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The Iranian national basketball team is controlled by the IR Iran Basketball Federation. Overall, the team won three out of the last five FIBA Asia Championship tournaments.[2]

Iran Iran
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FIBA ranking27 Decrease 1 (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1947
FIBA zoneFIBA Asia
National federationI.R.I.B.F.
CoachMehran Shahintab
Olympic Games
Appearances2
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances3
MedalsNone
FIBA Asia Cup
Appearances17
MedalsGold medal asia.svg Gold: (2007, 2009, 2013)
Silver medal asia.svg Silver : (2017)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze : (2015)
Asian Games
Appearances11
MedalsSilver medal asia.svg Silver :(2014, 2018)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze : (1951, 2006, 2010)
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
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Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Photograph of the Iranian national team at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

The Iranian national team has had limited success on the international stage, with the most international experience being that of their 1948 Summer Olympics qualification, although they did not manage to make it past the group stage.

The team won the Bronze medal at the basketball competition of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

2007 FIBA Asia ChampionshipEdit

Placed in the dreaded "Group of Death" alongside China, the Philippines, and Jordan, the Iranians won all three group matches to make it to the next round.

In the quarterfinals, Iran went 2–1, to make it to semifinals, following victories over Chinese Taipei and Qatar, and then routed Kazakhstan, 75–62, in the semifinals.

The Iranians then beat Lebanon 74–69, with Hamed Haddadi scoring 31 points.[2] Not only did it avenge an 82–60 defeat in the quarterfinals, they also became the first Western Asian team to win the tournament, and thus make it to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[2]

2008 Beijing Olympic GamesEdit

In being crowned the 2007 Asian Champions, the Iranians qualified for the 2008 Beijing games for the first time in 60 years. The Olympic experience led to a flurry of opportunities for the Iranian players, as they traveled across the world in preparation for the games, including a visit to the US. Iran was placed in Group A, along with Lithuania, Russia, Argentina, Croatia, and Australia, suffering five defeats. The Olympic experience opened doors for players such as Hamed Haddadi, and Iranian captain Samad Nikkhah Bahrami to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association) and sign in the top French League.

2009 FIBA Asia ChampionshipEdit

Winning the FIBA Asia Championship 2009 at Tianjin, China, was a sign on continuing progress in basketball. Iran defeated China, by a score of 70–52 in the final.[3]

2010 FIBA World ChampionshipEdit

Iran's second consecutive FIBA Asia Championship gave them their first ever FIBA World Championship berth, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team finished 1–4 in Group B, good for 19th place

2013 FIBA Asia ChampionshipEdit

Winning the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at Manila, Philippines, was a sign that the Iranian team has forgot the tragedy of their loss to Jordan in last tournament, 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, and reclaimed the top place in the FIBA Asia. Iran defeated the charged up hosts Philippines by an 85-71 win in the final. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi, who played a stellar role in Iran’s triumph at the 27th FIBA Asia Championship, became the most accomplished individual player of the competition winning two awards, including that of the MVP. Iran was the only team with two awards in the All Stars with Oshin Sahakian named for the Power Forward position.

2014 FIBA World ChampionshipEdit

Iran's third FIBA Asia Championship gave them their second FIBA World Championship berth, at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[4]

Tournament recordsEdit

*Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament. B or U18 indicates that the team was represented by its B or U18 team.

Summer OlympicsEdit

Year Rank Pld W L
  1936 Did not enter
  1948 14th place 7 2 5
  1952 Did not enter
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992 Did not qualify
  1996
  2000
  2004
  2008 11th place 5 0 5
  2012 Did not qualify
  2016
Total 2/19 12 2 10

World CupEdit

Year Rank Pld W L
  1950 Did not enter
  1954
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify
  1978 Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998
  2002
  2006
  2010 19th place 5 1 4
  2014 20th place 5 1 4
  2019 Qualified
    2023 To be determined
Total 3/19 10 2 8

Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank Pld W L
Europe
  1959 17th place 7 1 6
Asia
  1960 Did not enter
  1963
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973 5th place 10 4 6
  1975 Did not enter
  1977
  1979
  1981 8th place 7 3 4
  1983 5th place 6 5 1
  1985 8th place 6 2 4
  1987 Did not enter
  1989 5th place 7 4 3
  1991 6th place 8 4 4
  1993 4th place 6 4 2
  1995 10th place 8 5 3
  1997 8th place 7 3 4
  1999 Did not qualify
  2001
  2003 5th place 7 4 3
  2005 6th place 8 4 4
  2007 Champions 8 7 1
  2009 Champions 9 9 0
  2011 5th place 9 8 1
  2013 Champions 9 9 0
  2015 3rd place 9 7 2
  2017 2nd place 6 5 1
Total 17/29 130 87 43

Asian GamesEdit

Year Rank Pld W L
  1951 3rd place 4 2 2
  1954 Did not enter
  1958
  1962
  1966 7th place 7 3 4
  1970 7th place 8 6 2
  1974 6th place 7 3 4
  1978 Did not enter
  1982
  1986
  1990 7th place 6 3 3
  1994 8th place 6 2 4
  1998 7th place 6 2 4
  2002 Did not enter
  2006 3rd place 8 5 3
  2010 3rd place 8 6 2
  2014 Runners-up 7 6 1
  2018 Runners-up 4 3 1
Total 11/18 71 41 30

FIBA Asia ChallengeEdit

Year Rank Pld W L
  2004 Qualified but withdrew
  2008
  2010 6th place (B) 7 3 4
  2012 Champions 7 7 0
  2014 Champions 7 6 1
  2016 Champions 8 8 0
Total 4/6 29 24 5

West Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank Pld W L
  1999 4th place 4 1 3
  2000 4th place 4 2 2
  2001 3rd place 4 2 2
    2002 Runners-up 4 3 1
  2004 Champions 4 4 0
  2005 Champions 4 4 0
  2008 Did not enter
  2010 Champions (B) 3 3 0
  2011 Champions 3 3 0
  2012 Runners-up 5 4 1
  2013 Champions 3 3 0
  2014 Runners-up (U18) 5 4 1
  2015 Did not enter
  2016 Champions 4 4 0
  2017 Runners-up 5 4 1
Total 13/15 52 41 11

Other tournamentsEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.[5]

Iran men's national basketball team – 2017 FIBA Asia Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C 4 Meisam Mirzaei 25 – (1992-04-15)April 15, 1992 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)  
PG 5 Sajjad Mashayekhi 23 – (1994-02-23)February 23, 1994 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Naft Abadan  
PG 6 Farid Aslani 29 – (1988-07-04)July 4, 1988 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Naft Abadan  
SG 7 Navid Rezaeifar 20 – (1996-08-23)August 23, 1996 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Mahram  
SG 8 Behnam Yakhchali 22 – (1995-07-12)July 12, 1995 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Petrochimi  
SF 9 Vahid Dalirzahan 22 – (1995-03-28)March 28, 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Army  
PF 10 Navid Niktash 26 – (1991-01-17)January 17, 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) London Lions  
F 11 Oshin Sahakian 31 – (1986-03-21)March 21, 1986 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Petrochimi  
C 12 Rouzbeh Arghavan 29 – (1988-05-18)May 18, 1988 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) Petrochimi  
SF 13 Mohammad Jamshidi 26 – (1991-07-30)July 30, 1991 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Petrochimi  
SF 14 Arsalan Kazemi 27 – (1990-04-22)April 22, 1990 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Army  
C 15 Hamed Haddadi 32 – (1985-05-19)May 19, 1985 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) Petrochimi  
Head coach
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (NP) Naturalized player
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 8 August 2017

Head coachesEdit

Note: The following list may not be complete

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "IRN/LIB – It's Iraaaaaan!". FIBA. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Iran wins Asian Basketball Championships". WashingtonTV. Archived from the original on 24 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Fan Thread". PersianFootball.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  5. ^ 2017 FIBA Asia Cup roster

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