Iran men's national volleyball team

The Iran Men's National Volleyball Team is the official national men's volleyball team of Iran. It is governed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Volleyball Federation (I.R.I.V.F.) and takes part in international volleyball competitions.

Iran
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Nickname(s)Cedar tree Heights سرو قامتان
Iranian Cheetahs یوز های ایرانی
AssociationIRIVF
ConfederationAVC
Head coachIran Behrouz Ataei
FIVB ranking12 (as of June 28, 2021)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (First in 2016)
Best result5th (2016)
World Championship
Appearances7 (First in 1970)
Best result6th (2014)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1991)
Best result8th (2015, 2019)
Asian Championship
Appearances19 (First in 1979)
Best resultGold (2011, 2013, 2019, 2021)
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Medal record
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Japan
Asian Championship
Gold medal – first place 2011 Tehran
Gold medal – first place 2013 Dubai
Gold medal – first place 2019 Tehran
Gold medal – first place 2021 Chiba/Funabashi
Silver medal – second place 2009 Manila
Silver medal – second place 2015 Tehran
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Tianjin
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Incheon Team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Team
Silver medal – second place 1958 Tokyo Team
Silver medal – second place 2002 Busan Team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou Team
Bronze medal – third place 1966 Bangkok Team
Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 2008 Nakhon Ratchasima
Gold medal – first place 2010 Urmia
Gold medal – first place 2016 Nakhon Pathom
Silver medal – second place 2012 Vinh Yen
Silver medal – second place 2018 Taipei
Islamic Solidarity Games
Gold medal – first place 2005 Mecca Team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Palembang Team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Baku Team
West Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2005 Doha Team
Central Asian Championship
Silver medal – second place 2007 Islamabad
Gold medal – first place 2010 Kolkata

As of September 2021, Team Melli is considered as the best team in Asia, as it ranks 10th in the FIVB World Rankings.[1]

The national team won the Asian Volleyball Championship four times: in 2011 Tehran, 2013 Dubai, 2019 Tehran and 2021 Chiba & Funabashi

In its first appearance in the competition since joining the 2013 World League, Iran has been a dominant force in Group 1 of the competition, posing a challenge to any opponent. Defeating Italy and Cuba in these games, Iran introduced itself as a formidable contender.

In 2014 World League campaign, Iran's national team reached the fourth place in Group 1 after a straight-set defeat to their Italian hosts in the bronze medal match. In these games, Iran had already defeated Brazil, Italy and Poland.

Iran has also competed in the World Championship four times, with their best result obtained in 2014 Poland where they ended up in the 6th place. In those games Iran qualified from the first and second rounds with, respectively, four and five wins; their only defeat was against France.

Iran defeated Japan to win the gold medal at the Asian Games Korea in 2014. Consecutively, in 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, Iran cruised past Japan and South Korea to win the gold medal.

Iran made it to the Olympic Games for the first time in their history in 2016 as the top ranked Asian squad at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. Iran finished at the 5th place in the competition.

HistoryEdit

The history of Iran’s volleyball dates back to around 1920 when Mir Mehdi Varzandeh brought volleyball regulations to Iran. During the World War II, forces of Allies occupied Iran, sport Contacts especially in volleyball was done with soldiers of these forces; it was a new way for familiarity with volleyball of the other countries. At that time a friendly match was fixed between the Iran and Russian Army team. In 1958 for the first time national men’s team of Pakistan was invited to Tehran, guest team had some friendly matches with national team, club teams and Army team. Iran's national team first attended at 1958 Asian Games.[2]

Tournament recordsEdit

 
Iran national volleyball team in Rio, Brazil 2016. Olympic games

Notes: Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes, respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1964 Did not enter
or
Did not qualify
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992
  1996
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016 5th place 6 2 4 8 12
  2020 9th place 5 2 3 9 11
  2024 Future events
  2028
  2032
Total 2/15 11 4 7 17 23

World ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1949 Did not enter
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1962
  1966
  1970 21st place 11 4 7 16 24
  1974 Did not enter
  1978
  1982 Did not qualify
  1986 Did not enter
  1990 Did not qualify
  1994
  1998 19th place 3 0 3 0 9
  2002 Did not enter
  2006 21st place 5 0 5 2 15
  2010 19th place 3 1 2 5 7
  2014 6th place 12 7 5 26 21
   2018 13th place 8 4 4 14 16
  2022 Qualified
Total 7/20 42 16 26 63 92

World CupEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1965 Did not enter
  1969
  1977
  1981
  1985
  1989 Did not qualify
  1991 11th place 8 1 7 5 23
  1995 Did not qualify
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011 9th place 11 5 6 16 25
  2015 8th place 11 4 7 16 24
  2019 8th place 11 4 7 19 25
Total 4/14 41 14 27 56 97

World Grand Champions CupEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1993 Did not qualify
  1997
  2001
  2005
  2009 5th place 5 1 4 8 14
  2013 4th place 5 3 2 10 10
  2017 3rd place 5 4 1 12 10
Total 3/7 15 8 7 30 34

World LeagueEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1990 Did not enter
  1991
  1992
  1993
  1994
  1995
  1996
  1997
  1998
  1999
  2000
  2001
  2002
  2003
  2004
  2005
  2006
  2007
  2008
  2009
  2010 Did not qualify
  2011
  2012
  2013 9th place 10 5 5 20 21
  2014 4th place 16 7 9 28 32
  2015 7th place 12 6 6 25 21
  2016 8th place 9 4 5 15 22
  2017 11th place 9 3 6 11 23
Total 5/28 56 25 31 99 119

Nations LeagueEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  2018 10th place 15 7 8 29 30
  2019 5th place 17 12 5 41 21
  2021 12th place 15 5 10 25 32
Total 3/3 47 24 23 95 83

Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1975 Did not enter
  1979 6th place 6 3 3 12 10
  1983 Did not enter
  1987 10th place 5 2 3 7 10
  1989 8th place 8 3 5 11 15
  1991 7th place 7 3 4 11 14
  1993 5th place 6 3 3 9 10
  1995 4th place 5 2 3 6 11
  1997 6th place 5 2 3 8 11
  1999 5th place 6 4 2 13 10
  2001 5th place 6 4 2 14 10
  2003 3rd place 7 5 2 16 12
  2005 6th place 5 3 2 12 10
  2007 5th place 9 5 4 17 18
  2009 Runners-up 8 7 1 22 10
  2011 Champions 8 8 0 24 2
  2013 Champions 7 7 0 21 1
  2015 Runners-up 8 6 2 20 9
  2017 5th place 8 6 2 20 10
  2019 Champions 8 7 1 22 4
  2021 Champions 7 7 0 21 1
Total 19/21 129 87 42 286 178
  • Note: Iran played their B team in 2015 and U23 team in 2017.

Asian GamesEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  1958 Runners-up 4 3 1 9 6
  1962 Did not enter
  1966 3rd place 8 5 3 16 14
  1970 5th place 7 3 4 11 14
  1974 4th place 5 2 3 7 9
  1978 Did not enter
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 5th place 9 5 4 16 16
  1998 Did not enter
  2002 Runners-up 6 4 2 12 10
  2006 6th place 3 1 2 6 7
  2010 Runners-up 9 8 1 25 4
  2014 Champions 8 8 0 24 2
  2018 Champions 5 5 0 15 0
  2022 Future event
  2026
  2030
  2034
Total 10/16 64 44 20 141 82

Asian CupEdit

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  2008 Champions 6 5 1 16 8
  2010 Champions 6 6 0 18 6
  2012 Runners-up 6 5 1 16 7
  2014 4th place 6 4 2 14 9
  2016 Champions 6 6 0 18 5
  2018 Runners-up 5 4 1 14 5
Total 6/6 35 30 5 96 40
  • Note: Iran played their B team in 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018.

Other tournamentsEdit

Note: Iran played their B team in 2013 and U21 team in 2017.

Note: Iran played a club team in 2007 and B team in 2010.

Results and fixturesEdit

Previous matchesEdit

Date Location Competition Opponent Result
2021
28 May 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Japan 0–3 L
29 May 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Russia 1–3 L
30 May 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Netherlands 3–0 W
3 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Canada 3–1 W
4 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Italy 3–1 W
5 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Bulgaria 3–0 W
9 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   United States 3–0 W
10 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Serbia 2–3 L
11 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Germany 2–3 L
15 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Australia 2–3 L
16 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Brazil 1–3 L
17 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Slovenia 1–3 L
21 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   France 0–3 L
22 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Poland 0–3 L
23 June 2021   Italy 2021 Nations League   Argentina 1–3 L
24 July 2021   Japan 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament   Poland 3–2 W
26 July 2021   Japan 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament   Venezuela 3–0 W
28 July 2021   Japan 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament   Canada 0–3 L
30 July 2021   Japan 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament   Italy 1–3 L
1 August 2021   Japan 2020 Olympic Volleyball Tournament   Japan 2–3 L
12 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   Hong Kong 3–0 W
13 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   Thailand 3–0 W
14 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   Pakistan 3–0 W
16 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   South Korea 3–0 W
17 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   Chinese Taipei 3–0 W
18 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   China 3–1 W
19 September 2021   Japan 2021 Asian Championship   Japan 3–0 W

Forthcoming matchesEdit

Date Location Competition Opponent
2022

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Representing Iran at the 2021 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship.

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2021 club
1 Mehdi Jelveh 21 May 2001 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Foolad Sirjan
2 Milad Ebadipour (C) 17 October 1993 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Skra Bełchatów
3 Reza Abedini 19 May 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 354 cm (139 in) 348 cm (137 in)   Shahdab Yazd
5 Amir Hossein Toukhteh 9 April 2001 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   ACH Volley Ljubljana
6 Aliasghar Mojarrad 30 October 1997 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Shahrdari Varamin
7 Esmaeil Mosafer 21 November 1997 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 310 cm (120 in) 290 cm (110 in)   Paykan Tehran
8 Mohammad Reza Hazratpour 31 March 1999 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 290 cm (110 in)   Shahrdari Urmia
10 Meisam Salehi 17 November 1998 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 330 cm (130 in)   AZS Olsztyn
11 Saber Kazemi 24 December 1998 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Foolad Sirjan
12 Amir Hossein Esfandiar 24 January 1999 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 119 kg (262 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Greenyard Maaseik
13 Ali Ramezani 5 May 1998 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 300 cm (120 in)   Labanyat Haraz Amol
14 Javad Karimi 1 March 1998 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Greenyard Maaseik
17 Amin Esmaeilnejad 17 December 1996 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 343 cm (135 in) 332 cm (131 in)   Saipa Tehran
19 Abolfazl Gholipour 21 January 1993 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 63 kg (139 lb) 295 cm (116 in) 275 cm (108 in)   Shahrdari Qazvin

Head coachesEdit

Note: The following list may not be complete.

 
Iran volleyball team members Ju-2015

A TeamEdit

Name From To notes
  Sardar Nasrollahkhan[3] 1958 1958 Asian Games Runners-up
  Fereydoon Sharifzadeh 1958 1963
  Hossein Jabbarzadegan 1964 1966 1966 Asian Games 3rd place
  Miloslav Ejem 1970 1972
  Tadaee Korada 1974 1974 Asian Games 4th place
  Park Sung 1979
  Yadollah Kargarpisheh 1979 1981
  Farough Fakhredini 1987
  Masoud Salehieh 1987 1989
  Hossein Ali Mehranpour 1989 1991
  Mohammad Heidarkhan 1991
  Ivans Bugajenkovs 1991 2007 Acted as head coach from 1991–1993
and as the general technical manager of all age groups from 1991–2007.
  Fumihiko Matsumoto 1994
  Masoud Salehieh 1995 1995 Asian Championship 4th place
  Mehdi Saberpour 1997
  Fumihiko Matsumoto 1998
  Mostafa Karkhaneh 1999 2001
  Hossein Ali Mehranpour 2001
  Park Ki-won 2002 2005 2002 Asian Games Runners-up
2003 Asian Championship 3rd place
  Milorad Kijac 2006
  Zoran Gajić 2007 2008
  Hossein Maadani 2008 2010 2008 Asian Cup Champions
2009 Asian Championship Runners-up
2010 Asian Cup Champions
2010 Asian Games Runners-up
  Julio Velasco 2011 2014 2011 Asian Championship Champions
2013 Asian Championship Champions
2013 World Grand Champions Cup 4th place
  Slobodan Kovač 2014 2015 2014 World League 4th place
2014 World Championship 6th place
2014 Asian Games Champions
  Raúl Lozano 2016 2016 Olympic Games 5th place
  Igor Kolaković 2017 2020 2017 World Grand Champions Cup 3rd place
2018 Asian Games Champions
2019 Nations League 5th place
2019 Asian Championship Champions
2020 Olympic Games Qualification
  Vladimir Alekno 2020 2021 2020 Olympic Games 9th place
  Behrouz Ataei 2021 present 2021 Asian Championship Champions

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head Coach & U21 Coach   Behrouz Ataei[4]
Assistant Coach   Alireza Tolookian
  Azim Jazideh
Doctor&Physiotherapist   Mehdi Ahmadi
Fitness Coach   Mehdi Khabaz
Analyzer   Hossein Khouriani
U23 Coach Vacant
U19 Coach   Mohammad Vakili
Team Manager   Mostafa Karkhaneh

Last updated: 10 August 2021
Source:[citation needed]

B TeamEdit

Name From–To notes
  Mohammad Vakili 2012 2012 Asian Cup Runners-up
  Hossein Maadani 2013 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games Champions
  Peiman Akbari 2014–2015 2014 Asian Cup 4th place
2015 Asian Championship Runners-up
  Nasser Shahnazi[5] 2016 2016 Asian Cup Champions
  Juan Manuel Cichello 2017
  Behrouz Ataei 2018 2018 Asian Cup Runners-up

StadiumEdit

 
Azadi indoor stadium with Iranian fans
 
Rezazadeh Stadium in 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League

The team's home arena are Azadi Indoor Stadium, Azadi Volleyball Hall, Rezazadeh Stadium and Ghadir Stadium.

Kit providersEdit

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Iran national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000–2008 Asics
Mikasa
Fuerza
Mizuno
Ideal
2008– Merooj

SponsorshipEdit

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like MCI and Tourism Bank, Refah Stores other sponsors: Roamer.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIVB Senior World Ranking - Men". FIVB website. FIVB. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Brief History of Iran Men's Volleyball". I.R Iran VolleyBall Foundation. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]

External linksEdit

Notable squadsEdit