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Iran 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 8, 2014

Iran 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    As the 2014 FIFA World Cup edges closer and closer, B/R are ramping up their efforts to bring you all the information needed on every single team.

    Here, we take a look at Carlos Queiroz's 28-man preliminary Iran squad, detailing every player selected and bringing you their experience, position, number of caps and more.

    The squad, of course, is headlined by Iranian legends Jalal Hosseini, Javad Nekounam and Andranik Teymourian.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Daniel Davari

    Date of Birth: January 6, 1988

    Birthplace: Giessen, Germany

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 3

    Club: Eintracht Braunschweig

     

    Name: Alireza Haghighi

    Date of Birth: May 2, 1988

    Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 6

    Club: Sporting Covilha (on loan from Rubin Kazan)

     

    Name: Rahman Ahmadi

    Date of Birth: July 30, 1980

    Birthplace: Noshahr, Iran

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 9

    Club: Sepahan

     

    Name: Sosha Makani

    Date of Birth: November 18, 1986

    Birthplace: Bandar Anzali, Iran

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 22

    Club: Foolad

Defenders

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    Name: Khosro Heidari

    Date of Birth: September 14, 1983

    Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 46

    Club: Esteghlal

     

    Name: Hossein Mahini

    Date of Birth: September 16, 1986

    Birthplace: Bushehr, Iran

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 19

    Club: Persepolis

     

    Name: Steven Beitashour

    Date of Birth: February 1, 1987

    Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

    Position: Defender (right-back)

    Caps: 4

    Club: Vancouver Whitecaps

     

    Name: Pejman Montazeri

    Date of Birth: September 6, 1983

    Birthplace: Ahvaz, Iran

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 20

    Club: Umm Salal

     

    Name: Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh

    Date of Birth: May 11, 1991

    Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 5

    Club: Persepolis (on loan at Zob Ahan)

     

    Name: Ahmad Alenemeh

    Date of Birth: October 20, 1982

    Birthplace: Ahvaz, Iran

    Position: Defender (left-back)

    Caps: 7

    Club: Naft Tehran

     

    Name: Ehsan Hajsafi

    Date of Birth: February 26, 1990

    Birthplace: Kashan, Iran

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 58

    Club: Sepahan

     

    Name: Mehrdad Pooladi

    Date of Birth: February 26, 1987

    Birthplace: Karaj, Iran

    Position: Defender (left-back)

    Caps: 17

    Club: Persepolis

Midfielders

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    Name: Hashem Beikzadeh

    Date of Birth: January 22, 1984

    Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran

    Position: Midfield

    Caps: 16

    Club: Esteghlal

     

    Name: Javad Nekounam

    Date of Birth: October 7, 1980

    Birthplace: Rey, Iran

    Position: Midfielder (defensive midfielder)

    Caps: 136

    Club: Al Kuwait

     

    Name: Andranik Teymourian 

    Date of Birth: March 6, 1983

    Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

    Position: Midfielder (defensive midfielder)

    Caps: 30

    Club: Esteghlal

     

    Name: Reza Haghighi

    Date of Birth: February 1, 1989

    Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran

    Position: Midfielder (defensive midfielder)

    Caps: 5

    Club: Persepolis

     

    Name: Ghasem Hadadifar

    Date of Birth: July 12, 1983

    Birthplace: Esfahan, Iran

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 14

    Club: Persepolis

     

    Name: Bakhtiyar Rahmani

    Date of Birth: September 23, 1991

    Birthplace: Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah, Iran

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 2

    Club: Foolad

     

    Name: Alireza Jahanbakhsh

    Date of Birth: August 11, 1993

    Birthplace: Jirandeh, Gilan, Iran

    Position: Midfielder (winger)

    Caps: 4

    Club: NEC Nijmegen

     

    Name: Ashkan Dejagah

    Date of Birth: July 5, 1986

    Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

    Position: Midfielder (winger)

    Caps: 11

    Club: Fulham

     

Forwards

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    Name: Masoud Shojaei

    Date of Birth: June 9, 1984

    Birthplace: Abadan, Iran

    Position: Forward (striker/winger)

    Caps: 48

    Club: Las Palmas

     

    Name: Mohammad Reza Khalatbari

    Date of Birth: September 14, 1983

    Birthplace: Ramsar, Iran

    Position: Forward (winger/second striker)

    Caps: 58

    Club: Persepolis

     

    Name: Mehdi Sharifi

    Date of Birth: August 16, 1992

    Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 7

    Club: Sepahan

     

    Name: Reza Ghoochannejhad

    Date of Birth: September 20, 1987

    Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 11

    Club: Charlton Athletic

     

     

    Name: Karim Ansarifard

    Date of Birth: April 3, 1990

    Birthplace: Ardabil, Iran

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 39

    Club: Persepolis (on loan at Tractor Sazi)

     

     

    Name: Sardar Azmoun

    Date of Birth: January 1, 1995

    Birthplace: Gonbad-e Kavus, Iran

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 17

    Club: Rubin Kazan

     

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