The World Cup starts in November, 5 teams from Asia were selected for the World Cup at once, except for the hosts. Among the Asian teams, the Iranian football team consistently gets to the World Cup. The “Princes of Persia” are going to Qatar under the guidance of the famous coach Carlos Queiroz, who has been in charge of the national team for more than 8 years and is ready to help the Iranians enter the stadium for the first time. FIFA World Cup Playoffs.
The 69-year-old Queiroz has not won many titles in his coaching career, but he can boast of work in Manchester United and Real Madrid, albeit not very successful (only the Spanish Super Cup in 2003). In the 20th century, he took the Cup and Supercup of Portugal with Sporting, for this his trophies are exhausted. Queiroz began working with the national teams from South Africa, performed unsuccessfully with his native Portugal, and in 2011 led Iran for 8 years. after an unsuccessful trip to Colombia and Egypt in 2022, he returned to the Iranians. Quite scandalous: Dragan Skocic brought the Iranian national team to the World Cup in Qatar, but he was unexpectedly fired in September, giving the experienced Queiroz a chance.
Stars and leaders of the Iranian team at the World Cup
The composition of the Iranian national team does not look powerful, all the leaders are gathered in attack. Azmoun and Taremi have long established themselves in Europe, but the captain of the team is 32-year-old defender Haysafi. Our editors made a prediction for the application for the World Cup 2022 matches “Princes of Persia” taking into account their performance at the club level.
|Goalkeepers||Amir Abehzade, Alireza Beiranvand, Payam Niazmand|
|Protection||Majid Hosseini, Hossein Kanaani, Shoya Alizadeh, Morteza Pouliganhi, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Nurafkan, Yehsan Haysafi, Sadeh Moharrami|
|Midfield||Milad Samrak, Syed Ezotolahi, Omid Ebrahimi, Ahmad Nurullahi, Saman Hoddos|
|Assault||Serdar Ahmun, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Torabi, Mehdi Taremi, Ali Golizade|
The first number of the Iranians will be Beiranvand with 60+ matches, the second will go to Abehazde, the third number has not yet been determined, but the rest of the keepers have minimal chances.
In defense, in addition to captain Haisafi, one can single out the main central defender Majid Hosseini, who played in Europe and teammate Haisafi Mohammadi of AEK. Right-back Mohharami plays for Dinamo Zagreb and is considered promising at 26 years old.
In the center of the field, the former Rostov player Ezotollahi and Goddos from the Brighton Premier League club are visible. The rest of the players are little known, they play in the local Iranian league or in other leagues on the continent.
The attack line of the Iran national football team in the 2022 World Cup is represented by the truly top football players for Asia. Azmun (Bayer) and Taremi (Porto) will play in the center of the attack, on the flank there is a former Premier League player Jahanbakhsh, the game leader of the Iranian national team and an experienced player with 60+ matches. The whole trio plays almost without substitutions, Taremi is able to play on both flanks. It is not known how Azmun’s injury will affect the team, but he will be ready for the World Cup.
History of the Iran national team at the FIFA World Cups
For the first time, the “Princes of Persia” got to the Fifa World Cup in 1978, in total the team got to the main tournament 5 times, stopping at the group stage level. The best performance was under the leadership of Queiroz in 2018 at the World Cup in Russia: 3rd place and 4 points in the group. Until the last round, the Iranians could reach the playoffs from the first place, but in the end, Portugal and Spain went further.
How did Iran get to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
The threshold of difficulty in the Asian selection for the World Cup is minimal. The Iranian national team easily reached the world championship from the first place, winning 8 in 10 matches. The goal difference is 15-4 and 13 points ahead of the third team of the UAE. In a group with Iran, Iraq and Syria, it was not difficult to enter Qatar.
Iranian national team: group and forecast for the World Cup
At the World Cup 2022 standings in group B looks like this: Iran, USA, England, Wales. The Iranians look like outsiders in a rather difficult group. Only a disciplined defensive play can bring success to Queiroz’s men. England is unattainable, the US has an excellent young and stellar squad, Wales will play habitually in a pragmatic style, the Iranians can only compete with them.
Our prediction: 4th place and elimination from the 2022 World Cup.
Queiroz usually plays in a defensive 4-1-4-1 formation. Our prediction for the squad for the first matches of the Iranian national team: Beiranvand-Haysafi-Hosseini-Kanaani-Moharrami-Ezotollahi-Nurollahi-Jahanbakhsh-Taremi-Goddos-Azmoun.
Iran’s victory at the World Cup bookmakers offer odds of 800. A victory in Group B is estimated at 20-25, Iran is considered a clear outsider of the four. Exit to the playoffs is estimated at 4-4.5.
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