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Iran
Nickname(s) تیم ملی (Team Melli)
یوزهای ایرانی (The Cheetahs )
Association Football Federation of Iran (FFIRI)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation CAFA (Central Asia)
Head coach Dragan Skočić
Captain Ehsan Hajsafi
Most caps Javad Nekounam (151)
Top scorer Ali Daei (109)
Home stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA code IRN
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FIFA ranking
Current 31 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [1]
Highest15 (August 2005 [2] )
Lowest122 (May 1996 [3] )
First international
Unofficial
State Flag of Iran (1925).svg  Iran 0–0 Afghanistan  Flag of Afghanistan (1931-1973).svg
(Kabul, Afghanistan; 25 August 1941)
Official
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 6–1 Iran  State Flag of Iran (1925).svg
(Istanbul, Turkey; 28 May 1950) [4]
Biggest win
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(Tabriz, Iran; 24 November 2000) [5]
Biggest defeat
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 6–1 Iran  State Flag of Iran (1925).svg
(Istanbul, Turkey; 28 May 1950 [4] )
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(Tokyo, Japan; 28 May 1958 [6] )
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1978 )
Best resultGroup Stage (5 times)
Olympic Games
Appearances3 (first in 1964 )
Best resultQuarter-finals (1976)
Asian Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1968 )
Best resultChampions (1968, 1972, 1976)
WAFF Championship
Appearances7 (first in 2000 )
Best resultChampions (2000, 2004, 2007, 2008)

Iran national football team (Persian : تیم ملی فوتبال مردان ایران, romanized: Tīm-e Melli-e Fūtbāl-e Mardān-e Īrān), stylized as IR Iran by FIFA since 2018, [7] represents Iran in international football and is controlled by the Iran Football Federation. Between December 2014 until May 2018, Iran was the highest-ranked team in Asia, the longest continuous period of time that a team has held that distinction. [8]

At the continental level, Iran has won three Asian Cup championships in 1968, 1972 and 1976. The nation's best performance at the Olympics was reaching the quarterfinals at the 1976 Montreal Games. At the FIFA World Cup, Iran have qualified five times (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018) and have never progressed beyond the group stages; they have won only two matches: against the United States in 1998 and Morocco in 2018.

History

Early years

The very first Iran selection football team that traveled to Baku in 1926. Iran1304.jpg
The very first Iran selection football team that traveled to Baku in 1926.

The Iranian Football Federation was founded in 1920. [9] In 1926 Tehran XI (selected players from Tehran Club, Toofan F.C. and Armenian Sports Club) traveled across the border to Baku, USSR, this was the first away football match for an Iranian team. This Tehran Select team is the predecessor of Iran's national football team.

The first match that Team Melli played was on 23 August 1941, away at Kabul in a 1–0 win against British India while Iran's first FIFA international match was on 25 August 1941, away at Afghanistan. [4] Iran won the Asian Cup three consecutive times (1968, 1972, 1976) to which the team has not been able to add since.

Dunai and Ghelichkhani at the 1972 Summer Olympics Antal Dunai vs Parviz Ghelichkhani 1972.jpg
Dunai and Ghelichkhani at the 1972 Summer Olympics

1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina

Additional information: 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)
Additional information: 1978 FIFA World Cup – Group 4
Iran's squad playing in '78 World Cup match against Scotland in Cordoba, Estadio Cordoba, Argentina on 7 June 1978 (16:45) Iran Football 78WC.jpg
Iran's squad playing in '78 World Cup match against Scotland in Cordoba, Estadio Cordoba, Argentina on 7 June 1978 (16:45)

In 1978, Iran made its first appearance in the World Cup after defeating Australia in Tehran. Iran lost two of three group stage matches against the Netherlands and Peru. [10] Team Melli managed to surprise some in the footballing community [11] by securing one point in its 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. [12]

After the 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 embraced 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 said that during this period, a number of quality players burst onto the Iranian football scene laying the foundation for third place in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup (victories in that tournament included a 3–0 victory against Saudi Arabia and a 6–2 victory against South Korea) and their second stab at World Cup glory in 1998. [13]

1998 FIFA World Cup in France

Additional information: 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC–OFC play-off)
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. [14]

At their first game of the Group F at the 1998 FIFA World Cup against Yugoslavia, Iran lost 1–0 to a free kick goal by Siniša Mihajlović. [13] Iran recorded their first World Cup victory in the second game [12] beating the United States 2–1 with Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia scoring goals for Iran. The Iran vs USA World Cup match was preheated with certain excitement because of each country's political stance after the Iranian revolution and the Iran hostage crisis. 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. [15] Following defeat against Iran, the United States was eliminated from the World Cup. [16]

Iran played against Germany in the third game. The game was lost 2–0. The goals were scored by Oliver Bierhoff and Jürgen Klinsmann. [17] The one win and two losses meant Iran came third in the final group standing and failed to make it to the next round. [18] (Farhad Majidi and Mehdi Fonounizadeh were some of the absentees in the tournament.)

2000 AFC Asian Cup

Iran finished first in the group stage of the tournament but lost to South Korea in the quarter-finals.

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Additional information: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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.

2004 AFC Asian Cup

After qualifying to the Asian Cup 2004, Iran was drawn with Thailand, Oman and Japan in the tournament. Iran finished second in this group. In quarter-final clash against South Korea, Iran won 4–3 in normal time. In the semi-final, Iran lost to the host China on penalty kicks. Iran won against Bahrain 4–2 to finish third place in the tournament.

2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany

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

On 8 June 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 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 played on 24 March 2005 was the highest attended qualifying match among all confederations. The match ended with 5 fans killed and several others injured as they left the Azadi Stadium at the end of the match. [19]

Iran started their 2006 FIFA World Cup appearance with certain 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 Sinha 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 21 June 2006, Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh scoring the Iran goal.

Temporary suspension

Iran's squad in August 2006 against Syria, Manager: Amir Ghalenoei
Standing left to right: Nekounam, Enayati, Nikbakht, Shakouri, Fekri, Sadeghi
Sitting left to right: Taleblou, Madanchi, Khatibi, Teymourian, Mahdavikia Iran National Football Team.JPG
Iran's squad in August 2006 against Syria, Manager: Amir Ghalenoei
Standing left to right: Nekounam, Enayati, Nikbakht, Shakouri, Fekri, Sadeghi
Sitting left to right: Taleblou, Madanchi, Khatibi, Teymourian, Mahdavikia

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. [20] The ban lasted less than a month [21] and as a dispensation was given to allow the Iran under-23 team to participate in the football competition of the 2006 Asian Games, [22] fixtures were unaffected.

2007 AFC Asian Cup

Additional information: 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group C

IRIFF appointed Amir Ghalenoei as head coach of the Iran national football team on 17 July 2006 to succeed Branko Ivanković. After finishing first in the qualifying round 2 points ahead of South Korea and then finishing first in the group stage of the final tournament in Malaysia, Iran lost to South Korea in a penalty shoot-out of the quarterfinal match and was eliminated from the 2007 Asian Cup. Ghalenoei was criticized by the press. After a period of discussion in the Iranian football federation, his contract was not renewed and Team Melli was left with a caretaker manager for several months.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Additional information: 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Ali Daei was chosen to become the new coach after Spanish coach Javier Clemente had been closer to signing on as Iran's national team manager but talks collapsed when he refused to live full-time in the country. [23] Iran was in the same FIFA World Cup qualifying group as Kuwait, Syria and United Arab Emirates in the third round. They played home and away against each of the other three teams in group 5. In the middle of the fourth round, Ali Daei was let go from his position as the Iranian national coach on 29 March 2009. [24] He was replaced by Afshin Ghotbi. Iran failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after ranking 4th overall in its group. [25]

2009 political protests

During the final game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Korea in Seoul on 17 June 2009, seven members of the team, Javad Nekounam, Ali Karimi, Hossein Kaebi, Masoud Shojaei, Mohammad Nosrati, Vahid Hashemian and captain Mehdi Mahdavikia wore green wristbands in support of the Iranian Green Movement during the 2009 Iranian election protests. Initial rumors and false reports were that all seven players were banned for life by the Iranian Football Federation, however, state-run media claimed that all seven had "retired". [26] [27] On 24 June 2009, FIFA wrote to Iran's Football Federation asking for clarification on the situation. The Iranian Football Federation replied that no disciplinary action has been taken against any player. [28] As of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, some of the above players have played again for the national team notably Javad Nekounam, Masoud Shojaei, Mehdi Mahdavikia and Ali Karimi.

2011 AFC Asian Cup

Additional information: 2011 AFC Asian Cup Group D
Iran's squad in July 2011 against Maldives, Manager: Carlos Queiroz
Standing left to right: Aghili, Hosseini, Haddadifar, Ansarifard, Zare, Pooladi
Sitting left to right: Heydari, Norouzi, Rahmati, Khalatbari, Karimi Iran-Maldavies.jpg
Iran's squad in July 2011 against Maldives, Manager: Carlos Queiroz
Standing left to right: Aghili, Hosseini, Haddadifar, Ansarifard, Zare, Pooladi
Sitting left to right: Heydari, Norouzi, Rahmati, Khalatbari, Karimi

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

During the final qualification match against South Korea, several Iranian players started the match wearing green armbands or wristbands, a symbol of protest at the outcome of the Iranian presidential election. [29] Most removed them at half-time. The newspaper Iran reported that Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Kaebi and Vahid Hashemian had received life bans from the Iranian FA for the gesture. [30] However, the Iranian FA denied this claim in a response to FIFA's inquiry saying that "the comments in foreign media are nothing but lies and a mischievous act." [31] Head coach Afshin Ghotbi also confirmed that it was a rumour and Iranian FA "has not taken any official stand on this issue." [32]

Afshin Ghotbi was able to qualify for 2011 Asian Cup and finished second in West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010 just a few months before the 2011 Asian Cup. Iran was able to gain all nine points in the group stage of the 2011 Asian Cup but after an extra time goal from South Korea, Iran was yet again unable to get to the semifinals of the competition.

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Qualification

On 4 April 2011, former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal to coach the Iranian national team until the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. [33] Under Queiroz, Iran began their World Cup qualification campaign successfully defeating the Maldives 4–0 in the first leg of their second round of qualifiers. After winning 5–0 on aggregate, Iran advanced to the third round of qualifiers where they were drawn with Indonesia, Qatar and Bahrain. Iran highlighted their position at the top of their group by defeating Bahrain 6–0 at home in the Azadi Stadium as well as inviting former German youth international Ashkan Dejagah who scored twice on his debut against Qatar. After a 4–1 win at Indonesia, Iran qualified for the final round of direct qualifiers, the fourth round. In the fourth round, Iran was drawn with South Korea, Qatar, Uzbekistan and Lebanon in their group. Queiroz made new foreign-based additions to his squad, adding players such as Reza Ghoochannejhad to his team. Iran started their fourth round of Asian qualifiers with a 1–0 win in Uzbekistan. Team Melli then drew Qatar and lost in Lebanon before defeating South Korea at the Azadi on 16 October with a goal from captain Javad Nekounam. After a 1–0 loss in Tehran against Uzbekistan, Iran defeated Qatar 1–0 in Doha and Lebanon 4–0 at home. In their last qualification match, Iran defeated South Korea 1–0 in Ulsan Munsu with a goal from Ghoochannejhad resulting in their qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup as group winners with 16 points. Thus, Iran became the third team that Queiroz has managed to qualify for the World Cup, having reached the 2002 edition with South Africa and the 2010 edition with Portugal, leading the latter to a knockout stage finish. Iran continued their winning streak, securing qualification to the 2015 Asian Cup months later as well. [34]

Foreign-based call-ups

Since Queiroz's role as manager of the Iranian national team, he has been renowned for introducing players from the Iranian diaspora to the national squad. These players include German-Iranians Daniel Davari and Ashkan Dejagah, Dutch-Iranian Reza Ghoochannejhad, Swedish-Iranians Omid Nazari and Saman Ghoddos, and Iranian-American Steven Beitashour among others. [35] [36]

Finals

Additional information: 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group F
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Iran vs. Argentina, 2014 FIFA World Cup

Iran qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as group winners and competed in Group F alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The sold out Argentina match tickets were among the eight most purchased for this edition of the tournament. [37] On 1 June 2014, Queiroz announced his 23-man squad. [38] Prior to the tournament, they founded the Central Asian Football Association. [39]

In the opening match of the tournament on 16 June, Iran drew Nigeria 0–0 making it their first clean sheet of the FIFA World Cup. [40] In their next match, Iran was defeated by Argentina 1–0 with a late goal from Lionel Messi and received praise after holding Argentina for 90 minutes while creating some attacking opportunities of their own. [41] Iran was eliminated from the tournament in their next game, a 3–1 defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Iran's lone goal was scored by Reza Ghoochannejhad. [42] After the tournament, Queiroz declared he would resign as manager of Iran but later switched and extended his contract until the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [43]

2015 AFC Asian Cup

Additional information: 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group C

Iran qualified for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup as group winners where Team Melli were the highest ranked seed. [44] Iran faced Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE in Group C. Queiroz announced his squad on 30 December 2014. [45]

With the second highest number of fans in the tournament after hosts Australia, the Iranians defeated Bahrain 2–0 with limited preparations. [46] [47] A defensive minded Iran then defeated Qatar 1–0 thanks to a Sardar Azmoun goal before defeating UAE by the same scoreline to reach the top of their group. [48] [49]

In the quarter-finals Iran faced Iraq who they had beaten weeks prior in a friendly match. Having received a controversial red card in the first half, Iran competed with ten men, managing to score goals late in extra time to draw the match 3–3. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Iran lost 7–6 in sudden death. [50] [51]

2018 FIFA World Cup

Additional information: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B
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Iran's squad in October 2016 against South Korea
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Iran's squad against Portugal in Mordovia Arena at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Iran began their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign with friendly matches against Chile and Sweden in March 2015. [52] [53] [54] Queiroz resigned from his managerial post thereafter due to disagreements with the Iranian Football Federation. [55] On 14 April 2015, Iran were drawn with Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam in the second round of qualifiers. [56] On 26 April, Queiroz announced that he would continue as the manager of Iran for their 2018 World Cup campaign.

Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup [57] after a 2–0 win at home over Uzbekistan on 12 June 2017. [58] They also clinched 1st place in their qualification group after South Korea's defeat to Qatar. [59]

Iran won the first match against Morocco after Aziz Bouhaddouz scoring an own goal. [60] The second match Iran lost against Spain with a goal scored by Diego Costa. [61] The third match against Portugal ended in a draw after the penalty scored by Karim Ansarifard [62] and because Morocco could only manage a 2–2 draw to Spain, Iran was eliminated. [63] However, this has become Iran's best performance in the World Cup to date, when they achieved four points.

2019 AFC Asian Cup

Additional information: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D

Having qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup earlier, Iran was drawn into group D, where they shared fate with Iraq, Vietnam and Yemen, the two latter was the first time Iran faced up. Iran opened their tournament against Yemen slower and almost conceded a goal but after 10 minutes, Iran regained the ground and proved more dominant in certain aspects, thrashing Yemen 5–0. [64] A 2–0 win over the Vietnamese side gave Iran direct qualification to the knockout stage. [65] Iran ended their group stage with a goalless draw over neighbor Iraq and took the first place of the group. [66] After the group stage, Iran encountered Oman, a defending mistake almost cost Iran's chance but Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri's penalty was saved by Alireza Beiranvand. After the early scare, Iran once again proved its dominance over Oman, beating Oman 2–0 to reach the last eight. [67] In the quarter-finals against a defensive China, Iran outclassed the Chinese 3–0 to meet Japan in the semi-finals. [68] Iran missed the opportunity to reach the final once again when they fell 0–3 with all goals scored in second half. [69] Following the elimination, Carlos Queiroz announced he would resign as coach of Iran.

2022 FIFA World Cup

Iran was the highest-ranked team to be seeded in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Iran was drawn into the second round where they would have to deal with two Arab rivals, Iraq and Bahrain, along with Cambodia and Hong Kong. Iran, under new manager Marc Wilmots, began with a 2–0 win over Hong Kong away; before a 14–0 win over Cambodia, the latter game was historic as women were allowed to enter the stadium for the first time. [70] [71] Their next away encounters against Arab opponents, Bahrain and Iraq, went on to be consecutive defeats which Iran lost 0–1 and 1–2, respectively. [72] [73] Following by two consecutive draws between Iraq and Bahrain, Iran was left with the possibility of losing any chance to reach the World Cup outright in the second round and this led to the sacking of Marc Wilmots as coach. [74] However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the remaining fixtures to be played without spectators on June 2021, thus this forced Iran to play their remaining games in Bahrain under new coach Dragan Skočić; but with Bahrain losing its home support as an advantage, and Iraq assured a place in the final phase, Iran was able to stage a comeback, finally took the first place and, together with Iraq, progressed to the final phase. [75]

Team image

Nicknames

The Iranian national team has received several nicknames by supporters and media. The most common one used is "Team Melli" which literally means "The National Team" in Persian language. Although the Iranian supporters have popularized "Team Melli", other nicknames for the team include "Persian Stars" [76] [77] [78] (entitled since the World Cup 2006) "Shiran e Iran", [79] [80] meaning "The Iranian Lions" or "The Lions of Persia", [81] "Shirdelan", "Lion Hearts" and "Princes of Persia" [82] [83] (used since AFC Asian Cup 2011) [84] have been used in media as well.[ citation needed ] Iran's slogan for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was Honour of Persia, selected in an internet poll held by FIFA. [85] [86] A more recently used nickname, due to the presence of the Asiatic cheetah on the 2014 World Cup jersey, is Youzpalangan which means 'The Cheetahs' (Persian: یوزپلنگان). [87]

Kits and crests

The Iran national football team's kit traditionally utilizes white.

Kit suppliers

The table below shows the history of kit supplier for the Iranian national football team.

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1978
Flag of Germany.svg Puma [88] 1980
Flag of Iran.svg Amini [89] 1981–1993
Flag of Iran.svg Shekari1993–1998
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1998–2000
Flag of Iran.svg Shekari2000–2003
Flag of Iran.svg Daei Sport 2003–2006
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2006–2007
Flag of Iran.svg Merooj 2007–2008
Flag of Iran.svg Daei Sport 2008–2009
Flag of Italy.svg Legea 2009–2012
Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport 2012–2016
Flag of Italy.svg Givova [90] 2016
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas [91] 2016–2019
Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport 2019–present

Sponsorship

Primary sponsors include Adidas, Bank Pasargad, 9090, Golrang, Oila and Kaspid. [92]

On 1 February 2014, Iran announced the addition of the endangered Asiatic cheetah on their 2014 FIFA World Cup kits in order to bring attention to its conservation efforts. [87]

Rivalries

South Korea

Iran and South Korea are sporting rivals [93] [94] and have played against each other officially since 1958, totally 29 matches as of October 2016, including eight World Cup qualifiers. These two teams were among the strongest Asian national football teams (in a specific aspect) during the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, the teams have developed one of Asia's greatest rivalries. [95] Although the teams only had one chance to play against each other in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup in 1972, they faced each other five consecutive times at the quarterfinals stage from 1996 to 2011. [96] [97] Iran leads the series with 13 wins, 7 draws and 9 losses.

Saudi Arabia

Iran and Saudi Arabia are rivals. [98] The game has been ranked 9th in Bleacher Report's "International Football's 10 Most Politically-Charged Football Rivalries" [99] and 8th in Goal.com's "Football's 10 Greatest International Rivalries". [100]

Iran and Saudi Arabia have had 15 matches so far. All of their matches have been competitive and they have never played a friendly match. The first match was played on 24 August 1975, with Iran defeating Saudi Arabia 3–0. Iran leads the series with 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses.

Iraq

According to the Malay Mail , "Emotions are always high when Iran and Iraq meet on the football pitch". The rivalry is not such a football-inspired ill-feeling between the two but more of geography, religion and history. Iran and Iraq are neighboring countries, sharing a history. In the contemporary era, especially during the reign of Saddam Hussein, the two countries had worsened relations and fought the Iran–Iraq War for 8 years. [101] [102] [103] [104] [105] In 2001, for the first time in decades, an Iran-Iraq match was not held at a neutral venue. [103] The rivalry was escalated after Iraq knocked Iran out of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in controversial circumstances; Iran lodged a complaint to the AFC that one of Iraq's players had submitted a positive doping test months before, hoping to see Iraq removed from the tournament and themselves reinstated in their place, [106] but the complaint was rejected. [107] Iran leads the series with 12 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses. [108]

Stadiums

Azadi Stadium, the home stadium of the team. Azadi Stadium 1991.PNG
Azadi Stadium, the home stadium of the team.

Since 1972, Iran's national stadium has been Tehran's Azadi Stadium with a nominal capacity of 78,116 spectators. [109] Azadi Stadium is the 28th largest association football stadium in the world, 7th in Asia and 1st in West Asia. A record was set in Azadi for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Australia with over 128,000 in attendance. [110] The government restricts Iranian women from entering the stadiums. [111] However, FIFA condemned the move and wrote to Iranian Football Federation in June 2019. The federation in their letter gave deadline to uplift the restrictions and let women enter the stadiums. On 25 August 2019, deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh stated: "Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October for the Qatar World Cup qualifier.” [112]

From 1942 to 1972, Amjadieh Stadium was Iran's national stadium. The other stadiums that Iran has been played international games are Takhti and Yadegar Emam Stadium (Tabriz), Takhti Stadium (Tehran), Enghelab Stadium (Karaj), Hafezieh Stadium (Shiraz) and Takhti Stadium (Mashhad).

The Iran National Football Camp is the team's training ground.

Results and fixtures

Matches

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Previous

  Win  Draw  Loss

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResultIranian scorersCaptain
2020
8 October 2020 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor Central Stadium, Tashkent Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Friendly 2–1 W Azmoun Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Taremi Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Hajsafi
12 November 2020 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Koševo City Stadium, Sarajevo Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Friendly 2–0 W Rezaei Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Ghayedi Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Hajsafi
2021
30 March 2021 Flag of Iran.svg Azadi Stadium, Tehran Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Friendly 3–0 W Kanaanizadegan Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Azmoun Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Ansarifard Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Hajsafi
3 June 2021 Flag of Bahrain.svg Al Muharraq Stadium, Arad Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 2022 WC qualification and 2023 AC qualification 3–1 W Gholizadeh Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Amiri Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Ansarifard Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Jahanbakhsh
7 June 2021 Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 2022 WC qualification and 2023 AC qualification 3–0 W Azmoun Soccerball shade.svg 54', 61'
Taremi Soccerball shade.svg 79'
Hajsafi
11 June 2021 Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 2022 WC qualification and 2023 AC qualification 10–0 W Jahanbakhsh Soccerball shade.svg 16' (pen.)
Khalilzadeh Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Taremi Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Sor Rotana Soccerball shade.svg 32' (o.g.)
Mohammadi Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Pouraliganji Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Ansarifard Soccerball shade.svg 77' (pen.)
Rezaei Soccerball shade.svg 80', 87'
Ghayedi Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Jahanbakhsh
15 June 2021 Flag of Bahrain.svg Al Muharraq Stadium, Arad Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 2022 WC qualification and 2023 AC qualification 1–0 W Azmoun Soccerball shade.svg 35' Hajsafi

Forthcoming

DateVenueOpponentCompetition
2021
2 September 2021TBDFlag of Syria.svg  Syria 2022 WC qualification
7 September 2021TBDFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 2022 WC qualification
7 October 2021TBDFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2022 WC qualification
12 October 2021TBDFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2022 WC qualification
11 November 2021TBDFlag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 2022 WC qualification
16 November 2021TBDFlag of Syria.svg  Syria 2022 WC qualification
2022
27 January 2022TBDFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 2022 WC qualification
1 February 2022TBDFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2022 WC qualification
24 March 2022TBDFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2022 WC qualification
29 March 2022TBDFlag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 2022 WC qualification
*FIFA International match days 2018–2024 [113]
§AFC Calendar of Competitions 2019 [114]

Coaching staff

Dragan Skocic is the current Head Coach of the team. Esteghlal FC vs Sanat Naft Abadan FC, 5 November 2019 - 087.jpg
Dragan Skočić is the current Head Coach of the team.
Head Coach Flag of Croatia.svg Dragan Skočić
Assistant Coaches Flag of Iran.svg Vahid Hashemian
Flag of Iran.svg Karim Bagheri
Flag of Croatia.svg Marijo Tot
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Croatia.svg Mladen Žganjer
Fitness Coach Flag of Spain.svg Gómez Perlado
Analyst Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Hosseinpour
Physiotherapist Flag of Iran.svg Dr. Alireza Shahab
Team Doctor Flag of Iran.svg Dr. Parhan Khanlari
Masseurs Flag of Iran.svg Hadi Nejatpour
Flag of Iran.svg Amir Esmaeili
Translator Flag of Iran.svg Hamidreza Hedayati
Logistics Manager Flag of Iran.svg Tooraj Keshavarz
Team Manager Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Kharati

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players have been called up for 2022 WC qualification and 2023 AC qualification against Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq on 15 June 2021.
Caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2021, after the match against Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq .

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Alireza Beiranvand (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 28)440 Flag of Portugal.svg Boavista
121 GK Payam Niazmand (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 26)10 Flag of Portugal.svg Portimonense
221 GK Amir Abedzadeh (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 28)50 Flag of Spain.svg Ponferradina

22 DF Sadegh Moharrami (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 25)100 Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
42 DF Shojae Khalilzadeh (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 32)121 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Rayyan
52 DF Milad Mohammadi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 27)411 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
82 DF Morteza Pouraliganji (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 29)443 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shenzhen
132 DF Hossein Kanaanizadegan (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 27)222 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis
172 DF Jafar Salmani (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 24)10 Flag of Portugal.svg Portimonense
192 DF Majid Hosseini (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 25)140 Flag of Turkey.svg Kayserispor

33 MF Ehsan Hajsafi (Captain) (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 31)1156 Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens
63 MF Saeid Ezatolahi (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 24)351 Flag of Denmark.svg Vejle
73 MF Alireza Jahanbakhsh (3rd Captain) (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 27)538 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
113 MF Milad Sarlak (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 26)20 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis
143 MF Saman Ghoddos (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 27)262 Flag of England.svg Brentford
153 MF Ahmad Nourollahi (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 28)142 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis
163 MF Mehdi Torabi (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 26)326 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis
183 MF Ali Gholizadeh (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 25)134 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Charleroi

94 FW Mehdi Taremi (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 29)5124 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto
104 FW Karim Ansarifard (Vice Captain) (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 31)8529 Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens
204 FW Sardar Azmoun (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 26)5537 Flag of Russia.svg Zenit Saint Petersburg
214 FW Kaveh Rezaei (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 (age 29)174 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Charleroi
234 FW Mehdi Ghayedi (1998-12-05) 5 December 1998 (age 22)52 Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Mohammad Reza Akhbari (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Iran.svg Tractor v. Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia , 11 June 2021
GK Hamed Lak (1990-11-24) 24 November 1990 (age 30)30 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
GK Rashid Mazaheri (1989-05-18) 18 May 1989 (age 32)30 Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021 PRE

DF Siamak Nemati (1994-04-17) 17 April 1994 (age 27)30 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis v. Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia , 11 June 2021
DF Danial Esmaeilifar (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 28)00 Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan v. Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia , 11 June 2021
DF Aref Gholami (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal v. Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia , 11 June 2021
DF Abolfazl Jalali (1998-06-26) 26 June 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Iran.svg Saipa v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
DF Aref Aghasi (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Iran.svg Foolad v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
DF Mehdi Tikdari (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Iran.svg Tractor v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
DF Mehdi Shiri (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 30)00 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina , 12 November 2020
DF Mojtaba Najjarian (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Iran.svg Foolad v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina , 12 November 2020 PRE

MF Vahid Amiri (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 33)572 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 7 June 2021 INJ
MF Kamal Kamyabinia (1989-01-18) 18 January 1989 (age 32)51 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis v. Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong , 3 June 2021
MF Omid Ebrahimi (1987-09-16) 16 September 1987 (age 33)520 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Wakrah v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
MF Ali Karimi (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 27)130 Flag of Turkey.svg Kayserispor v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
MF Omid Noorafkan (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 24)40 Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
MF Akbar Imani (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 29)30 Flag of Iran.svg Tractor v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina , 12 November 2020

FW Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (2001-06-29) 29 June 2001 (age 20)21 Flag of Ukraine.svg Zorya Luhansk v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
FW Sajjad Shahbazzadeh (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 31)00 Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 30 March 2021
FW Sasan Ansari (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 30)00 Flag of Iran.svg Foolad v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina , 12 November 2020 PRE
FW Shahab Zahedi (1995-08-18) 18 August 1995 (age 25)00 Flag of Ukraine.svg Zorya Luhansk training camp, July 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player records

Javad Nekounam is one of the most capped players in the history of Iran with 148 caps. Iran vs. Montenegro 2014-05-26 (040).jpg
Javad Nekounam is one of the most capped players in the history of Iran with 148 caps.
Iranian iconic goalkeeper Ahmadreza Abedzadeh is the most capped goalkeeper in the history of Iran with 79 caps. Abedzadeh2008.jpg
Iranian iconic goalkeeper Ahmadreza Abedzadeh is the most capped goalkeeper in the history of Iran with 79 caps.
As of 15 June 2021 [115]
Players in bold are still active with Iran.

Most capped players

Ali Karimi, Maradona of Asia with 127 caps and 38 goals. Ali Karimi in Mashhad.jpg
Ali Karimi, Maradona of Asia with 127 caps and 38 goals.
RankNameCapsGoalsCareer
1 Javad Nekounam 151392000–2015
2 Ali Daei 1491091993–2006
3 Ali Karimi 127381998–2012
4 Jalal Hosseini 11582007–2018
Ehsan Hajsafi 11562008–
6 Mehdi Mahdavikia 111131996–2009
7 Andranik Teymourian 10192005–2016
8 Karim Bagheri 87501993–2010
Masoud Shojaei 82004–2019
10 Hossein Kaebi 8512002–2010
Karim Ansarifard 85292009–

Most capped goalkeepers

RankNameCapsCareer
1 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh 791987–1998
2 Mehdi Rahmati 772004–2012
3 Ebrahim Mirzapour 712001–2011
4 Nasser Hejazi [116] 621968–1980
5 Alireza Beiranvand 442014–

Top goalscorers

Ali Daei is the world's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches, having scored 109 goals in 149 matches Ali Daei 2016.jpg
Ali Daei is the world's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches, having scored 109 goals in 149 matches
Karim Bagheri is the world's most scoring midfielder of all-time with 50 goals in 87 matches. Karim Bagheri in Persepolis training.jpg
Karim Bagheri is the world's most scoring midfielder of all-time with 50 goals in 87 matches.
Mehdi Mahdavikia is the all-time assist leader in history of Team Melli. Mehdi Mahdavikia 02 (cropped).jpg
Mehdi Mahdavikia is the all-time assist leader in history of Team Melli.
RankPlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1 Ali Daei (list)1091490.731993–2006
2 Karim Bagheri 50870.571993–2010
3 Javad Nekounam 391510.262000–2015
4 Ali Karimi 381270.31998–2012
5 Sardar Azmoun 37550.672014–
6 Karim Ansarifard 29850.342009–
7 Mehdi Taremi 24510.472015–
8 Gholam Hossein Mazloumi 19400.481969–1977
9 Farshad Pious [117] 18340.531984–1994
10 Reza Ghoochannejhad 16440.362012–2018

Competition records

World Cup

World Cup finals World Cup qualifications
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquadGPWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Not a FIFA memberNo qualification
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Not a FIFA member
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify851296
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Round 114th301228 Squad 121020203
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 DisqualifiedDisqualified
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not qualify6501125
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 115332313
Flag of France.svg 1998 Group stage20th310224 Squad 178635717
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Did not qualify14932369
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Group stage25th301226 Squad 12912297
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Did not qualify14581159
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Group stage28th301214 Squad 161042307
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Group stage18th311122 Squad 181260365
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined8602344
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
TotalRound 15/211524992413684341830185

Olympic Games

19001904 club team.

19081964 national football team.

19681988 national amateur football team.

1992 – present national under-23 football team.

Summer Olympic Games RecordQualifications record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
19001960 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Japan.svg 1964 Group Stage12th301216 Squad 6411143
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Group Stage12th310219 Squad 532060
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Quarter-finals7th310245 Squad 431081
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Boycotted the event5320182
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not enter
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988 Did not qualify210122
1992–presentSee Iran national under-23 team See Iran national under-23 team
TotalQuarter-finals4 / 179216620221462488

Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup finals AFC Asian Cup qualifications
YearResultPositionGPWDLGFGASquadGPWDLGFGA
Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg 1956 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of South Korea.svg 1960 Did not qualify63121210
Flag of Israel.svg 1964 WithdrewWithdrew
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1968 Champions1st4400112 Squad Automatic qualification as host
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 Champions1st5500124 Squad Automatic qualified as champion
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1976 Champions1st4400130 Squad Automatic qualified as host
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1980 Third place3rd6321166 Squad Automatic qualified as champion
Flag of Singapore.svg 1984 Fourth place4th624083 Squad 5500212
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988 Third place3rd622234 Squad 422061
Flag of Japan.svg 1992 Round 15th311121 Squad 2200100
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1996 Third place3rd6321146 Squad 6600271
Flag of Lebanon.svg 2000 Quarterfinals5th421173 Squad 6411162
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2004 Third place3rd6330148 Squad 6501165
Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Vietnam.svg 2007 Quarterfinals5th422063 Squad 6420122
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 Quarterfinals5th430162 Squad 6411112
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2015 Quarterfinals6th431073 Squad 6510185
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2019 Semifinals 3rd6411123 Squad 8620263
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2023 Qualified8602344
Total3 titles15/18684119813148695210720937

Asian Games

Host nation(s) / yearRoundPositionPldWDLGSGADifPtsSquad
Flag of India.svg 1951 Runners-up2nd32012116 Squad
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg 1954 Did not enter
Flag of Japan.svg 1958 Round 114th20020990 Squad
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1962 Did not enter
Flag of Thailand.svg 1966 Runners-up2nd740396312 Squad
Flag of Thailand.svg 1970 Round 18th20112311 Squad
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1974 Champions 1st77002011921 Squad
Flag of Thailand.svg 1978 Withdrew
Flag of India.svg 1982 Quarterfinals8th42023216 Squad
Flag of South Korea.svg 1986 Quarterfinals6th53111321110 Squad
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990 Champions1st541071613 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1994 Round 19th41215235 Squad
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Champions1st87012571821 Squad
2002–presentSee Iran national under-23 team
Total3 titles10/1347305128634+5295

WAFF Championship

Host nation(s) / yearRoundPositionPldWDLGSGADifPtsSquad
Flag of Jordan.svg 2000 Champions 1st541071613 Squad
Flag of Syria.svg 2002 Third place3rd41214315 Squad
Flag of Iran.svg 2004 Champions1st44001731412 Squad
Flag of Jordan.svg 2007 Champions11st431051410 Squad
Flag of Iran.svg 2008 Champions1st44001321112 Squad
Flag of Jordan.svg 2010 Runners-up2nd42118537 Squad
Flag of Kuwait.svg 2012 Group Stage6th31202115 Squad
Flag of Qatar.svg 2014 Did not enter
2019–onwardsNot WAFF member
Total4 Titles7/92819725616+4064
1 Iran played their B team in this tournament

Head-to-head record

As of 16 June 2021 [118]
OpponentGPWDLGFGAGDWin %
All Nations 5613171361081,071439+632056.51

FIFA Rankings

FIFA World Rankings for Iran, August 1993 - March 2018 Iran FIFA Ranking.png
FIFA World Rankings for Iran, August 1993 – March 2018
Highest FIFA ranking
15 (July 2005) [95]
Lowest FIFA ranking
122 (May 1996) [95]
Best mover
+65 (July 1996) [95]
Worst mover
-43 (October 1995) [95]

Last update was on 21 December 2020. Source: [119]

 Best Ranking   Worst Ranking   Best Mover   Worst Mover  

Iran's FIFA world rankings
RankYearGames
Played
WonLostDrawnBestWorst
RankMoveRankMove
 29202029Increase2.svg33Decrease2.svg
33201920Increase2.svg33Decrease2.svg
29201828Increase2.svg37Decrease2.svg
322017Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
292016Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
452015Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
 512014Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
332013Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
592012Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
452011Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
662010Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
642009Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
432008Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
412007Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
382006Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
192005Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
202004Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
282003Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
332002Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
292001Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
372000Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
491999Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
271998Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
461997Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
 831996Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
 1081995Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
751994Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
591993Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg

Iran captains

As of 16 June 2021[ citation needed ]
Ehsan Hajsafi is the current Iran National Team captain. Ehsan Hajsafi at IRNPOR match 2018 FIFA World Cup.jpg
Ehsan Hajsafi is the current Iran National Team captain.
#ReignPlayerCareerTotalAs CaptainTournaments
CapsGoalsCapsGoals
11965–1967 Mohammad Ranjbar 1959–196723090
21967–1970 Hassan Habibi 1958–1970310100 1968 AFC Asian Cup
31970–1972 Mostafa Arab 1959–1972482130 1972 AFC Asian Cup
41972–1977 Parviz Ghelichkhani 1964–19776412267 1976 AFC Asian Cup
51977–1980 Ali Parvin 1970–19807613312 1978 FIFA World Cup
61980 Nasser Hejazi 1968–198062070 1980 AFC Asian Cup
71980–1984 Mehdi Dinvarzadeh 1977–198426090
81984–87
1989–91
Mohammad Panjali 1978–1991450270 1984 AFC Asian Cup
91987–89
1991–93
Sirous Ghayeghran 1986–1993436223 1988 AFC Asian Cup
1992 AFC Asian Cup
101993 Hamid Derakhshan 1980–1993419123
111993–1994 Farshad Pious 1984–1994351941
121996 Mojtaba Moharrami 1988–199637520 1996 AFC Asian Cup
131996–1998 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh 1988–1998790380 1998 FIFA World Cup
141998–1999 Nader Mohammadkhani 1988–199964491 1998 FIFA World Cup
151999–2000 Javad Zarincheh 1987–200080180
162000–2006 Ali Daei 1993–20061491098044 2000 AFC Asian Cup
2004 AFC Asian Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup
172006–2009 Mehdi Mahdavikia 1996–200911113171 2007 AFC Asian Cup
182009–2015 Javad Nekounam 2000–2015151395618 2011 AFC Asian Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup
2015 AFC Asian Cup
192015–2016 Andranik Teymourian 2005–2016101981
202016–2019 Masoud Shojaei 2004–2019878100 2018 FIFA World Cup
21 Ashkan Dejagah 2012–20195911185 2019 AFC Asian Cup
222016– Ehsan Hajsafi 2008–1146212 2018 FIFA World Cup

Honours

Iran's squad against South Korea in 1978 World Cup qualification, Tehran, 11 November 1977 Iran1977.jpg
Iran's squad against South Korea in 1978 World Cup qualification, Tehran, 11 November 1977

Summary

EventGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Asian Cup 3047
Asian Games 3205
West Asian Championship 4116
West Asian Games 1113
ECO Cup 3306
LG Cup 3036
Minor Tournament 56415
AFC–OFC Challenge Cup 1001
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 0101
Total22141450

Continental

Gold medal asia.svg Champions: 1968, 1972, 1976
Bronze medal asia.svg Third place: 1980, 1988, 1996, 2004
Fourth place: 1984
Semi-finals: 2019
Gold medal asia.svg Gold Medal: 1974, 1990, 1998
Silver medal asia.svg Silver Medal: 1951, 1966

Regional

Gold medal icon.svg Champions: 2000, 2004, 2007*, 2008
Silver medal icon.svg Runners-up: 2010
Bronze medal icon.svg Third place: 2002
Gold medal icon.svg Champions: 1965, 1970, 1993
Silver medal icon.svg Runners-up: 1967, 1969, 1974

* as B Team

Intercontinental

Gold medal icon.svg Champions: 2003
Silver medal icon.svg Runners-up: 1991

Minor Tournament (Friendly)

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