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IRAN FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Iran national football team (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال ایران‎) represents Iran in international football competitions and is controlled by the Iran Football Federation. The national football team of Iran, known as Team Melli, ranks 1st in Asia and 37th in the world according to the April 2014 FIFA World Rankings.

The first match that Team Melli played was on August 25, 1941, away at Afghanistan, while Iran's first FIFA international match was on May 28, 1950, away at Turkey. Iran won the Asian Cup three consecutive times (1968, 1972, 1976), to which the team has not been able to add since.

In 1978, Iran made her first appearance in the World Cup after defeating Australia in Tehran. Iran lost two of three group stage matches against the Netherlands and Peru.however managed to surprise the footballing community by securing one point in her first ever World Cup appearance against Scotland which saw Iraj Danaeifard cancel out an own goal scored by Andranik Eskandarian for the 1-1 draw.

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.

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 finished first in the group stage of the tournament, but lost against South Korea in quarter-final.

 

IRAN FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club  M
Ahmadi, Rahman 1980-07-30 Goalkeeper   Sepahan Isfahan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Davari, Daniel 1988-01-06 Goalkeeper   Eintracht Braunschweig 1 0 0 0 0 0
Haghighi, Alireza 1988-05-02 Goalkeeper   Sporting Covilhã 0 1 0 0 0 0
Hajysafi, Ehsan 1990-02-25 Left Back   Sepahan Isfahan 1 1 0 0 0 0
Alenemeh, Ahmad 1982-10-20 Right Back   Naft Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bengar, Mohsen 1979-07-06 Centre Back   Persepolis Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hosseini, Seyed Jalal 1982-02-03 Centre Back   Persepolis Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jamaati, Mehrdad 1989-10-07 Left Back   Foulad Khuzestan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mahini, Hossein 1986-09-16 Right Back   Persepolis Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Montazeri, Pejman 1983-09-06 Centre Back   Umm Salal SC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Pooladi, Mehrdad 1987-02-26 Left Back   Persepolis Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sadeghi, Amir Hossein 1981-09-06 Left Back   Esteghlal Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Beitashour, Steven 1987-02-01 Right Back   Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 0 0 0 0
Heydari, Khosro 1983-09-14 Right Back   Esteghlal Tehran 0 1 0 0 0 0
Khanzadeh, Mohammad Reza 1992-01-20 Centre Back   Zob Ahan Isfahan 0 1 0 0 0 0
Karimi, Yaghoub 1991-08-31 Left Midfielder   Sepahan Isfahan 1 0 1 0 0 0
Dejagah, Ashkan 1986-07-05 Right Midfielder   Fulham FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hadadifar, Ghasem 1983-07-12 Attacking Midfielder   Zob Ahan Isfahan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jabbari, Mojtaba 1983-06-16 Attacking Midfielder   Al-Ahli Doha 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rahmani, Bakhtiar 1991-09-23 Attacking Midfielder   Foulad Khuzestan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sadeghian, Payam 1992-02-29 Attacking Midfielder   Persepolis Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Shojaei, Masoud 1984-06-09 Attacking Midfielder   UD Las Palmas 1 0 0 0 0 0
Haghighi, Reza 1989-02-01 Defensive Midfielder   Persepolis Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nekounam, Javad 1980-09-07 Defensive Midfielder   Al-Kuwait Kaifan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ghoochannejhad, Reza 1987-09-20 Centre Forward   Charlton Athletic 1 0 1 0 0 0
Norouzi, Reza 1982-09-21 Centre Forward   Naft Tehran 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ansarifard, Karim 1990-04-03 Centre Forward   Traktor Sazi Tabriz 0 2 1 0 0 0
Jahanbakhsh, Alireza 1993-08-11 Right Winger   NEC Nijmegen 0 1 0 0 0 0
Khalatbari, Mohammad Reza 1983-09-14 Right Winger   Persepolis Tehran 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Hosts/Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA Squad GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - 8 5 1 2 9 6
 1978 Round 1 14th 3 0 1 2 2 8 Squad 12 10 2 0 20 3
 1982 Withdrew - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 1986 Disqualified - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - 6 5 0 1 12 5
 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - 11 5 3 3 23 13
 1998 Round 1 20th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad 17 8 6 3 57 17
| 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - 14 9 3 2 36 9
 2006 Round 1 25th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad 12 9 1 2 29 7
 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - 14 5 8 1 15 9
 2014 Qualified TBD - - - - - - - 16 10 4 2 30 7
 2018 To be determined - - - - - -
 2022 To be determined - - - - - -
Total - 4/20 9 1 2 6 6 18 - 110 66 28 16 230 76


 

IRAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Ali Daei 1993–2006 149 109
2 Javad Nekounam 2000– 136 37
3 Ali Karimi 1998–2013 127 38
4 Mehdi Mahdavikia 1996–2009 111 13
5 Hossein Kaebi 2002– 89 2
6 Karim Bagheri 1993–2010 87 50
7 Mohammad Nosrati 2002– 83 5
= Jalal Hosseini 2007– 83 6
8 Hamid Reza Estili 1990–2000 82 12
10 Javad Zarincheh 1987–2000 80 1

 

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

# Name Career Goals Caps Avg/Game
1 Ali Daei 1993–2006 109 149 0.73
2 Karim Bagheri 1993–2010 50 87 0.57
3 Ali Karimi 1998–2013 38 127 0.30
4 Javad Nekounam 2000– 37 136 0.27
5 Gholam Hossein Mazloomi 1969–1977 19 40 0.47
Farshad Pious 1984–1994 19 34 0.56
7 Ali Asghar Modir Roosta 1990–1998 18 32 0.56
Nasser Mohammadkhani 1982–1990 18 25 0.72
9 Vahid Hashemian 1998–2009 15 50 0.30
10 Hamid Alidoosti 1977–1986 14 28 0.5

 

 

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