag of Iran (1964).svg
(Kabul, Afghanistan; January 1, 1941)
Largest win
Image:Flag of Iran.svg Iran 19 - 0 Guam Image:Flag of Guam.svg
(Tabriz, Iran; November 24, 2000)
Worst defeat
Image:Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 6 - 1 Iran Image:Flag of Iran (1964).svg
(Istanbul, Turkey; May 28, 1950)
Image:Flag of South Korea (bordered).svg South Korea 5 - 0 Iran Image:Flag of Iran (1964).svg
(Tokyo, Japan; May 28, 1958)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1978)
Best result Round 1, 1978, 1998, 2006
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1960)
Best result Winners, 1968, 1972, 1976

The Iran national football team represents Iran in international football competitions and is controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Football Federation. The Iranian national football team is known as Team Melli. It is one of the strongest teams in Asia, the first ranked Asian team in FIFA's latest World Rankings. As of November 2006, Iran is ranked 38 in the FIFA World Rankings, and 25 in the World Football Elo Ratings. Iran was, at its peak, ranked 15th in both FIFA and Elo world rankings.

Since 23 November 2006, Iran has been suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, by virtue of a violation of Article 17 of the FIFA statutes which deals with governmental interference in the national organisation of the sport. a Despite the suspension, the Iran under-23 team have been given special permission to participate in the football competition of the 2006 Asian Games.b


[edit] History

Iran have won the Asian Cup three consecutive times (1968, 1972, 1976) and have finished third four times. In 1978, Iran made its first appearance in the World Cup and lost two of their three group stage games against the Netherlands and Peru. However, they managed to create a shocker by drawing against the famous Scotland side 1-1 with a late Iraj Danaeifard goal.

After the 1979 Revolution, football was somewhat neglected and cast aside during the mid 1980s due to internal unrest and the Iran-Iraq War although rumors saying that Iran didn't play football during that time are untrue. Football managed to make its revival in the early 1990s with new talents like Ali Daei, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Khodadad Azizi and Karim Bagheri.

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 1998 World Cup. Iran also recorded their first World Cup victory in that tournament, beating the United States 2-1. 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.

The number of "footy fanatics" in Iran has since increased exponentially in the last two decades. Football can be seen almost everywhere in Iran. Kids playing football in narrow streets is a very common sight, particularly in the south and east of Iran's capitol city Tehran. This style of football named "gol-kūchīk" ("small-net") is normally played with signature purple/red and white balls which are sold in almost every Iranian "dokān" or convenience store. Street football is usually played with "dolayeh" ("two-layered") or "selayeh" (triple-layered) plastic balls, because a single rubber ball alone is hard to control. One plastic ball is cut and the other is forced inside its hard plastic shell to make a "dolayeh" plastic ball. Because street football is played in small and closed areas (and often with very small nets), Iranian players are often technically gifted, but conversely are often weaker on defending long balls and set-pieces.

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.

[edit] Stadium

Iran play their home games in the massive Azadi (Freedom) Stadium which was built in the mid 1970s with a capacity of over 100,000.

[edit] Tournament records

[edit] World Cup record

Year Round P W D L GF GA Scorers
1930 to 1970
<center> Did not enter <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-<center>-
<center> 1974 <center> Did not qualify <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-<center>-
<center> 1978 <center> Round 1 <center>3 <center> 0 <center> 1 <center> 2 <center> 2 <center> 8 <center> Danaeifard / Rowshan / Eskandarian(OG) (1)
<center> 1982 <center> Withdrew <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-
<center> 1986 <center> Disqualified for refusal to play at neutral sites <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-
<center> 1990 <center> Did not qualify <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-<center>-
<center> 1994 <center> Did not qualify <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-<center>-
<center> 1998 <center> Round 1 <center>3 <center> 1 <center> 0 <center> 2 <center> 2 <center> 4 <center> Estili / Mahdavikia (1)
<center> 2002 <center> Did not qualify <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>- <center>-<center>-
<center> 2006 <center> Round 1 <center>3 <center> 0 <center> 1 <center> 2 <center> 2 <center> 6 <center> Golmohammadi / Bakhtiarizadeh (1)
<center> Total <center> Best: Round 1 <center>9 <center> 1 <center> 2 <center> 6 <center> 6 <center> 18 <center>-

[edit] Asian Cup record

[edit] West Asian Football Federation Championship record

[edit] Managers


[edit] Notes

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[edit] Players

[edit] Current squad

[edit] Goalkeepers

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ebrahim Mirzapour 16 September 1978 69 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal Ahvaz
12 GK Hassan Roudbarian 6 July 1978 7 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Pas Tehran
22 GK Vahid Talebloo 26 May 1982 3 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal
~~ GK Mehdi Rahmati 2 February 1983 7 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal

[edit] Defenders

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Club
5 DF Rahman Rezaei 20 February 1975 49 3 Image:Flag of Italy.svg A.S. Livorno
13 DF Hossein Kaebi 23 September 1985 49 1 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Emarat
20 DF Mohammad Nosrati 10 January 1982 53 4 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Pas Tehran
~~ DF Ali Ansarian 5 July 1977 5 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal
~~ DF Amir Hossein Sadeqi 6 September 1981 6 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal
~~ DF Hadi Shakouri 2 May 1982 6 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Pas Tehran

[edit] Midfielders

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Club
2 MF Mehdi Mahdavikia (c) 24 July 1977 96 12 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Hamburger SV
6 MF Javad Nekounam 7 September 1980 78 14 Image:Flag of Spain.svg CA Osasuna
8 MF Ali Karimi 8 November 1978 97 35 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich
11 MF Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht 30 June 1980 61 12 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis FC
14 MF Andranik Teymourian 6 March 1983 17 1 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Bolton Wanderers
23 MF Masoud Shojaei 19 June 1984 5 0 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah FC
~~ MF Mehrzad Madanchi 10 January 1985 14 3 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis FC
~~ MF Iman Mobali 3 November 1982 31 1 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Shabbab
~~ MF Pejman Nouri 13 July 1980 5 1 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis FC
~~ MF Mehdi Rajabzadeh 21 June 1978 6 1 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Zob Ahan FC

[edit] Forwards

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Club
9 FW Vahid Hashemian 21 July 1976 34 12 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Hannover 96
15 FW Arash Borhani 14 September 1983 22 8 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Nasr
16 FW Reza Enayati 23 September 1976 20 6 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Emarat
17 FW Javad Kazemian 23 April 1981 29 0 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Shaab
~~ FW Siavash Akbarpour 21 January 1985 3 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal
~~ FW Rasoul Khatibi 22 September 1978 18 1 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah FC
~~ FW Farhad Majidi 3 June 1977 41 10 Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Nasr

[edit] Recent callups

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

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Club
~~ GK Farshid Karimi 0 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis
~~ GK Rahman Ahmadi 0 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Saipa FC
~~ DF Hadi Aghili 15 January 1981 2 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan
~~ DF Ali Badavi 0 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal Ahvaz
~~ DF Sheys Rezaei 21 March 1984 2 1 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis FC
~~ MF Hossein Kazemi 2 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal
~~ MF Hossein Badamaki 1 1 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis FC
~~ MF Kianoush Rahmati 2 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Pas Tehran
~~ MF Ebrahim Sadeghi 4 February 1979 0 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Saipa FC
~~ FW Robert Markosi 13 August 1976 2 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Bargh Shiraz
~~ FW Hamid Shafiei 2 0 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan

[edit] Previous squads

[edit] Most capped players

As of November 15, 2006, the players with the most caps for Iran are:

# Player Career Caps Goals
<center> 1 Ali Daei* <center> 1993 - 2006 <center>149 <center>109
<center> 2 Ali Karimi* <center> 1998 - 2006 <center>97 <center>35
<center> 3 Mehdi Mahdavikia* <center> 1996 - 2006 <center>96 <center>12
<center> 4 Hamid Reza Estili <center> 1990 - 2000 <center>82 <center>12
<center> 5 Karim Bagheri <center> 1993 - 2001 <center>80 <center>47
<center> Javad Zarincheh <center> 1987 - 2000 <center>80 <center>1
<center> 7 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh <center> 1987 - 1998 <center>79 <center>0
<center> 8 Javad Nekounam* <center> 2000 - 2006 <center>78 <center>14
<center> 9 Ali Parvin <center> 1970 - 1980 <center>76 <center>13
<center> 10 Yahya Golmohammadi* <center> 1996 - 2006 <center>71 <center>5

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

[edit] Top goalscorers

As of November 15, 2006, the players with the most goals for Iran are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Ratio
<center> 1 Ali Daei* <center> 1993 - 2006 <center>109 (149) <center>0.73
<center> 2 Karim Bagheri <center> 1993 - 2001 <center>47 (80) <center>0.59
<center> 3 Ali Karimi* <center> 1998 - 2006 <center>35 (97) <center>0.36
<center> 4 Gholam Hossein Mazloomi <center> 1969 - 1977 <center>19 (40) <center>0.48
<center> Farshad Pious <center> 1984 - 1994 <center>19 (34) <center>0.56
<center> 6 Ali Asghar Modir Roosta <center> 1990 - 1998 <center>18 (32) <center>0.56
<center> 7 Javad Nekounam* <center> 2000 - 2006 <center>14 (78) <center>0.18
<center> 8 Ali Parvin <center> 1970 - 1980 <center>13 (76) <center>0.17
<center> Hassan Rowshan<center> 1974 - 1980 <center>13 (39) <center>0.33
<center> 10 Vahid Hashemian* <center> 1998 - 2006 <center>12 (34) <center>0.35
<center> Mehdi Mahdavikia* <center> 1996 - 2006 <center>12 (96) <center>0.13
<center> Parviz Ghelichkhani <center> 1964 - 1977 <center>12 (64) <center>0.19
<center> Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht* <center> 2000 - 2006 <center>12 (61) <center>0.20

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

[edit] 2006 World Cup information

Iran lost their first game of 2006 FIFA World Cup to the Mexican side 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 Portugal in group D in Frankfurt on the 17th. The game was lost 2-0. The goals were scored by Deco in the 63rd min and Christiano Ronaldo in the 80th min (penalty). In this match Javad Nekounam (19 min), Mehrzad Madanchi (31 min), Hossein Kaebi (72 min) and Yahya Golmohammadi (87 min) received yellow cards. The two losses meant Iran was eliminated from competition for the second round before their third and final game against Angola. Iran drew 1-1 with Angola on the 21st of June, with the goal scored by Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh in the 75th minute, 15 minutes after the Angolan goal.

[edit] References

[edit] See Also

[edit] External links

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