IR Iran


15th June - 4pm
Morocco 0 - 1 IR Iran

20th June - 7pm
IR Iran 0 - 1 Spain

25th June - 7pm
IR Iran 1-1 Portugal


Flag: The post-revolution model features three horizontal bands of green, white and red and has the phrase "God Is Great" written 22 times in Arabic.

Population: 80.28 million

Nickname: Team Melli. It means "The National Team". Clever.

Manager: You’ll recognise this chap – it’s the former number two to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Carlos Quieroz.

Captain: At the time of writing it was former Fulham man, Ashkan Dejagah. Intriguingly, he represented Germany at every level from U-17
right through to U-21 (and even won the 2009 European U-21 Championship with them) before switching allegiance to Iran in 2011.

Star Man: Mehdi Taremi, winner of the Iranian Footballer of the Year Award for the last two years. He plays his club football for Al-Gharafa in Qatar.

Rising star: Sardar Azmoun. The Rubin Kazan striker may only be 23 but he’s already Iran’s fifth highest goalscorer of all time, having plundered a mind-boggling 22 goals in just 30 caps.