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TEAM COMPOSITION


 IRI / Iran

 
Team manager KHOSHKHABAR Amir
Coach KOVAC Slobodan
Assistant coach PRAKLJACIC Slobodan
Doctor AFROOZI Siyamak
Physiotherapist
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Shahram Mahmoudi Sh.Mahmoudi 20.07.1988 198 95 347 332 Matin Varna
  2   Saeed Mostafavand S. Mostafavand 04.02.1983 195 88 340 322 Matin Varna
  3 Saman Faezi S.Faezi 23.08.1991 204 87 343 335 Paykan
  C 4   Mir Saeid Marouflakrani S. Marouf 20.10.1985 189 81 331 311 Matin Varna
  5 Farhad Ghaemi F. Ghaemi 28.08.1989 197 73 355 335 Barij Esans
  6   Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi Seyed 22.08.1987 203 86 362 344 Matin Varna
  7 Pourya Fayazi Damnabi P.Fayazi 12.01.1993 194 87 348 326 Shahrdari Urmia
  L 8   Farhad Zarif Ahangaran V. F.Zarif 03.03.1983 165 60 290 271 Kalleh
  9 Adel Gholami A. Gholami 09.02.1986 195 88 341 330 Kalleh
  10   Amir Ghafour A.Ghafour 06.06.1991 202 90 354 334 Barij Esans
  11 Rahman Davoodi R. Davoodi 18.02.1988 195 95 348 328 Mizan
  12   Mojtaba Mirzajanpour M. M.Mirzajanpour 07.10.1991 195 88 325 315 Matin Varna
  13 Mehdi Mahdavi M.Mahdavi 13.02.1984 191 96 330 310 Barij Esans
  14   Arash Keshavarzi A.Keshavarzi 16.02.1987 198 94 344 325 Paykan
  L 15 Abdolreza Alizadeh Gh. A. Alizadeh 19.02.1987 183 80 272 252 Shahrdari Urmia
  16   Armin Tashakori A. Tashakori 08.12.1986 200 94 355 335 Barij Esans
  17 Reza Ghara R.Ghara 31.07.1991 200 87 351 331 Kalleh
  18   Mohammad Taher Vadi M.T.Vadi 10.10.1989 194 72 329 315 Matin Varna
  L 19 Mahdi Marandi M. Marandi 12.05.1986 172 69 295 280 Shahrdari Tabriz
  20   Alireza Mobasheri Demneh A. Mobasheri 10.06.1988 190 90 345 320 Mizan
  21 Alireza Jadidi A.Jadidi 11.02.1989 202 97 343 323 Kalleh
  22   Milad Ebadipour Ghara H. M.Ebadipour 17.10.1993 202 78 350 310 Kalleh
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Although they still have some way to go they can present a strong challenge to the world’s elite teams, Iran have made rapid improvement in recent seasons and are clearly a team on the rise. Last year they notched up arguably their finest achievement to date by qualifying for the World League, and they will again feature in this season’s competition as one of five Asia/Oceania representatives. Serbian Slobodan Kovac has now assumed head coach duties, taking over from Argentine Julio Velasco. Last year also saw Iran become Asian champions for a second time, having made the breakthrough in 2011. They also finished fourth - earning welcome international exposure in the process - at the 2013 Grand Champions Cup, ahead of teams such as the United States and Japan.

The history of volleyball in Iran dates all the way back to the early 1920s when it was played in rudimentary fashion at colleges. The national team made their competitive debut in the 1950s. While the Iranians have yet to qualify for an Olympic Games, their ascent is undeniable. They have featured in the past two World Championships and at the most recent World Cup in 2011, ending a 20-year absence from the latter competition. The team were runners-up at the 2010 Asian Games in China.

Coach profile

Slobodan Kovac won a bronze medal as a player with Yugoslavia at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and a gold at Sydney 2000. He also won league titles in Yugoslavia with Vojvodina in 1989 and 1992. The Serbian's playing career took him to Italy, France, Greece and Iran. He began his coaching career in Serbia and won national titles in 2009 and 2010 with Radnicki Kragujevac. Kovac returned to Italy where he was head coach of Umbria Volley men’s team from 2010 to 2014. He guided Umbria to the A2 division championship in 2011-12 and secured promotion to the A1 division. Kovac was named coach of the year in Italy in 2013. He was appointed coach of Iran in March 2014.