Iran national under-23 football team

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Iran under-23
Nickname(s) Team Omid ("Team Hope")
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mohammad Khakpour
Captain Rouzbeh Cheshmi
Home stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA code IRN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iran 2–1  Kuwait
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; December 3, 1977)[1]
Biggest win
 Iran 10–0 Afghanistan U23 Afghanistan
(Busan, South Korea; September 28, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 2–6 Japan U23 Japan
(Tehran, Iran; February 9, 2001)
AFC U-22 Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 2013)
Best result Quarter-finals: 2016
Asian Games
Appearances 14 (First in 1951)
Best result Champions: 1974, 1990, 1998, 2002

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,[2] the Iran under-23 team was given special permission to participate in the Asian Games,[3] where they won the bronze medal.

Tournament records[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record 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 1 1 2 1 5
Brazil 2016 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 8 5 0 3 21 9
Japan 2020 To be determined - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 0/8 - - - - - - - 40 18 7 15 81 46

AFC U-23 Championship[edit]

AFC U-23 Championship record AFC U-23 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 Squad 5 4 1 0 13 2
Qatar 2016 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 6 7 Squad 4 3 0 1 15 2
Total 2/2 7 3 1 3 12 12 - 9 7 1 1 28 4
*Denotes draws which include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games record
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 Fourth place 7 5 0 2 14 8
South Korea Incheon 2014 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 5
Total 4/4 21 13 4 4 42 21

Wild card players[edit]

WAFF U-23 Championship[edit]

Hosts/Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Qatar 2015 Champions 4 3 1 0 8 3
Total 1/1 4 3 1 0 8 0

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Previous matches[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2016
12 January 2016 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Syria 2016 AFC U-23 Championship 2–0 (W) Motahari Goal 64', Mi. Mohammadi Goal 72' Report
15 January 2016 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar 2016 AFC U-23 Championship 1–2 (L) Karimi Goal 90+1' Report
18 January 2016 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  China PR 2016 AFC U-23 Championship 3–2 (W) Motahari Goal 38', Pahlavan Goal 40', Torabi Goal 48' Report
22 January 2016 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  Japan 2016 AFC U-23 Championship 0–3 (a.e.t.) (L) Report

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Mohammad Khakpour
Assistant coach Iran Hadi Tabatabaei
Goalkeeping coach Iran Saeid Azizian
Fitness coach Australia Ken Stead
Analyzer Iran Mohammad Asghari
Doctor Iran Mehdi Abarashi
Technical director Iran Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
Technical adviser Iran Mojtaba Taghavi
Team manager Iran Habib Kashani
Executive director Iran Mohammad Rasaei
Iran Hossein Okhovat

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players had been called up for 2016 AFC U-23 Championship.[4][5]

  • Match date: 22 January 2016
  • Opposition:  Japan
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 22 January 2016
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mohammadreza Akhbari (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 23) 13 1 Iran Tractor Sazi
12 1GK Ali Mohsenzadeh (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Iran Persepolis
22 1GK Amir Abedzadeh (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Unattached

2 2DF Mohammad Daneshgar (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 22) 11 2 Iran Saba Qom
3 2DF Vahid Heydarieh (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 23) 13 3 Iran Persepolis
4 2DF Rouzbeh Cheshmi (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 23) 16 2 Iran Esteghlal
5 2DF Hossein Kanaanizadegan (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 22) 5 1 Iran Esteghlal
13 2DF Ali Abdollahzadeh (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 23) 10 1 Iran Sanat Naft
15 2DF Mohammad Hossein Moradmand (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 23) 5 2 Iran Padideh
18 2DF Saeb Mohebi (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Iran Zob Ahan
21 2DF Reza Aliari (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Iran Saba Qom

6 3MF Mahan Rahmani (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Iran Saipa
7 3MF Ali Karimi (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 22) 18 5 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
8 3MF Farshid Esmaeili (1994-02-21) 21 February 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Iran Esteghlal
9 3MF Mohsen Karimi (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Iran Esteghlal
11 3MF Milad Mohammadi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 23) 15 3 Russia Terek Grozny
14 3MF Milad Kamandani (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 22) 13 1 Iran Padideh
16 3MF Alireza Naghizadeh (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 23) 11 5 Iran Gostaresh Foolad
17 3MF Mehdi Torabi (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 22) 6 1 Iran Saipa
19 3MF Ehsan Pahlavan (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 23) 20 3 Iran Zob Ahan
20 3MF Shahin Saghebi (1993-08-25) 25 August 1993 (age 23) 13 1 Iran Malavan

10 4FW Amir Arsalan Motahari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 23) 21 14 Iran Saba Qom
23 4FW Mehrdad Mohammadi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 23) 7 3 Iran Sepahan

Previous squads[edit]

AFC U-23 Championships[edit]

Honours[edit]

1st, gold medalist(s) Gold Medal (1): 2002
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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.

1st, gold medalist(s) Gold Medal (1): 2015

Friendly Tournaments[edit]

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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