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{{current sport-related|mini=1|Iran national football team results – 2010s}} The '''national football team of Iran''' ({{lang-fa|تیم ملی فوتبال ایران}}) represents [[Iran]] in international [[football (soccer)|football]] competitions and is controlled by the [[Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran]]. The national football team of Iran, known as the ''Team Melli'', ranks 4th in [[Asian Football Confederation|Asia]] and 42th in the world according to the current [[FIFA World Rankings]]. ===Early years=== The very first match that the ''Team Melli'' played was on August 25, 1941 away at [[Afghanistan national football team|Afghanistan]] and first FIFA international Iran's match was on May 28, 1950 away at [[Turkey national football team|Turkey]]. Iran has won the [[Asian Cup]] three consecutive times ([[Asian Cup 1968|1968]], [[Asian Cup 1972|1972]], [[Asian Cup 1976|1976]]), a championship record to which the team has not been able to add since, although they have finished third four times. ===1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina=== In 1978, Iran made its first appearance in the [[FIFA World Cup|World Cup]] after defeating [[Australia national football team|Australia]] in [[Tehran]] to qualify. Iran lost two of their three group stage games against the [[Netherlands national football team|Netherlands]] and [[Peru national football team|Peru]]. However, they managed to create a surprise by drawing 1–1 against [[Scotland national football team|Scotland]] with a late [[Iraj Danaeifard]] goal. ===After Revolution=== After the [[Iranian Revolution|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 suffered 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 during this period that a number of quality players burst onto the Iranian football scene, laying the foundation for their second stab at World Cup glory in 1998. Iran could count on new talents such as [[Ali Daei]], [[Mehdi Mahdavikia]], [[Khodadad Azizi]], [[Karim Bagheri]] and also its goal keeper, [[Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh]]. ===1998 FIFA World Cup in France===
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.160|y=0.10|scale=350|text=[[Nader Mohammadkhani|'''Mohammadkhani'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.34|y=0.15|scale=350|text=[[Mehdi Pashazadeh|'''Pashazadeh'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.20|y=0.15|scale=350|text=[[Mohammad Khakpour|'''Khakpour'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.05|y=0.15|scale=350|text=[[Javad Zarincheh|'''Zarinche'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.05|y=0.40|scale=350|text=[[Mahdavikia|'''Mahdavikia'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.36|y=0.40|scale=350|text=[[Mehrdad Minavand|'''Minavand'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.12|y=0.33|scale=350|text=[[Hamid Reza Estili|'''Estili'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.32|y=0.33|scale=350|text=[[Karim Bagheri|'''Bagheri'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.10|y=0.54|scale=350|text=[[Khodadad Azizi|'''Azizi'''
]]}} {{Image label|x=0.34|y=0.54|scale=350|text=[[Ali Daei|'''Daei'''
]]}}
Iran lineup during the 1998 World Cup
:''Additional information: [[1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (play-off AFC-OFC)]]'' :''Additional information: [[1998 FIFA World Cup#Group F|1998 FIFA World Cup – Group F]]'' In November 1997, Iran qualified for the [[1998 FIFA World Cup|1998 World Cup]] after eliminating [[Australian national football team|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 [[FR Yugoslavia national football team|Yugoslavia]], losing narrowly 1–0, only to a free kick goal by [[Siniša Mihajlović|Mihajlović]]. Iran recorded their first World Cup victory in the second game, beating the [[United States men's national soccer team|United States]] 2–1, with [[Hamid Estili|Estili]] and [[Mehdi Mahdavikia|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 played against [[Germany national football team|Germany]] in the third game. The game was lost 2–0. The goals were scored by [[Oliver Bierhoff|Bierhoff]] and [[Jürgen Klinsmann|Klinsmann]]. The one win and two losses meant Iran became third in the final group standing and failed to make it to the next round. === 2002 FIFA World Cup=== :''Additional information: [[2002 FIFA World Cup qualification]]'' Iran failed to qualify for [[World Cup 2002]] after an aggregate defeat to the [[Republic of Ireland national football team|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. === 2006 FIFA-World Cup in Germany=== [[File:Iran equaliser.JPG|thumb|right|Iran score against [[Angola national football team|Angola]] during a [[2006 FIFA World Cup]] match.]] {{main|Iran at the 2006 FIFA World Cup}} :''Additional information: [[2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)]]'' :''Additional information: [[2006 FIFA World Cup seeding]]'' On June 8, 2005, Iran together with [[Japan national football team|Japan]] became the first country to qualify for the [[2006 FIFA World Cup|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. Iran started their [[2006 FIFA World Cup]] appearance with high expectations from fans and media. Their first match was against [[Mexico national football team|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 [[Zinha]] for Mexico, with [[Yahya Golmohammadi]] scoring the only Iran goal. Iran played against [[Portugal national football team|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 national football team|Angola]]. Iran drew 1–1 with Angola on the 21st of June 2006, [[Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh]] scoring the Iran goal. ===Temporary Suspension=== 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. The ban lasted less than a month, and as a dispensation was given to allow the [[Iran national under-23 football team|Iran under-23 team]] to participate in the [[football at the 2006 Asian Games|football competition]] of the [[2006 Asian Games]], fixtures were unaffected. === 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa=== :''Additional information: [[2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round]]'' Iran was in the same FIFA World Cup qualifying group as [[Kuwait national football team|Kuwait]], [[Syria national football team|Syria]] and [[United Arab Emirates national football team|United Arab Emirates]]. They played home and away against each of the other three teams in group 5. Ali Daei was chosen to become the new coach after [[Spain|Spanish]] coach [[Javier Clemente]] had been close to signing on as Iran's national team manager but talks collapsed when he refused to live full time in the country. Ali Daei got ejected from his position as the Iranian national coach on March 29, 2009. He was replaced by [[Afshin Ghotbi]]. Iran failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after ranking 4th overall in its group. Iran renewed the contract with [[Afshin Ghotbi]] till the end of [[2011 AFC Asian Cup]] and the team qualified to the tournament with 13 points as the group winners. Several Iranian players started the match wearing green [[armband]]s or [[wristband]]s, a symbol of [[2009 Iranian election protests|protest at the outcome of the Iranian presidential election]]. 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 [[Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran|Iranian FA]] for the gesture. 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." The Iran national team head coach [[Afshin Ghotbi]] also confirmed that it was a rumour and Iranian FA "has not taken any official stand on this issue." [[Afshin Ghotbi]] was able to qualify for [[2011 Asian Cup]] and finished second in [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010]] just few months before the [[2011 Asian Cup]]. Iran was able to gain all the three points in group stage of the [[2011 Asian Cup]] but after the extra time goal from Korea Republic Iran was not able to get to the semifinals and left the competition. Iran appointed [[Carlos Queiroz]] as their new head coach in April 2011. ===Bahrain-Iran, 21 October 2001=== The 3–1 defeat by Bahrain came as a surprise. This in turn brought upon Iran's failure to qualify for the [[2002 FIFA World Cup]]. There were allegations that the authorities pressured the players to lose. It was later denied by [[Mohsen Safaei Farahani|Safaei]]. Nevertheless, up to this day, many fans of 'Team Melli' continue to speculate whether the defeat was of legitimate causes or whether some authorities behind the curtain had brought on the defeat on purpose. === Presidential Election Protests, 2009=== During the final game of [[2010 FIFA World Cup qualification]] match against the [[South Korean national football team]] held in [[Seoul]] on June 17, 2009, seven members of the team, [[Javad Nekounam]], [[Ali Karimi]], [[Mehdi Mahdavikia]], [[Hosein Kaebi]], [[Masoud Shojaei]], [[Mohammad Nosrati]], and [[Vahid Hashemian]], wore green wristbands in support of the opposition candidate [[Mir-Hossein Mousavi]] in the [[2009 Iranian election protests]]. == Home stadium == [[File:Azadistadium tehran iran.jpg|right|250px|thumb|Azadi Stadium , capacity:100,000]] {{main|Azadi Stadium}} Iran play their home games at [[Azadi Stadium|Azadi (Freedom) Stadium]] which was built in the mid 1970s with a capacity of over 100,000. A record was set in Azadi for the [[2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|2006 World Cup qualifying]] campaign in Iran's home match against [[Japan national football team|Japan]], in which the whole stadium was filled. The government restricts Iranian women from attending football matches such as the ones held in Azadi stadium. ==Kit manufacturer== The table below shows the history of kit providers for the national football team of Iran. {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center" |- !Period !Kit Manufacturer |- |1993–1998 |[[Shekari]] |- |1998–2000 |[[Puma AG|Puma]] |- |2000–2004 |[[Shekari]] |- |2004–2006 |[[Daei Sport]] |- |2006–2007 |[[Puma AG|Puma]] |- |2007–2009 |[[Merooj|Majid]] |- |2009–2010 |[[Daei Sport]] |- |2010–2011 |[[Legea]] |- |2011–{{0|0000}} |[[Uhlsport]] |} ==Media coverage== Iran home matches (both qualifiers and friendlies) are shown live on [[Channel 3 (Iran)|Channel 3]] and [[satellite]] [[television network]] [[Jame Jam 2]]. All matches are broadcast with pre and post match analysis with full agundi commentary. ===World Cup record=== {{main|Iran at the FIFA World Cup}} {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !colspan=10|World Cup Finals ! style="width:1%;" rowspan="15"| !colspan=6|World Cup Qualifications |- !Hosts/Year !Result !Position !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA !Squad !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA |- |[[1930 FIFA World Cup|1930]] to [[1970 FIFA World Cup|1970]]||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- |  [[1974 FIFA World Cup|1974]]||''Did not qualify''||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||8 ||5||1||2||9||6 |- |  [[1978 FIFA World Cup|1978]]||Round 1||14th||3||0||1||2||2||8||[[1978 FIFA World Cup squads#Iran|Squad]]||12||10||2||0||20||3 |- |  [[1982 FIFA World Cup|1982]]||''Withdrew''||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- |  [[1986 FIFA World Cup|1986]]||''Disqualified''||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- ||  [[1990 FIFA World Cup|1990]]||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||6||5||0||1||12||5 |- ||  [[1994 FIFA World Cup|1994]]||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||11||5||3||3||23||13 |- | [[1998 FIFA World Cup|1998]]||Round 1||20th||3||1||0||2||2||4||[[1998 FIFA World Cup squads#Iran|Squad]]||17||8||6||3||57||17 |- || [[2002 FIFA World Cup|2002]]||''Did not qualify''||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||14||9||3||2||36||9 |- | [[2006 FIFA World Cup|2006]]||Round 1||25th||3||0||1||2||2||6||[[2006 FIFA World Cup squads#Iran|Squad]]||12||9||1||2||29||7 |- | [[2010 FIFA World Cup|2010]]||''Did not qualify''||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||14||5||8||1||15||9 |- |  [[2014 FIFA World Cup|2014]] |colspan=9|''To be determined'' ||7 ||5 ||2 ||0 ||20 ||3 |- |'''Total'''||-||3/19||9||1||2||6||6||18||-||100||60||26||14||221||72 |} ===Asian Cup record=== {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !colspan=8|[[AFC Asian Cup|AFC Asian Cup Finals]] ! style="width:1%;" rowspan="39"| !colspan=6|Asian Cup Qualifications |- !Hosts/Year !Result !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA |- |  [[1956 AFC Asian Cup|1956]]||''Did Not Enter''||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||- |- | [[1960 AFC Asian Cup|1960]]||''Did not qualify''||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||3||1||2||12||10 |- |  [[1964 AFC Asian Cup|1964]]||''Withdrew''||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[1968 AFC Asian Cup|1968]]||'''Champions'''||4||4||0||0||11||2||colspan=6|''Automatic qualification as hosts |- style="background:gold;" |  [[1972 AFC Asian Cup|1972]]||'''Champions'''||5||5||0||0||12||4||colspan=6|''Automatic qualification as champions |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[1976 AFC Asian Cup|1976]]||'''Champions'''||4||4||0||0||13||0||colspan=6|''Automatic qualification as hosts |- style="background:#c96;" |  [[1980 AFC Asian Cup|1980]]||Third place||6||3||2||1||16||6||colspan=6|''Automatic qualification as champions |- |  [[1984 AFC Asian Cup|1984]]||Fourth place||6||2||4||0||8||3||5||5||0||0||21||2 |- style="background:#c96;" |  [[1988 AFC Asian Cup|1988]]||Third place||6||2||2||2||3||4||4||2||2||0||6||1 |- |  [[1992 AFC Asian Cup|1992]]||Round 1||3||1||1||1||2||1||2||2||0||0||10||0 |- style="background:#c96;" |  [[1996 AFC Asian Cup|1996]]||Third place||6||3||2||1||14||6||6||6||0||0||27||1 |- |  [[2000 AFC Asian Cup|2000]]||Quarterfinals||4||2||1||1||7||3||6||4||1||1||16||2 |- style="background:#c96;" |  [[2004 AFC Asian Cup|2004]]||Third place||6||3||3||0||14||8||6||5||0||1||16||5 |- |     [[2007 AFC Asian Cup|2007]]||Quarterfinals||4||2||2||0||6||3 ||6||4||2||0||12||2 |- |  [[2011 AFC Asian Cup|2011]]||Quarterfinals||4||3||0||1||6||2||6||4||1||1||11||2 |- |  [[2015 AFC Asian Cup|2015]]||colspan=14|To Be Determined |- |'''Total'''||'''3 Titles'''||58||34||17||7||112||41||47||35||7||5||131||25 |} :''*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on [[penalty shootout (football)|penalty kicks]].''
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.'' ===Olympic Games record=== {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !colspan=9|Olympic Games Finals ! style="width:1%;" rowspan="39"| !colspan=6|Olympic Games Qualifications |- !Hosts/Year !Result !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA !Squad !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA |- |[[1900 Summer Olympics|1900]] to [[1960 Summer Olympics|1960]]||''Did not enter''||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- |  [[Football at the 1964 Summer Olympics|1964]]||''Round 1''||3||0||1||2||1||6 ||[[Football at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Men's team squads#Iran|Squad]]||6||4||1||1||14||3 |- |  [[Football at the 1968 Summer Olympics|1968]]||''Did not enter''||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- |  [[Football at the 1972 Summer Olympics|1972]]||''Round 1'' ||3||1||0||2||1||9 ||[[Football at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's team squads#Iran|Squad]]||5||3||2||0||6||0 |- |  [[Football at the 1976 Summer Olympics|1976]]||''Quarter Finals'' ||3||1||0||2||4||5 ||[[Football at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads#Iran|Squad]]||4||3||1||0||8||1 |- |  [[Football at the 1980 Summer Olympics|1980]]||''Qualified but boycotted the event''||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||5||3||2||0||18||2 |- |  [[Football at the 1984 Summer Olympics|1984]]||''Did not enter due to boycott''||-||-||-||-||-||- ||-||-||-||-||-||-||- |- | [[Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics|1988]]||''Did not qualify''||-||-||-||-||-||-||- ||2||1||0||1||2||2 |- |'''Total'''||'''Best: Quarter Finals'''||9||2||1||6||6||20 ||-||22||14||6||2||48||8 |- |} *Young teams were favoured by [[FIFA]] and the [[IOC]], and since [[Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics|1992]] male competitors must be [[Iran national under-23 football team|under 23]] years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad. ===Asian Games record=== {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !Host nation(s) / Year !Result !GP !W !D* !L !GS !GA |- style="background:silver;" |  [[1951 Asian Games|New Delhi 1951]]||Runners-Up||3||2||0||1||2||1 |- |  [[1954 Asian Games|Manila 1954]]||''Did not enter''||-||-||-||-||-||- |- |  [[1958 Asian Games|Tokyo 1958]]||Round 1||2||0||0||2||0||9 |- |  [[1962 Asian Games|Jakarta 1962]]||''Did not enter''||-||-||-||-||-||- |- style="background:silver;" |  [[1966 Asian Games|Bangkok 1966]]||Runners-Up||7||4||0||3||9||6 |- |  [[1970 Asian Games|Bangkok 1970]]||Round 1||2||0||1||1||2||3 |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[1974 Asian Games|Tehran 1974]]||'''Champions '''||7||7||0||0||20||1 |- |  [[1978 Asian Games|Bangkok 1978]]||''Withdrew''||-||-||-||-||-||- |- |  [[1982 Asian Games|New Delhi 1982]]||Quarterfinals||4||2||0||2||3||2 |- |  [[1986 Asian Games|Seoul 1986]]||Quarterfinals||5||3||1||1||13||2 |- style="background:gold;" |  [[1990 Asian Games|Beijing 1990]]||'''Champions'''||5||4||1||0||7||1 |- | [[1994 Asian Games|Hirosima 1994]]||Round 1||4||1||2||1||5||2 |- style="background:gold;" |  [[1998 Asian Games|Bangkok 1998]]||'''Champions'''||8||7||0||1||25||7 |- |'''Total'''||'''3 Titles'''||47||30||5||12||86||34 |} *Young teams were favoured by [[Asian Football Confederation|AFC]] and the [[IOC]], and since [[Football at the 2002 Asian Games|2002]] male competitors must be [[Iran national under-23 football team|under 23]] years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad. ===West Asian Football Federation Championship record=== {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !Year !Round !Pld !W !D !L !GS !GA |- style="background:gold;" |  [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2000|2000]]||'''Champions '''||5||4||1||0||7||1 |- style="background:#cd7f32;" |  [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2002|2002]]||Third Place||4||1||2||1||4||3 |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2004|2004]]||'''Champions '''||4||4||0||0||17||3 |- style="background:gold;" |  [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2007|2007]]||'''Champions '''||4||3||1||0||5||1 |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2008|2008]]||'''Champions'''||4||4||0||0||13||2 |- style="background:silver;" |  [[2010 West Asian Football Federation Championship|2010]]||Runner Up||4||2||1||1||8||5 |- |'''Total'''||'''4 Titles'''||25||18||5||2||54||15 |} ===RCD Cup/ECO Cup record=== {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !Year !Round |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[RCD Cup 1965|1965]]||'''Champions ''' |- style="background:silver;" |  [[RCD Cup 1967|1967]]||Runners-Up |- style="background:silver;" |  [[RCD Cup 1969|1969]]||Runners-Up |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[RCD Cup 1970|1970]]||'''Champions ''' |- style="background:silver;" |  [[RCD Cup 1974|1974]]||Runners-Up |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[ECO Cup 1993|1993]]||'''Champions ''' |} ===West Asian Games=== {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" |- !Year !Round |- style="background:gold;" |style="border: 3px solid red"|  [[West Asian Games|1997]]||'''Champions ''' |- style="background:silver;" |  [[West Asian Games|2002]]||Runners-Up |- style="background:#cd7f32;" |  [[West Asian Games|2005]]||Third place |- |} ==Results and fixtures== ''see [[Iran national football team matches results|Iran national football team results]]
''see [[Iran national football team results – 2010s]] ===Previous matches=== {{legend2|#CCFFCC|'''W'''in|border=1px solid #AAAAAA}} {{legend2|#FFFFCC|'''D'''raw|border=1px solid #AAAAAA}} {{legend2|#FFCCCC|'''L'''oss|border=1px solid #AAAAAA}} All matches in last year: {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%" width="90%" ! Date !! Venue !! Opponent !! Competition !!Result !! Iranian scorers !! Captain !! ref |- !colspan="9"|'''2010''' |- | 28 December 2010 |   [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|Qatar}} | [[Friendly match|Friendly]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ffffcc align=center | 0–0 D | |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.teammelli.com/matchdata/details/matchdetails.php?id=2426 Report] |- !colspan="9"|'''2011''' |- | 2 January 2011 |   [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|Angola}} | [[Friendly match|Friendly]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 1–0 W | 93' [[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2011/01/110102_u03_sports_jan3.shtml Report] |- | 11 January 2011 |   [[Al Rayyan]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|Iraq}} | [[2011 AFC Asian Cup|2011 Asian Cup]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 2–1 W | 42' [[Gholamreza Rezaei|Rezaei]] ,84' [[Iman Mobali|Mobali]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/01/110111_u01_sports.shtml Report] |- | 15 January 2011 |   [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|North Korea}} | [[2011 AFC Asian Cup|2011 Asian Cup]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 1–0 W | 63' [[Karim Ansarifard|Ansarifard]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/01/110115_l10_iran_nkorea_football.shtml Report] |- | 19 January 2011 |   [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|UAE}} | [[2011 AFC Asian Cup|2011 Asian Cup]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 3–0 W | 68' [[Arash Afshin|Afshin]], 82' [[Mohammad Nouri (footballer)|Nouri]], 93' [[Own Goal]] |[[Masoud Shojaei|Shojaei]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/01/110119_l11_afc_iran_uae_football.shtml Report] |- | 22 January 2011 |   [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|South Korea}} | [[2011 AFC Asian Cup|2011 Asian Cup]] |width=10px bgcolor=#FFCCCC align=center | 1–0 L | |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/01/110122_l10_asian_cup_football_iran_skorea.shtml Report] |- | 9 February 2011 |   [[Abu Dhabi]], [[UAE]] | {{fb|Russia}} | [[Friendly match|Friendly]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 1–0 W |90' [[Mohammad Reza Khalatbari|Khalatbari]] | [[Mehdi Rahmati|Rahmati]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/02/110209_u02_sports_feb9.shtml Report] |- | 17 July 2011 |   [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Madagascar}} | [[Friendly match|Friendly]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 1–0 W |18' [[Jalal Hosseini|Hosseini]] | [[Ali Karimi|Karimi]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/07/110717_u03_sports-madagascar.shtml Report] |- | 23 July 2011 |   [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Maldives}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 4–0 W |4' 64' [[Karim Ansarifard|Ansarifard]], 67' [[Ali Karimi|Karimi]], 88' [[Saeid Daghighi|Daghighi]] | [[Ali Karimi|Karimi]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/07/110723_u02_sports_july23.shtml Report] |- | 28 July 2011 |   [[Malé]], [[Maldives]] | {{fb|Maldives}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 1–0 W |45+3' [[Mohammad-Reza Khalatbari|Khalatbari]] | [[Ali Karimi|Karimi]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/07/110728_u04_iran_worldcup.shtml Report] |- | 2 September 2011 |   [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Indonesia}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 3–0 W |53' 74' [[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]], 87' [[Andranik Teymourian|Teymourian]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.the-afc.com/en/component/joomleague/?view=report&compID=423&matchId=4198 Report] |- | 6 September 2011 |   [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] | {{fb|Qatar}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ffffcc align=center | 1–1 D |46' [[Hadi Aghily|Aghily]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.the-afc.com/en/component/joomleague/?view=report&compID=423&matchId=4195 Report] |- | 5 October 2011 |   [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Palestine}} |[[Friendly match|Friendly]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 7–0 W |45' [[Mohammad Ghazi (footballer)|Ghazi]], 49' [[Karim Ansarifard|Ansarifard]], 55' [[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]],
59' [[Pejman Montazeri|Montazeri]], 70' [[Pejman Nouri|Nouri]], 58' 90' [[Javad Kazemian|Kazemian]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/sport/2011/10/111006_l44_sport_oct5.shtml Report] |- | 11 October 2011 |   [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Bahrain}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 6–0 W |22' [[Jalal Hosseini|Hosseini]], 34' [[Mojtaba Jabbari|Jabbari]], 42' [[Hadi Aghily|Aghily]],
62' [[Andranik Teymourian|Teymourian]], 75' [[Karim Ansarifard|Ansarifard]], 83' [[Gholamreza Rezaei|Rezaei]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.the-afc.com/en/component/joomleague/?view=report&compID=423&matchId=4193 Report] |- | 11 November 2011 |   [[Manama]], [[Bahrain]] | {{fb|Bahrain}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ffffcc align=center | 1–1 D |90+2' [[Mojtaba Jabbari|Jabbari]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/matches/round=257791/match=300172588/index.html Report] |- | 15 November 2011 |   [[Jakarta]], [[Indonesia]] | {{fb|Indonesia}} |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round|2014 WCQ]] |width=10px bgcolor=#ccffcc align=center | 4-1 W |7' [[Milad Meydavoudi|Meydavoudi]], 20' [[Mojtaba Jabbari|Jabbari]], 24' [[Gholamreza Rezaei|Rezaei]], 72' [[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[[Javad Nekounam|Nekounam]] |[http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/matches/round=257791/match=300172584/index.html Report] |- |} ===Forthcoming matches=== {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%" width="90%" ! Date !! Competition!! Location!! Opponent |- !colspan="4"|'''2012''' |- |29 February 2012 |[[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)|2014 WCQ]] | [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Qatar}} |- !colspan="4"|'''2013''' |- |2013 |[[Exhibition game|Friendly]] | [[Tehran]], [[Iran]] | {{fb|Italy}} |} *FIFA International match days ==Managers== {{Main|List of Iran national football team managers}} {{updated|15 November 2011}} {| class="wikitable sortable" cellpadding="3" style="text-align: center;" |- !Manager !career !Played !Won !Drawn !Lost !Win % !Honours |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Jalal|Talebi}} |2000–2001 {{WDL|21|13|5|3}} |Quarterfinals at [[2000 Asian Cup]] |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Miroslav|Blažević}} |2001–2002 {{WDL|19|10|4|5}} | |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Branko|Ivanković}} |2002–2006 {{WDL|52|33|10|9}} |'''Third place''' at [[2004 Asian Cup]]
Qualification to [[2006 FIFA World Cup|2006 WC]] |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Amir|Ghalenoei}} |2006–2007 {{WDL|17|10|6|1}} |Quarterfinals at [[2007 Asian Cup]] |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Ali|Daei}} |2008–2009 {{WDL|24|15|6|3}} | |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Afshin|Ghotbi}} |2009–2011 {{WDL|30|16|6|8}} |Quarterfinals at [[2011 Asian Cup]] |- |style="text-align: left;"|  {{sortname|Carlos|Queiroz}} |2011– {{WDL|9|7|2|0}} | |- |} ===Coaching staff=== {{Fb cs header}} {{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=Head coach |s=  [[Carlos Queiroz]]}} {{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=Assistant Coach |s=  [[António Simões]]}} {{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=Assistant Coach |s=   [[Omid Namazi]]}} {{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=Goalkeeper Coach |s=   [[Dan Gaspar]]}} {{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=Fitness Trainer |s=  [[Mick McDermott]]}} {{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=Scout |s=  [[Markar Aghajanian]]}} |} ==Players== The following 24 players were called up by [[Carlos Queiroz]] for the [[2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round|World Cup Qualifiers]] against [[Bahrain national football team|Bahrain]] on 11 November 2011 and [[Indonesia national football team|Indonesia]] on 15 November 2011. ''Caps and goals updated as of 15 November 2011.'' ===Current squad=== {{nat fs g start}} {{nat fs g player|no=1|pos=GK|name=[[Mehdi Rahmati]] [[Captain (association football)|(3rd captain)]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1983|2|2|df=y}}|caps=66|goals=0|club=[[Esteghlal Tehran FC|Esteghlal]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=12|pos=GK|name=[[Shahab Gordan]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1984|5|22|df=y}}|caps=2|goals=0|club=[[Zob Ahan Isfahan FC|Zob Ahan]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=22|pos=GK|name=[[Alireza Haghighi]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1988|5|2|df=y}}|caps=1|goals=0|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} |- ! colspan="9" style="background:#b0d3fb; text-align:left;"| |- {{nat fs g player|no=2|pos=DF|name=[[Hossein Mahini]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1986|9|16|df=y}}|caps=6|goals=0|club=[[Zob Ahan Isfahan FC|Zob Ahan]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=3 |pos=DF|name=[[Ehsan Hajsafi]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1990|2|25|df=y}}|caps=41|goals=2|club=[[Tractor Sazi F.C.|Tractor Sazi]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=4 |pos=DF|name=[[Jalal Hosseini]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1982|2|3|df=y}}|caps=66|goals=5|club=[[Sepahan Isfahan FC|Sepahan]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=5 |pos=DF|name=[[Hadi Aghili]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1981|1|15|df=y}}|caps=62|goals=10|club=[[Al-Arabi SC (Qatar)|Al Arabi]]|clubnat=Qatar}} {{nat fs g player|no=13|pos=DF|name=[[Hossein Kaebi]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|11|01|1985|9|23|df=y}}|caps=89|goals=2||club=[[Rah Ahan ]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=15 |pos=DF|name=[[Pejman Montazeri]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1983|9|6|df=y}}|caps=2|goals=1|club=[[Esteghlal F.C.|Esteghlal]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=23|pos=DF|name=[[Mehrdad Pooladi]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1987|2|26|df=y}}|caps=7|goals=0|club=[[Sanat Mes Kerman FC|Sanat Mes Kerman]]|clubnat=Iran}} |- ! colspan="9" style="background:#b0d3fb; text-align:left;"| |- {{nat fs g player|no=6|pos=MF|name=[[Javad Nekounam]] [[Captain (association football)|''(captain)'']]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1980|9|7|df=y}}|caps=124|goals=30|club=[[CA Osasuna|Osasuna]]|clubnat=Spain}} {{nat fs g player|no=8 |pos=MF|name=[[Ali Karimi]] [[Captain (association football)|''(vice-captain)'']]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1978|11|8|df=yes}}|caps=118|goals=37|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=14|pos=MF|name=[[Andranik Teymourian]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1983|3|6|df=y}}|caps=64|goals=8|club=[[Esteghlal|Esteghlal]]|clubnat=Iran }} {{nat fs g player|no=16|pos=MF|name=[[Mojtaba Jabbari]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1983|6|16|df=y}}|caps=22|goals=3|club=[[Esteghlal F.C.|Esteghlal]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=17|pos=MF|name=[[Maziar Zare]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1984|12|22|df=y}}|caps=20|goals=3|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=18 |pos=MF|name=[[Hossein Badamaki]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1981|9|13|df=y}}|caps=7|goals=2|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=21 |pos=MF|name=[[Mohsen Mosalman]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1991|01|27|df=y}}|caps=1|goals=0|club=[[Malavan F.C.|Malavan]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=25 |pos=MF|name=[[Mohammad Nouri (footballer)|Mohammad Nouri]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1983|1|9|df=y}}|caps=18|goals=4|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} |- |- ! colspan="9" style="background:#b0d3fb; text-align:left;"| |- {{nat fs g player|no=7|pos=FW|name=[[Milad Meydavoudi]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|22|1985|1|20|df=y}} || caps=29|goals=6|club=[[Esteghlal F.C.|Esteghlal]]|clubnat=IRN}} {{nat fs g player|no=9 |pos=FW|name=[[Mohammad Reza Khalatbari]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|22|1983|9|14|df=y}}|caps=44|goals=2|club=[[Al-Gharafa Sports Club|Al-Gharafa]]|clubnat=QAT}} {{nat fs g player|no=10|pos=FW|name=[[Karim Ansarifard]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|22|1990|4|3|df=y}}|caps=25|goals=7|club=[[Saipa F.C.|Saipa]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=11|pos=FW|name=[[Gholamreza Rezaei]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|22|1984|8|6|df=y}}|caps=44|goals=11|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=19|pos=FW|name=[[Javad Kazemian]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|21|1981|04|23|df=y}}|caps=44|goals=4|club=[[Persepolis F.C.|Perspolis]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs g player|no=20|pos=FW|name=[[Mohammad Ghazi (footballer)|Mohammad Ghazi]]|age={{Birth date and age2|2011|9|22|1984|12|30|df=y}}|caps=6|goals=1|club=[[Zob Ahan Isfahan FC|Zob Ahan]]|clubnat=Iran}} {{nat fs end}} ====Recent Callups==== The following players have also been called up to the Iran squad within the last twelve months: {| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 90%; width:99%; text-align: left;" |- !Name !Date of Birth (Age) !Club !Caps (Goals) !Debut !Most Recent Callup |- bgcolor="#FFDEAD" |align=center colspan=6|'''Goalkeepers''' |- | [[Misagh Memarzadeh]] || {{Birth date and age|1983|1|9|df=y}} ||   [[Persepolis F.C.|Persepolis]]|| 0 (0) ||v. || v. {{fb|South Korea}}, 22 January 2011 |- | [[Ebrahim Mirzapour]] || {{Birth date and age|1978|16|9|df=y}} ||   [[Shahrdari Tabriz F.C.|Shahrdari Tabriz]]|| 75 (0) || v. {{fb|Bosnia}}, July 2001|| v. {{fb|South Korea}}, 22 January 2011 |- |- bgcolor="#B0D3FB" |align=center colspan=6|'''Defenders''' |- | [[Khosro Heydari]] || {{birth date and age|1983|9|14|df=y}} ||   [[Esteghlal F.C.|Esteghlal]]|| 33 (0) || v. {{fb|Palestine}}, 2007|| v. {{fb|Bahrain}}, 11 October 2011 |- | [[Mohsen Bengar]] || {{birth date and age|1979|6|11|df=y}} ||   [[Sepahan]]|| 12 (0) || v. {{fb|Belarus}}, 20 August 2003|| v. {{fb|South Korea}}, 22 January 2011 |- | [[Farshid Talebi]] || {{birth date and age|1981|24|8|df=y}} ||   [[Zob Ahan Isfahan FC|Zob Ahan]]|| 2 (0) || v. {{fb|Uzbekistan}}, 5 September 2009|| v. {{fb|South Korea}}, 22 January 2011 |- |- | [[Hashem Beikzadeh]] || {{birth date and age|1984|1|22|df=y}} ||   [[Sepahan Isfahan FC|Sepahan]]|| 12 (1) || v. {{fb|UAE}}, August 2006|| v. {{fb|Brazil}}, 7 October 2010 |- | [[Abouzar Rahimi]] || {{birth date and age|1981|9|17|df=y}} ||   [[Damash Gilan]]|| 0 (0) || v. || v. {{fb|Angola}}, 2 January 2011 |- bgcolor="#BBF0C9" |align=center colspan=6|'''Midfielders''' |- | [[Mehrzad Madanchi]] || {{birth date and age|1985|1|10|df=y}} ||   [[Al-Shaab (UAE)|Al-Shaab]]|| 42 (8) || v. {{fb|Belarus}}, 20 August 2003|| v. {{fb|Thailand}}, 3 March 2010 |- | [[Farzad Ashoubi]] || {{birth date and age|1980|4|6|df=y}} ||   [[Tractor Sazi F.C.|Tractor Sazi]]|| 9 (0) || v. {{fb|Iraq|2004}}, June 2007|| v. {{fb|Brazil}}, 7 October 2010 |- | [[Masoud Shojaei]] || {{birth date and age|1984|6|9|df=y}} ||   [[CA Osasuna|Osasuna]]|| 37 (4) || v. {{fb|Laos}}, 17 November 2004|| v. {{fb|UAE}}, 19 January 2010 |- | [[Pejman Nouri]] || {{birth date and age|1980|7|13|df=y}} ||   [[Emirates Club|Emirates]]|| 39 (3) || v. {{fb|Iraq}}, 12 August 2003|| v. {{fb|Palestine}}, 5 October 2011 |- |- bgcolor="#FFACB3" |align=center colspan=6|'''Forwards''' |- | [[Mohammad Gholami]] || {{Birth date and age|1983|2|13|df=y}} ||   [[Damash Gilan F.C.|Damash Gilan]] || 13 (2) || v. {{fb|China}}, 3 September 2010|| v. {{fb|South Korea}}, 22 January 2011 |- | [[Ashkan Dejagah]] || {{Birth date and age|1986|7|5|df=y}} ||   [[VfL Wolfsburg]] || 0 (0) || v. || v. |- | [[Reza Ghoochannejhad]] || {{Birth date and age|1987|09|20|df=y}} ||   [[K. Sint-Truidense V.V.|Sint-Truiden]] || 0 (0) || v. || v. |- |} ====World Cups==== * [[2006 FIFA World Cup squads#Iran|World Cup 2006 squad]] * [[1998 FIFA World Cup squads#Iran|World Cup 1998 squad]] * [[1978 FIFA World Cup squads#Iran|World Cup 1978 squad]] ====Asian Cups==== * [[2011 AFC Asian Cup squads#Iran|Asian Cup 2011 squad]] * [[Asian Cup 2007 squads#Iran|Asian Cup 2007 squad]] * [[Asian Cup 2004 squads#Iran|Asian Cup 2004 squad]] * [[Asian Cup 2000 squads#Iran|Asian Cup 2000 squad]] * [[Asian Cup 1996 squads#Iran|Asian Cup 1996 squad]] * [[Asian Cup 1992 squads#Iran|Asian Cup 1992 squad]] :''See also [[:Category:Iran international footballers]] ===Most capped players=== {{As of|2008|alt=As of 15 November 2011}}, the players with the most [[caps (sport)|caps]] for Iran are: {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;" |- !# !Name !Career !Caps !Goals |- |1 |align="left"|[[Ali Daei]] |1993–2006 |149 |109 |- |2 |align="left"|[[Javad Nekounam]]* |2000–Present |124 |30 |- |3 |align="left"|[[Ali Karimi]]* |1998–Present |118 |37 |- |4 |align="left"|[[Mehdi Mahdavikia]] |1996–2009 |111 |12 |- |5 |align="left"|[[Hossein Kaebi]]* |2002–Present |89 |2 |- |6 |align="left"|[[Karim Bagheri]] |1993–2010 |87 |50 |- |7 |align="left"|[[Hamid Reza Estili]] |1990–2000 |82 |12 |- |8 |align="left"|[[Javad Zarincheh]] |1987–2000 |80 |1 |- |9 |align="left"|[[Mohammad Nosrati]]* |2002–present |80 |5 |- |10 |align="left"|[[Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh]] |1987–1998 |79 |0 |- |} ''The records are collected based on data from [http://www.fifa.com FIFA] and [http://www.rsssf.com RSSSF].''
* ''denotes a player still playing or available for selection.'' ===Top goalscorers=== {{As of|2008|alt=As of 15 November 2011}}, the players with the most goals for Iran are: {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;" |- !# !Name !Career !Goals !Caps |- |1 |align="left"|[[Ali Daei]] |1993–2006 |109 |149 |- |2 |align="left"|[[Karim Bagheri]] |1993–2010 |50 |87 |- |3 |align="left"|[[Ali Karimi]]* |1998–Present |37 |118 |- |4 |align="left"|[[Javad Nekounam]]* |2000–Present |30 |124 |- |5 |align="left"|[[Gholam Hossein Mazloomi]] |1969–1977 |19 |40 |- |= |align="left"|[[Farshad Pious]] |1984–1994 |19 |34 |- |7 |align="left"|[[Ali Asghar Modir Roosta]] |1990–1998 |18 |32 |- |8 |align="left"|[[Vahid Hashemian]] |1998–2009 |15 |50 |- |9 |align="left"|[[Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht]]* |2000–2008 |14 |77 |- |10 |align="left"|[[Mehdi Mahdavikia]] |1996–2009 |13 |111 |- |= |align="left"|[[Ali Parvin]] |1970–1980 |13 |76 |- |= |align="left"|[[Hassan Rowshan]] |1974–1980 |13 |39 |- |13 |align="left"|[[Parviz Ghelichkhani]] |1964–1977 |12 |64 |- |= |align="left"|[[Hamid Reza Estili]] |1990–2000 |12 |82 |- |15 |align="left"|[[Gholamreza Rezaei]] |2008–Present |11 |44 |- |16 |align="left"|[[Hadi Aghily]] |2006–Present |10 |62 |- |= |align="left"|[[Karim Bavi]] |1986–1989 |10 |23 |- |= |align="left"|[[Farhad Majidi]] |1996–2011 |10 |45 |} ''The records are collected based on data from [http://www.fifa.com FIFA] and [http://www.rsssf.com RSSSF].''
''*denotes a player still playing or available for selection.'' == Iran captains == [[File:Iran National Football Team.JPG|thumb|]] As of 15 November 2011 {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;" |- !# !Reign !Player !Caps (Goals) !Years Active !Matches As Captain(Goals) |- |1 |1996–1998 |style="text-align:left;"|[[Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh]] | 79 (0) |1988–1998 |?(0) |- |2 |1998–1999 |style="text-align:left;"|[[Nader Mohammadkhani]] |64 (4) |1988–1999 | ?(?) |- |3 |1999–2000 |style="text-align:left;"|[[Hamid Reza Estili]] |82 (12) |1990–2000 |?(?) |- |4 |2000–2006 |style="text-align:left;"|[[Ali Daei]] |149 (109) |1993–2006 |74(44) |- |5 |2006–2009 |style="text-align:left;"|[[Mehdi Mahdavikia]] | 111 (13) |1996–2009 | 20(1) |- |6 |2009–Present |style="text-align:left;"|[[Javad Nekounam]] |124 (30) |2000–Present |25(9) |- |} === Iran World Cup captains === {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;" |- !# !Matches As Captain !Player !World Cup Played As A Captain(Goals) !Years Active !Caps(Goals) |- |1 |3(0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Ali Parvin]] |[[FIFA World Cup 1978|Argentina 1978]] |1970–1980 |76(13) |- |2 |2(0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh]] |[[FIFA World Cup 1998|France 1998]] |1987–1998 |79(0) |- |3 |2(0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Ali Daei]] |[[FIFA World Cup 2006|Germany 2006]] |1993–2006 |149(109) |} === Iran Asian Cup captains === {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;" |- !# !Matches As Captain !Player !Asian Cup Played As A Captain !Years Active !Caps(Goals) |- |1 |4 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Hassan Habibi (footballer)|Hassan Habibi]] |[[Asian Cup 1968|Iran 1968]] |1958–1970 |31 (0) |- |2 |4 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Mostafa Arab]] |[[Asian Cup 1972|Thailand 1972]] |1959–1972 |48 (2) |- |3 |3 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Parviz Ghelichkhani]] |[[Asian Cup 1976|Iran 1976]] |1964–1977 |64 (12) |- |4 |5 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Nasser Hejazi]] |[[Asian Cup 1980|Kuwait 1980]] |1968–1980 |62 (0) |- |5 |6 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Mohammad Panjali]] |[[Asian Cup 1984|Singapore 1984]] |1978–1991 |45 (0) |- |6 |6 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Sirous Ghayeghran]] |[[Asian Cup 1988|Qatar 1988]] |1986–1992 |40 (6) |- |7 |3 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Sirous Ghayeghran]] |[[Asian Cup 1992|Japan 1992]] |1986–1992 |40 (6) |- |8 |1 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Mojtaba Moharrami]] |[[Asian Cup 1996|UAE 1996]] |1988–1996 |37 (5) |- |9 |4 (2) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Hamid Reza Estili]] |[[Asian Cup 2000|Lebanon 2000]] |1990–2000 |82 (12) |- |10 |6 (3) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Ali Daei]] |[[Asian Cup 2004|China 2004]] |1993–2006 |149 (109) |- |11 |4 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Mehdi Mahdavikia]] |[[Asian Cup 2007]] |1996–2009 |111 (13) |- |12 |3 (0) |style="text-align:left;"|[[Javad Nekounam]] |[[Asian Cup 2011|Qatar 2011]] |2000– |123 (29) |- |} ===Continental=== *'''[[AFC Asian Cup|Asian Cup]]''' :''Champions (3): ''[[1968 AFC Asian Cup|1968]]'', ''[[1972 AFC Asian Cup|1972]]'', ''[[1976 AFC Asian Cup|1976]]'' *'''[[Football at the Asian Games|Asian Games]]''' :''Champions (3): ''[[Football at the 1974 Asian Games|1974]]'', ''[[Football at the 1990 Asian Games|1990]]'', ''[[Football at the 1998 Asian Games|1998]]'' :''Runners-Up(2): ''[[Football at the 1951 Asian Games|1951]]'', ''[[Football at the 1966 Asian Games|1966]]'' Young teams were favoured by [[Asian Football Confederation|AFC]] and the [[IOC]], and since [[Football at the 2002 Asian Games|2002]] male competitors must be [[Iran national under-23 football team|under 23]] years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad. ===Regional=== *'''[[West Asian Football Federation Championship]]''' :''Champions (4): ''[[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2000|2000]]'', ''[[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2004|2004]]'', ''[[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2007|2007]]''*, ''[[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2008|2008]]'' :''Runners-Up(1): ''[[2010 West Asian Football Federation Championship|2010]]'' *'''[[ECO Cup]]''' :''Champions (3): ''[[1965 RCD Cup|1965]]'', ''[[1970 RCD Cup|1970]]'', ''[[1993 ECO Cup|1993]]'' :''Runners-Up(2): ''[[1967 RCD Cup|1967]]'', ''[[1969 RCD Cup|1969]]'' ===Other=== *'''[[AFC/OFC Challenge Cup]]''' :''Champions (1): ''[[AFC_–_OFC_Challenge_Cup#2003|2003]]'' *'''[[Afro-Asian Cup of Nations]]''' :''Runners-Up(1): ''1991'' * as [[Iran B national football team|B Team]] ==See also== *[[Football in Iran]] *[[Iran national futsal team]] *[[Iran national beach soccer team]] *[[Iran national under-23 football team]] *[[Iran national under-20 football team]] *[[Iran national under-17 football team]] *[[Iran women's national football team]] ==External links== *[http://www.ffiri.ir/ Official Website of IR Iran Football Federation] *[http://www.IranSoccer.Ir Iran Soccer News ] *[http://www.PersianFootball.com Iran Football News since 1997 ] *[http://www.teammelli.com/ Extensive archive of Team's results, squads, campaigns and players] *[http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/iran-intres.html RSSSF archive of results 1941–] *[http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/iran-recintlp.html RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers] *[http://www.eloratings.net/Iran.htm Iran's archive of results and elo rating points] {{s-start}} {{succession box | before = [[1964 AFC Asian Cup|1964]] {{fb-rt|Israel}} | title = [[AFC Asian Cup|Asian Champions]] | years = [[1968 AFC Asian Cup|1968]] (First title)
[[1972 AFC Asian Cup|1972]] (Second title)
[[1976 AFC Asian Cup|1976]] (Third title) | after = [[1980 AFC Asian Cup|1980]] {{fb-rt|Kuwait}} }} {{succession box | before = {{fb-big|Myanmar|1974}}
{{fb-big|South Korea}} | title = [[Football at the Asian Games|Asian Games Champions]] | years = 1974 (First title) | after = {{fb-big|North Korea}}
{{fb-big|South Korea}} }} {{succession box | before = {{fb-rt|South Korea}} | title = [[Football at the Asian Games|Asian Games Champions]] | years = 1990 (Second title) | after = {{fb-big|Uzbekistan}} }} {{succession box | before = {{fb-rt|Uzbekistan}} | title = [[Football at the Asian Games|Asian Games Champions]] | years = 1998 (Third title)
2002 (Fourth title) | after = {{fb-big|Qatar}} }} {{succession box | before = Inaugural Champions | title = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship|WAFF Champions]] | years = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2000|2000]](First title) | after = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2002|2002]] {{fb|Iraq|1991}} }} {{succession box | before = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2002|2002]] {{fb|Iraq|1991}} | title = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship|WAFF Champions]] | years = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2004|2004]] (Second title)
[[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2007|2007]] (Third title)
[[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2008|2008]] (Fourth title) | after = [[West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010|2010]] {{fb|Kuwait}} }} {{succession box | before = Inaugural Champions | title = [[ECO Cup|ECO Cup Champions]] | years = 1965 (First title) | after = 1967 {{fb-rt|Turkey}} }} {{succession box | before = 1969 {{fb-rt|Turkey}} | title = [[ECO Cup|ECO Cup Champions]] | years = 1970 (Second title) | after = 1974 {{fb-rt|Turkey}} }} {{succession box | before = 1974 {{fb-rt|Turkey}} | title = [[ECO Cup|ECO Cup Champions]] | years = [[ECO Cup 1993|1993]] (Third title) | after = Last edition }} {{s-end}} {{navboxes | title = [[Football at the Summer Olympics|Olympics]] Squads Navigation Boxes | list1 = {{Iran Squad 1964 Summer Olympics}} {{Iran Squad 1972 Summer Olympics}} {{Iran Squad 1976 Summer Olympics}} }} {{navboxes | title = [[FIFA World Cup]] Squads Navigation Boxes | list1 = {{Iran Squad 1978 World Cup}} {{Iran Squad 1998 World Cup}} {{Iran Squad 2006 World Cup}} }} {{navboxes | title = [[AFC Asian Cup]] Squads Navigation Boxes | list1 = {{Iran Squad 1976 AFC Asian Cup}} {{Iran Squad 1992 AFC Asian Cup}} {{Iran Squad 1996 AFC Asian Cup}} {{Iran Squad 2000 AFC Asian Cup}} {{Iran Squad 2004 AFC Asian Cup}} {{Iran Squad 2007 AFC Asian Cup}} {{Iran Squad 2011 AFC Asian Cup}} }} {{IranNationalTeams}} {{Football in Iran}} {{IRN fb natteams}} {{International Football}} {{AFC teams}} {{1978 FIFA World Cup finalists}} {{1998 FIFA World Cup Finalists}} {{2006 FIFA World Cup finalists}} {{DEFAULTSORT:Iran National Football Team}}