FIFA U-17 World Cup Look Book: Iran

In 2001, Iran qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup which was held in Trinidad and Tobago.

Their first appearance in the competition wasn’t a memorable one as they crashed out the group stages after finishing last in the group.

Then after a gap of 8 years, the Nojavanans came back in Nigeria,2009 where they finished in the round of 16.

They again failed to qualify for the 2011 U-17 world Cup but made a comeback in 2013 at UAE finishing again in the Round of 16.After failing in 2015 now they have Qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after finishing as Runners-up in the AFC U-16 championships 2016.

Road to India

Abbas Campanian’s side topped group A in the AFC U-16 Championships 2016 with a better goal difference.

Then they defeated Vietnam in the quarter-finals 5-0, then defeated Korea in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals eventually losing the final to Iraq in a penalty shoot-out.

Players to watch out

Forwards Alizera Asadabadi and Allahya Sayyad played an important role scoring 4 goals each for Iran during the AFC U-16 Championships. Both of them combined well upfront.

They were well supported by captain Mohamad Sharifi and Mohammad Ghaderi from the midfield scoring 4 goals each.

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