Iran national under-23 football team

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Iran under-23
Nickname(s) Team Omid ("Team Hope")
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Zlatko Kranjčar
Captain Mehdi Amini
Home stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA code IRN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iran 2–1  Kuwait
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 3 December 1977)[1]
Biggest win
 Iran 10–0 Afghanistan U23 Afghanistan
(Busan, South Korea; 28 September 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 2–6 Japan U23 Japan
(Tehran, Iran; 9 February 2001)
AFC U-22 Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2013)
Best result Quarter-finals: 2016
Asian Games
Appearances 14 (first in 1951)
Best result Champions: 1974, 1990, 1998, 2002

Iran national under-23 football team, also known as Iran U-23 or Iran Olympic Team; represents Iran in international football competitions in Olympic Games, Asian Games and AFC U-22 Asian Cup, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments. It is controlled by the Iran Football Federation.

History

The winner of the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games, the team was prepared to defend its championship title at the football tournament of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Despite a suspension by FIFA, preventing Iran to enter any international football competition,[2] the Iran under-23 team was given special permission to participate in the Asian Games,[3] where they won the bronze medal.

Tournament records

Olympic Games record

Summer Olympic Games Record Qualifications record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
19081988 See Iran national team
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify 8 5 2 1 19 6
United States 1996 4 2 1 1 9 4
Australia 2000 4 1 1 2 3 6
Greece 2004 6 3 0 3 22 9
China 2008 6 1 2 3 6 7
United Kingdom 2012 4 1 1 2 1 5
Brazil 2016 8 5 0 3 21 9
Japan 2020 To be determined - - - - - -
France 2024 - - - - - -
United States 2028 - - - - - -
Total 0 / 7 - - - - - - 40 18 7 15 81 46

AFC U-23 Championship record

AFC U-23 Championship record AFC U-23 qualification
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA Squad GP W D L GS GA
Oman 2013 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 5 Squad 5 4 1 0 13 2
Qatar 2016 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 6 7 Squad 4 3 0 1 15 2
China 2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
Total 2/3 7 3 1 3 12 12 - 11 8 1 2 30 7
*Denotes draws which include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games record

Asian Games record
Year Round PLD W D L GS GA Wildcard (Overage) Players
1951 to 1998 See Iran national team
South Korea 2002 Champions 6 4 2 0 16 2 Ali Daei (33); Ebrahim Mirzapour (24); Yahya Golmohammadi (31)
Qatar 2006 Third place 6 4 1 1 10 6 Hassan Roudbarian (28); Arash Borhani (24); Jalal Hosseini (24)
China 2010 Fourth place 7 5 0 2 14 8 Mehdi Rahmati (27); Gholamreza Rezaei (26); Jalal Hosseini (28)
South Korea 2014 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 5
Indonesia 2018 Qualified
Total 5/5 21 13 4 4 42 21

WAFF U-23 Championship record

Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Qatar 2015 Champions 4 3 1 0 8 3
Total 1/1 4 3 1 0 8 0

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Previous matches

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2017
19 July 2017 Kyrgyzstan Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek  Kyrgyzstan 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 2–1 (W) Shekari Goal 14',
Gholizadeh Goal 42'
Report
23 July 2017 Kyrgyzstan Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek  Oman 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 0–2 (L) Report
2018
25 July 2018 Iraq Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil  Iraq Friendly Match 1–2 (L) Ghaedi Goal 3' Report
29 July 2018 Iraq Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil  Iraq Friendly Match 1–0 (W) Jabireh Goal Report
9 August 2018 China Suzhou Sports Centre, Suzhou  China PR Friendly Match 2–3 (L) Azadi Goal 39',
Gao Zhunyi Goal 52' (o.g.)
Report
15 August 2018 Indonesia Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang  Saudi Arabia Football at the 2018 Asian Games 0–0 (D) Report
17 August 2018 Indonesia Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang  North Korea Football at the 2018 Asian Games 3–0 (W) Roostaei Goal 27',
Ghaedi Goal 68',
Aghasi Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Report
20 August 2018 Indonesia Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi  Myanmar Football at the 2018 Asian Games – ()

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar
Assistant coaches Iran Reza Shahroudi
Iran Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh
Iran Farshad Majedi
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Tonči Mrduljaš
Fitness coach
Tactical Analyst Iran Mehdi Hosseinpour
Doctor Iran Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Translator Iran Reza Chalangar
Team manager Iran Hamid Estili

Players

Current squad

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Mehdi Amini (Captain) (1996-05-16)16 May 1996 (aged 22) Iran Paykan
2 2DF Mohammad Aghajanpour (1997-04-20)20 April 1997 (aged 21) Iran Padideh
3 2DF Mohammad Moslemipour (1997-05-25)25 May 1997 (aged 21) Iran Tractor Sazi
4 2DF Mehdi Rahimi (1999-05-02)2 May 1999 (aged 19) Iran Sepahan
5 2DF Alireza Arta (1997-02-04)4 February 1997 (aged 21) Iran Mes Kerman
6 3MF Mohammad Soltani Mehr (1999-02-04)4 February 1999 (aged 19) Iran Saipa
7 4FW Younes Delfi (2000-10-02)2 October 2000 (aged 17) Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
8 4FW Mohammad Amin Asadi (1998-12-24)24 December 1998 (aged 19) Iran Persepolis
9 4FW Mohammad Mehdi Mehdikhani (1997-07-26)26 July 1997 (aged 21) Iran Padideh
10 4FW Mohammad Reza Azadi (1999-12-07)7 December 1999 (aged 18) Iran Tractor Sazi
11 4FW Mehdi Ghaedi (1998-12-05)5 December 1998 (aged 19) Iran Esteghlal
12 1GK Shahab Adeli (1997-01-19)19 January 1997 (aged 21) Iran Sepahan
13 2DF Abolfazl Razzaghpour (1997-09-17)17 September 1997 (aged 20) Iran Paykan
14 4FW Reza Jabireh (1997-07-07)7 July 1997 (aged 21) Iran Sanat Naft Abadan
15 4FW Ahmadreza Ahmadvand (1999-06-02)2 June 1999 (aged 19) Iran Esteghlal
16 4FW Amir Roostaei (1997-08-05)5 August 1997 (aged 21) Iran Paykan
17 4FW Sina Zamehran (1997-03-10)10 March 1997 (aged 21) Iran Padideh
18 2DF Shahin Abbasian (1997-06-16)16 June 1997 (aged 21) Iran Persepolis
19 3MF Mohammad Khodabandelou (1999-09-07)7 September 1999 (aged 18) Iran Paykan
20 2DF Aref Aghasi (1997-01-02)2 January 1997 (aged 21) Iran Foolad

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nima Mirzazad (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 21) Iran Nassaji AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
GK Ali Keykhosravi (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 19) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

DF Sadegh Moharrami (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 22) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Mohammad Naderi (1996-10-05) 5 October 1996 (age 21) Belgium Kortrijk AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Ali Shojaei (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 21) Iran Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Aref Gholami (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 21) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Majid Hosseini (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 22) Turkey Trabzonspor AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Mehran Derakhshan Mehr (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 19) Iran Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Milad Sarlak (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 23) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Nima Taheri (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 21) Iran Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Taha Shariati (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 18) Iran Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

MF Mahan Rahmani (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 22) Iran Paykan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Shekari (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 20) Russia Rubin Kazan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Nima Mokhtari (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 20) Iran Gostaresh Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Omid Noorafkan (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 21) Belgium Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Sina Moridi (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 22) Iran Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Hamidreza Taherkhani (1999-03-27) 27 March 1999 (age 19) Iran Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Mohammad Khorram (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 21) Iran Gostaresh Foulad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saber Hardani (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 21) Iran Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Ali Taheran (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 21) Iran Tractor Sazi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Dehghani (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 20) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

FW Reza Mirzaei (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 22) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Reza Jafari (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 21) Iran Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Mohammadreza Abbasi (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 22) Iran Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Hossein Mehraban (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 22) Iran Padideh AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Ali Gholizadeh (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 22) 2 1 Belgium Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

Previous squads

AFC U-23 Championships

Honours

1st, gold medalist(s) Gold Medal (1): 2002
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Medal (1): 2006
4th place (1): 2010

U-23 teams were favoured by AFC and the IOC since 2002 Asian Games.The Senior team competed in the games before 2002.

Winners (1): 2015

Friendly tournaments

Managers

See also

References

  1. ^ "اولین تیم امید تاریخ (عکس) :: ورزش سه" (in Persian). Varzesh3. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "FIFA suspends Iran Football Federation". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "FIFA President announces temporary lifting of Iran ban". the-AFC.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "اسامی تیم ملی امید اعلام شد" (in Persian). Varzesh3. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 

External links

  • Official Website of IR Iran Football Federation
  • http://www.football3.ir
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