(Persia Digest) – The draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will take place in Moscow this week and the 32 qualifying teams will know who their adversaries are. The FIFA official website has introduced each team on its website, writing the following on Iran:
FIFA RANKING: 32
FIRST STAGE: 4 APPEARANCES
FIRST FWC: 1978 LAST FWC: 2014
THE COACH: CARLOS QUEIROZ
The vastly experienced Portuguese coach will be in the dugout for a third FIFA World Cup, having led his native country in 2010 and Iran in 2014. Queiroz, who also won two FIFA U-20 World Cup titles with Portugal, oversaw a near-flawless Russia 2018 preliminary campaign, with Iran the first Asian team to qualify.
THE GOAL: IRN - UZB (2-0) 12 JUN 2017
The goal that booked back-to-back qualification for the first time, Mehdi Taremi’s shimmy and curling finish was the icing on the cake of Iran’s road to Russia.
THE STAR: SARDAR AZMOUN
Touted as the heir to Iran goalscoring icon Ali Daei, striker Azmoun has enjoyed prolific form for his country since bursting on to the scene at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Something of a poster-boy among supporters of Team Melli, the silky-skilled Azmoun plays his club football.