The Iran national football team announces the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia which includes the following footballers:
Goalkeepers: Ali Beiranvand (Persepolis), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo).
Defenders: Ramin Rezaeian (Oostende), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Saad), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat), Ehsan Haji Safi (Olympiacos).
Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar), Masoud Shojaei (АЕK), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis).
Forwards: Saman Ghoddos (Ostersund), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Mehdi Teremi (Al Gharafa), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest).
Most Iranian football players are little known in Europe. Players of the national team mainly represent local football clubs. Also there are three players from Russian Premier League in the team.
The main star of the Iran national team is the Kazan Rubin`s forward Sardar Azmoun who has scored 23 goals for the national team in 31 matches. However, in the last season Azmoun scored only 5 goals for his club in the Russian Premier League which hardly adds optimism to the Iranian fans.
Iran showed its worth in the qualifiers for the World Cup and in friendly matches, but the group stage where Iran will play against the Spain and Portugal national teams will demonstrate the Persians preparation level.