FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Japan

TEAM COMPOSITION

 IRI / Iran - Team Composition

 
Team manager KHOSHKHABAR Amir
Head coach VELASCO Julio
Assistant coach CICHELLO Juan
Doctor AFROOZI Siyamak
Therapist / trainer
Journalist
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Shahram Mahmoudi Sh.Mahmoudi 20.07.1988 198 95 347 332
  2   Saeed MOSTAFAVAND S. MOSTAFAVAND 04.02.1983 195 88 340 322
  3 Mohammadhassan SENOBARI M. SENOBARI 11.07.1989 189 83 310 300
  4   Mir Saeid Marouflakrani S. Marouf 20.10.1985 189 81 331 311
  5 Farhad Ghaemi F. Ghaemi 28.08.1989 197 73 355 335
  6   Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi M. Mousavi 22.08.1987 203 86 362 344
  7 Hamzeh Zarini H. Zarini 18.10.1985 198 98 351 330
  L 8   Farhad Zarif Ahangaran V. F.Zarif 03.03.1983 165 60 290 271
  C 9 Alireza Nadi A. Nadi 02.09.1980 200 90 334 320
  10   Amir Ghafour A.Ghafour 06.06.1991 202 90 354 334
  11 Mojtaba Mirzajanpour M. M.Mirzajanpour 07.10.1991 195 88 325 315
  12   Pourya FAYAZID. P.FAYAZI 12.01.1993 195 85 330 310
  13 Mehdi Mahdavi M.Mahdavi 13.02.1984 191 96 330 310
  14   Alireza Mobasheri Demneh A. Mobasheri 10.06.1988 190 90 345 320
  15 Mohammadreza SOLEIMANI M. SOLEIMANI 21.09.1983 190 85 310 300
  16   Peyman KARIMI P.KARIMI 09.05.1984 198 90 334 320
  17 Reza Ghara R.Ghara 31.07.1991 200 87 351 331
  18   Mohammad Taher Vadi M.T.Vadi 10.10.1989 194 72 329 315
  19 Alireza Jadidi A.Jadidi 11.02.1989 202 97 343 323
  L 20   Yashar SHAHINI Y. SHAHINI 11.05.1983 185 80 300 280
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

The Iran men’s team has been enjoying a purple patch of form in recent years. After a strong 2009, Iran qualified for last year’s FIVB World Championship, 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 that they still have progress to make, but are confident of achieving great things under Julio Velasco, who formerly coached the Italian men’s team among others, and assistant coach Juan Manuel Cichello, who was coach of the successful Argentina youth team. Iran expect to continue to play fast volleyball with a variety of tactics under the two new coaches. In fact, Iran is aiming to achieve success across the board, from 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, helping the confidence ahead of the start of the Olympic Games qualifying process.
Coach profile

The legendary Julio Velasco started playing when he was 15 but became a coach soon after, winning four Argentina Championships (1979-1982) and four Italian Championships (1986-89) before leading the Italian national team to three gold medals at the European Championship. Velasco’s success with Italy (1989-1996) continued with gold in two FIVB World Championships, five FIVB World Leagues, a World Cup and a Grand Champions Cup. The Argentinean also coached the Italian women’s team (1997-1998), the Czech Republic (2001-2003) and Spain (2009-2010).