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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 Omid ("Hope Team")
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachFarhad Majidi
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 Afghanistan
(Busan, South Korea; 28 September 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 2–6 Japan U23 Japan
(Tehran, Iran; 9 February 2001)
AFC U-22 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2013)
Best resultQuarter-finals: 2016
Asian Games
Appearances5 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold Medal (2002)

Contents

HistoryEdit

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 recordsEdit

Olympic Games recordEdit

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
  1992 Did Not Qualify 8 5 2 1 19 6
  1996 4 2 1 1 9 4
  2000 4 1 1 2 3 6
  2004 6 3 0 3 22 9
  2008 6 1 2 3 6 7
  2012 4 1 1 2 1 5
  2016 8 5 0 3 21 9
  2020 To be determined 3 2 1 0 6 1
  2024 - - - - - -
  2028 - - - - - -
Total - 0 / 7 - - - - - - 43 20 8 15 87 47

AFC U-23 Championship recordEdit

AFC U-23 Championship record AFC U-23 qualification
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA Squad GP W D L GS GA
  2014 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 6 5 Squad 5 4 1 0 13 2
  2016 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 6 7 Squad 4 3 0 1 15 2
  2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
  2020 Qualified - - - - - - - 3 2 1 0 6 1
Total 3/4 7 3 1 3 12 12 - 14 10 2 2 36 8
*Denotes draws which include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games recordEdit

Asian Games record
Year Round PLD W D L GS GA Wildcard (Overage) Players
1951 to 1998 See Iran national team
  2002 Champions 6 4 2 0 16 2 Ali Daei (33); Ebrahim Mirzapour (24); Yahya Golmohammadi (31)
  2006 Third Place 6 4 1 1 10 6 Hassan Roudbarian (28); Arash Borhani (24); Jalal Hosseini (24)
  2010 Fourth place 7 5 0 2 14 8 Mehdi Rahmati (27); Gholamreza Rezaei (26); Jalal Hosseini (28)
  2014 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 5
  2018 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 3 4
Total 5/5 25 14 5 6 45 25

WAFF U-23 Championship recordEdit

Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  2015 Champions 4 3 1 0 8 3
Total 1/1 4 3 1 0 8 3

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Recent matchesEdit

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2019
15 January 2019   Aspire Zone, Doha   Tajikistan 4 side Tournament 1–2 (L) Namdari   3'
18 January 2019   Aspire Zone, Doha   Kuwait 4 side Tournament 5–0 (W) Arta   3',
Sayyadmanesh   40',
Delfi   50',
Hosseinzadeh   54',
Noorafkan   72'
21 January 2019   Aspire Zone, Doha   Qatar 4 side Tournament 2–1 (W) Mehdikhani   3',
Sayyadmanesh   17'
17 March 2019   Football National Center, 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

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Farhad Majidi
Assistant coaches   Farshad Majedi
Goalkeeping coach   Mohammad Habibi
Fitness coach
Tactical Analyst   Mehdi Hosseinpour
Doctor   Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Team manager   Hamid Estili

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Mehdi Amini (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)   Padideh
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-upsEdit

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 (age 22)   Nassaji AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
GK Ali Keykhosravi (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 20)   Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

DF Sadegh Moharrami (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 23)   Dinamo Zagreb AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Mohammad Naderi (1996-10-05) 5 October 1996 (age 22)   Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Ali Shojaei (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 22)   Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Aref Gholami (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 22)   Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Majid Hosseini (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 23)   Trabzonspor AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Mehran Derakhshan Mehr (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 20)   Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Milad Sarlak (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 24)   Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Nima Taheri (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 22)   Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Taha Shariati (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 19)   Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

MF Mahan Rahmani (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 23)   Paykan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Shekari (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 21)   Rubin Kazan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Nima Mokhtari (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 21)   Gostaresh Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Omid Noorafkan (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 22)   Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Sina Moridi (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 23)   Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Hamidreza Taherkhani (1999-03-27) 27 March 1999 (age 20)   Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saeid Hosseinpour (1998-10-12) 12 October 1998 (age 20)   Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Mohammad Khorram (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 22)   Gostaresh Foulad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saber Hardani (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 22)   Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Ali Taheran (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 22)   Tractor Sazi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Dehghani (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21)   Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

FW Reza Mirzaei (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 23)   Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Reza Jafari (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 22)   Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Mohammadreza Abbasi (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 22)   Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Hossein Mehraban (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 23)   Padideh AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Ali Gholizadeh (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 23)   Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

Previous squadsEdit

AFC U-23 ChampionshipsEdit

HonoursEdit

  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 tournamentsEdit

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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