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.
image source/ PressTV