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 Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh
Most caps Vahid Shamsaei
Top scorer Vahid Shamsaei (390)
Home stadium Azadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA code IRN
FIFA ranking 7 (1 December 2014)[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.

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

Nicknames[edit]

The Iranian national team has received several nicknames by supporters and media. The most common one used to refer the team is "Team Melli", which literally means "The National Team". Iranians call any national team from any country or sport a "Team Melli" and because of this it has become common for the national team to be referred to as the "Team Melli Iran" or, more specifically in the case of the national futsall team, the "Team Melli e Futsal e Iran". Although the Iranian supporters have popularized "Team Melli",

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2013
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
10 November 2014 Brazil São Caetano Unofficial friendly* 2–1 W Vafaei, Javid
11 November 2014 Brazil  Vietnam Friendly 6–1 W Orouji3, Javid2, Khayam Report
12 November 2014 Ginásio Poliesportivo Adib Moysés Dib, São Bernardo do Campo  Guatemala 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal 7–2 W Tayyebi 07':26" - 08':17" - 10':00", Javid 11':27", Shajari 13':48", Hassanzadeh 23':12", Tavakoli 32':05" Report
14 November 2014 Ginásio Poliesportivo Adib Moysés Dib, São Bernardo do Campo  Costa Rica 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal 5–1 W Tayyebi 10':00" - 25':17", Esmaeilpour 28':46" - 30':00", Hassanzadeh 39':00" Report
15 November 2014 Ginásio Poliesportivo Adib Moysés Dib, São Bernardo do Campo  Colombia 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal / Semi-finals 3–4 L Hassanzadeh 12':18" - 21':22", Tavakoli 21':00" Report
16 November 2014 Ginásio Poliesportivo Adib Moysés Dib, São Bernardo do Campo  Guatemala 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal / 3rd place 10–4 W Jafari 9':17" - 30':04", Hassanzadeh 9':32" - 13':04" - 35':03", Tayyebi 22':28" - 24':09" - 31':08" - 36':01", Khayam 39':10" Report
1 December 2014 Shahid Heidarian Arena, Qom  Russia Friendly 1–1 D Vafaei 19' Report
2 December 2014 Shahid Heidarian Arena, Qom  Russia Friendly 0-0 D Report

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2015
6 January 2015 Friendly Croatia  Croatia
7 January 2015 Friendly Croatia  Croatia
February 2015 Friendly Azadi Indoor Stadium, Tehran  Brazil
February 2015 Friendly Azadi Indoor Stadium, Tehran  Brazil
2016
2016 AFC Futsal Championship
12–27 March
hosted by:  Taiwan
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup

hosted by:  Colombia

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players call up for the: Match date: 1 December – 2 December 2014
Opposition:  Russia
Caps and goals correct as of:

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Alireza Samimi (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 27) Iran Melli Haffari Iran
GK Sepehr Mohammadi (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 25) 0 Iran Giti Pasand
FP Farhad Tavakoli (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25) Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad
FP Hamid Ahmadi (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 26) Iran Tasisat Daryaei
FP Mohammad Shajari (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 23) Iran Shahrdari Saveh
FP Meysam Khayam (1992-05-03) 3 May 1992 (age 22) Iran Ferdosi Mashhad
FP Ghodrat Bahadori (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 26) Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad
FP Abolghasem Orouji (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 25) Iran Mahan Tandis
FP Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 27) Russia Norilsk Nickel
FP Alireza Vafaei (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 25) Iran Mahan Tandis
FP Hossein Tayyebi (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 26) 75 66 Russia Norilsk Nickel
FP Mohammad Reza Sangsefidi (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 25) Iran Tasisat Daryaei
FP Saeed Taghizadeh Iran Giti Pasand
FP Ali Ebrahimi (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 23) Iran Tasisat Daryaei

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
Mostafa Nazari (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 (age 32) Russia Norilsk Nickel v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Mohammad Keshavarz (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 32) Iran Giti Pasand v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Afshin Kazemi (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 28) Iran Giti Pasand v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Rashid Gholipour (1987-01-23) 23 January 1987 (age 27) Iran Dabiri Tabriz v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Mehran Alighadr (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 25) Iran Melli Haffari Iran v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Shahram Sharifzadeh (1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 28) Iran Hilal Ahmar v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Mojtaba Hassanezhad (1988-10-11) 11 October 1988 (age 26) Iran Misagh Tehran v.  Russia, 3 December 2013
Farhad Fakhim (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 30) Iran Dabiri Tabriz 2014 AFC Futsal Championship, 30 April-10 May 2014
Mohammad TaheriINJ (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 29) Iran Giti Pasand 2014 AFC Futsal Championship, 30 April-10 May 2014
Vahid ShafieiINJ (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 22) Iran Dabiri Tabriz 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal Camp, November 2014
Saeed MomeniINJ (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 21) Iran Mes Sungun 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal Camp, November 2014
Morteza Ezati (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 22) Iran Mes Sungun 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal Camp, November 2014
Ahmad Esmaeilpour (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 26) 43 17 Iran Giti Pasand 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal, 12–16 November 2014
Mahdi Javid (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 27) Iran Giti Pasand 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal, 12–16 November 2014
Behrozi Jafari (1987-11-22) 22 November 1987 (age 27) Iran Dabiri Tabriz 2014 Grand Prix de Futsal, 12–16 November 2014
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 Iran Gostaresh
Mohammad Habibi
GK Vahid Ghelich (1957-12-16)16 December 1957 Iran Persepolis
Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard (1962-09-09)9 September 1962 Iran Persepolis
Mehdi Abtahi (1963-03-02)2 March 1963 Iran Vahdat
Hamid Estili (1967-04-01)1 April 1967 Iran PAS Tehran
Mohammad Khakpour (1969-02-20)20 February 1969 Iran Persepolis
Hassan Shirmohammadi (1965-05-22)22 May 1965 Iran Persepolis
Arash Noamouz (1967-06-06)6 June 1967 Iran PAS Tehran
Asgar Akbari (1968-04-12)12 April 1968 Iran Keshavarz

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
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
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
Brazil 2014 Third place 4 3 0 1 25 11
Total 6/8 33 20 3 10 131 94

Other tournaments[edit]

Iran captains[edit]

Iran World Cup captains[edit]

# Matches as captain (goals) Player World Cup played as captain
1 8 (3) Mehdi Abtahi Hong Kong 1992
2 3 (2) Sadegh Varmazyar Spain 1996
3 3 (0) Babak Masoumi Guatemala 2000
4 3 (2) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Chinese Taipei 2004
5 7 (5) Vahid Shamsaei Brazil 2008
6 4 (0) Mohammad Keshavarz Thailand 2012

Iran Asian Cup captains[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