Fifa Ranking: 32
The Iranian Football Federation was founded in 1920. In 1926 Tehran XI (selected players from Tehran Club, Toofan F.C., and Armenian Sports Club) traveled across the border to Baku, USSR, this was the first away football match for an Iranian team. This Tehran Select team is the predecessor of Iran’s national football team.
The first match that Team Melli played was on 23 August 1941, away at Kabul in a 1–0 win against British India, while Iran’s first FIFA international match was on 25 August 1941, away at Afghanistan. Iran won the Asian Cup three consecutive times (1968, 1972, 1976), to which the team has not been able to add since.
Iran In Fifa World Cup:
The Iran national football team (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال ایران, Tīm-e Melli-e Fūtbāl-e Īrān), also known as Team Melli (Persian: تیم ملی, transit. Tīm-e Melli), represents Iran in international football competitions and is governed by the Iran Football Federation. The national football team of Iran has been the highest-ranked team in Asia since December 2014 and is currently the 32nd ranked team in the world according to the latest FIFA World Rankings as of November 2017.
Iran is one of the most successful national teams in Asia with three Asian Cup championships (1968, 1972, and 1976). Iran has qualified for the World Cup five times (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, and 2018) but has never advanced past the group stage. Iran’s only win in the World Cup has been a 2–1 victory against the United States in 1998.
IRN – UZB (2-0) 12 JUN 2017:
The goal that booked back-to-back qualification for the first time, Mehdi Taremi’s shimmy and curling finish was the icing on the cake of Iran’s road to Russia.
Touted as the heir to Iran goalscoring icon Ali Daei, striker Azmoun has enjoyed prolific form for his country since bursting on to the scene at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Something of a poster-boy among supporters of Team Melli, the silky-skilled Azmoun plays his club football for Russian side Rubin Kazan.