The Iran national football team unexpectedly became the first team after successful overcoming the Asia qualifying round earned their participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Iranians began the qualifying tournament from the second round where they won in their group six confident victories in eight matches. In the third (decisive) qualifying tournament, the Iran national football team got into the one group with the national teams of China, Qatar, Korea, Syria and Uzbekistan. To reach the World Cup final directly, Iran had to take one of the two first places in the group, and the Princes of Persia coped with the task brilliantly. Already for three (!) rounds before the finish the Iran national football team ensured the first place in the group ahead of schedule. And in the first eight rounds the Iranians lost no one game, as well as kept a clean sheet in the qualifying tournament.
What is the Iran national football team today?
First of all, it is worth noting the job of Carlos Queiroz, the head coach of the team. After failure with the Real Madrid and Portugal national football team he accepted an offer of the Iran national football team which he has headed for six years. Over this period and for the first time, the Iran national football team was able to undergo selection on the World Cup twice in 2014 and 2018. However, in the final tournament in Brazil in 2014, the Iranians were able to gather only one point after a drawn with the Nigeria national football team. After defeats in the matches against Argentina and Bosnia, the Asian national team finished the tournament and took the last place in the group.
For the fifth time in its history, the Iran national football team will take part in the World Cup. The previous four participations didn't bring joy to the Iranians — in all tournaments the team finished already at the group stage.
The team made more considerable gains in the continental tournament — the Asian Cup. The Iran national football team three times in a row in 1968, 1972 and 1976 won the Asian Cup, and twice (in 1968 and 1976) Iran became the tournament host country. We note a surprising fact — all three tournaments the Iran national football team won all their matches.
The Iran national football team is a traditional enigma. Today team consists generally of the players representing the local championship and unknown for general public. Sardar Azmuon, the forward of the Iran national football team who successfully played in Rostov and in Kazan Rubin, including the Champions League and the European League, is familiar to the Russian fans perfectly.