Iran World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad, Stats

Iran World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad, Stats


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Iran have only won one single game in a World Cup finals, back in 1998 against the USA. Brazil 2014 will be the fourth time the Iranians have taken part in the tournament, and once again, they are considered to be one of the weakest sides in South America; but their placement in Group F could well be a blessing in disguise.

Manager: Carlos Queiroz
Captain: Javad Nekounam
World Cup Winners: N/A
World Cup Runners up: N/A
Best Finish: Round 1 (1978, 1998, 2006)

Iran 2014 World Cup Preview:

Managed by the ramblin’ Carlos Quieroz (formerly of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal ‘fame’), Iran find themselves in arguably the most unpredictable of World Cup groups, pitted against Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nigeria and Argentina.

Crucial to their cause is Fulham man Ashkan Dejagah, who is not only the most recognisable player in the squad for fans of the Premier League, but he can be a devastating presence on the right. Iran’s biggest problem is their lack of goals, with Quieroz creating a stubborn defensive unit (only two goals conceded in eight World Cup qualifying matches), but without any real thrust up top.

Dejagah, along with attacking mid Masoud Shojaei, long serving captain Javad Nekounam, and live-wire Charlton forward Reza Ghoochannejhad will have to find their form very quickly if they to help Iran pull of a shock in South America.


Iran 2014 World Cup Squad:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari, Alireza Haghighi, Rahman Ahmadi

Defenders: Hossein Mahini, Steven Beitashour, Pejman Montazeri, Jalal Hosseini, Amir-Hossein Sadeghi, Ahmad Alenemeh, Hashem Beikzadeh, Mehrdad Pouladi

Midfielders: Javad Nekounam, Andranik Teymourian, Reza Haghighi, Ghasem Hadadifar, Bakhtiar Rahmani, Ehsan Hajsafi

Strikers: Ashkan Dejagah, Masoud Shojaei, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Karim Ansarifard, Khosro Heydari

Key Player(s): Ashkan Dejagah


Iran 2014 World Cup Stats: 

For more World Cup previews, stats and news, see our World Cup 2014 Guide.

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  1. i hope Carlos Queiroz ‘ll get a good result reflect on future’s iran football leagues


    Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).
    Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro).
    Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Newell’s Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica).
    Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St-Germain).

    Odds of winning group: 1/4

    Player to watch: Lionel Messi
    Who else? He may have had a quiet season by his standards, and will be ably supporter by an all-star group of attackers, but the Barcelona sharp-shooter is undoubtedly the main man for Argentina.


    Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VFR Aalen).
    Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Ervin Zukanovic (Gent), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros).
    Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Anel Hadzic (Sturm), Tino Susic (Hajduk), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhour Renhe), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Avdija Vrsaljevic (Hajduk).
    Forwards: Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB).

    Odds of winning group: 15/2

    Player to watch: Edin Dzeko
    The Manchester City hitman has a fine season in front of goal. He may not be fashionable, but he knows how to put the ball in the back of the net.


    Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan), Sousha Makani (Foolad Khuzestan).
    Defenders: Khosro Heidari (Esteghlal), Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Zob Ahan), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan), Mehrdad Pooladi (Persepolis).
    Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Al Kuwait), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Hadadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiyar Rahmani (Foolad), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
    Forwards: Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (Persepolis), Mehdi Sharifi (Sepahan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Persepolis, on loan at Tractor Sazi), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan).

    Odds of winning group: 66/1

    Player to watch: Ashkan Dejagah
    Dejagah has made 43 appearances for Fulham over two seasons, and also has plenty of experience in another top European league, the Bundesliga. He also played for every single Gernamy age-group team from U17s to U21s.


    Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).
    Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, on loan from Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).
    Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Joel Obi (Parma), Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis), Sunday Mba (Bastia), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk).
    Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce); Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Victor Moses (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).

    Odds of winning group: 10/1

    Player to watch: Victor Moses
    There’s more than a little devil about Moses, who has been unlucky not to get more game time this season at Liverpool. He is lightening quick, and is capable of magic.

    1st: Argentina
    2nd: Bosnia and Herzegovina
    3rd: Nigeria
    4th: Iran

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