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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Iran Men's National Soccer Team News


September 8, 2015 - Azmoun, Teymourian & Taremi score in win over India
"Iran went top of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying Group D table on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 win over India. Goals from Sardar Azmoun, Andranik Teymourian and Mehdi Taremi proved the difference as Carlos Queiroz’s side claimed their second win of the campaign and move ahead of Oman and Guam who had earlier drawn 0-0, on goal difference. Despite the backing of a passionate home crowd, India fell behind in the 28th minute, Azmoun leaping highest to head home a pinpoint Teymourian free-kick. Bloodied and yet unbowed, India defended resolutely for the remainder of the first half, but were undone within a minute of the second period when Taremi made the most of slack play by the Indian rearguard before finding Iranian captain Teymourian who fired home past goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Iran rubberstamped their victory some three minutes later as yet more hesitancy in the India defence saw Omid Ebrahimi find Taremi who finished with aplomb to effectively end the game as a contest." - AFC

August 30, 2015 - roster named for Guam & India WCQs
  • Goalkeepers: Alireza Haghighi (Rubin Kazan, RUS), Alireza Beiranvand (Naft Tehran), Mohammad Reza Akhbari Tractor Sazi) 
  • Defenders: Vouria Ghafouri (Sepahan Esfahan), Ramin Rezaeian (Persepolis Tehran), Mohammad Hossein Kanani (Malavan Anzali), Pejman Montazeri (Al Ahli, QAT), Jalal Hosseini (Naf Tehran), Morteza Pouraliganji (Tianjin Teda, CHN), Milad Mohammadi (Rah Ahan), Ehsan Hajsafi (FSV Frankfurt, GER) 
  • Midfielders: Andranik Teymourian (Umm Salal, QAT), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Tehran), Saeid Ezatollahi (FK Rostov, RUS), Khosro Heydari (Esteghlal Tehran), Ali Karimi (Sepahan Esfahan), Ashkan Dejagah (Al Arabi, QAT) 
  • Strikers: Mehdi Torabi (Saipa Karaj), Vahid Amiri (Naft Tehran), Omid Alishah (Persepolis Tehran), Sardar Azmoun (FK Rostov, RUS), Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis Tehran), Kaveh Rezaei (Zob Ahan)
June 11, 2015 - Mehdi Torabi scores late winner over Uzbekistan
"Iran’s newcomer Mehdi Torabi has scored a late goal to give Iran a much needed victory against Uzbekistan in a warm-up for 2018 world Cup qualifications. Torabi’s 93rd minute goal poured cold water on the Uzbeks in Tashkent’s Bunyodkor Stadium on Thursday." - Press TV

March 26, 2015 - Javad Nekounam & Vahid Amiri score in win over Chile
"Copa America hosts Chile saw their preparations for the competition hit a bump on Thursday as they were beaten 2-0 by Iran at St Polten's NV Arena in Austria. In one of Chile's final friendlies before they open the South American showpiece against Ecuador in June, Jorge Sampaoli saw his side fall to goals in either half from captain Javad Nekounam and Vahid Amiri.  Carlos Queiroz's Iran started brightly and were rewarded after 21 minutes when Nekounam converted Andranik Teymourian's corner. Sampaoli, who named Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez on the bench, introduced the latter at the break, although Amiri added to Chile's frustrations when he doubled Iran's advantage early in the second half." - Goal

January 19, 2015 - Reza Ghoochannejhad scores in win over UAE
"Reza Ghoochannejhad's last-gasp header gave Iran a 1-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates as Carlos Queiroz's men won Group C of the AFC Asian Cup on Monday. Samsung Player of the Match Ghoochannejhad's 91st-minute strike - his first goal of the tournament - dealt UAE their first defeat of Australia 2015 and allowed Iran to finish the group phase with the maximum nine points, three points ahead of Mahdi Ali's side." - Asian Cup

January 15, 2015 - Sardar Azmoun scores in win over Qatar
"Sardar Azmoun’s individual brilliance ensured Iran and the United Arab Emirates will meet in Brisbane on Monday to determine who will claim top spot in Group C of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 after Carlos Queiroz’s side defeated Qatar 1-0 at Stadium Australia on Thursday evening. The 20-year-old Rubin Kazan striker further enhanced his already strong reputation with a turn that bamboozled the Qatar defence before slotting the ball past Qasem Burhan to score one of the goals of the tournament so far." - Asian Cup

January 11, 2015 - Ehsan Hajsafi & Masoud Shojaei score in win over Bahrain
"Ehsan Hajsafi scored an early contender for goal of the tournament as Iran made the perfect start to their bid to finally land a record-equalling fourth AFC Asian Cup title after posting a hard-fought 2-0 win over Bahrain in Group C on Sunday. Bahrain had made a lively start to the contest, but after Iran improved as the half progressed, Hajsafi’s eye-catching strike opened the scoring for Team Melli in first half stoppage time. And with Masoud Shojaei adding a second with 19 minutes remaining, 1968, 1972 and 1976 winners Iran joined the United Arab Emirates at the top of the Group C table after the opening round." - AFC

January 8, 2015 - Hashem Beikzadeh out with broken hand
"Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has confirmed that the loss of versatile full-back Hashem Beikzadeh due to a broken hand causes “big damage” to the 2015 continental campaign of the three-time AFC Asian Cup champions. Esteghlal full-back Beikzadeh, who can also play at centre-back, suffered the accidental injury in Wednesday’s training session after the 30-year-old was only included in Iran’s squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup having recovered just in time from a muscle complaint. Replacement Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh is set to arrive in Melbourne on Friday ahead of the weekend’s Group C opener against Bahrain, with Queiroz already without defender Pejman Montazeri due to a calf injury." - AFC

January 4, 2015 - Sardar Azmoun scores in win over Iraq
The Iranian national football team defeated Iraq 1-0 in a friendly match held at the WIN Stadium in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday, as the two teams are getting ready to take part in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.... In the second half, the Iranian football team tried to maintain possession and dominated the game. In the 56th minute, Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun scored Iran’s only goal." - Tasnim News

December 26, 2014 - Asian Cup roster named 
"Iran’s national team head coach, Carlos Queiroz, finalized the names of the players Thursday after the team returned from a preparation camp in South Africa. Two other players will be listed in the squad in the coming days, a statement by IFF said. Looking to win its fourth continental title, Iran has featured familiar names including former Fulham player Ashkan Dejagah, long-time captain Javad Nekounam and Charlton Athletic’s Reza Ghoochannejhad. Other notable figures include former Osasuna player Masoud Shojaei and Rubin Kazan goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi." - Press TV 

November 18, 2014 - Sardar Azmoun scores in win over South Korea
"Sardar Azmoun's first international goal ensured Iran claimed a morale-boosting 1-0 win over South Korea on Tuesday. A match between two teams who will feature in January's Asian Cup was settled when Azmoun found the net with eight minutes to play in Tehran. The 19-year-old Rubin Kazan forward pounced to seal victory for Carlos Queiroz's side after Javad Nekounam's free-kick had hit both posts." - Sportal

June 8, 2014 - Safi & Ghoochannejad score in win over Trinidad and Tobago
"Iran will enter the World Cup in good spirits after a 2-0 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago in Sao Paulo on Sunday. Carlos Queiroz's men picked an ideal time to end a four-match winless streak as goals from Ehsan Haji Safi and Reza Ghoochannejad gave them victory.... This time Nekounam shot wide from a corner before Haji Safi gave Iran the lead in first-half stoppage time. The Sepahan midfielder scored when, following a corner, he thrashed an effort into the top-right corner....  Iran did get their second goal, though, as Ghoochannejad ran on to a through-ball and fired past an advancing Williams in the 54th minute." - Goal

June 1, 2014 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers:
  • Daniel Davari – Eintracht Braunschweig, GER
  • Alireza Haghighi – Sporting Covilha, POR
  • Rahman Ahmadi – Sepahan Esfahan
Defenders:
  • Hossein Mahini – Persepolis Tehran
  • Steven Beitashour – Vancouver Whitecaps, CAN
  • Pejman Montazeri – Umm Salal, QAT
  • Jalal Hosseini – Persepolis Tehran
  • Amir-Hossein Sadeghi – Esteghlal Tehran
  • Ahmad Alenemeh – Naft Tehran
  • Hashem Beikzadeh – Esteghlal Tehran
  • Mehrdad Pouladi – Persepolis Tehran
Midfielders:
  • Javad Nekounam – Kuwait SC, KUW
  • Andranik Teymourian – Esteghlal Tehran
  • Reza Haghighi – Persepolis Tehran
  • Ghasem Hadadifar – Zob Ahan Esfahan
  • Bakhtiar Rahmani – Foolad Khuzestan
  • Ehsan Hajsafi – Sepahan Esfahan
Strikers:
  • Ashkan Dejagah – Fulham FC, ENG
  • Masoud Shojaei – UD Las Palmas, ESP
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh – NEC Nijmegen, NED
  • Reza Ghoochannejhad – Charlton Atheltic, ENG
  • Karim Ansarifard – Tractor Sazi Tabriz
  • Khosro Heydari – Esteghlal Tehran 
May 30, 2014 - Karim Ansarifard scores in draw with Angola
"World Cup finalists Iran were held to 1-1 draw by Angola in their penultimate warm-up match in Hartberg, Austria on Friday. Iran forward Karim Ansarifard scored a 57th-minute equaliser to prevent his side suffering a demoralising defeat before they head out to Brazil. Iran, who will play in their fourth World Cup and face Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia in Group F, fell behind three minutes before halftime when Domingos Silvano Cussanda netted for Angola." - Irish Times

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