Iran national under-23 football team

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Iran under-23
Nickname(s)Team Melli Omid ("The Hope National Team")
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachHamid Estili
CaptainOmid Noorafkan
Home stadiumAzadi Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iran 2–1  Kuwait
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 3 December 1977)[1]
Biggest win
 Iran 10–0 Afghanistan U23 Afghanistan
(Busan, South Korea; 28 September 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 2–6 Japan U23 Japan
(Tehran, Iran; 9 February 2001)
AFC U-22 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2013)
Best resultQuarter-finals: 2016
Asian Games
Appearances6 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold Medal (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 record[edit]

Summer Olympic Games Record Qualifications record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
19081988 See Iran national team See Iran national team
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify 8 5 2 1 19 6
United States 1996 4 2 1 1 9 4
Australia 2000 4 1 1 2 3 6
Greece 2004 6 3 0 3 22 9
China 2008 6 1 2 3 6 7
United Kingdom 2012 4 1 1 2 1 5
Brazil 2016 8 5 0 3 21 9
Japan 2020 6 3 2 1 9 4
France 2024 To be determined To be determined
United States 2028
Total - 0 / 7 - - - - - - 46 21 9 16 90 50

AFC U-23 Championship record[edit]

AFC U-23 Championship record AFC U-23 qualification
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA Squad GP W D L GS GA
Oman 2014 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
China 2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
Thailand 2020 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad 3 2 1 0 6 1
Total 3/4 10 4 2 4 15 15 - 14 10 2 2 36 8
*Denotes draws which include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games record[edit]

Asian Games record
Year Round PLD W D L GS GA Wildcard (Overage) Players
1951 to 1998 See Iran national team
South Korea 2002 Champions 6 4 2 0 16 2 Ali Daei (33); Ebrahim Mirzapour (24); Yahya Golmohammadi (31)
Qatar 2006 Third Place 6 4 1 1 10 6 Hassan Roudbarian (28); Arash Borhani (24); Jalal Hosseini (24)
China 2010 Fourth place 7 5 0 2 14 8 Mehdi Rahmati (27); Gholamreza Rezaei (26); Jalal Hosseini (28)
South Korea 2014 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 5
Indonesia 2018 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 3 4
Total 5/5 25 14 5 6 45 25

WAFF U-23 Championship record[edit]

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 3

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Previous matches[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2019
15 January 2019 Qatar Aspire Zone, Doha  Tajikistan 4-team Tournament 1–2 (L) Namdari Goal 3'
18 January 2019 Qatar Aspire Zone, Doha  Kuwait 4-team Tournament 5–0 (W) Arta Goal 3',
Sayyadmanesh Goal 40',
Delfi Goal 50',
Hosseinzadeh Goal 54',
Noorafkan Goal 72'
21 January 2019 Qatar Aspire Zone, Doha  Qatar 4-team Tournament 2–1 (W) Mehdikhani Goal 3',
Sayyadmanesh Goal 17'
17 March 2019 Iran Iran National Football Camp , Tehran  Syria Friendly 1–2 (L) Noorafkan Goal
22 March 2019 Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Turkmenistan 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 3–1 (W) Bashimov Goal 35' (o.g.),
Noorafkan Goal 54',
Jabireh Goal 90+2'
Report
24 March 2019 Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Yemen 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 3–0 (W) Shekari Goal 55',
Jabireh Goal 67',
Mehdikhani Goal 75'
Report
26 March 2019 Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Iraq 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification 0–0 (D) Report
6 September 2019 Uzbekistan AGMK Stadium, Olmaliq  Uzbekistan Friendly 0–1 (L)
9 September 2019 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan Friendly 1–4 (L) Ghayedi Goal 48'
14 October 2019 Qatar Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  Australia Friendly 2–1 (W) Aghasi Goal 4',
Shojaei Goal 25'
13 November 2019 Indonesia Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar  Indonesia Friendly 1–1 (D) Azadi Goal 67'
16 November 2019 Indonesia Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong  Indonesia Friendly 1–2 (L) Shekari Goal 39' (pen.)
21 November 2019 Qatar Aspire Zone, Doha  Qatar Friendly 1–2 (L) Noorafkan Goal 17' (pen.)
28 December 2019 Qatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar Friendly 2–2 (D) Shekari Goal 30' (pen.),
Ghayedi Goal 36'

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2020
9 January 2020 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Thailand Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkhla  Uzbekistan
12 January 2020 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Thailand Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkhla  South Korea
15 January 2020 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Thailand Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkhla  China PR

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Hamid Estili
Assistant coaches Iran Amir Hossein Peyrovani
Iran Reza Shahroudi
Iran Alireza Emamifar
Goalkeeping coach Iran Mohammad Habibi
Fitness coach Iran Hamid Reza noshadi
Physiotherapist Iran Shahid Oryani
Analyst Iran Mehdi Hosseinpour
Team doctor Iran Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Team manager

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Habib Far Abbasi (1997-09-04)4 September 1997 (aged 22) Iran Naft Masjed Soleyman
12 1GK Meraj Esmaeili (2000-01-13)13 January 2000 (aged 19) Iran Zob Ahan
22 1GK Mehdi Nourollahi (1998-04-06)6 April 1998 (aged 21) Iran Saipa

2 2DF Hossein Saki (1997-05-10)10 May 1997 (aged 22) Iran Sanat Naft
3 2DF Mehran Derakhshan Mehr (1998-08-10)10 August 1998 (aged 21) Iran Zob Ahan
4 2DF Mojtaba Najjarian (1998-02-15)15 February 1998 (aged 21) Iran Foolad
5 2DF Shahin Taherkhani (1997-01-07)7 January 1997 (aged 23) Iran Esteghlal
19 2DF Matin Karimzadeh (1998-07-01)1 July 1998 (aged 21) Iran Pars Jonoubi Jam
21 2DF Omid Noorafkan (Captain) (1997-04-09)9 April 1997 (aged 22) Iran Sepahan
23 2DF Aref Aghasi (1997-01-02)2 January 1997 (aged 23) Iran Foolad

6 3MF Sina Zamehran (1997-03-10)10 March 1997 (aged 22) Iran Foolad
8 3MF Mohammad Mehdi Mehdikhani (1997-07-26)26 July 1997 (aged 22) Croatia Varaždin
13 3MF Amir Hossein Hosseinzadeh (2000-10-30)30 October 2000 (aged 19) Iran Saipa
15 3MF Reza Dehghani (1998-01-07)7 January 1998 (aged 22) Iran Nassaji
17 3MF Jafar Salmani (1997-01-12)12 January 1997 (aged 22) Iran Sanat Naft
20 3MF Mohammad Khodabandelou (1999-09-07)7 September 1999 (aged 20) Iran Paykan

7 4FW Amir Roostaei (1997-08-05)5 August 1997 (aged 22) Iran Persepolis
9 4FW Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (2001-06-29)29 June 2001 (aged 18) Turkey İstanbulspor
10 4FW Reza Shekari (1998-05-31)31 May 1998 (aged 21) Iran Tractor
11 4FW Mehdi Ghayedi (1998-12-05)5 December 1998 (aged 21) Iran Esteghlal
14 4FW Reza Jabireh (1997-07-07)7 July 1997 (aged 22) Iran Sanat Naft
16 4FW Mohammad Mohebi (1998-12-20)20 December 1998 (aged 21) Iran Sepahan
18 4FW Ali Shojaei (1997-01-27)27 January 1997 (aged 22) Iran Nassaji

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nima Mirzazad (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 23) Iran Nassaji AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
GK Ali Keykhosravi (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 21) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

DF Sadegh Moharrami (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 24) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Mohammad Naderi (1996-10-05) 5 October 1996 (age 23) Iran Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Ali Shojaei (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 23) Iran Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Aref Gholami (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 23) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Majid Hosseini (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 24) Turkey Trabzonspor AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Mehran Derakhshan Mehr (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 21) Iran Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Milad Sarlak (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 25) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Nima Taheri (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 23) Iran Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
DF Taha Shariati (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 20) Iran Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

MF Mahan Rahmani (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 24) Iran Paykan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Shekari (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 22) Iran Tractor AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Nima Mokhtari (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 22) Iran Gostaresh Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Omid Noorafkan (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 23) Belgium Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Sina Moridi (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 24) Iran Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Hamidreza Taherkhani (1999-03-27) 27 March 1999 (age 21) Iran Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saeid Hosseinpour (1998-10-12) 12 October 1998 (age 21) Iran Persepolis AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Mohammad Khorram (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 23) Iran Gostaresh Foulad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Saber Hardani (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 23) Iran Foolad AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Ali Taheran (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 23) Iran Tractor Sazi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
MF Reza Dehghani (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 22) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

FW Reza Mirzaei (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 24) Iran Sepahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Reza Jafari (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 23) Iran Saipa AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Mohammadreza Abbasi (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 24) Iran Zob Ahan AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Hossein Mehraban (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 24) Iran Padideh AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017
FW Ali Gholizadeh (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 24) Belgium Charleroi AFC U-23 CQ, July 2017

Previous squads[edit]

AFC U-23 Championships[edit]

Honours[edit]

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

Winners (1): 2015

Friendly tournaments[edit]

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "اولین تیم امید تاریخ (عکس) :: ورزش سه" (in Persian). Varzesh3. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ "FIFA suspends Iran Football Federation". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  3. ^ "FIFA President announces temporary lifting of Iran ban". the-AFC.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Iran finalize squad for AFC U23 Championship". Tehran Times. 30 December 2019.
  5. ^ "فهرست نهایی تیم امید ایران اعلام شد" (in Persian). Varzesh3. 30 December 2019.

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