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.
|Nickname(s)||Team Melli Omid ("The Hope National Team")|
|Head coach||Hamid Estili|
|Home stadium||Azadi Stadium|
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 3 December 1977)
(Busan, South Korea; 28 September 2002)
(Tehran, Iran; 9 February 2001)
|AFC U-22 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2013)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 2016|
|Appearances||6 (first in 2002)|
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, the Iran under-23 team was given special permission to participate in the Asian Games, where they won the bronze medal.
Olympic Games record
|Summer Olympic Games Record||Qualifications record|
|1908–1988||See Iran national team||See Iran national team|
|Did Not Qualify||8||5||2||1||19||6|
|To be determined||3||2||1||0||6||1|
|To be determined|
|Total||-||0 / 7||-||-||-||-||-||-||43||20||8||15||87||47|
AFC U-23 Championship record
|AFC U-23 Championship record||AFC U-23 qualification|
|Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||3|
- *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|
|Champions||6||4||2||0||16||2||Ali Daei (33); Ebrahim Mirzapour (24); Yahya Golmohammadi (31)|
|Third Place||6||4||1||1||10||6||Hassan Roudbarian (28); Arash Borhani (24); Jalal Hosseini (24)|
|Fourth place||7||5||0||2||14||8||Mehdi Rahmati (27); Gholamreza Rezaei (26); Jalal Hosseini (28)|
|Round of 16||4||1||1||2||3||4|
WAFF U-23 Championship record
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|9 January 2020||2020 AFC U-23 Championship|
|12 January 2020||2020 AFC U-23 Championship|
|15 January 2020||2020 AFC U-23 Championship|
- The following players were selected to compete in the 2018 Asian Games.
- Match date: 23 August 2018
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Club|
|1||GK||Meraj Esmaeili (Captain)||16 May 1996 (aged 22)|
|2||DF||Mohammad Aghajanpour||20 April 1997 (aged 21)|
|3||DF||Mohammad Moslemipour||25 May 1997 (aged 21)|
|4||DF||Mehdi Rahimi||2 May 1999 (aged 19)|
|5||DF||Alireza Arta||4 February 1997 (aged 21)|
|6||MF||Mohammad Soltani Mehr||4 February 1999 (aged 19)|
|7||FW||Younes Delfi||2 October 2000 (aged 17)|
|8||FW||Mohammad Amin Asadi||24 December 1998 (aged 19)|
|9||FW||Mohammad Mehdi Mehdikhani||26 July 1997 (aged 21)|
|10||FW||Mohammad Reza Azadi||7 December 1999 (aged 18)|
|11||FW||Mehdi Ghaedi||5 December 1998 (aged 19)|
|12||GK||Shahab Adeli||19 January 1997 (aged 21)|
|13||DF||Abolfazl Razzaghpour||17 September 1997 (aged 20)|
|14||FW||Reza Jabireh||7 July 1997 (aged 21)|
|15||FW||Ahmadreza Ahmadvand||2 June 1999 (aged 19)|
|16||FW||Amir Roostaei||5 August 1997 (aged 21)|
|17||FW||Sina Zamehran||10 March 1997 (aged 21)|
|18||DF||Shahin Abbasian||16 June 1997 (aged 21)|
|19||MF||Mohammad Khodabandelou||7 September 1999 (aged 18)|
|20||DF||Aref Aghasi||2 January 1997 (aged 21)|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
- Winners (1): 2015
Hassan Habibi (1992–1994) Hans-Jürgen Gede (1994–1995) Hassan Habibi (1995) Ebrahim Ghasempour (1997–1999) Egon Coordes (1999) Mehdi Monajati (1999–2002) Branko Ivanković (2002–2003) Mohammad Mayeli Kohan (2003–2004) Renê Simões (2005–2006) Vinko Begović (2006–2007) Nenad Nikolić (2007–2008) Gholam Hossein Peyrovani (2009–2010) Human Afazeli (2010–2011) Ali Reza Mansourian (2011–2014) Human Afazeli (2014) Nelo Vingada (2014) Mohammad Khakpour (2014–2016) Amir Hossein Peiravani (2017) Zlatko Kranjčar (2018–2019) Farhad Majidi (2019) Hamid Estili (2019–Present)
- "اولین تیم امید تاریخ (عکس) :: ورزش سه" (in Persian). Varzesh3. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "FIFA suspends Iran Football Federation". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
- "FIFA President announces temporary lifting of Iran ban". the-AFC.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
- "اسامی تیم ملی امید اعلام شد" (in Persian). Varzesh3. Retrieved 13 August 2018.