April 14, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Iran (AFC), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Iran, with 2 other player-options listed).

Filed under: Iran — admin @ 6:20 pm

Iran national team. AFC (Asia). Nickname: Persian: تیم ملی (Team Melli [the National Team]). Home jersey: white, with red and green trim.
-Iran is in Group F (with Argentina, Bosnia, and Nigeria), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group F‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 4th qualification out of 11 tries (Iran did not enter the qualifying for the first 9 World Cups [1930-1970]; 1986, disqualified). Iran has qualified for the World Cup in: 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014.
Previous WC: 2006, Group Stage / 0-1-2.

Population of Iran: 77.1 million {2013 estimate}. Capital and largest city: Tehran, pop. 13.8 million (metro-area pop.) {2012 figure}.

Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz. Carlos Queiroz.
Iran squad captain, MF Javad Nekounam (of Kuwait SC). Javad Nekounam.

From The Guardian, from 6 Feb. 2014, by John Duerden, ‘World Cup preparation problems frustrate Iran manager Carlos Queiroz‘ (
From, from Dec. 13 2013, by Andrew Weibe, ‘World Cup 2014: Iran national team guide‘ (

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Iran, with 2 other player-options further below -
Photo and Image credits above -
Iran on globe map, by P30Carl at ‘File:Iran (orthographic projection).svg‘ (
Iran relief map, by Uwe Dedering at ‘File:Iran relief location map.jpg‘ (
Iran jersey, photo from,
Carlos Queiroz, photo by AFP via
Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan), photo from
Pejman Montazeri (Umm-Salal [Qatar]), photo from
Jalal Hosseini (Perseopolis), photo from
Amir Hossein Sadeghi (Esteghlal), photo from
Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), photo from
Masoud Shojaei (UD Las Palmas), photo from
Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), photo from
Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC), photo from
Ehsan Hajsafi (Perseopolis), photo from
Forward/Attacking MF,
Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic), photo from
Mojtaba Jabbari (Esteghlal/Al-Ahli), photo from
Other player-options,
Daniel Davari GK (Eintracht Braunschweig), photo by Michael Kienzler/Bongarts/Getty Images via
Ashkan Dejagah RM/RW/FW (Fulham), photo from
Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Iran national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
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