FIFA World Cup 2022 Iran National Team|History

Iran national men’s football is another team of FIFA World Cup 2022. It is an Arabic country and is the first team to qualify for Qatar World Cup from the Asian region. Iranian men topped the chart of the Qatar World qualifying match with 25 points.

Iran has been a part of the World Cup since the late 1970s. It has made six world cup appearances, including Qatar World Cup. Read more about Iranian football history, current squad, and World Cup football’s twenty-second edition preparation.

Iranian Football History

Iranian love football as much as they love volleyball and wrestling. Football has been an integral part of their life for a long time. Iran established its governing body as the Iran Football Federation in 1920 when British people introduced football to Iranians.

In 1945, Iran joined FIFA and AFC in 1958. But, it took thirty-three years for Iran to debut in FIFA World Cup 2022. Iranian football is also called team Melli. Melli team’s game was at its peak in the 1970s.

Iranian national team for FIFA world cup 2022
Iran national team 2022, source: Sports Brief

Iran is one of the major teams in the Asian region, which has a rivalry with South Korea, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. It won three consecutive AFC Asian Cups in 1968, 1972, and 1976. Iran also received a gold medal in Asian Games in 1974.

Javed Nekounam is the most played cap of Iran; he played 151 caps and scored 39 goals during his 15-year football journey. Furthermore, Ali Daei is the most scored player in Iran; he played 109 goals in 149 playing caps.

Iran at the FIFA World Cup Football

Iran is a successful team in Asian Cup, Asian Games, and other Asian regional games, but it has a poor score in World Cup history. Melli made their World Cup debut at the 1978 Argentina World Cup but could not surpass the first round.

Since then, it did not qualify until the 1998 France World Cup. Unfortunately, that time also it went out of the group stage. Iran then appeared in the 2006 and 2014 editions of the tournament. The last World Cup Iran played was the 2018 world cup held in Russia. Iranian football fans hope. It will play better this time.

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Iran FIFA World Cup 2022 Squad

In the Qatar World Cup qualifying round, Iran topped the chart of group A slot from the Asian subcontinent region, which is selected for the world’s biggest football fair. Iran is a part of Group B, where it will face England, the United States, and Wales in group matches.

Melli team will face England in their first match on 21 November 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan. The Croatian manager Dragon Skocic and captain Ehsan Hajsafi currently lead the Iranian team. Skocic has been leading the Iranian squad since February 2020.

He has an 83.33% percentile winning record for Iran during his tenure. Iran has not announced the final team, but here is the list of potential players for the Qatar World Cup 2022.

  • Goal keeper: Alireza Beiranvand
  • Goal keeper: Hossein Hosseini
  • Goal Keeper: Amir Abedzadeh
  • Defender: Sadegh Moharrami
  • Defender: Aref Gholami
  • Defender: Milad Mohammadi
  • Defender: Hossein Kanaanizadegan
  • Defender: Farshad Faraji
  • Defender: Majid Hosseini
  • Defender: Omid Noorafkan
  • Defender: Danial Esmaeilifar
  • Midfielder: Ehsan Hajsafi
  • Midfielder: Saeid Ezatolahi
  • Midfielder: Alireza Jahanbakhsh
  • Midfielder: Ahmad Nourollahi
  • Midfielder: Milad Sarlak
  • Midfielder: Kamal Kamyabinia
  • Midfielder: Mehdi Torabi
  • Midfielder: Amirhossein Hosseinzadeh
  • Midfielder: Ali Gholizadeh
  • Midfielder: Mehdi Mehdipour
  • Forward: Allahyar Sayyadmanesh
  • Forward: Sardar Azmoun

Awards and Honors of Iran national team

  • Asian Cup: 3X champion
  • WAFF Championship: 4X winner
  • AFC/OFC Challenge Cup: 2003 champion
  • ECO Cup: Champions (1965, 1970, and 1993)
  • Asian Games: 4X gold medals