It will be surprise for some people but the current tournament will be Iran's 4th at this stage since qualifying for the first time in 1978 and falling to qualify from the Group Stage (They achieved an honorable draw against Scotland which shuttered the Scots chances).
Iran's national football team succeeded to qualify to the 2006 World Cup finishing 3rd in their group with one point.
The way to Brazil wasn’t that obvious. After losing to Lebanon and Uzbekistan their campaign were in jeopardy. Eventually, in the final Qualification phase Iran overcome Qatar and South Korea with two important wins that gave them the desired ticket to Brazil.
The legendary player, Ali Daei, holds two record for Iran's national team: most Capps (149) and the top goal scorer (109!!), one of his career highlights (and the team as well) was the historical win over United States during the 1998 World Cup in France 2-1, this win came in a very complicated and a tensioned relations between the two countries.
This time, the Iranians have reasons to be optimistic. They have great coach, Carlos Queiroz, who came all the way from Portugal and Manchester United and key players such as Reza Ghoochannejhad, the striker who plays for Standard Liege, Ashkan Dejagah from Fulham and the magnificent captain, Javad Nekounam.
All they need is a reasonable draw and then the way for the last 16 doesn’t look so imaginary.
Did you know? – Iran's home venue in Tehran, Azadi Stadium is the biggest stadium in West Asia with record with 95,000 seats.
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