The AFC WCQ PO and Teams in Qatar '22

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  1. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Iran
    The AFC contingent in Qatar is still awaiting the winner of the playoff between Australia and the UAE and, subsequently the playoff against Conmebol's 5th team (Peru).

    For now, Qatar as hosts are grouped with the Netherlands, Senegal, and Ecuador in Group A.

    Iran is grouped with England, USA and the winner of the UEFA PO (Wales, Scotland or Ukraine) in Group B..

    Saudi Arabia meet Argentina, Mexico, and Poland in Group C.

    Group D will feature France, Denmark, Tunisia and possibly Australia/UAE (if the beat Conmebol's 5th team).

    Japan are in Group E alongside Spain, Germany and winner of NZ/Costa Rica,

    And, finally, S.Korea are in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay, and Ghana.

    Post your comments about these teams and their matches here.
     
  2. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Iran
    In terms of age and caps, Iran's players for the World Cup roster (assuming everyone is fit by then) can be divided into 5 categories, as follows:

    I. Key Veteran Players Who are virtually certain to be on the roster:
    (listed in order based on # caps)


    1. Ehsan Hajsafi (LB/LMF) (AEK Athens, Greece): Age: 32 Caps: 114 (doesn't typically start these days but as team captain, despite fan sentiments, is almost certain to be on our roster, esp. with Amiri injured)
    2. Vahid Amiri* (L-MF) (Persepolis, Iran) Age: 34 Caps: 65 (injured: lumbar verteba fracture, return exp Aug, 9)
    3. Sardar Azmoun (F) (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany) Age: 27 Caps: 62
    4. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (W-MF) (Feyenoord, Holland): Age: 28 Caps: 60
    5. Mehdi Taremi (F) (Porto, Portugal) Age: 29 Caps: 57
    6. Alireza Beiranvand (GK) (Boasvista, Portugal): Age: 29 Caps: 49
    7. Saeed Ezatolahi (CM) (Al Gharafa, Qatar) Age: 25 Caps: 42
    8. Hossein Kananni (CB) (Al Ahli, Qatar): Age: 28 Caps: 31
    9. Saman Ghodoos* (W-MF) (Brentford, England): Age: 28 Caps: 31 (injured: ankle injury, return exp soon)
    10. Shoja Khalilzadeh* (CB) (Al Ryyan, Qatar) Age: 33 Caps: 23 (injured: inguinal hernia, return listed as unknown but has begun individual training)
    11. Ahmad Noorolahi (CM) (Shabab Dubai, UAE): Age: 29 Caps: 22
    12. Ali Gholizadeh W-MF/AMF) (Charleroi, Belgium): Age: 26 Caps: 22

    II. Lesser Experienced (>20 caps) Players Who are almost assured to be on the roster:
    (listed in order based on # caps)

    13. Sadegh Moharami (RB) (Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia) Age: 26 Caps: 17
    14. Majid Hosseini (CB) (Kayserispor, Turkey) Age: 25 Caps: 16
    15. Omid Noorafkan (LB) (Sepahan, Iran) Age: 25 Caps: 13
    16. Amir Abedzadeh (GK) (Ponferradina, Spain tier 2) Age: 29 Caps: 9
    17 Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (F) (Hull City, England 2nd-tier): Age: 20 Caps: 5

    III. Veteran Players from WCQ roster in contention for a roster spot:
    (listed in order based on # caps)

    18. Karim Ansarifard (F) (AEK Athens, Greece): Age: 32 Caps: 90
    19. Milad Mohammadi (LB) (AEK Athens, Greece): Age: 28 Caps: 45
    20. Mehdi Torabi (L-MF/AMF) (Persepolis, Iran): Age: 27 Caps: 33

    IV. Veteran Players not in WCQ roster in contention for a roster spot:
    (listed in order based on # caps)


    20. Omid Ebrahimi (CM) (Al Wakra, Qatar) Age: 34 Caps: 52
    21. Morteza Pouraliganji* (CB) (last club: SZ FC, China): Age: 30 Caps: 43 (just returning to practice after long-tern injury)
    22. Ramin Rezaian ((RB) Persepolis, Iran): Age: 32 Caps: 45 (Skocic has ruled out inviting)

    V. Lesser experienced Players in contention for a roster spot:
    (listed in order based on # caps)

    23. Kaveh Rezaie* (F) (Oh Leuven, Belgium) : Age: 30 Caps: 17 (minor injury)
    24. Rouzbeh Cheshmi* (CB) Esteghlal): Age: 28 Caps: 16 (minor injury)
    25. Milad Sarlak (CM) (Persepolis, Iran): Age: 27 Caps: 8
    26. Kamal Kamyabinia (CM) (Persepolis, Iran): Age: 33 Caps: 5
    27. Mohammad Mohebi (R/L- MF/AMF) (Santa Clara, Portugal) Age: 20 Caps: 3
    28. Mehdi Ghaedi (F) (Shabab Dubai, UAE): Age: 21 Caps: 3
    29. Amirhossein Hosseinzadeh (R/L-MF/AMF) (Esteghlal, Iran): Age: 21 Caps: 2
    30. Saleh Hardani (RB) (Esteghlal, Iran) Age: 21 Caps: 2
    31. Ali Alpour (F) (Maritimo, Portugal) Age: 26 Caps: 2
    32. Payam Niazmand (GK) (Sepahan, Iran) Age: 29 Caps: 1
    33. Mehdi Medipour (CM) (Esteghlal, Iran): Age: 33 Caps: 1
    34. Siavash Yazdani (CB) (Esteghlal/Malavan, Iran): Age: 30 Caps: 1
    35. Jafar Salmani (LW/LB) (Esteghlal, Iran) Age: 25 Caps: 1
    36. Aref Gholami (CB) Esteghlal): Age: 28 Caps: 1
    37. Daniel Esmailifar (LB) (Sepahan, Iran) Age: 29 Caps: 1
    38. Yasin Salmani (CB) (Esteghlal, Iran): Age: 30 Caps: 0
    39. Seyed Hossein Hosseini (GK) Esteghlal): Age: 28 Caps: 0
    40. Farshad Faraji (CB) (Persepolis, Iran): Age: 28 Caps: 0
     
  3. Radu Razvan

    Radu Razvan Member+

    Mar 1, 2013
    Bucharest, Romania
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Romania
    I think Omid Ebrahimi and Karim Ansarifard will make the squad if fit
     
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  4. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Iran
    I hope Omid Ebrahimi does make the squad, but he wasn't called up by Skocic (reportedly because he is looking for younger future replacements) during the qualifiers even when we were very thin in midfield due to suspensions etc and when he was doing well for his club in Qatar.

    Ansarifard, otoh, has been part of our WCQ roster and I give him good odds (60/40) to make Iran's roster.
     
  5. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Iran
    a minor correction incidentally: I inadvertently listed Yasin Salmani as a CB when I meant to write CM. But since we are desperately thin in center-backs, maybe Salmani should be looked at for the CB post as well (he has played CB for Iran's U21 team).
     

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