Iran men's national volleyball team

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Iran
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Nickname(s)Sarv Qaamataan سرو قامتان
Association IRIVF
Confederation AVC
Head coach Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Alekno
FIVB ranking 12 (as of June 28, 2021)
Uniforms
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Home
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Away
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Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (First in 2016 )
Best result5th (2016)
World Championship
Appearances6 (First in 1970 )
Best result6th (2014)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1991 )
Best result8th (2015, 2019)
Asian Championship
Appearances18 (First in 1979 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svg (2011, 2013, 2019)
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Medal record
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2017 Japan
Asian Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2011 Tehran
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2013 Dubai
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2019 Tehran
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2009 Manila
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2015 Tehran
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2003 Tianjin
Asian Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2014 Incheon Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2018 Jakarta–Palembang Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1958 Tokyo Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2002 Busan Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Guangzhou Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1966 Bangkok Team
Asian Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Nakhon Ratchasima
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2010 Urmia
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Nakhon Pathom
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2012 Vinh Yen
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2018 Taipei

The Iran Men's National Volleyball Team is the official national men's volleyball team of Iran. It is governed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Volleyball Federation (I.R.I.V.F.) and takes part in international volleyball competitions.

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As of June 2021, the national team is considered as the second best team in Asia, as it ranks 11th in the FIVB World Rankings. [1]

The national team won the Asian Volleyball Championship three times: in 2011 Tehran, 2013 Dubai and 2019 Tehran.

In its first appearance in the competition since joining the 2013 World League, Iran has been a dominant force in Group 1 of the competition, posing a challenge to any opponent. Defeating Italy and Cuba in these games, Iran introduced itself as a formidable contender.

In 2014 World League campaign, Iran's national team reached the fourth place in Group 1 after a straight-set defeat to their Italian hosts in the bronze medal match. In these games, Iran had already defeated Brazil, Italy and Poland.

Iran has also competed in the World Championship four times, with their best result obtained in 2014 Poland where they ended up in the 6th place. In those games Iran qualified from the first and second rounds with, respectively, four and five wins; their only defeat was against France.

Iran defeated Japan to win the gold medal at the Asian Games Korea in 2014. Consecutively, in 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, Iran cruised past Japan and South Korea to win the gold medal.

Iran made it to the Olympic Games for the first time in their history in 2016 as the top ranked Asian squad at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. Iran finished at the 5th place in the competition.

History

The history of Iran’s volleyball dates back to around 1920 when Mir Mehdi Varzandeh brought volleyball regulations to Iran. During the World War II, forces of Allies occupied Iran, sport Contacts especially in volleyball was done with soldiers of these forces; it was a new way for familiarity with volleyball of the other countries. At that time a friendly match was fixed between the Iran and Russian Army team. In 1958 for the first time national men’s team of Pakistan was invited to Tehran, guest team had some friendly matches with national team, club teams and Army team. Iran's national team first attended at 1958 Asian Games. [2]

Tournament records

Iran national volleyball team in Rio, Brazil 2016. Olympic games Iran volleyball team at the 2016 Summer Olympics 3.jpg
Iran national volleyball team in Rio, Brazil 2016. Olympic games

Notes:Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes, respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament. B indicates that the team was represented by its B team.

Olympic Games

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964 Did not enter
or
Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980
Flag of the United States.svg 1984
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988
Flag of Spain.svg 1992
Flag of the United States.svg 1996
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 5th place624812
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 In progress22062
Flag of France.svg 2024 Future events
Flag of the United States.svg 2028
Total2/158441414

World Championship

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 1949 Did not enter
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg 1952
Flag of France.svg 1956
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1960
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1962
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 1966
Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg 1970 21st place11471624
Flag of Mexico.svg 1974 Did not enter
Flag of Italy.svg 1978
Flag of Argentina.svg 1982 Did not qualify
Flag of France.svg 1986 Did not enter
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg 1990 Did not qualify
Flag of Greece.svg 1994
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1998 19th place30309
Flag of Argentina.svg 2002 Did not enter
Flag of Japan.svg 2006 21st place505215
Flag of Italy.svg 2010 19th place31257
Flag of Poland.svg 2014 6th place12752621
Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg 2018 13th place8441416
Flag of Russia.svg 2022 Future events
Total6/194216266392

World Cup

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Poland.svg 1965 Did not enter
Flag of East Germany.svg 1969
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1977
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1981
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1985
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1989 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1991 11th place817523
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1995 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan.svg 1999
Flag of Japan.svg 2003
Flag of Japan.svg 2007
Flag of Japan.svg 2011 9th place11561625
Flag of Japan.svg 2015 8th place11471624
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 8th place11471925
Total4/144114275697

World Grand Champions Cup

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1993 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1997
Flag of Japan.svg 2001
Flag of Japan.svg 2005
Flag of Japan.svg 2009 5th place514814
Flag of Japan.svg 2013 4th place5321010
Flag of Japan.svg 2017 3rd place5411210
Total3/715873034

World League

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1990 Did not enter
Flag of Italy.svg 1991
Flag of Italy.svg 1992
Flag of Brazil.svg 1993
Flag of Italy.svg 1994
Flag of Brazil.svg 1995
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1996
Flag of Russia.svg 1997
Flag of Italy.svg 1998
Flag of Argentina.svg 1999
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000
Flag of Poland.svg 2001
Flag of Brazil.svg 2002
Flag of Spain.svg 2003
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg 2004
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg 2005
Flag of Russia.svg 2006
Flag of Poland.svg 2007
Flag of Brazil.svg 2008
Flag of Serbia.svg 2009
Flag of Argentina.svg 2010 Did not qualify
Flag of Poland.svg 2011
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 2012
Flag of Argentina.svg 2013 9th place10552021
Flag of Italy.svg 2014 4th place16792832
Flag of Brazil.svg 2015 7th place12662521
Flag of Poland.svg 2016 8th place9451522
Flag of Brazil.svg 2017 11th place9361123
Total5/2856253199119

Nations League

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of France.svg 2018 10th place15782930
Flag of the United States.svg 2019 5th place171254121
Flag of Italy.svg 2021 12th place155102532
Total3/34724239583

Asian Championship

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1975 Did not enter
Flag of Bahrain (1972-2002).svg 1979 6th place6331210
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1983 Did not enter
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1987 10th place523710
Flag of South Korea.svg 1989 8th place8351513
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1991 7th place7341112
Flag of Thailand.svg 1993 5th place633910
Flag of South Korea.svg 1995 4th place523611
Flag of Qatar.svg 1997 6th place523811
Flag of Iran.svg 1999 5th place6421310
Flag of South Korea.svg 2001 5th place6421410
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2003 3rd place7521612
Flag of Thailand.svg 2005 6th place5321210
Flag of Indonesia.svg 2007 5th place9541718
Flag of the Philippines.svg 2009 Runners-up8712210
Flag of Iran.svg 2011 Champions880242
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2013 Champions770211
Flag of Iran.svg 2015 Runners-up (B)862209
Flag of Indonesia.svg 2017 5th place (U23)8622010
Flag of Iran.svg 2019 Champions871224
Flag of Japan.svg 2021 Qualified (B)
Total18/201228042269173

Asian Games

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1958 Runners-up43196
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1962 Did not enter
Flag of Thailand.svg 1966 3rd place8531614
Flag of Thailand.svg 1970 5th place7341114
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1974 4th place52379
Flag of Thailand.svg 1978 Did not enter
Flag of India.svg 1982
Flag of South Korea.svg 1986
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1994 5th place9541616
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Did not enter
Flag of South Korea.svg 2002 Runners-up6421210
Flag of Qatar.svg 2006 6th place31267
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2010 Runners-up981254
Flag of South Korea.svg 2014 Champions880242
Flag of Indonesia.svg 2018 Champions550150
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2022 Future event
Flag of Japan.svg 2026
Flag of Qatar.svg 2030
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2034
Total10/1664442014182

Asian Cup

YearRankPldWLSWSL
Flag of Thailand.svg 2008 Champions651168
Flag of Iran.svg 2010 Champions660186
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2012 Runners-up (B)651167
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg 2014 4th place (B)642149
Flag of Thailand.svg 2016 Champions (B)660185
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg 2018 Runners-up (B)541145
Total6/6353059640

Other tournaments

Results and fixtures

Previous matches

DateCompetitionLocationOpponentResult
2021
28 May 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0–3 L
29 May 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1–3 L
30 May 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3–0 W
3 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3–1 W
4 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3–1 W
5 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 3–0 W
9 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3–0 W
10 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2–3 L
11 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–3 L
15 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–3 L
16 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–3 L
17 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1–3 L
21 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of France.svg  France 0–3 L
22 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0–3 L
23 June 2021 2021 Nations League Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–3 L
24 July 2021 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3–2 W

Forthcoming matches

DateCompetitionLocationOpponent
2021
26 July 2021 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela
28 July 2021 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
30 July 2021 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1 August 2021 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
12 September 2021 2021 Asian Championship Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
13 September 2021 2021 Asian Championship Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
14 September 2021 2021 Asian Championship Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan

Team

Current squad

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Iran volleyball team members Ju-2015

Representing Iran at the 2021 Nations League (updated on 3 June 2021).

No.NameDate of birthHeightWeightSpikeBlock2021 club
2 Milad Ebadipour 17 October 19931.96 m (6 ft 5 in)78 kg (172 lb)350 cm (140 in)310 cm (120 in) Flag of Poland.svg Skra Bełchatów
3 Reza Abedini 19 May 19912.03 m (6 ft 8 in)93 kg (205 lb)354 cm (139 in)348 cm (137 in) Flag of Iran.svg Shahdab Yazd
4 Saeid Marouf (C)20 October 19851.89 m (6 ft 2 in)81 kg (179 lb)331 cm (130 in)311 cm (122 in) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing BAIC Motor
6 Mohammad Mousavi 22 August 19872.00 m (6 ft 7 in)85 kg (187 lb)362 cm (143 in)344 cm (135 in) Flag of Turkey.svg Fenerbahçe
7 Purya Fayazi 12 January 19931.95 m (6 ft 5 in)92 kg (203 lb)335 cm (132 in)325 cm (128 in) Flag of Iran.svg Shahrdari Urmia
8 Mohammad Reza Hazratpour 31 March 19991.87 m (6 ft 2 in)87 kg (192 lb)300 cm (120 in)290 cm (110 in) Flag of Iran.svg Shahrdari Urmia
9 Masoud Gholami 2 April 19912.00 m (6 ft 7 in)95 kg (209 lb)289 cm (114 in)275 cm (108 in) Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan
10 Amir Ghafour 6 June 19912.02 m (6 ft 8 in)90 kg (200 lb)354 cm (139 in)334 cm (131 in) Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan
11 Saber Kazemi 24 December 19982.05 m (6 ft 9 in)87 kg (192 lb)340 cm (130 in)325 cm (128 in) Flag of Iran.svg Foolad Sirjan
12 Morteza Sharifi 27 May 19991.93 m (6 ft 4 in)83 kg (183 lb)340 cm (130 in)320 cm (130 in) Flag of Iran.svg Shahrdari Urmia
14 Mohammad Javad Manavinejad 27 November 19951.98 m (6 ft 6 in)90 kg (200 lb)365 cm (144 in)328 cm (129 in) Flag of France.svg Stade Poitevin Poitiers
15 Ali Asghar Mojarrad 30 October 19972.05 m (6 ft 9 in)90 kg (200 lb)330 cm (130 in)310 cm (120 in) Flag of Iran.svg Shahrdari Varamin
16 Ali Shafiei 21 September 19911.98 m (6 ft 6 in)80 kg (180 lb)348 cm (137 in)345 cm (136 in) Flag of Iran.svg Saipa
17 Meysam Salehi 17 November 19981.98 m (6 ft 6 in)89 kg (196 lb)345 cm (136 in)330 cm (130 in) Flag of Poland.svg Indykpol AZS Olsztyn
18 Mohammad Taher Vadi 10 November 19891.94 m (6 ft 4 in)85 kg (187 lb)329 cm (130 in)315 cm (124 in) Flag of Iran.svg Shahrdari Urmia
21 Arman Salehi 29 October 19921.80 m (5 ft 11 in)81 kg (179 lb)295 cm (116 in)280 cm (110 in) Flag of Iran.svg Foolad Sirjan
22 Amir Hossein Esfandiar 24 January 19992.09 m (6 ft 10 in)119 kg (262 lb)330 cm (130 in)310 cm (120 in) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Greenyard Maaseik
23 Bardia Saadat 12 August 20022.05 m (6 ft 9 in)87 kg (192 lb)355 cm (140 in)328 cm (129 in) Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon KEPCO Vixtorm

Head coaches

Note: The following list may not be complete.

A Team

NameFromTonotes
Flag of Pakistan.svg Sardar Nasrollahkhan [3] 1958 1958 Asian Games Runners-up
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Fereydoon Sharifzadeh19581963
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Hossein Jabbarzadegan19641966 1966 Asian Games 3rd place
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Miloslav Ejem19701972
Flag of Japan.svg Tadaee Korada1974 1974 Asian Games 4th place
Flag of South Korea.svg Park Sung1979
Flag of Iran.svg Yadollah Kargarpisheh19791981
Flag of Iran.svg Farough Fakhredini1987
Flag of Iran.svg Masoud Salehieh19871989
Flag of Iran.svg Hossein Ali Mehranpour19891991
Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Heidarkhan1991
Flag of Latvia.svg Ivans Bugajenkovs 19912007Acted as head coach from 1991-1993
and as the general technical manager of all age groups from 1991-2007.
Flag of Japan.svg Fumihiko Matsumoto1994
Flag of Iran.svg Masoud Salehieh1995 1995 Asian Championship 4th place
Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Saberpour1997
Flag of Japan.svg Fumihiko Matsumoto1998
Flag of Iran.svg Mostafa Karkhaneh 19992001
Flag of Iran.svg Hossein Ali Mehranpour2001
Flag of South Korea.svg Park Ki-won 20022005 2002 Asian Games Runners-up
2003 Asian Championship 3rd place
Flag of Serbia.svg Milorad Kijac2006
Flag of Serbia.svg Zoran Gajić 20072008
Flag of Iran.svg Hossein Maadani 20082010 2008 Asian Cup Champions
2009 Asian Championship Runners-up
2010 Asian Cup Champions
2010 Asian Games Runners-up
Flag of Argentina.svg Julio Velasco 20112014 2011 Asian Championship Champions
2013 Asian Championship Champions
2013 World Grand Champions Cup 4th place
Flag of Serbia.svg Slobodan Kovač 20142015 2014 World League 4th place
2014 World Championship 6th place
2014 Asian Games Champions
Flag of Argentina.svg Raúl Lozano 2016 2016 Olympic Games 5th place
Flag of Montenegro.svg Igor Kolaković 20172020 2017 World Grand Champions Cup 3rd place
2018 Asian Games Champions
2019 Nations League 5th place
2019 Asian Championship Champions
2020 Olympic Games Qualification
Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Alekno 2020pres.

Coaching staff

PositionStaff
Head Coach Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Alekno [4]
Assistant Coach Flag of Italy.svg Tomaso Totolo
Flag of Iran.svg Mohammadreza Tondravan
Translator Flag of Iran.svg Manelli Kasraei
Doctor&Physiotherapist Flag of Iran.svg Siyamak Afrouzi
Fitness Coach Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Khabaz
Analyzer Flag of Iran.svg Navid Moshajari
U23 CoachVacant
U21 & B team Coach Flag of Iran.svg Behrouz Ataei
U19 Coach Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Vakili
Team Manager Flag of Iran.svg Amir Khosh Khabar

Last updated: 8 August 2018
Source: [ citation needed ]

B Team

NameFrom–Tonotes
Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Vakili2012 2012 Asian Cup Runners-up
Flag of Iran.svg Hossein Maadani 2013 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games Champions
Flag of Iran.svg Peyman Akbari 2014–2015 2014 Asian Cup 4th place
2015 Asian Championship Runners-up
Flag of Iran.svg Nasser Shahnazi [5] 2016 2016 Asian Cup Champions
Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Cichello 2017
Flag of Iran.svg Behrouz Ataei 2018 2018 Asian Cup Runners-up

Stadium

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Azadi stadium with Iranian fans

The team's home arena are Azadi Indoor Stadium and Azadi Volleyball Hall.

Kit providers

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Iran national volleyball team.

PeriodKit provider
2000–2008 Asics
Mikasa
Fuerza
Mizuno
Ideal
2008– Merooj

Sponsorship

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like MCI and Tourism Bank, Refah Stores other sponsors: Roamer.

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