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#MyTeamMelli: tell your Iran XI!

National football team of Iran 🇮🇷 qualified for FIFA World Cup for the second consecutive time. Never happened before Russia 2018 🏆.

Team Melli is the nickname of the squad among Iranian fans: literally meaning “National Team”, this expression is used to call all national selections for all sports. So we have Team Melli for wrestling, football, futsal, volleyball, basketball, etc… 🤼‍♂️ ⚽️ ⛹️‍♀️

Carlos Queiroz on Team Melli

Asked about his opinion on whether the current Team Melli is better than the 2014 squad, head coach Carlos Queiroz said that now:

  1. we have more solutions;
  2. we are better prepared;
  3. we have more experience;
  4. especially in this moment we have more players in Europe;

The Portuguese coach – who led Iran to play 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup – added that in order to pass the group stage the squad need «to put in place the best preparation especially for local-based players». 🏋️

Your opinion on Team Melli

All fans love Team Melli, but they know that this time there is a big possibility that somebody of our favourite players will remain at home. Queiroz himself admitted that it will be not easy to select the squad for Russia 2018.

In Italy 🇮🇹 they say that there are 60 millions head coaches – the same number of the population – because Italian people use to criticize the National football team. Sometimes it seems to be the same for Iran, just read media reports or forum discussions or social media posts: you can read not only by people living in Iran, but also by fans from all over the world, sometimes even with no connection with the Middle Eastern country. 🌎 🌍 🌏

We are not Carlos Queiroz, but – waiting for the FIFA World Cup – we can post on social our Team Melli XI (line up): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc with the hashtag #MyTeamMelli. And if you speak Persian you can use #تیم_ملی_من 😉

Annunci

Queiroz calls-up 24 players to train in UAE (2-9 Jan 2017)

Carlos QueirozWith one match remaining (Mashinsazi Tabriz v Saipa Alborz deferred on 8 January 2017) to complete Week 15 of Persian Gulf Pro League- that means half of the season – and after Hazfi Cup quarter-finals, head coach Carlos Queiroz named 24 players for Iran training camp in United Arab Emitares. It is not yet clear if Team Melli will face Morocco in a friendly originally scheduled for 6 January 2017.

The Portuguese coach did not invite Iranian footballers that play abroad (better known as Legionnaires), except for Milad Mohammadi who plays in Russian club Terek Grozny.

Notable names are: Zob Ahan offensive pair Pahlevan & Tabrizi; penalty specialist Iranpourian; unexpected top scorer Sasan Ansari (who scored 12 goals in 10 appearences for Foolad Khuzestan). Below the current list.

Goalkeepers
Mohammadreza Akhbari (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis Tehran)
Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan Isfahan)

Defenders
Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis Tehran)
Vouria Ghafouri (Esteghlal Tehran)
S. Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis Tehran)
Mohammad Iranpourian (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Milad Mohammadi (Terek Grozny)
Vahid Mohammadzadeh (Zob Ahan Isfahan)
Ezzatollah Pourghaz (Esteghlal Khuzestan)
Ramin Rezaeian (Persepolis Tehran)

Midfielders
Vahid Amiri (Persepolis Tehran)
Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Tehran)
Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan Isfahan)
Kamal Kamyabinia (Persepolis Tehran)
Soroush Rafiei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Daryoush Shojaeian (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)

Strikers
Sasan Ansari (Foolad Khuzestan)
Masoud Ebrahimzadeh (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)
Farzad Hatami (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Ehsan Pahlevan (Zob Ahan Isfahan)
Morteza Tabrizi (Zob Ahan Isfahan)
Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis Tehran)
Mehdi Rahim Zahivi (Esteghlal Khuzestan)

Queiroz calls-up 17 players to train for Uzbekistan and S. Korea qualifiers

Carlos QueirozWeek 7 of Persian Gulf Pro League has just ended, so Iran Team Melli head coach Carlos Queiroz named 17 players for a training camp in Armenia, in order to face Uzbekistan (6 Oct) and South Korea (11 Oct) in FIFA World Cup qualifying games.

The Portuguese coach did not invite Iranian footballers that play abroad – better known as Legionnaires – since they will join the National squad after their league matches.

Below the current list.

Goalkeepers
Mohammadreza Akhbari (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis Tehran)
Alireza Haghighi (free agent)

Defenders
Saeid Aghaei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis Tehran)
Vouria Ghafouri (Esteghlal Tehran)
S. Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis Tehran)
Ezatollah Pourghaz (Esteghlal Khuzestan)
Ramin Rezaeian (Persepolis Tehran)

Midfielders
Vahid Amiri (Persepolis Tehran)
Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Tehran)
Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan Isfahan)
Soroush Rafiei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Daryoush Shojaeian (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)
Andranik Teymourian (Mashinsazi Tabriz)

Strikers
Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis Tehran)
Mehdi Torabi (Saipa Karaj)