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 Iran (IRN)
  • FIFA Trigramme: IRN
  • Country: Iran
  • Country (official name): Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran
  • Continent: Asia
  • Capital: Teheran
  • Major cities: Mashhad, Ispahan, Tabriz, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Bakhtaran, Qom, Karaj, Urumiyeh, Abadan, Rasht, Kerman
  • Currency: Rial
  • Official languages: Persian
  • Motto: Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic
  Standings
 
Group D MP W D L GF GA Pts
POR 3 3 0 0 5 1 9
MEX 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
ANG 3 0 2 1 1 2 2
IRN 3 0 1 2 2 6 1
Founded 1920
Affiliated 1945
WC participations 2 (1978, 1998)
WC honours None
Continental Titles Asian Championships 3 times (1968, 1972, 1976), Asian Games 4 times (1974, 1990, 1998, 2002)
Facts
  • Iran first participated in the qualifiers in 1974 and reached their first finals tournament just four years later. The team lost to Holland and Peru in Argentina, but held Scotland to a 1-1 draw.
     
  • The Iranians had already proven their potential in previous years. Between 1968 and 1976, they lifted the Asian Cup on three occasions without losing a single game.
     
  • In 1998 Iran qualified for a FIFA World Cupô for the second time. They also recorded their first victory in the finals with a 2-1 defeat of the USA. However, they failed to reach the last sixteen after finding themselves in a group with Germany and Yugoslavia.