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Iran National Football Team
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IRAN AT THE WORLD CUPS  
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The Iran national football team (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال ایران‎) represents Iran in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: فدراسیون فوتبال ایران‎, FFIRI), the governing body for football in Iran.


The FFIRI was founded in 1920, became a member of FIFA in 1948, and a member of AFC in 1958. Iran did not have a professional league until 1970. Most teams participated in city championships. Taj (now known as Esteghlal F.C.)  and FC Persepolis were the two most popular football clubs in Iran of those times and continue to be in the present.  The 2001-2002 season saw the beginning of the first professional football league in Iran. The first champion of the professional era was FC Persepolis.


Iranians have won three times the Asian Cup, and they have finished third four times.

 
       
       
  QUICK FACTS  
       
       
 
File:Iran Football Logo.png
  Association
  Federasione Futbale Irān (FFIRI)   فدراسیون فوتبال ایران   
  Confederation
  AFC
  Nickname
  Team Melli   تیم ملی
File:Flag of Iran.svg
  Foundation year
 1920
  Affiliate since
 1948
  Topscorer in WC
  R. Ghoochannejhad and six players: 1
  Head Coach
  Carlos Queiroz (Brazil)
  Titles
  None
 
       
       
  TITLES  
   
   
 
AFC ASIAN CUP
Gold
Silver
Bronze
 1968 Iran
1
 1972 Thailand
1
 1976 Iran
1
 1980 Kuwait
 
3
 1988 Qatar
 
3
 1996 UAE
 
3
 2004 China
 
3
       
       
  IRAN APPEARANCES AT WORLD CUPS  
       
       
 
Nro
Flag
World Cup
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Rd
Pos
Par
Pt
P/Par
Ap.
Total
12
1
3
8
7
22
-15
6
1.99
21.75
28.00
4
23.14
4
11
 1978 Argentina
3
0
1
2
2
8
-6
1
0.33
1R
14
16
1
0.87
1
16
 1998 France
3
1
0
2
2
4
-2
3
1.00
1R
20
32
1
0.62
2
18
 2006 Germany
3
0
1
2
2
6
-4
1
0.33
1R
25
32
1
0.78
3
20
 2014 Brazil
3
0
1
2
1
4
-3
1
0.33
1R
28
32
1
0.87
4
 
       
 
 Where: Perf: Pts/Pld     Rd: Round     Pos: Position in the WC     Total Pos: SUM(Pos)/Ap     Par: No. participants    
 Pt: How many points scores in the WC. Champion: 32, Finalist: 16, TP: 12, FP: 8, QF: 4, R16: 2, FR: 1
 P/Par: Pos/Par     Total P/Par: SUM(P/Par + 1.25 * each World Cup uncontested)/20     Ap: Appearances
 
     
       
  HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS (AT WORLD CUPS)  
   
     
 
More Played Matches
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Angola
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
2
 Argentina
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Germany
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 Mexico
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Netherlands
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
7
 Nigeria
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
8
 Peru
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
9
 Portugal
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
10
 Scotland
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
11
 United States
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
12
 Yugoslavia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%

 

Best Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 United States
1
1
0
0
100%
0%

 

Worst Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Argentina
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
2
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 Germany
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Mexico
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 Netherlands
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Peru
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
7
 Portugal
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
8
 Yugoslavia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
 
     
     
  GOALSCORERS AT WORLD CUPS
   
   
Nro
Player
TG
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
90
94
98
02
06
10
14
7
2
2
2
1
1
  Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh
1
1
  Iraj Danaeifard
1
1
 
  Hamid Reza Estili
1
1
 
  Yahya Golmohammadi
1
1
 
  Mehdi Mahdavikia
1
1
 
  Hassan Rowshan
1
1
 
    Reza Ghoochannejhad
1
1
 
     
     
  TOP GOALSCORERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
     
  Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of March 31, 2015  
     
 
#
Name
Goals
Caps
AVG/Games
Career
1
  Ali Daei
109
149
0.73
1993-06
2
  Karim Bagheri
50
87
0.57
1993-10
3
  Javad Nekounam
39
151
0.26
2000-15
4
  Ali Karimi
38
127
0.30
1998-13
5
  Gholam Hossein Mazloomi
37
48
0.77
1969-77
6
  Farshad Pious
19
34
0.56
1984-94
7
  Ali Asghar Modir Roosta
18
32
0.56
1990-98
8
  Vahid Hashemian
15
50
0.30
1998-09
9
  Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht
14
77
0.18
2000-08
10
  Ali Parvin
13
76
0.17
1970-80
  Hassan Rowshan
13
39
0.33
1974-80
  Mehdi Mahdavikia
13
111
0.12
1996-09
 
       
       
  MOST CAPPED PLAYERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
     
  Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of March 31, 2015  
     
 
#
Name
Caps
Career
1
  Javad Nekounam
151
2000-15
2
  Ali Daei
149
1993-06
3
  Ali Karimi
127
1998-15
4
  Mehdi Mahdavikia
111
1996-09
5
  Jalal Hosseini
95
2007-Present
6
  Andranik Teymourian
90
2005-Present
7
  Hossein Kaebi
89
2002-11
8
  Karim Bagheri
87
1993-10
9
  Mohammad Nosrati
83
2002-13
10
  Hamid Reza Estili
82
1990-00
11
  Javad Zarincheh
80
1987-00
 
       
       
  SQUADS  
       
       
   
     
 

  

 
  AWARDED PLAYERS  
     
     
 
IFFHS PLAYER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Ali Daei
64
1988-07
2
 Khodadad Azizi
59
1988-06
3
 Karim Bagheri
47
1992-10
4
 Ali Parvin
23
1965-88
5
 Hassan Rowshan
21
1969-88

 

IFFHS GOALKEEPER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Naser Hejazi
18
1964-87
Author: Abtin Bitaraf

 
   
   
  COACHES  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
P
W
D
L
%Won
Years
1
 Hossein Sadaghiani
5
2
0
3
40%
1941-51
2
 Mostafa Salimi
5
2
2
1
40%
1951-52
3
 József Mészáros
6
3
1
2
50%
1957-59
4
 Hossein Fekri
9
3
3
3
30%
1961-66, 67
5
 György Szűcs
7
4
0
3
57%
1966-67
6
 Mahmoud Bayati
13
9
2
2
69%
1967-69, 72-74
7
 Zdravko Rajkov
5
4
0
1
80%
1969
8
 Igor Netto
3
0
1
2
0%
1970-71
9
 Parviz Dehdari
22
11
6
5
50%
1971-72, 86-89
10
 Mohammad Ranjbar
9
5
1
3
55%
1972
11
 Danny McLennan
2
1
0
1
50%
1974
12
 Frank O'Farrell
9
7
0
2
78%
1974-75
13
 Heshmat Mohajerani
28
15
7
6
53%
1975-78
14
 Hassan Habibi
12
9
2
1
75%
1979-82
15
 Jalal Cheraghpour
4
2
0
2
50%
1982
16
 Mahmoud Yavari
6
6
0
0
100%
1984
17
 Nasser Ebrahimi
8
2
4
2
25%
1984-85
18
 Fereydoun Asgarzadeh
2
2
0
0
100%
1986
19
 Reza Vatankhah
3
3
0
0
100%
1989
20
 Mehdi Monajati
3
2
0
1
67%
1989
21
 Ali Parvin
34
15
11
8
44%
1989-93
22
 Stanko Poklepović
4
1
2
1
25%
1994-96
23
 Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
38
23
9
6
60%
1996-97
24
 Valdeir Vieira
3
0
2
1
0%
1997
25
 Tomislav Ivić
5
1
2
2
20%
1997-98
26
 Jalal Talebi
8
2
0
6
25%
1998, 00-01
27
 Mansour Pourheidari
17
9
5
3
53%
1998
28
 Ademar Braga
3
3
0
0
100%
2001
29
 Miroslav Blažević
19
10
4
5
53%
2001-02
30
 Branko Ivanković
52
33
10
9
63%
2002-03, 03-06
31
 Homayoun Shahrokhi
5
1
1
3
20%
2003
32
 Amir Ghalenoei
17
10
6
1
59%
2006-07
33
 Parviz Mazloomi
4
3
1
0
75%
2007
34
 Mansour Ebrahimzadeh
3
0
3
0
0%
2008
35
 Ali Daei
24
15
6
3
62%
2008-09
36
 Erich Rutemöller
1
0
1
0
0%
2009
37
 Afshin Ghotbi
30
16
6
8
53%
2009-11
38
 Ali Reza Mansourian
1
1
0
0
100%
2011
39
 Carlos Queiroz
42
21
14
7
50%
2011-Present
   
   
  Coaches with most appearances  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
P
W
D
L
%Won
Years
1
 Branko Ivanković
52
33
10
9
63%
2002-03, 03-06
2
 Carlos Queiroz
42
21
14
7
50%
2011-Present
3
 Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
38
23
9
6
60%
1996-97
4
 Ali Parvin
34
15
11
8
44%
1989-93
5
 Afshin Ghotbi
30
16
6
8
53%
2009-11
   
   
  FIXTURES AND RESULTS  
   
   
  2013  
   
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
6 Feb 13
TehranIran
5-0
Lebanon
2
26 Mar 13
Kuwait CityKuwait
1-1
Kuwait
3
22 May 13
MuscatOman
1-3
Oman
F
4
4 Jun 13
DohaQatar
1-0
Qatar
5
11 Jun 13
TehranIran
4-0
Lebanon
6
18 Jun 13
UlsanKorea Republic
1-0
South Korea
7
15 Oct 13
TehranIran
2-1
Thailand
8
15 Nov 13
Bangkok, Thailand
3-0
Thailand
9
19 Nov 13
Beirut, Lebanon
4-1
Lebanon
 
   
   
  2014  
   
   
 
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
3 Mar 14
Karaj, Iran
3-2
Kuwait
2
5 Mar 14
Tehran, Iran
1-2
Guinea
F
3
18 May 14
Kapfenberg, Austria
0-0
Belarus
F
4
26 May 14
Hartberg, Austria
0-0
Montenegro
F
5
30 May 14
Hartberg, Austria
1-1
Angola
F
6
May 14
São Paulo, Brazil
2-0
Trinida and Tobago
F
7
16 Jun 14
Curitiba, Brazil
0-0
Nigeria
8
21 Jun 14
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
0-1
Argentina
9
25 Jun 14
Salvador, Brazil
1-3
Bosnia-Herzegovina
10
18 Nov 14
Tehran, Iran
1-0
South Korea
F
   
   
  2015  
   
   
 
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
4 Jan 15
Sydney, Australia
1-0
Iraq
F
2
11 Jan 15
Melbourne, Australia
2-0
Bahrain
3
15 Jan 15
Sydney, Australia
1-0
Qatar
4
19 Jan 15
Brisbane, Australia
1-0
United Arab Emirates
5
23 Jan 15
Canberra, Australia
aet
Iraq
3-3
6-7p
6
26 Mar 15
Sankt Pölten, Austria
2-0
Chile
F
7
31 Mar 15
Stockholm, Sweden
1-3
Sweden
F
8
11 Jun 15
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
F
9
16 Jun 15
Daşoguz, Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan
10
3 Sep 15
Tehran, Iran
Guam
11
8 Sep 15
Bangalore, India
India
12
8 Oct 15
Muscat, Oman
Oman
13
13 Oct 15
Tehran, Iran
Japan
F
14
12 Nov 15
Tehran, Iran
Turkmenistan
   
   
  MATCHES AT WORLD CUPS  
   
   
  1978 Argentina World Cup
   
First Round: Match 1
3-0
Iran  
Date: 3 June 1978
R. Rensenbrink 40', 62', 79'
 
Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza    
Venue: Mendoza    
Attendance:  33,431  
Referee: Alfonso González Archundia (Mexico)  
   
First Round: Match 2
Scotland
1-1
Iran  
Date: 7 June 1978
A. Eskandarian (o. g.) 43'
I. Danaeifard 60'
Stadium: Estadio Chateau Carreras    
Venue: Córdoba    
Attendance: 7,938  
Referee: Youssou N'Diaye (Senegal)  
   
First Round: Match 3
Peru
4-1
Iran  
Date: 11 June 1978 H. Rowshan 41'
Stadium: Estadio Chateau Carreras
T. Cubillas 36', 39', 79'
 
Venue: Córdoba    
Attendance: 21,262  
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)  
   
  1998 France World Cup
   
First Round: Match 4
Yugoslavia
1-0
Iran  
Date: 14 June 1998  
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard    
Venue: Saint-Étienne    
Attendance: 30,600  
Referee: Alberto Tejada (Peru)  
   
First Round: Match 5
2-1
United States  
Date: 21 June 1998 B. McBride 87'
Stadium: Stade de Gerland  
Venue: Lyon    
Attendance: 39,100    
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)  
   
First Round: Match 6
2-0
Iran  
Date: 25 June 1998  
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson  
Venue: Montpellier    
Attendance: 29,800  
Referee: Epifanio González (Paraguay)  
   
  2006 Germany World Cup
   
First Round: Match 7
3-1
Iran  
Date: 11 June 2006
O. Bravo 28', 76'
V. Golmohammadi 36'
Stadium: EasyCredit-Stadion
Sinha 79'
 
Venue: Nuremberg    
Attendance: 41,000  
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)  
   
First Round: Match 8
2-0
Iran  
Date: 17 June 2006
Deco 63'
 
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena  
Venue: Frankfurt    
Attendance: 48,000    
Referee: Éric Poulat (France)  
   
First Round: Match 9
1-1
Angola  
Date: 21 June 2006 Flávio 60'
Stadium: Red Bull Arena    
Venue: Leipzig    
Attendance: 38,000  
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)  
   
  2014 Brazil World Cup
   
First Round: Match 10
0-0
Nigeria
Date: 16 June 2014
Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Venue: Curitiba
Attendance: 39,081
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
   
First Round: Match 11
1-0
Iran
Date: 21 June 2014
L. Messi 90+1'
Stadium: Estádio Mineirão
Venue: Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 57,698
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia) 
   
First Round: Match 12
Bosnia-Herzegovina
3-1
Iran
Date: 25 June 2014 R. Ghoochannejhad 82'
Stadium: Porto Alegre
Venue: Salvador
Attendance: 48,011
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
   
  
          Last updated: 5 June 2015
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