Iran national football team records and statistics

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This article lists various football records in relation to the Iran national football team (Team Melli). The page is updated where necessary after each Iran match, and is correct as of 9 January 2008.

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances
Javad Nekounam, 151 caps, 2000 - 2015
Ali Daei, 149 caps, 1993 - 2006
Other centurions
Ali Karimi, 127 caps, 1998 - 2013
Jalal Hosseini, 115 caps, 2007 - 2018
Mehdi Mahdavikia, 110 caps, 1996 - 2009
Ehsan Hajsafi, 109 caps, 2008 -
Andranik Teymourian, 101 caps,2005 -2016
World Cup appearances
World Cup event appearances
Oldest player to feature at the World Cup
Ali Daei, 37 years, 2006
Youngest player to feature at the World Cup
Hossein Kaebi, 20 years and 9 months, 2006.
Oldest player to feature at the Asian Cup
Ali Daei, 35 years, 2004
First appearance by a player who had never played for an Iranian club
Ferydoon Zandi, vs Bahrain Bahrain on 9 February 2005
First player to debut as a substitute
Mohammad Mohajer, on 25 August 1941 vs Afghanistan

Most capped players[edit]

As of 14 November 2019, the players with the most caps for Iran are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javad Nekounam 2000–2015 151 39
2 Ali Daei 1993–2006 149 109
3 Ali Karimi 1998–2013 127 38
4 Jalal Hosseini 2007–2018 115 8
5 Mehdi Mahdavikia 1996–2009 110 13
6 Ehsan Hajsafi 2008–0000 109 6
7 Andranik Teymourian 2005–2016 101 9
8 Karim Bagheri 1993–2010 87 50
Masoud Shojaei 2004– 8
10 Hossein Kaebi 2002–2011 84 1
11 Hamid Reza Estili 1990–2000 82 12
12 Mohammad Nosrati 2002–2013 81 5
Karim Ansarifard 2009– 24
14 Javad Zarincheh 1987–2000 80 1
15 Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh 1987–1998 79 0
16 Ali Parvin 1970–1980 76 13
Mehdi Rahmati 2004–2012 0
18 Yahya Golmohammadi 1993-2006 74 5
19 Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht 2000–2008 73 14

The records are collected based on data from FIFA and RSSSF.
bold names denotes a player still playing or available for selection.

Goals[edit]

First goal
Masoud Boroumand vs  Turkey in a Friendly 26-Oct-47
Most goals
Ali Daei, 109, (1993 - 2006)
Most goals in a match
Four goals in a match
Three goals in a match
First goal in a World Cup match
Iraj Danaeifard, 1978 FIFA World Cup vs  Scotland
First goal in a World Cup qualifying campaign
Gholam Vafakhah, vs  Kuwait on 6-May-73 (1974 World Cup Qualification)
Oldest goalscorer at the World Cup
Yahya Golmohammadi, 35 years, 2006
Youngest goalscorer at the World Cup
Mehdi Mahdavikia, 20 years, 1998
Oldest goalscorer at the Asian Cup
Ali Daei, 35 years, 2004
Most goals scored from penalties
Ali Daei 16 Goals.
Youngest goalscorer
allahyar Sayyadmanesh, 17 years and 342 days, 2019
First goal by a substitute
First Iranian goalscorer at the Azadi Stadium : Parviz Ghelichkhani vs Australia Australia 24 August 1973

Hat-tricks[edit]

Masoud Boroumand, scorer of first hat-trick for Iran.
Ali Daei, scorer of eight hat-tricks for Iran.
Player Against Goals Date Competition
Masoud Boroumand  Pakistan 3 27-Oct-1950 International Match
Abbas Hajari  Pakistan 3 14-Dec-1959 1960 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Ali Jabbari  Pakistan 3 12-Mar-1969 International Match
Hossein Kalani  Iraq 3 9-May-1972 1972 AFC Asian Cup
Ali Jabbari  Thailand 3 13-May-1972 1972 AFC Asian Cup
Gholam Hossein Mazloumi  Pakistan 3 3-Sep-1974 1974 Asian Games
Gholam Hossein Mazloumi  South Yemen 3 8-Jun-1976 1976 AFC Asian Cup
Behtash Fariba  Bangladesh 4 22-Sep-1980 1980 AFC Asian Cup
Nasser Mohammadkhani  Bangladesh 4 07-Aug-1984 1984 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Karim Bavi    Nepal 3 4-Jun-1988 1988 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Farshad Pious  Malaysia 3 24-Sep-1990 1990 Asian Games
Ali Asghar Modir Roosta  Taiwan 4 25-Jun-1993 1994 World Cup qualification
Ali Daei    Nepal 4 10-Jun-1996 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Ali Daei  Sri Lanka 5 12-Jun-1996 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Karim Bagheri  Sri Lanka 3 17-Jun-1996 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Ali Daei  South Korea 4 16-Dec-1996 1996 AFC Asian Cup
Karim Bagheri  Maldives 7 02-Jun-1997 1998 World Cup Qualification
Hamid Estili  Maldives 3 02-Jun-1997 1998 World Cup Qualification
Ali Daei  Uzbekistan 3 14-Dec-1998 1998 Asian Games
Ali Daei  Maldives 3 31-Mar-2000 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Karim Bagheri  Guam 6 24-Nov-2000 2002 World Cup Qualification
Ali Karimi  Guam 4 24-Nov-2000 2002 World Cup Qualification
Ali Daei  Guam 3 24-Nov-2000 2002 World Cup Qualification
Farhad Majidi  Guam 3 24-Nov-2000 2002 World Cup Qualification
Sirous Dinmohammadi  Oman 3 8-Aug-2001 International Match
Ali Karimi  Slovakia 3 15-Aug-2001 International Match
Ali Daei  Lebanon 3 17-Jun-2004 2004 WAFF West Asian Championship
Ali Karimi  South Korea 3 31-Jul-2004 2004 AFC Asian Cup
Ali Daei  Laos 4 17-Nov-2004 2006 World Cup qualification
Javad Nekounam  Lebanon 3 6-Feb-2013 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Sardar Azmoun  North Macedonia 3 2-Jun-2016 International Match
Mehdi Taremi  Syria 3 6-Jun-2019 International Match
Karim Ansarifard  Cambodia 4 11-Oct-2019 2022 World Cup qualification
Sardar Azmoun  Cambodia 3 11-Oct-2019 2022 World Cup qualification

Home record[edit]

As of 6 June 2019

Stadium City Played W D L GF GA GD Win % First Match Most Recent
Amjadieh Stadium Tehran 26 17 4 5 69 19 +50 65.38% 26 October 1950, v. Afghanistan 15 March 1977, v. Hungary
Aryamehr/Azadi Stadium Tehran 151 107 30 14 351 82 +269 70.86% 4 May 1973, v. North Korea 10 October 2019, v. Cambodia
Rah ahan Stadium (not official - Iran B) Tehran 0(2) 0(2) 0 0 0(5) 0(2) 0(3) 100% 14 July 1975, v. Zaie 16 July 1975, v. Egypt
Taj Gozari/Hafezieh Stadium Shiraz 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100% 6 April 1977, v. Syria 22 April 1977, v. Saudi Arabia
Takhti Mashhad Stadium Mashhad 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100% 5 February 1985, v. North Korea 5 February 1985, v. North Korea
Takhti Tabriz Stadium Tabriz 5 4 1 0 27 1 +26 80% 17 May 1996, v. Qatar 19 September 2002, v. Paraguay
Yadegar-e Emam Stadium Tabriz 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0% 14 April 1998, v. Kuwait 10 August 2002, v. Azerbaijan
Takhti Tehran Stadium Tehran 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 100% 7 August 2008, v. Palestine 13 August 2008, v. Syria
Enghelab Stadium Karaj 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100% 3 March 2014, v. Kuwait 3 March 2014, v. Kuwait
Total 191 135 37 19 468 107 +361 70.68% 26 October 1950, v. Afghanistan 10 October 2019, v. Cambodia

Minor Tournament[edit]

LG Cup Four Nations Tournament[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Iran 1998 LG Cup Third Place 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 3
Iran 2000 LG Cup Third Place 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4
Egypt 2001 LG Cup (Egypt) Fourth Place 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0
Iran 2001 LG Cup (Iran) Champions 2 2 0 0 9 2 +7 6
Morocco 2002 LG Cup (Morocco) Champions 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
Iran 2002 LG Cup (Iran) Champions 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Nigeria 2003 LG Cup (Nigeria) Fourth Place 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
Iran 2003 LG Cup (Iran) Third Place 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
Jordan 2006 LG Cup (Jordan) Unknown 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
Total (All Matches) 9/9 17 7 5 5 24 14 +10 26
Total (Only Official Matches) * 9/9 13 6 3 4 19 10 +9 21
  • consist of only official international "A" Senior matches (not include Youth, B Team and club team results).
  • Source: http://www.rsssf.com/tablesl/lgcup.html
  • 1-Third Place Match [Jun 1] Iran not play Ghana [Iran waited for 35 minutes on the pitch, while Ghana did not show up at all, apparently demanding prize money for the fourth-place finishers (uncommon in LG tournaments). Eventually Iran left, without obtaining any information from the Nigerian 'organisers'. One day later, the Nigerian FA awarded Ghana third place (and the relevant prize money) because Iran had left the pitch (sic!). Iran have understandably protested.]
  • 2-apparently only 2 matches were played ([Oct 4] Iraq 0-2 Iran and [Oct 6] Jordan 0-0 Iran), structure of tournament unclear.

Minor Tournament[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Iran 1969 Friendship Cup Runners-up 4 3 0 1 13 5 +8 9
Iran 1971 Cyrus Cup Champions 5 5 0 0 10 2 +8 15
Brazil 1972 Independence Cup Round 1 4 0 1 3 3 8 -5 1
Iran 1974 Iran Cup Champions 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 8
Iran 1975 Iran Cup Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
Iran 1978 Afro-Asian Cup Champions 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
Pakistan 1982 Quaid-E-Azam Cup Champions 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21 16
India 1985 Nehru Cup Round 1 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
Iran 1986 Fajr Cup Runners-up 5 3 2 0 11 2 +9 11
Kuwait 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Fourth Place 5 1 3 1 5 4 +1 6
IranAlgeria 1991 Afro-Asian Cup Runners-up 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Hong Kong 1998 Lunar New Year Cup Third Place 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
Kuwait 1999 Ciao February Cup Runners-up 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3
Canada 1999 Canada Cup Runners-up 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
Iran 2001 Civilization Cup Third Place 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 4
Hong Kong 2003 Lunar New Year Cup Runners-up 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
Iran 2003 AFC–OFC Challenge Cup Champions 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
Iran 2005 Tehran Cup Third Place 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
Oman 2008 Oman Cup Third Place 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 3
Qatar 2010 Qatar Friendship Cup Fourth Place 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 3
Total (All Matches) 20/20 60 30 15 15 107 52 +55 105
Total (Only Official Matches) * 20/20 37 18 8 11 70 34 +36 62

Special Tournament[edit]

Two Tournament for A team but Iran send B team and club team.

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
India 2003 Afro-Asian Games Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
Saudi Arabia 2005 Islamic Solidarity Games Third Place 6 3 3 0 16 1 +15 12
Total 2/2 9 3 4 2 18 5 +13 16
  • all matches is unofficial international "A" Senior matches.

Special Friendly Match[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Opponent Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Spain 75th Anniversary of Real Madrid Argentina 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Japan 1999 Kirin World Challenge Cup Japan 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Total 2/2 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

Friendly Match Results[edit]

This table consist of only 2 sided team friendly match results (not include 3 and 4 nations cup and other friendly and Minor Tournament). Also only official international "A" Senior matches (not include Youth, B Team and club team results).

  • As of 11 Nov 2016
Year Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
1941 Friendly Match 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
1950 Friendly Match 3 2 0 1 10 7 +3 6
1952 Friendly Match 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
1962 Friendly Match 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
1966 Friendly Match 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
1971 Friendly Match 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
1973 Friendly Match 1 1 0 0 0 1 -1 0
1974 Friendly Match 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
1975 Friendly Match 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
1976 Friendly Match 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
1977 Friendly Match 2 0 1 1 0 2 -2 2
1978 Friendly Match 5 0 2 3 2 5 -3 2
1980 Friendly Match 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
1985 Friendly Match 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
1986 Friendly Match 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 3
1989 Friendly Match 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
1990 Friendly Match 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0
1992 Friendly Match 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
1996 Friendly Match 9 4 3 2 9 6 +3 15
1997 Friendly Match 5 3 1 1 7 3 +4 10
1998 Friendly Match 3 0 1 2 1 6 -1 1
1999 Friendly Match 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
2000 Friendly Match 7 2 3 2 8 11 -3 9
2001 Friendly Match 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
2002 Friendly Match 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 7
2003 Friendly Match 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0
2004 Friendly Match 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 3
2005 Friendly Match 4 3 0 1 8 4 +4 9
2006 Friendly Match 4 3 1 0 11 6 +5 10
2007 Friendly Match 5 3 1 1 13 7 +6 10
2008 Friendly Match 6 3 2 1 5 3 +2 11
2009 Friendly Match 10 3 4 2 10 10 0 13
2010 Friendly Match 5 3 1 1 6 4 +2 10
2011 Friendly Match 4 4 0 0 10 0 +10 12
2012 Friendly Match 5 1 3 1 10 6 +4 6
2013 Friendly Match 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
2014 Friendly Match 6 2 3 1 5 3 +2 9
2015 Friendly Match 5 3 1 1 6 4 +2 10
2016 Friendly Match 3 3 0 0 17 2 +15 9
Total 124 54 35 35 180 123 +57 196

All Time General Statistics Record / Overview of Results[edit]

As of 11 September 2018
  • consist of only official international "A" Senior matches (not include Youth, B Team and club team results).
Tournament Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
FIFA World Cup 15 2 4 9 9 24 -15 10
FIFA World Cup Qualification 122 75 31 16 261 79 +182 256
AFC Asian Cup 62 37 18 7 119 45 +74 129
AFC Asian Cup Qualification * 53 40 8 5 143 30 +113 128
Olympics (not official) 9 2 1 6 6 20 -14 7
Olympics Qualification (not official) 22 14 6 2 48 8 +40 48
Asian Games 47 30 5 12 86 34 +52 95
West Asian Championship 28 19 7 2 56 16 +40 64
Central Asian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Official Matches (Exclude Olympics Qual and Olympics) 324 202 72 50 683 232 +451 678
RCD Cup / ECO Cup 11 8 1 2 27 9 +18 25
LG Cup 13 6 3 4 19 10 +9 22
Minor Tournament 37 18 8 11 70 34 +36 62
Special Friendly Match 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Friendly Match** 124 54 35 35 180 123 +57 196
All of Friendly Matches and Other Tournaments 187 86 49 52 298 178 +120 307
Total Official and Friendly Matches 511 288 121 102 981 410 +571 985
  • Exclude of 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qual because of counted in FIFA World Cup Qual (2018) matches.
    • consist of only 2 sided team friendly match results (not include 3 and 4 nations cup and other friendly and Minor Tournament).

Summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total
Asian Championship 3 0 5 8
Asian Games 3 2 0 5
West Asian Championship 4 1 1 6
West Asian Games 1 1 1 3
ECO Cup 3 3 0 6
LG Cup 3 0 3 6
Minor Tournament 5 6 4 15
AFC–OFC Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 0 1 0 1
Total 22 14 15 51

FIFA World Ranking[edit]

FIFA World Rankings for Iran, August 1993 – March 2018[1]
Highest FIFA ranking
15 (July 2005)[1]
Lowest FIFA ranking
122 (May 1996)[1]
Best mover
65 (July 1996)[1]
Worst mover
-43 (October 1995)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e fifa.com

External links[edit]