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The Iran men's national football team has participated in 14 editions of the AFC Asian Cup, first appearing in the 1968 Asian Cup after automatically qualifying as hosts. Overall, Iran is one of the most successful teams in Asia, having won three titles from 1968 to 1976. However, after the 1976 Asian Cup, Iran's best performance is just third place.

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Overall resultsEdit

AFC Asian Cup finals AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts/Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  1956 Withdrew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1960 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 3 1 2 12 10
  1964 Withdrew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1968 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 2 Automatic qualification as hosts
  1972 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 12 4 Automatic qualification as champions
  1976 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 13 0 Automatic qualification as hosts and as champions
  1980 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 16 6 Automatic qualification as champions
  1984 Fourth place 4th 6 2 4 0 8 3 5 5 0 0 21 2
  1988 Third place 3rd 6 2 2 2 3 4 4 2 2 0 6 1
  1992 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 0 0 10 0
  1996 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 14 6 6 6 0 0 27 1
  2000 Quarterfinals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 3 6 4 1 1 16 2
  2004 Third place 3rd 6 3 3 0 14 8 6 5 0 1 16 5
     2007 Quarterfinals 5th 4 2 2 0 6 3 6 4 2 0 12 2
  2011 Quarterfinals 5th 4 3 0 1 6 2 6 4 1 1 11 2
  2015 Quarterfinals 6th 4 3 1 0 7 3 6 5 1 0 18 5
  2019 Qualified 8 6 2 0 26 3
Total 3 titles 14/17 62 37 18 7 119 45 61 46 10 5 175 33

1968 Asian CupEdit

It was Iran's first ever Asian Cup debut, as they were awarded as host. Iran lifted the trophy for the first time.[1]

Template:Iran squad 1968 AFC Asian Cup

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 8
  Burma 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 5
  Israel 4 2 0 2 11 5 +6 4
  Republic of China 4 0 2 2 3 10 −7 2
  Hong Kong 4 0 1 3 2 11 −9 1
Iran  2–0  Hong Kong
Behzadi   70'
Jabbari   88'
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Norman Boswell (Malaysia)

Iran  4–0  Republic of China
Behzadi   31'
Kalani   34'
Eftekhari   51'
Farzami   56'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Alex Joseph Vaz (India)

Burma  1–3  Iran
Aung Khi   50' Kalani   2'
Eftekhari   60'
Behzadi   71'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Natrajan (India)

Iran  2–1  Israel
Behzadi   75'
Ghelichkhani   86'
Spiegel   56'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Alex Joseph Vaz (India)

1972 Asian CupEdit

Template:Iran squad 1972 AFC Asian Cup

Group allocation matchEdit

Iran  2–0  Khmer Republic
Kalani   45'
Iranpak   51'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Kim Jo-Wong (South Korea)

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 4
  Thailand 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1
  Iraq 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 1
Iran  3–0  Iraq
Kalani   34'70'78'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

Thailand  2–3  Iran
Tantariyanond   69'70' Jabbari   80'86'88'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Matolzi (Malaysia)

Semi-finalsEdit

Iran  2–1  Khmer Republic
Iranpak   13'
Ghelichkhani   47'
Doeur Sokhom   18'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Matolozi (Malaysia)

FinalEdit

Iran  2–1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Jabbari   48'
Kalani   108'
Park Lee-Chun   65'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

1976 AFC Asian CupEdit

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 4
  Iraq 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 2
  South Yemen 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 0
Iran  2–0  Iraq
Nouraei   45'
Roshan   58'
Attendance: 50,000

Iran  8–0  South Yemen
Azizi   17'73'
Nouraei   40'42'
Khorshidi   45'
Mazloumi   63'74'80'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Akram Ul Haq (India)

Semi-finalsEdit

Iran  2–0 (a.e.t.)  China PR
Khorshidi   100'
Roshan   119'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Asami (Japan)

FinalEdit

Iran  1–0  Kuwait
Parvin   71'

It would have been the last time Iran has ever won the title, as for 2019. However, Iran holds record as the most consecutive champion, having won three strait titles comparing to Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, bot have two strait titles.

1980 Asian CupEdit

Template:Iran squad 1980 AFC Asian Cup

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 4 2 2 0 12 4 +8 6
  North Korea 4 3 0 1 9 7 +2 6
  Syria 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 5
  China PR 4 1 1 2 9 5 +4 3
  Bangladesh 4 0 0 4 2 17 −15 0
Iran  0–0  Syria

China PR  2–2  Iran
Chen Jingang   74'
Xu Yonglai   89'
Alidousti   35'
Fariba   70'

Bangladesh  0–7  Iran
Fariba   11'34'80'82'
Roshan   21'
Barzegari   27'87'

Iran  3–2  North Korea
Alidousti   27'
Danaeifard   57'
Fariba   60'
Hwang Sang-hoi   68'
Pak Jong-hun   90'

Semi-finalsEdit

Iran  1–2  Kuwait
Faraki   90' Yaqoub   63'
Al-Dakhil   85'

Third place matchEdit

Iran  3–0  North Korea
Fariba   49'
Faraki   66'76'

1984 Asian CupEdit

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  China PR 4 3 0 1 10 2 +8 6
  Iran 4 2 2 0 6 1 +5 6
  United Arab Emirates 4 2 0 2 3 8 −5 4
  Singapore 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 3
  India 4 0 1 3 0 7 −7 1
Iran  3 – 0  United Arab Emirates
Alidousti   27'
Shahrokh Bayani   85' (pen.)
Mohammadkhani   87'
Attendance: 8,000

Iran  2 – 0  China PR
Mohammadkhani   57'
Arabshahi   69'
Attendance: 19,000

Iran  0 – 0  India
Attendance: 10,000

Singapore  1 – 1  Iran
Saad   61' Shahrokh Bayani   55' (pen.)
Attendance: 2,000

Semi-finalsEdit

Third place matchEdit

Iran  1 – 1  Kuwait
Mohammadkhani   80' Al-Haddad   26'
Penalties
Hajiloo  
Derakhshan  
Ahadi  
Mokhtarifar  
3 – 5   Al-Dakhil
  Al-Suwayed
  Juma'a
  Al-Jasem
  Al-Qabendi
Attendance: 26,000

1988 Asian CupEdit

Template:Iran squad 1988 AFC Asian Cup

Group AEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  South Korea 8 4 4 0 0 9 2 +7
  Iran 5 4 2 1 1 3 3 0
  Qatar 4 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1
  United Arab Emirates 2 4 1 0 3 2 4 −2
  Japan 1 4 0 1 3 0 6 −6
Iran  2–0  Qatar
Bavi   6'
Pious   89'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Japan  0–0  Iran
Report
Attendance: 4,000

Iran  1–0  United Arab Emirates
Pious   27' Report
Attendance: 4,000

South Korea  3–0  Iran
Byun Byung-Joo   26'57'
Hwang Sun-Hong   42'
Report
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)

Semi-finalsEdit

Saudi Arabia  1–0  Iran
Abdullah   16' Report
Attendance: 17,000

Third place matchEdit

China PR  0–0  Iran
Report
Penalties
Duan Ju  
Wang Baoshan  
Wu Wenbing  
0–3   Moharrami
  Ansarifard
  Ghayeghran
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ahmad Bash (Jordan)

1992 Asian CupEdit

The 1992 tournament was considered as the most disappointing tournament for Iran, after ended up in group stage and got eliminated for the first time in the history. It remains as the only time Iran failed to qualify from the group stage.

Group AEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Japan 5 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1
  United Arab Emirates 5 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1
  Iran 4 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1
  North Korea 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
North Korea  0–2  Iran
Report Pious   30'
Ghayeghran   80'

Iran  0–0  United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 25,000

Japan  1–0  Iran
Miura   87' Report

1996 Asian CupEdit

Group BEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Iran 6 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
  Saudi Arabia 6 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
  Iraq 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
  Thailand 0 3 0 0 3 2 13 −11
Iran  1–2  Iraq
Daei   90' (pen.) Report Fawzi   37'
Sabbar   69'
Attendance: 15,000

Thailand  1–3  Iran
Senamuang   80' Report Saadavi   38'
Minavand   54'
Daei   70'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Saudi Arabia  0–3  Iran
Report Daei   12'
Bagheri   37'
Azizi   47'
Attendance: 12,000

Quarter-finalsEdit

South Korea  2–6  Iran
Kim Do-Hoon   11'
Shin Tae-Yong   35'
Report Bagheri   31'
Azizi   52'
Daei   66'76'83'89' (pen.)
Attendance: 19,000

Semi-finalsEdit

Third place matchEdit

Iran  1–1  Kuwait
Daei   40' Report Al-Huwaidi   15'
Penalties
Moharrami  
Estili  
Peyrovani  
Bagheri  
3–2   Badr Haji
  Bashar Abdullah
  Al-Lenqawi
  Abdulrahman
  Al-Huwaidi

2000 Asian CupEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Iran 7 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5
  Iraq 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
  Thailand 2 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2
  Lebanon 2 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4
Lebanon  0–4  Iran
Report Bagheri   19'
Estili   75'87'
Daei   90+1'
Attendance: 52,418
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Iran  1–1  Thailand
Daei   73' Report Pituratana   12'

Iran  1–0  Iraq
Daei   77' Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

Iran  1–2 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Bagheri   71' Report Kim Sang-Sik   90'
Lee Dong-Gook   99'

2004 Asian CupEdit

Group DEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Japan 7 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
  Iran 5 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3
  Oman 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
  Thailand 0 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8
Iran  3–0  Thailand
Enayati   71'
Nekounam   80'
Daei   86' (pen.)
Report

Oman  2–2  Iran
Al-Hosni   31'40' Report Karimi   61'
Nosrati   90+4'

Japan  0–0  Iran
Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

South Korea  3–4  Iran
Seol Ki-Hyeon   16'
Lee Dong-Gook   25'
Kim Nam-Il   68'
Report Karimi   10'20'77'
Park Jin-Seop   51' (o.g.)

Semi-finalsEdit

China PR  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Iran
Shao Jiayi   18' Report Alavi   38'
Penalties
Zheng Zhi  
Zhao Junzhe  
Li Xiaopeng  
Sun Xiang  
Shao Jiayi  
4–3   Daei
  Mahdavikia
  Nekounam
  Mobali
  Golmohammadi
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

Third place matchEdit

Iran  4–2  Bahrain
Nekounam   9'
Karimi   52'
Daei   80' (pen.)90'
Report Yousef   48'
Farhan   57'
Attendance: 10,000

2007 Asian CupEdit

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
  Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7 6
  China PR 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4
  Malaysia 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0
Iran  2–1  Uzbekistan
Hosseini   55'
Kazemian   78'
Report Rezaei   16' (o.g.)

China PR  2–2  Iran
Shao Jiayi   7'
Mao Jianqing   33'
Report Zandi   45+1'
Nekounam   74'

Malaysia  0–2  Iran
Report Nekounam   29' (pen.)
Teymourian   77'

Quarter-finalsEdit

2011 Asian CupEdit

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
  Iraq 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
  North Korea 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
  United Arab Emirates 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
11 January 2011
Iraq   1–2   Iran
15 January 2011
Iran   1–0   North Korea
19 January 2011
United Arab Emirates   0–3   Iran

Quarter-finalsEdit

Iran  0–1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Report Yoon Bit-Garam   105'
Attendance: 7,111

2015 Asian CupEdit

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iran 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   United Arab Emirates 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3   Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4   Qatar 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
11 January 2015
Iran   2–0   Bahrain AAMI Park, Melbourne
15 January 2015
Qatar   0–1   Iran Stadium Australia, Sydney
19 January 2015
Iran   1–0   United Arab Emirates Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane

Quarter-finalsEdit

Iran  3–3 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Azmoun   24'
Pouraliganji   103'
Ghoochannejhad   119'
Report Yasin   56'
Mahmoud   93'
Ismail   116' (pen.)
Penalties
Hajsafi  
Pouraliganji  
Nekounam  
Hosseini  
Ghafouri  
Jahanbakhsh  
Teymourian  
Amiri  
6–7   Abdul-Amir
  Salem
  Ismail
  Adnan
  Mahmoud
  Kasim
  Hussein
  Shaker
Attendance: 18,921[3]

With the third strait defeats in the quarter-finals, Iran had failed to pass through the quarter-finals for three consecutive Asian Cup. Adding with the last time Iran crowned as champion in 1976, Iran had not won the Asian Cup for 43 years.

2019 Asian CupEdit

Ali Daei, former Iran's international, has stated Iran would have more confident to win the Asian Cup and ended their 47 years in drought of the title, citing their 2018 World Cup participation as useful to help Iran.[4]

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iran 3 2 1 0 7 0 +7 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
3   Vietnam 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4   Yemen 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Source: AFC
Iran  5–0  Yemen
Report

Vietnam  0–2  Iran
Report
Attendance: 10,841

Iran  0–0  Iraq
Report
Attendance: 15,038

ReferencesEdit