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Iran qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on June 8th, 2005.

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Iran in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Iran's 3rd appearance at the World Cup Finals.

Iran's Best World Cup Performance

For the country as a whole, probably beating America (2:1) on 21st June, 1998.

Iran World Cup Preparations

Iran chose the same same facilities they used for the Confederations Cup, in Friedrichshafen.

Iran Team Hotel

Ringhotel Krone Schnetzenhausen - 2006 World Cup Hotel of Iran.
Ringhotel Krone Schnetzenhausen:
Untere Muehlbachstrasse 1, Friedrichshafen.
Situated in rural surroundings on the outskirts of Friedrichshafen, near Lake Constance, the Ringhotel Krone Schnetzenhausen will be Iran's World Cup base once again.

Iran Friendly Matches

Beat Costa Rica (3:2), Wednesday 1st March. (Tehran)
Ali Karimi (10), Ali Daei (17), Vahid Hashemian (34).

Drew with Croatia (2:2), Sunday 28th May. (Osijek)
Ali Karimi (21), Arash Borhani (82).

Beat Bosnia-Herzegovina (5:2), Wednesday 31st May. (Mashad)
Mehrzad Madanchi (26), Rahman Rezaei (44), Vahid Hashemian (45), Reza Enayati (89), Rasoul Khatibi (90).

Iran in the 2006 World Cup

Iran Football Federation
Group D

Mexico vs Iran in Nürnberg:
Iran kept things tight with Mexico in the first half then let in two goals in three minutes, near the end of the game.

Portugal vs Iran in Frankfurt:
Iran started to grow in confidence, just before the break and managed to keep the game tight for over an hour but they eventually lost their grip and stumble out of the 2006 World Cup.

Iran vs Angola in Leipzig:
At least Iran went home with a point.

Knockout Stage

Iran failed to qualify for the Second Round.

Iran World Cup Squad 2006

Iran Football Kit
Team Melli

Goalkeepers:

1 Ebrahim Mirzapour (Foolad Khuzestan)
12 Hassan Roudbarian (Pas)
22 Vahid Talebloo (Esteghlal Tehran)

Defenders:

3 Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh (Saba Battery)
4 Yahya Golmohammadi (Saba Battery)
5 Rahman Rezaei (Messina, Italy)
13 Hossein Kaabi (Foolad Khuzestan)
18 Moharram Navidkia (Sepahan Isfahan)
19 Amir Hossein Sadeqi (Esteghlal Tehran)
20 Mohammad Nosrati (Pas)

Midfielders:

2 Mehdi Mahdavikia (Hamburg, Germany)
6 Javad Nekounam (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
7 Ferydoon Zandi (Kaiserslautern, Germany)
8 Ali Karimi (Bayern Munich, Germany)
14 Andranik Teymourian (Abomoslem Khorasan)
17 Javad Kazemian (Persepolis)
21 Mehrzad Madanchi (Persepolis)
23 Masoud Shojaei (Saipa Karadj)

Forwards:

9 Vahid Hashemian (Hanover 96, Germany)
10 Ali Daei (Saba Battery)
11 Rasoul Khatibi (Sepahan Isfahan)
15 Arash Borhani (Pas)
16 Reza Enayati (Esteghlal Tehran)

Trainer:
Branko Ivankovic (Croatia).

Players to watch:
8 Ali Karimi (Bayern Munich, Germany)
10 Ali Daei (Saba Battery)
9 Vahid Hashemian (Hanover 96, Germany)

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