Iran national under-23 football team

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Iran under-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team Omid (Team Hope)
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Nelo Vingada
Captain Mohsen Mosalman
Home stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA code IRN
First colours
Second colours
First international
Iran Iran U-23 2 - 0 South Korea U-23 South Korea
(Tehran, Iran; January 5, 1980)
Biggest win
Iran Iran U-23 10 - 0 Afghanistan U-23 Afghanistan
(Busan, South Korea; September 28, 2002)
Biggest defeat
Iran Iran U-23 2 - 6 Japan U-23 Japan
(Tehran, Iran; February 9, 2001)
Asian Games (Since 2002)
Appearances 3 (First in 2002)
Best result Winners 2002
Iran national under-23 football team
Medal record
Asian Games
Gold Busan 2002 Team
Bronze Doha 2006 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.

History[edit]

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,[1] the Iran under-23 team was given special permission to participate in the Asian Games,[2] where they won the bronze medal.

Formation[edit]

The team is considered to be the feeder team for the Iran national football team. It is for players aged 23 and less, however 3 senior players can also be selected to play. Also in existence are national teams for under-20s, under-17s and under-15s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, hence it is possible for one to play for the U-23s, senior side and then again for the U-23s, as players such as Andranik Teymourian have done so. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and for another at the senior level, providing the player is eligible. An example is Ashkan Dejagah, who played for German national youth teams from 2001 until 2009, in which he won the 2009 Euro U-21s with, before playing for Iran.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship in Oman, running from 11-26 January 2014.[3]
Caps and goals correct as of: 17 January 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alireza Beiranvand (1992-09-22) 22 September 1992 (age 21) 11 0 Iran Naft Tehran
12 1GK Amir Abedzadeh (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Persepolis
22 1GK Farzin Garousian (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal
2 2DF Mohammad Vahid Esmaeil Beigi (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 22) 12 0 Iran Mes Kerman
3 2DF Shahriar Shirvand (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 23) 8 0 Iran Tractor Sazi
4 2DF Mohammadreza Khanzadeh (1991-05-11) 11 May 1991 (age 23) 10 2 Iran Zob Ahan
5 2DF Mohammad Amin Hajmohammadi (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 23) 15 1 Iran Naft Tehran
13 2DF Ahmad Reza Zendehrouh (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Iran Mes Kerman
15 2DF Navid Khoshhava (1992-06-29) 29 June 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Iran Tractor Sazi
16 2DF Fardin Abedini (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 22) 4 0 Iran Gostaresh Foolad
21 2DF Ammar Nikkar (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Iran Parseh Tehran
23 2DF Mehdi Shiri (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Iran Malavan
11 3MF armin rasouli (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 22) o 0 Iran Naft Tehran
7 3MF Amin Jahan Alian (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Iran Sepahan
8 4FW Mehdi Taromi (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Persepolis
10 3MF Afshin Esmaeilzadeh (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Portugal Beira-Mar
14 3MF Shahab Karami (1992-03-16) 16 March 1992 (age 22) 13 0 Iran Foolad
18 3MF Masoud Rigi (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
20 3MF Ehsan Pahlevan (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Iran Sepahan
9 4FW Kaveh Rezaei (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 (age 22) 16 10 Iran Saipa
11 4FW Peyman Miri (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Iran Parseh Tehran
17 4FW Arsalan Motahari {{{age}}} 2 0 Iran Moghavemat Tehran
19 4FW Behnam Barzay (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Iran Rah Ahan Sorinet

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1GK Mohammad Niaraki (1991-02-10) 10 February 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Iran Pas Hamedan
1GK Iman Sadeghi (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Malavan
1GK Ahmad Arabpour (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Iran Gahar Zagros
1GK Alireza Heidari (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Padideh Shandiz
1GK Hossein Hosseini (1992-06-30) 30 June 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Iran Esteghlal
Defenders
2DF Hadi Mohammadi (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Iran Damash
2DF Mohammad Ansari (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
2DF Saeid Lotfi (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 21) 9 0 Iran Saba
2DF Iman Shirazi (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan Sorinet
2DF Ali Goudarzi (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Iran Saba Qom
2DF Vafa Hakhamaneshi (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Iran Foolad
2DF Yousef Vakia (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Foolad
Midfielders
3MF Mohsen Mosalman (captain) (1991-01-27) 27 January 1991 (age 23) 11 1 Iran Persepolis
3MF Payam Sadeghian (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 22) 20 12 Iran Persepolis
3MF Milad Gharibi (1992-02-20) 20 February 1992 (age 22) 10 5 Iran Zob Ahan
3MF Yaghoub Karimi (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 22) 8 3 Iran Sepahan
3MF Farshad Ahmadzadeh (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Iran Tractor Sazi
3MF Bakhtiar Rahmani (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 22) 3 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Saman Nariman Jahan (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Iran Gostaresh Foolad
3MF Bahram Dabbagh (1992-07-24) 24 July 1992 (age 21) 3 1 Iran Naft Tehran
3MF Farshid Esmaeili (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
3MF Amin Jahan Kohan (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Ahmad Abdollahzadeh (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Hossein Kiani Moghadam (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Siah Jamegan Khorasan
3MF Milad Fayyazbakhsh (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Iran Iranjavan
3MF Iman Basafa (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal
3MF Mehran Ghasemi (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Zob Ahan
3MF Omid Alishah (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 22) 3 1 Iran Persepolis
3MF Akbar Imani (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Iran Zob Ahan
3MF Alireza Naghizadeh (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh Foolad
Forwards
4FW Masoud Hassanzadeh (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 23) 1 1 Iran Damash
4FW Hadi Dehghani (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Iran Aluminium Hormozgan
4FW Morteza Tabrizi (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 23) 6 2 Iran Zob Ahan
4FW Sardar Azmoun (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
4FW Alireza Jahanbakhsh (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 20) 4 0 Netherlands N.E.C.

Staff available for selection and eligible players[edit]

The following players are eligible to be called up.[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1GK Nicola Hatefi (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 23) Belgium BX Brussels
Defenders
2DF Shervin Radjabali-Fardi (1992-05-17) May 17, 1992 (age 22) Germany Hansa Rostock
2DF Daniel Norouzi (1992-01-03) January 3, 1992 (age 22) Denmark Vejle Boldklub
2DF Neil Yadolahi (1993-06-19) June 19, 1993 (age 21) Republic of Ireland Bohemian FC
Midfielders
3MF Omid Nazari (1991-04-29) April 29, 1991 (age 23) Sweden Ängelholms FF
3MF Andreas Akbari (1991-04-26) April 26, 1991 (age 23) Germany FC Viktoria Köln
3MF Ali Amiri (1995-11-22) November 22, 1995 (age 18) England Leeds United
3MF Amin Nazari (1993-04-26) April 26, 1993 (age 21) Sweden Malmö FF
3MF Jami Rafati (1994-04-26) April 26, 1994 (age 20) Italy Genoa CFC
Forwards
4FW Mahan Baghdadi (1995-03-04) March 4, 1995 (age 19) Sweden Vasalunds IF
4FW Shaho Maroufi (1994-02-12) February 12, 1994 (age 20) Switzerland FC Dietikon
4FW William Atashkadeh (1992-04-12) April 12, 1992 (age 22) Sweden Örebro

Schedule and results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Tournament Venue Opponent Result Iranian scorer Report
2010
September 4, 2010 Friendly match Warsaw, Poland Poland Poland U-23 2–0 (W) Hossein Ebrahimi Goal 57' Goal 63' Report
September 28, 2010 Ho Chi Minh City Cup Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Singapore Singapore U-23 1-1 (D) Hamidreza Ali Asgari Goal 23' Report
September 30, 2010 Ho Chi Minh City Cup Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Malaysia Malaysia U-23 2-0 (W) Iman Mousavi Goal 42' Arash Afshin Goal 75'
October 2, 2010 Ho Chi Minh City Cup Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam U-23 0-2 (L)
October 9, 2010 Friendly match Tehran, Iran Poland Poland U-23 1-1 (D) Karim Ansarifard Goal 54' Report
October 11, 2010 Friendly match Tehran, Iran South Africa South Africa U-23 0-2 (L) Report
November 8, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China Turkmenistan Turkmenistan U-23 4-1 (W) Hosseini Goal 26'62' Ansarifard Goal 85' Daghagheleh Goal 90+4'
November 10, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China Bahrain Bahrain U-23 1-0 (W) Karim Ansarifard Goal 45+1'
November 12, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China Vietnam Vietnam U-23 1-0 (W) Hosseini Goal 5'
November 15, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China Malaysia Malaysia U-23 3-1 (W) Ansarifard Goal 53'Hosseini Goal 60'Sharafi Goal 67'
November 19, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China Oman Oman U-23 1-0 (W) Hamidreza Aliasgari Goal 41'
November 23, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China Japan Japan U-23 1-2 (L) Afshin Goal 6'
November 25, 2010 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China South Korea South Korea U-23 3-4 (L) Rezaei Goal 5', Aliasgari Goal 45', Ansarifard Goal 49'
2011
February 23, 2011 2012 Olympics qualifications Tehran, Iran Kyrgyzstan Kyrgzstan U-23 1-0 (W) Rahmani Goal 40'
March 9, 2011 2012 Olympics qualifications Bishkek, Kyrgzstan Kyrgyzstan Kyrgzstan U-23 0-0 (D) Report
June 6, 2011 Friendly match Tehran, Iran  Iran 0-1 (L)
June 10, 2011 Friendly match Tehran, Iran Syria Syria U-23 2-1 (W) Ehsan Hajsafi Goal 66', Milad Fakhredini Goal 88' Report
June 19, 2011 2012 Olympics qualifications Arbil, Iraq Iraq Iraq U-23 1-0 (W) Mohsen Mosalman Goal 31'
June 23, 2011 2012 Olympics qualifications Tehran, Iran Iraq Iraq U-23 0-2 (L)
2012
May 2012 Friendly match Tehran, Iran Iran Iran 3-2 (W) Milad Gharibi Goal 15', Karim Ansarifard Goal 59', Farshad Ahmadzadeh Goal 63'
June 12, 2012 Friendly match Rome, Italy Italy Italy U-21 6-2 (W) Payam Sadeghian Goal 3' Goal 70', Milad Gharibi Goal 9' Goal 36', Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh Goal 17', Yaghoub Karimi Goal 34'
June 23, 2012 2014 AFC Asian Cup qualification Malacca, Malaysia Kuwait Kuwait U-23 1-0 (W) Amin Hajmohammadi Goal 76'
June 25, 2012 2014 AFC Asian Cup qualification Malacca, Malaysia Qatar Qatar U-23 2-1 (W) Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh Goal 28', Kaveh Rezaei Goal 31'
June 28, 2012 2014 AFC Asian Cup qualification Malacca, Malaysia Maldives Maldives U-23 7-0 (W) Payam Sadeghian Penalty scored, Kaveh Rezaei Goal 18', Morteza Tabrizi Goal 21' Goal 69', Milad Gharibi Goal 55' Goal 82', Bahram Dabbagh Goal 90+2'
July 1, 2012 2014 AFC Asian Cup qualification Malacca, Malaysia Tajikistan Tajikistan U-23 2-0 (W) Payam Sadeghian Penalty scored, Yaghoub Karimi Goal
July 3, 2012 2014 AFC Asian Cup qualification Malacca, Malaysia Bahrain Bahrain U-23 1-1 (D) Morteza Pouraliganji Goal 48'
September 4, 2012 Friendly match Tehran, Iran Syria Syria U-23 3-1 (W) Milad Gharibi Goal 3', Payam Sadeghian Goal 58'75'
September 7, 2012 Friendly match Karaj, Iran Syria Syria U-23 0-1 (L)
2013
March 21, 2013 Qatar Tournament Doha, Qatar Morocco Morocco U-23 1-0 (W) Payam Sadeghian Goal 56'
March 23, 2013 Qatar Tournament Doha, Qatar Qatar Qatar U-23 2-1 (W) Kaveh Rezaei Goal 42', Omid Alishah Goal 52'
March 25, 2013 Qatar Tournament Doha, Qatar Turkey Turkey U-23 3-2 (W) Payam Sadeghian Goal 5'25', Mohsen Mosalman Goal 74'
October 10, 2013 Friendly match Muscat, Oman Oman Oman U-23 1-0 (W) Kaveh Rezaei Goal 47'
October 13, 2013 Friendly match Muscat, Oman Oman Oman U-23 1-0 (W) Masoud Hassanzadeh Goal 21'
December 29, 2013 Friendly match Kish, Iran South Korea South Korea U-23 3-2 (W) Yaghoub Karimi Goal 7', Payam Sadeghian Goal 9', Kaveh Rezaei Goal 90'
2014
January 12, 2014 2014 AFC U-22 Championship Muscat, Oman Japan Japan U-23 3–3 (D) Behnam Barzay Goal 7', Kaveh Rezaei Goal 49' (pen.) Goal 55'
January 14, 2014 2014 AFC U-22 Championship Muscat, Oman Australia Australia U-23 0–1 (L)
January 16, 2014 2014 AFC U-22 Championship Muscat, Oman Kuwait Kuwait U-23 3–1 (W) Kaveh Rezaei Goal 63' Goal 67' Goal 81'

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2014
August 5, 2014 Friendly match Tehran, Iran Jordan Jordan U-23
August 20, 2014 Friendly match Beijing, China Armenia Armenia U-23
August 29, 2014 Friendly match Beijing, China China China U-23
Between September 19 and October 4, 2014
2014 Asian Games
hosted by  South Korea

Managers[edit]

Current management team[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Portugal Nelo Vingada
Assistant coach Portugal Arnaldo Carvalho
Assistant coach Iran Masoud Moghim
Goalkeeping coach Iran Alireza Delikhoun
Fitness coach Iran Aria Ghasemi
Analyzer Iran Saeid Ellahioly
Iran Hassan Asghari
Doctor Iran Parham Khanlari
Sporting director Iran Human Afazeli
Team manager Iran Hadi Ayatollahi

Honours[edit]

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games finals Olympic Games qualifications
Hosts/year Result GP W D* L GS GA Squad GP W D* L GS GA
Spain 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 8 5 2 1 19 6
United States 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 2 1 1 9 4
Australia 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 1 1 2 3 6
Greece 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 3 0 3 22 9
China 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 1 2 3 6 7
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 2 1 1 2 2
Brazil 2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 0/5 - - - - - - - 28 12 6 10 59 32

AFC U-22 Championship[edit]

AFC U-22 finals AFC U-22 qualification
Hosts/Year Result GP W D L GS GA Squad GP W D L GS GA
Oman 2013 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 5 4 1 0 13 2
Total 1/1 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 5 4 1 0 13 2

Asian Games record[edit]

Year Round PLD W D* L GS GA
South Korea Busan 2002 Champions 6 4 2 0 16 2
Qatar Doha 2006 Third place 6 4 1 1 10 6
China Guangzhou 2010 4th place 7 5 0 2 14 8
South Korea Incheon 2014
Total 1 titles 19 13 3 3 40 16

Asian Games squads[edit]

Wild card players[edit]

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]