Iran national futsal team

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Iran
Nickname(s) Team Melli Futsal
(Persian: تیم ملی فوتسال)
"The National Futsal Team"
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Jesús Candelas
Captain Mohammad Taheri
Most caps Vahid Shamsaei
Top scorer Vahid Shamsaei (390)
Home stadium Azadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA code IRN
FIFA ranking 7[1]
Highest FIFA ranking 4
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Iran 19–6 Kuwait 
(Hong Kong; 2 May 1992)
Biggest win
 Iran 36–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7 March 1999)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 8–1 Iran Iran
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 6 October 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1992)
Best result Fourth place, 1992
AFC Futsal Championship
Appearances 11 (all) (First in 1999)
Best result Med 1.png Champions, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (all)
Best result Med 1.png Champions, 2009
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances 4 (First in 2007)
Best result Med 2.png Runners-up, 2007, 2009

The Iran national futsal team represents Iran in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Futsal Commission of the Iranian Football Federation. The "Kings of Asian Futsal" have won ten editions of Asian Futsal Championship[2] and are the 6th strongest team in the world according to the most recent Futsal World Ranking. Iranians have played in five editions of FIFA Futsal World Championship reaching the semi-finals in their first appearance in 1992.[3] Iran have won the first FIFA Confederations Cup in Libya in 2009, and reached the finals of Grand Prix de Futsal known as Futsal Mini-World Cup in 2007 and 2009 editions.

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Interim Manager – Jesús Candelas

Home stadium[edit]

Main article: Azadi Indoor Stadium
Iran national futsal team plays against Brazil in friendly match

Iran plays the home games at the Azadi Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 12,000 spectators. The government restricts Iranian women from attending football matches such as the ones held in Azadi stadium.

A view of Azadi Indoor Stadium

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2013
8 June 2013 Shahid Dastgerdi Arena, Tehran  Uzbekistan Friendly 6–1 W Javid 14˝-39˝-40˝, Taheri 24˝, Vafaei 25˝, Tayebi 31˝ Report
9 June 2013 Shahid Dastgerdi Arena, Tehran  Uzbekistan Friendly 9–3 W Taheri 2˝, Javid 2˝-18˝, Tayebi 6˝-16˝-21˝, Mortazavi 8˝, Bahadori 20˝, Vafaei 33˝ Report
13 June 2013 Zhejiang Dragon Sports Centre, Hangzhou  Russia Hangzhou 2013 5–1 W Shafiei 2˝-19˝, Tayebi 15˝-30˝, Hassanzadeh 25˝ Report
14 June 2013 Zhejiang Dragon Sports Centre, Hangzhou  Netherlands Hangzhou 2013 4–3 W Shafiei 12˝-16˝, Hassanzadeh 20˝, Bahadori 25˝ Report
15 June 2013 Zhejiang Dragon Sports Centre, Hangzhou  China Hangzhou 2013 5–2 W Mortazavi 12˝, Hassanzadeh 16˝, Taheri 24˝, Shafiei 30˝, Tayebi 36˝ Report
12 June 2013 Hangzhou  China Unofficial friendly* 6–1 W Bahadori 2, Javid, Taheri, Mortazavi, Khayam Report
27 June 2013 Songdo Global University Campus, Incheon  United Arab Emirates 2013 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games 13–0 W Taheri 3˝-3˝-24˝, Tayyebi 8˝-40˝-40˝, Javid 10˝-20˝-25˝, Kiaei 16˝, Hassanzadeh 20˝, Bahadori 21˝-40˝ Report
1 July 2013 Songdo Global University Campus, Incheon  Iraq 2013 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games 12–3 W Hassanzadeh 10˝-12˝, Shafiei 16˝-16˝, Kiaei 21˝-39˝, Taheri 24˝-30˝, Tayyebi 26˝-28˝, Vafaei 31˝, Bahadori 34˝ Report
3 July 2013 Dongbu Student Gymnasium, Incheon  China 2013 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games / Quarterfinals 8–0 W Bahadori 15˝, Hassanzadeh 20˝-28˝-30˝, Tayyebi 22˝-37˝, Khayyam 27˝, Javid 31˝ Report
4 July 2013 Songdo Global University Campus, Incheon  Thailand 2013 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games / Semifinals 5–4 W Tayyebi 5˝-7˝-25˝, Khayyam 20˝, Bahadori 34˝ Report
6 July 2013 Songdo Global University Campus, Incheon  Japan 2013 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games / Final 5–2 W Vafaei 21˝, Tayyebi 23˝, Taheri 31˝, Hassanzadeh 37˝, Shafiei 38˝ Report
6 October 2013 Iran national futsal team Camp, Tehran Nik Andish Shahrdari Isfahan Unofficial friendly* 5–3 W Hassanezhad 2, Bahadori 2, Vafaei Report
16 October 2013 Sao Keatano, Brazil São Suzano Unofficial friendly* 1–0 W Hassanezhad 25˝ Report
19 October 2013 Sao Keatano, Brazil Bank Unofficial friendly* 3–0 W Bahadori 3˝-18˝, Shafiei 39˝ Report
21 October 2013 Maringa's Futsal Stadium, Brazil  Guatemala Friendly 7–0 W Fakhim 2, Tayyebi 2, Shafiei, Khayyam, Hassanezhad Report
23 October 2013 Ginásio Chico Neto, Maringá  Argentina 2013 Grand Prix de Futsal 2–2 D Tavakoli 12", Shafiei 19" Report
24 October 2013 Ginásio Chico Neto, Maringá  Japan 2013 Grand Prix de Futsal 3–1 W Takita 2"(o.g), Tayyebi 18", Asghari Moghaddam 38" Report
25 October 2013 Ginásio Chico Neto, Maringá  Brazil 2013 Grand Prix de Futsal 2–7 L Hassanzadeh 28", Bahadori 38" Report
26 October 2013 Ginásio Chico Neto, Maringá  Russia 2013 Grand Prix de Futsal / Semifinals 2–4 L Tayyebi 35", Bahadori 39" Report
27 October 2013 Ginásio Chico Neto, Maringá  Paraguay 2013 Grand Prix de Futsal / 3rd place 6–2 W Bahadori 4"-5"-26"-36", Asghari Moghaddam 19", Fakhim 26" Report
26 November 2013 Handball Arena, Tehran Futsal journalists XI Unofficial friendly* 17–3 W
29 November 2013 Iran national futsal team Camp, Tehran  Iraq Unofficial friendly* 10–0 W Report
2 December 2013 Shahediyeh Arena, Yazd  Russia Friendly 6–3 W Keshavarz 4"-39", Bahadori 7", Taheri 33˝, Tayyebi 35", Esmaeilpour 38" Report
3 December 2013 Shahediyeh Arena, Yazd  Russia Friendly 2–2 D Tavakoli 14", Bahadori 31" Report
2014
19 April 2014 Uzbekistan Sports Center, Tashkent  Uzbekistan Friendly 6–1 W Shajari 10", Fakhim 12", Khayam 20", Shafiei 30"-35", Vafaei 36" Report
20 April 2014 Uzbekistan Sports Center, Tashkent  Uzbekistan Friendly 6–2 W Fakhim 13", Tavakoli 14", Vafaei 15", Javid 25", Esmaeilpour 32", Alighadr 34" Report
22 April 2014 , Moscow MFK Norilsk Nickel Unofficial friendly* 1–1 D Shafiei Report
30 April 2014 Ton Duc Thang University Gymnasium, Ho Chi Minh City  Indonesia 2014 AFC Futsal Championship 5–1 W Tayyebi 8", Tavakoli 17"-17", Hassanzadeh 18", Shafiei 38" Report
2 May 2014 Ton Duc Thang University Gymnasium, Ho Chi Minh City  China 2014 AFC Futsal Championship 12–0 W Hassanzadeh 1,2,25', Tayyebi 1,12,27,35', Tavakoli 5', Shafiei 10,28', Fakhim 24', Ahmadi 40' Report
4 May 2014 Phu Tho Gymnasium, Ho Chi Minh City  Australia 2014 AFC Futsal Championship 8–1 W Tayebi 2"-10"-11", Taheri 10"-29", Vafaei 15", Shafiei 17", Esmaeilpour 28" Report
7 May 2014 Phu Tho Gymnasium, Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 2014 AFC Futsal Championship / Quarter-finals 15–4 W Tayyebi 2"-10"-24", Fakhim 11"-36"-38", Esmaeilpour 12", Vafaei 17"-36", Hassanzadeh 25"-26"-28", Shajari 29"-32", Jafari 30" Report
8 May 2014 Phu Tho Gymnasium, Ho Chi Minh City  Uzbekistan 2014 AFC Futsal Championship / Semi-finals 10–0 W Vafaei 1", Tayyebi 5"-24"-28", Shafiei 10"-23"-31", Hassanzadeh 5", Esmaeilpour 7", Shajari 30" Report
10 May 2014 Phu Tho Gymnasium, Ho Chi Minh City  Japan 2014 AFC Futsal Championship / finals 2 (a.e.t.) 2
0 (Penalties) 3 L
Fakhim 8", Tayyebi 43" Report

Upcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2014
~ TBD

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players call up for the: Match date: 30 April – 10 May 2014
Opposition: 2014 AFC Futsal Championship
Caps and goals correct as of:

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Sepehr Mohammadi (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 24) Iran Giti Pasand
2 GK Alireza Samimi (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 27) Iran Melli Haffari Iran
3 FP Vahid Shafiei (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 21) Iran Shahrdari Tabriz
5 FP Hamid Ahmadi (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 25) Iran Zam Zam Isfahan
6 FP Alireza Vafaei (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 25) Iran Mahan Tandis
7 FP Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 26) Russia Norilsk Nickel
8 FP Ghodrat Bahadori (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 26) Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad
9 FP Farhad Fakhim (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 29) Iran Dabiri Tabriz
10 FP Mohammad Taheri (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 29) Iran Giti Pasand
11 FP Ahmad Esmaeilpour (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 25) 15 Iran Giti Pasand
12 FP Mohammad Shajari (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 22) Iran Shahrdari Saveh
13 FP Farhad Tavakoli (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25) Iran Melli Haffari Iran
15 FP Hossein Tayyebi (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 25) 70 58 Russia Norilsk Nickel
16 FP Behrozi Jafari (1987-11-22) 22 November 1987 (age 26) Iran Dabiri Tabriz

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Mojtaba Nassirinia (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 28) 0 Iran Shahid Mansouri Grand Prix de Futsal, 21–27 October 2013
Meysam Khayam (1992-05-03) 3 May 1992 (age 22) 13 4 Iran Shahid Mansouri Grand Prix de Futsal, 21–27 October 2013
Ali Kiaei (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 27) IranShahid Mansouri Grand Prix de Futsal, 21–27 October 2013
Masoud Daneshvar (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 26) Iran Shenzhen Nanling Grand Prix de Futsal, 21–27 October 2013
Javad Asghari Moghaddam (1979-08-12) 12 August 1979 (age 34) Iran Dabiri Tabriz Grand Prix de Futsal, 21–27 October 2013
Hasan Abasian Mehr (1989-08-31) 31 August 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad Grand Prix de Futsal, 21–27 October 2013
Mostafa Nazari INJ (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 (age 31) Russia Norilsk Nickel Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Mohammad Keshavarz INJ (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 32) Iran Giti Pasand Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Afshin Kazemi (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 27) Iran Giti Pasand Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Mahdi Javid (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 27) Iran Giti Pasand Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Rashid Gholipour (1987-01-23) 23 January 1987 (age 27) Iran Dabiri Tabriz Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Mehran Alighadr (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 25) Iran Melli Haffari Iran Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Shahram Sharifzadeh (1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 28) Iran Hilal Ahmar Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Mojtaba Hassanezhad (1988-10-11) 11 October 1988 (age 25) Iran Misagh Tehran Friendly match, 3 December 2013
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • Withdrew Player withdrew from the squad due to personal issues.
  • RC Player withdrew from the squad due to red card in last game.

Previous squads[edit]

First squad[edit]

Iran's first squad in 1992

Players called up for the 1992 FIFA Futsal World Championship qualification:

Head Coach
Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
Assistant Coach
Majid Jahanpour
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
Saeid Rajabi (1965-03-10) 10 March 1965 (age 49)
Mohammad Habibi
GK Vahid Ghelich (1957-12-16) 16 December 1957 (age 56) Persepolis
Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard (1962-09-09) 9 September 1962 (age 51) Persepolis
Mehdi Abtahi (1963-03-02) 2 March 1963 (age 51)
Hamid Estili (1967-04-01) 1 April 1967 (age 47) PAS Tehran
Mohammad Khakpour (1969-02-20) 20 February 1969 (age 45) Persepolis
Hassan Shirmohammadi (1965-05-22) 22 May 1965 (age 49) Persepolis
Arash Noamouz (1967-06-06) 6 June 1967 (age 47)
Asgar Akbari

World Cups[edit]

Asian Cups[edit]

Tournament record[edit]

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. 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.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
Netherlands 1989 Did not enter
Hong Kong 1992 Fourth place 8 5 0 3 36 30
Spain 1996 Round 1 3 1 0 2 12 14
Guatemala 2000 Round 1 3 1 0 2 6 7
TPE 2004 Round 1 3 1 0 2 9 13
Brazil 2008 Round 2 7 4 2 1 24 19
Thailand 2012 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 9 8
Total 6/7 28 14 3 11 96 91

Asian Championship[edit]

Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
Malaysia 1999 Champions 6 6 0 0 90 7
Thailand 2000 Champions 6 6 0 0 56 10
Iran 2001 Champions 7 7 0 0 97 13
Indonesia 2002 Champions 6 6 0 0 61 7
Iran 2003 Champions 6 6 0 0 60 13
Macao 2004 Champions 7 7 0 0 81 12
Vietnam 2005 Champions 8 6 1 1 58 15
Uzbekistan 2006 Third place 5 4 0 1 46 12
Japan 2007 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 9
Thailand 2008 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 2
Uzbekistan 2010 Champions 6 6 0 0 57 9
United Arab Emirates 2012 Third place 6 5 0 1 45 9
Vietnam 2014 Runners-up 6 5 1 0 52 8
Total 13/13 81 76 2 3 801 126

Asian Indoor Games[edit]

Asian Indoor Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
Thailand 2005 Champions 5 5 0 0 41 3
Macao 2007 Champions 7 7 0 0 73 12
Vietnam 2009 Champions 5 4 1 0 64 7
Korea 2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 43 9
Total 4/4 22 21 1 0 221 31

West Asian Championship[edit]

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
Iran 2007 Champions* 3 3 0 0 21 4
Jordan 2009 Did not enter
Iran 2012 Champions 4 4 0 0 40 6
Bahrain 2014 TBD
Total 2/3 7 7 0 0 61 10
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[4]

Confederations Cup[edit]

Confederations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
Libya 2009 Champions 4 4 0 0 15 4
Colombia 2013 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/1 4 4 0 0 15 4

Grand Prix de Futsal[edit]

Grand Prix de Futsal record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA
Brazil 2005 Did not enter
Brazil 2006 Did not enter
Brazil 2007 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 19 17
Brazil 2008 Did not enter
Brazil 2009 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 26 22
Brazil 2010 Fourth place 6 3 1 2 24 15
Brazil 2011 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 22 13
Brazil 2013 Third place 5 2 1 2 15 16
Total 5/8 29 17 3 9 106 83

Other tournaments[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
Asian Champions
1999 (first title)
2000 (second title)
2001 (third title)
2002 (fourth title)
2003 (fifth title)
2004 (sixth title)
2005 (seventh title)
Succeeded by
2006
 Japan
Preceded by
2006
 Japan
Asian Champions
2007 (eighth title)
2008 (ninth title)
2010 (tenth title)
Succeeded by
2012
 Japan
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
Futsal Confederations Cup
2009 (first title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
WAFF Futsal Championship
2007 (first title)
Succeeded by
2009
 Iraq
Preceded by
2009
 Iraq
WAFF Futsal Championship
2012 (second title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
Asian Indoor Games
2005 (first title)
2007 (second title)
2009 (third title)
2013 (fourth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent