Iran national under-23 football team

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Iran under-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team Omid
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mohammad Khakpour
Captain Behnam Barzay
Home stadium Takhti 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 friendly match on 18 November 2014.[3]
Match date: N/A
Opposition: Tehran training camp
Caps and goals correct as of: 18 November 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Amir Abedzadeh (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Rah Ahan
22 1GK Mohammadreza Akhbari (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Saipa
33 1GK Hojjat Sedghi (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Iran Mes Kerman
2 2DF Yousef Vakia (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Iran Foolad
3 2DF Vahid Heydarieh (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Iran Paykan
4 2DF Mohammad Hossein Moradmand (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Sepahan
5 2DF Hossein Kanaani (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Malavan
6 2DF Roozbeh Cheshmi (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Saba Qom
13 2DF Mohammad Sattari (1993-10-30) 30 October 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan
14 2DF Aram Abbasi (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Saba Qom
15 2DF Mohammad Daneshgar (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
7 3MF Ali Karimi (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Iran Sepahan
8 3MF Farshid Esmaeili (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
12 3MF Mehdi Torabi (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Saipa
18 3MF Mohammad Hosseinpour (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan
19 3MF Ehsan Pahlevan (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Iran Zob Ahan
24 3MF Milad Mohammadi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan
28 3MF Ahmad Nourollahi (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Persepolis
30 3MF Mehdi Mehdipour (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 20) 1 1 Free Agent
9 4FW Shahin Saghebi (1993-08-25) 25 August 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Tractor Sazi
10 4FW Behnam Barzay (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Iran Rah Ahan
11 4FW Amir Arsalan Motahari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 21) 3 2 Iran Naft Tehran
16 4FW Mohammad Amin Darvishi (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh
21 4FW Morteza Aghakhan (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Paykan
26 4FW Ali Choupani (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Padideh

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 Ali Mohsenzadeh (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Naft Tehran
1GK Mohammad Nasseri (1993-04-18) 18 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh
Defenders
2DF Mohammad Ali Faramarzi (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
2DF Saeb Mohebi (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Zob Ahan
2DF Farshad Ghasemi (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Persepolis
2DF Hojjat Haghverdi (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Zob Ahan
Midfielders
3MF Arash Rezavand (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 21) 2 1 Iran Naft Tehran
3MF Omid Ghorbani (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Saba Qom
3MF Mohammad Ali Mardani (1994-08-28) 28 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
3MF Ehsan Sokhandan (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Iran Saba Qom
3MF Valid Mashaeizadeh (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Ahmad Abdollahzadeh (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Milad Kamandani (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Persepolis
3MF Alireza Naghizadeh (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh
3MF Reza Hashemi 0 0 Iran Sanat Naft
Forwards
4FW Alireza Jahanbakhsh (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands NEC
4FW Amin Jahan Kohan (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
4FW Hossein Fazeli (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Sepahan
4FW Sardar Azmoun (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Russia Rubin Kazan

Schedule and results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Tournament Venue Opponent Result Iranian scorer Report
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'
July 22, 2014 Friendly match Amman, Jordan Jordan Jordan U-23 2–2 (D) Arash Rezavand Goal 30', Mehdi Mehdipour Goal 51'
July 25, 2014 Friendly match Amman, Jordan Jordan Jordan U-23 1–1 (D) Aram Abbasi Goal
August 7, 2014 Friendly match Yerevan, Armenia Armenia Armenia U-21 0–0 (D)
September 9, 2014 Friendly match Beijing, China China China U-23 0–0 (D)
September 15, 2014 2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea Vietnam Vietnam U-23 1–4 (L) Mohsen Mosalman Goal 66'
September 18, 2014 2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan U-23 1–1 (D) Morteza Pouraliganji Goal 77'
November 18, 2014 Friendly match Doha, Qatar Qatar Qatar U-23 0–0 (D)
2015
January 26, 2015 Friendly match Antalya, Turkey Denmark Denmark U-21

Managers[edit]

Current management team[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Mohammad Khakpour
Assistant coach Iran Majid Saleh
Goalkeeping coach Iran Hadi Tabatabaei
Fitness coach Iran Aria Ghasemi
Analyzer Iran Saeid Ellahioly
Iran Hassan Asghari
Doctor Iran Parham Khanlari
Sporting director Iran Human Afazeli
Team manager TBD

Honours[edit]

1st Gold Medal (1): 2002
3rd 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.

Friendly Tournaments[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 0/6 - - - - - - - 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 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 5
Total 1 titles 21 13 4 4 42 21

Asian Games squads[edit]

Wild card players[edit]

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]