The Iran men’s team has been enjoying a fine run in recent years. After a strong finish in 2009, the team qualified for last year’s FIVB World Championship. They were runners-up at the 2010 Asian Games and triumphed in a four-way tournament with Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland. On top of that, they became Asian champions and finished ninth at last year’s FIVB World Cup with some favourable results.
The Iranians and their federation are under no illusions about how much progress they still have to make. But they are confident they can achieve great things under Julio Velasco, former coach of the Italian men’s team among others, and assistant coach Juan Manuel Cichello, former coach of the successful Argentina youth team. Iran expect to continue playing fast volleyball with a variety of tactics under the two new coaches. In fact, Iran is aiming to achieve success across the board, from the junior level to the senior team.
Today’s Iran team is composed of both veterans and younger players. There are several promising players, such as Arash Kamalvand, Amir Ghafour, Amir Hosseini and Farhad Zarif. Participating in a number of different tournaments in recent years has helped the side acquire solid experience and build confidence.