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 Mohammad Khakpour
Captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh
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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification.[3][4]
Match date:TBA
Opposition: TBA
Caps and goals correct as of: 31 March 2015

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mohammadreza Akhbari (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Iran Saipa
22 1GK Amir Abedzadeh (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Iran Rah Ahan
44 1GK Goudarz Davoudi (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Naft MIS
2 2DF Yousef Vakia (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Iran Foolad
3 2DF Vahid Heydarieh (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 22) 10 1 Iran Paykan
4 2DF Mohammad Hossein Moradmand (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 21) 5 1 Iran Sepahan
5 2DF Hossein Kanaani (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 21) 4 1 Iran Malavan
24 2DF Milad Mohammadi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 21) 6 1 Iran Rah Ahan
25 2DF Majid Hosseini (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Iran Esteghlal
26 2DF Ali Abdollahzadeh (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Iran Sanat Naft
6 3MF Roozbeh Cheshmi (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 21) 7 1 Iran Saba Qom
7 3MF Ali Karimi (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 21) 8 2 Iran Sepahan
14 3MF Ahmad Nourollahi (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 22) 6 0 Iran Persepolis
15 3MF Alireza Naghizadeh (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 22) 4 1 Iran Gostaresh
17 3MF Milad Kamandani (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 20) 7 1 Iran Persepolis
19 3MF Ehsan Pahlavan (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 21) 12 2 Iran Zob Ahan
29 3MF Mehdi Torabi (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Iran Saipa
9 4FW Alireza Jahanbakhsh (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 21) 6 1 Netherlands NEC
10 4FW Behnam Barzay (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 22) 12 7 Iran Esteghlal
11 4FW Sardar Azmoun (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 20) 5 4 Russia Rostov
12 4FW Shahin Saghebi (1993-08-25) 25 August 1993 (age 21) 8 1 Iran Tractor Sazi
18 4FW Hossein Fazeli (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 21) 7 1 Iran Sepahan
20 4FW Amir Arsalan Motahari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 22) 12 6 Iran Naft Tehran

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 22) 1 0 Iran Naft Tehran
1GK Ali Akbar Ahaki (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
1GK Milad Ahmadian (1993-05-30) 30 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Paykan
1GK Mohammadreza Ghodratipour (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Saba Qom
1GK Hojjat Sedghi (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Iran Mes Kerman
1GK Mohammad Nasseri (1993-04-18) 18 April 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh
Defenders
2DF Mohammad Ali Faramarzi (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Iran Padideh
2DF Saeb Mohebi (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Iran Zob Ahan
2DF Jalal Abdi (1993-12-26) 26 December 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Iran Naft MIS
2DF Iman Salimi (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Iran Aluminium Hormozgan
2DF Mahyar Nouri (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Damash
2DF Reza Aliari (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Naft Tehran
2DF Masih Zahedi (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Saipa
2DF Davoud Bahadori (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Saba Qom
2DF Milad Rabbani (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
2DF Hojjat Haghverdi (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Zob Ahan
2DF Bagher Hashemi (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
2DF Meysam Joudaki (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Naft Tehran
2DF Mohammad Shahmohammadi 0 0 Iran Shahrdari Tabriz
2DF Mohammad Mad Malisi (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Naft MIS
2DF Farzad Jafari (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
2DF Mohammad Sattari (1993-10-30) 30 October 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan
2DF Aram Abbasi (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Saba Qom
2DF Mohammad Daneshgar (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
2DF Farshad Ghasemi (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Persepolis
2DF Reza Hashemi 0 0 Iran Sanat Naft
Midfielders
3MF Arash Rezavand (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 21) 2 1 Iran Naft Tehran
3MF Ali Sina Rabbani (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Alireza Alizadeh (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Saipa
3MF Omid Ghorbani (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Saba Qom
3MF Hamdollah Ebdam (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
3MF Sattar Doraji (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Naft MIS
3MF Mahyar Zahmatkesh (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Malavan
3MF Mehrdad Mohammadi (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan
3MF Ali Kianifar (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Naft MIS
3MF Siamak Nemati (1994-04-17) 17 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Paykan
3MF Peyman Keshavarz (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Tractor Sazi
3MF Sadegh Moharrami (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Iran Malavan
3MF Mohammad Hosseinpour (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Rah Ahan
3MF Danial Esmaeilifar (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Zob Ahan
3MF Mehdi Mehdipour (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 21) 1 1 Iran Zob Ahan
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 21) 1 0 Iran Saba Qom
3MF Valid Mashaeizadeh (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Iran Foolad
3MF Ahmad Abdollahzadeh (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Foolad
Forwards
4FW Bahman Salari (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Saipa
4FW Bahman Jahantigh (1995-03-14) 14 March 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Iran Foolad
4FW Mohammadreza Nejat 0 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi
4FW Mohammad Razipour (1993-09-18) 18 September 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Malavan
4FW Saeid Aghaei (1995-09-09) 9 September 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Iran Tractor Sazi
4FW Amir Hossein Karimi (1996-02-09) 9 February 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Iran Sepahan
4FW Yousef Seyedi (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh
4FW Mohammad Amin Darvishi (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iran Gostaresh
4FW Morteza Aghakhan (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Iran Paykan
4FW Ali Choupani (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Padideh
4FW Amin Jahan Kohan (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Iran Fajr Sepasi

Schedule and results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Tournament Venue Opponent Result Iranian scorer Report
2015
January 10, 2015 Friendly match Muscat, Oman Oman Oman U-23 2–0 (W) Motahari Goal 37', Barzay Goal 61' (pen.)
January 20, 2015 Friendly match Antalya, Turkey Albania Albania U-23 2–1 (W) Nejat Goal 51', Fazeli Goal 69'
January 24, 2015 Friendly match Antalya, Turkey Burma Myanmar U-23 3–1 (W) Barzay Goal 13', Mohammadi Goal 19', Pahlevan Goal 89'
January 26, 2015 Friendly match Antalya, Turkey Ukraine Ukraine U-23 1–1 (D) Karimi Goal 28' (pen.)
March 12, 2015 Friendly match Kuwait City, Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait U-23 1–0 (W) Barzay Goal 28' (pen.) Report
March 23, 2015 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification Tehran, Iran Nepal Nepal U-23 5–0 (W) Motahari Goal 14', Barzay Goal 27' (pen.), Azmoun Goal 54', Karimi Goal 67', Saghebi Goal 87' Report
March 27, 2015 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification Tehran, Iran State of Palestine Palestine U-23 3–0 (W) Azmoun Goal 48', Motahari Goal 80'90+3' (pen.) Report
March 29, 2015 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification Tehran, Iran Afghanistan Afghanistan U-23 6–0 (W) Azmoun Goal 12'74', Moradmand Goal 24', Kamandani Goal 28', Jahanbakhsh Goal 38', Cheshmi Goal 61' Report
March 31, 2015 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification Tehran, Iran Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia U-23 1–2 (L) Al-Yami Goal 84' (o.g.) Report

Managers[edit]

Current management team[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Mohammad Khakpour
Assistant coaches Iran Majid Saleh
Goalkeeping coach Iran Hadi Tabatabaei
Fitness coach Iran Amir Hajghasem
Analyzer Iran Hassan Asghari
Doctor Iran Mehdi Abarashi
Technical director Iran Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
Team manager Iran Habib Kashani

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
Qatar 2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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]