The western Asian country with official FIFA ranking of 32 that has appeared only four FIFA World cups is Iran. The association of football in Iran was formed in 1920 and the present president of the association is Mr. Mehdi Taj. Iran made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in 1978 which was hosted by Argentina. After 20 Years of their first FIFA World Cup Appearance, they made their second entry in 1998 when FIFA World cup was hosted by France. Iran has also appeared in FIFA World Cup 2006 hosted by Germany and FIFA World Cup 2014 Hosted by Brazil. Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 will be their fifth appearance for World Cup. Seven different players from Iran have managed to score a single goal for their country and all of them are top scorer till date.
World Cup Qualifier Asia
All the 46 members of the association will take part in the competition that takes places in four rounds. For FIFA World Cup 2018 four teams will qualify from Asia and the team that finishes fifth goes for the intercontinental playoffs. In the round two forty remaining teams are divided into eight different groups and the winner of each group along with the best four runner-ups will advance to the third round of the qualifier. Twelve teams on round three are divided into two groups each containing 6 teams where the teams on each group will play one another in a home and away round robin pattern and the winners of each group and runners-ups qualifies for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Two teams that finish third place in each group advance to round four and the winner from round four reaches to the intercontinental playoffs.
Iran managed to remain top of the qualifier table and got directly qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018. During the qualification round Iran played a total of 8 games with 6 win and 2 draws. On the fifth round of the qualifier Iran drew with Oman with the final score of 1-1 similarly, Iran drew against Turkmenistan too but with a total point of 20 Iran remained on the top of the table and qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group B
The Fixtures for Iran in Group Stage are:
- Morocco – Iran (Friday, 15 June)
- Iran – Spain (Thursday, 21 June)
- Iran – Portugal (Tuesday, 26 June)
Players to watch:
A. Dejagah Mehdi Taremi S. Azmoun
Coach: Carlos Queiroz