Iran national football team

Iran
Nickname(s)تیم ملّی(Team Melli)
یوز های آسیایی(Cheetahs of Asia)
AssociationFootball Federation of Iran (FFIRI)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachDragan Skočić
CaptainAlireza Jahanbakhsh
Most capsJavad Nekounam (151)
Top scorerAli Daei (109)
Home stadiumAzadi Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 22 4 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest15 (August 2005[2])
Lowest122 (May 1996[3])
First international
Unofficial
 Iran 0–0 Afghanistan 
(Kabul, Afghanistan; 25 August 1941)
Official
 Turkey 6–1 Iran 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 28 May 1950)[4]
Biggest win
 Iran 19–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 24 November 2000)[5]
Biggest defeat
 Turkey 6–1 Iran 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 28 May 1950[4])
 South Korea 5–0 Iran 
(Tokyo, Japan; 28 May 1958[6])
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1978)
Best resultGroup Stage (5 times)
Olympic Games
Appearances3 (first in 1964)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1976)
Asian Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1968)
Best resultChampions (1968, 1972, 1976)
WAFF Championship
Appearances7 (first in 2000)
Best resultChampions (2000, 2004, 2007, 2008)

Iran national football team (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال مردان ایران, romanized: Tīm-e Melli-e Fūtbāl-e Mardān-e Īrān), recognised by FIFA as IR Iran,[7] represents Iran in international football and is controlled by the Iran Football Federation. Between December 2014 until May 2018, Iran was the highest-ranked team in Asia, the longest continuous period of time that a team has held that distinction.[8]

At the continental level, Iran has won three Asian Cup championships in 1968, 1972 and 1976. The nation's best performance at the Olympics was reaching the quarterfinals at the 1976 Montreal Games. At the FIFA World Cup, Iran have qualified five times (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018) and have never progressed beyond the group stages; they have won only two matches: against the United States in 1998 and Morocco in 2018.