FIFA World Cup 2014: Iran 23 Man Squad

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has named his 23 man squad to travel to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014.

The Iranian national side has only ever won one World Cup match from three previous attempts, and has never made it out of the Group Stage. If they are to do so in 2014, they will need to finish first or second in Group F, which also features Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Nigeria.

Iran 23 Man Squad

1 Rahman AHMADI Goalkeeper
2Khosro HEYDARI Forward
3Ehsan HAJI SAFI Midfielder
4Jalal HOSSEINI Defender
5Amirhossein SADEGHI Defender
6Javad NEKOUNAM Midfielder
7Masoud SHOJAEI Forward
8Reza HAGHIGHI Midfielder
9Alireza JAHAN BAKHSH Forward
10Karim ANSARI FARD Forward
11Ghasem HADADIFAR Midfielder
12Alireza HAGHIGHI Goalkeeper
13Hossein MAHINI Defender
14Andranik TIMOTIAN Midfielder
15Pejman MONTAZERI Defender
16Reza GHOOCHANNEJAD Forward
17Ahmad ALNAMEH Defender
18Bakhtiar RAHMANI Midfielder
19Hashem BEIKZADEH Midfielder
20Steven BEITASHOUR Defender
21Ashkan DEJAGAH Forward
22Daniel DAVARI Goalkeeper
23Mehrdad POOLADI Defender

QUEIROZ Carlos Coach (POR)

In This Story: Iran

Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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