Iran national football team

men's national association football team representing Iran

Iran national football team is the national football team of Iran.

Iran national football team
Nickname(s)Team Melli تیم ملی[1]
other nicknames
AssociationFootball Federation of Iran (FFIRI)
Fedrāsion-e Futbāll-e Irān
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachVacant
CaptainMasoud Shojaei
Most capsJavad Nekounam (151)
Top scorerAli Daei (109)
Home stadiumAzadi Stadium (78,116)
FIFA codeIRN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 31 Steady (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest15 (August 2005[3])
Lowest122 (May 1996[4])
First international
 Afghanistan 0–0 Iran 
(Kabul, Afghanistan; 25 August 1941)
Biggest win
 Iran 19–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 24 November 2000[5])
Biggest defeat
 Turkey 6–1 Iran 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 28 May 1950[6])
 South Korea 5–0 Iran 
(Tokyo, Japan; 28 May 1958[7])
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1978)
Best result14th (Round 1), 1978
Asian Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1968)
Best resultChampions (1968, 1972, 1976)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1968)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1976)

Most appearancesEdit

Pos Player Apps Goals Career
1 Ali Daei 149 109 1993-2006
2 Ali Karimi 109 35 1998-present
3 Mehdi Mahdavikia 103 12 1996-present
4 Javad Nekounam 97 22 2000-present
5 Karim Bagheri 82 48 1993-2010
5 Hamid Reza Estili 82 12 1990-2000
6 Javad Zarincheh 80 1 1987-2000
8 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh 79 0 1987-1998
9 Ali Parvin 76 13 1970-1980
10 Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht 74 14 2000-present

Top scorersEdit

Pos Player Goals Apps Career
1 Ali Daei 109 149 1993-2006
2 Karim Bagheri 51 82 1993-2010
3 Ali Karimi 35 109 1998-present
4 Javad Nekounam 22 97 2000-present
5 Gholam Hossein Mazloomi 19 40 1969-1977
5 Farshad Pious 19 34 1984-1994
7 Ali Asghar Modir Roosta 18 32 1990-1998
8 Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht 14 74 2000-present
9 Ali Parvin 13 76 1970-1980
9 Vahid Hashemian 13 41 1998-2012
9 Hassan Rowshan 13 39 1974-1980

ReferencesEdit

  1. Veo, Valerio (23 November 2014). "Team Melli looked excellent in defeat". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  3. FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - FIFA.com".
  4. FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - FIFA.com".
  5. "Biggest margin victories/losses (Fifa fact-Sheet)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. "Iran: Fixtures and Results". FIFA.com.
  7. "Asian Games 1958 (Tokyo, Japan)". rsssf.
  8. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.