Iran national under-23 football team

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.

Iran under-23
Nickname(s)Team Melli Omid ("The Hope National Team")
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachHamid Estili
CaptainOmid Noorafkan
Home stadiumAzadi Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iran 2–1  Kuwait
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 3 December 1977)[1]
Biggest win
 Iran 10–0 Afghanistan U23
(Busan, South Korea; 28 September 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 2–6 Japan U23
(Tehran, Iran; 9 February 2001)
AFC U-22 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2013)
Best resultQuarter-finals: 2016
Asian Games
Appearances6 (first in 2002)
Best result Gold Medal (2002)

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 See Iran national team
1992Did Not Qualify 8521196
1996 421194
2000 411236
2004 6303229
2008 612367
2012 411215
2016 8503219
2020 To be determined 321061
2024 To be determined
2028
Total-0 / 7------ 43208158747

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
2014Group Stage311165Squad5410132
2016Quarter-finals420267Squad4301152
2018Did not qualify210123
2020Qualified-------321061
Total3/473131212-141022368
*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
2002Champions6420162Ali Daei (33); Ebrahim Mirzapour (24); Yahya Golmohammadi (31)
2006Third Place6411106Hassan Roudbarian (28); Arash Borhani (24); Jalal Hosseini (24)
2010Fourth place7502148Mehdi Rahmati (27); Gholamreza Rezaei (26); Jalal Hosseini (28)
2014Group Stage201125
2018Round of 16411234
Total5/52514564525

WAFF U-23 Championship record

Year Result GP W D L GS GA
2015Champions431083
Total1/1431083

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Previous matches

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2019
15 January 2019 Aspire Zone, Doha  Tajikistan 4-team Tournament 1–2 (L) Namdari  3'
18 January 2019 Aspire Zone, Doha  Kuwait 4-team Tournament 5–0 (W) Arta  3',
Sayyadmanesh  40',
Delfi  50',
Hosseinzadeh  54',
Noorafkan  72'
21 January 2019 Aspire Zone, Doha  Qatar 4-team Tournament 2–1 (W) Mehdikhani  3',
Sayyadmanesh  17'
17 March 2019 Iran National Football Camp , Tehran  Syria Friendly 1–2 (L) Noorafkan
22 March 2019 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Turkmenistan 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 3–1 (W) Bashimov  35' (o.g.),
Noorafkan  54',
Jabireh  90+2'
Report
24 March 2019 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Yemen 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 3–0 (W) Shekari  55',
Jabireh  67',
Mehdikhani  75'
Report
26 March 2019 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Iraq 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 0–0 (D) Report
6 September 2019 AGMK Stadium, Olmaliq  Uzbekistan Friendly 0–1 (L)
9 September 2019 Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan Friendly 1–4 (L) Ghaedi  48'
14 October 2019 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  Australia Friendly 2–1 (W) Aghasi  4',
Shojaei  25'
13 November 2019 Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar  Indonesia Friendly 1–1 (D) Azadi  67'
16 November 2019 Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong  Indonesia Friendly 1–2 (L) Shekari  39' (pen.)
21 November 2019 Aspire Zone, Doha  Qatar Friendly 1–2 (L) Noorafkan  17' (pen.)

Forthcoming matches

Date Competition Location Opponent
2020
9 January 2020 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkhla  Uzbekistan
12 January 2020 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkhla  South Korea
15 January 2020 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkhla  China PR

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Hamid Estili
Assistant coaches Reza Shahroudi
Alireza Emamifar
Goalkeeping coach Mohammad Habibi
Fitness coach
Physiotherapist Shahid Oryani
Analyst Mehdi Hosseinpour
Team doctor Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Team manager

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Meraj Esmaeili (Captain) (1996-05-16)16 May 1996 (aged 22) Paykan
2 2DF Mohammad Aghajanpour (1997-04-20)20 April 1997 (aged 21) Padideh
3 2DF Mohammad Moslemipour (1997-05-25)25 May 1997 (aged 21) Sepahan
4 2DF Mehdi Rahimi (1999-05-02)2 May 1999 (aged 19) Sepahan
5 2DF Alireza Arta (1997-02-04)4 February 1997 (aged 21) Mes Kerman
6 3MF Mohammad Soltani Mehr (1999-02-04)4 February 1999 (aged 19) Saipa
7 4FW Younes Delfi (2000-10-02)2 October 2000 (aged 17) Charleroi
8 4FW Mohammad Amin Asadi (1998-12-24)24 December 1998 (aged 19) Persepolis
9 4FW Mohammad Mehdi Mehdikhani (1997-07-26)26 July 1997 (aged 21) Varaždin
10 4FW Mohammad Reza Azadi (1999-12-07)7 December 1999 (aged 18) Tractor Sazi
11 4FW Mehdi Ghaedi (1998-12-05)5 December 1998 (aged 19) Esteghlal
12 1GK Shahab Adeli (1997-01-19)19 January 1997 (aged 21) Sepahan
13 2DF Abolfazl Razzaghpour (1997-09-17)17 September 1997 (aged 20) Paykan
14 4FW Reza Jabireh (1997-07-07)7 July 1997 (aged 21) Sanat Naft Abadan
15 4FW Ahmadreza Ahmadvand (1999-06-02)2 June 1999 (aged 19) Persepolis
16 4FW Amir Roostaei (1997-08-05)5 August 1997 (aged 21) Persepolis
17 4FW Sina Zamehran (1997-03-10)10 March 1997 (aged 21) Padideh
18 2DF Shahin Abbasian (1997-06-16)16 June 1997 (aged 21) Persepolis
19 3MF Mohammad Khodabandelou (1999-09-07)7 September 1999 (aged 18) Paykan
20 2DF Aref Aghasi (1997-01-02)2 January 1997 (aged 21) 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 Nassaji AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
GK Ali Keykhosravi (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

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

MF Mahan Rahmani (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 Paykan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Shekari (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 Tractor AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Nima Mokhtari (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 Gostaresh Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Omid Noorafkan (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Sina Moridi (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Hamidreza Taherkhani (1999-03-27) 27 March 1999 Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saeid Hosseinpour (1998-10-12) 12 October 1998 Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Mohammad Khorram (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 Gostaresh Foulad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saber Hardani (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Ali Taheran (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 Tractor Sazi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Dehghani (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

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

Previous squads

AFC U-23 Championships

Honours

Gold Medal (1): 2002
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.
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