FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 IRI / Iran

Team manager KHOSHKHABAR Amir
Coach VELASCO Julio
Assistant coach MASAJEDI Ahmad
2nd assistant coach SHAHNAZI Nasser
Doctor AFROOZI Syamak
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Shahram Mahmoudi Sh.Mahmoudi 20.07.1988 198 95 347 332 Khatam Ardakan
  C 4   Mir Saeid Marouflakrani S. Marouf 20.10.1985 189 81 331 311 BYKE MOTOR
  5 Farhad Ghaemi F. Ghaemi 28.08.1989 197 73 355 335 ZIRAAT BANK
  6   Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi Seyed 22.08.1987 203 86 362 344 PIACENZA
  7 Hamzeh Zarini H. Zarini 18.10.1985 198 98 351 330 Kalleh Mazandaran
  L 8   Farhad Zarif Ahangaran V. F.Zarif 03.03.1983 165 60 290 271 Sarmayeh Bank
  9 Adel Gholami A. Gholami 09.02.1986 195 88 341 330 Khatam Ardakan
  10   Amir Ghafour A.Ghafour 06.06.1991 202 90 354 334 BURSA
  11 Rahman Davoodi R. Davoodi 18.02.1988 195 95 348 328 Matin Varamin
  12   Mojtaba Mirzajanpour M. M.Mirzajanpour 07.10.1991 205 93 355 348 SHAHRDARI VARAMIN
  13 Mehdi Mahdavi M.Mahdavi 13.02.1984 191 96 330 310 Sarmayeh Bank
  L 15   Naser Rahimi P. N.Rahimi 27.06.1991 191 73 326 310 KALLEH
  16 Armin Tashakori A. Tashakori 08.12.1986 200 94 355 335 Shahrdari Urmia
  20   Alireza Mobasheri Demneh A. Mobasheri 10.06.1988 190 90 345 320 Sarmayeh Bank
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Iran continue their climb to success after winning the Asian Championship in Dubai in September – their second championship title since the appointment of Argentine coach Julio Velasco. Iran bested Korea in straight sets to secure the top spot and the seat for the World Grand Champions Cup. With the combination of the players’ passion and Velasco’s brilliance in the game, their rise in the men’s competition was inevitable.

Part of the team’s rise to the big leagues was their entry to the FIVB Volleyball World League this year where they have made an impressive debut by beating European giants Serbia, Italy and Germany, as well as Cuba, in the intercontinental round of the annual men’s tournament.

Their 2011 World Cup performance was likewise striking as they stunned Japan, Serbia, Poland, Argentina and Egypt in the process of establishing their niche in international volleyball. Iran is composed of veterans and young players who are slowly making a name for themselves outside their country such as Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi, Amir Ghafour, Pourya Fayazi, Mirsaeed Marouf and Farhad Zarif. The 26-year-old Mousavi showed other teams that he is a force to reckon with at the net, winning consecutive Best Blocker awards at this year’s World League and Asian Championship.

Coach profile

Argentine coach Julio Velasco, whose career spans more than three decades, has also coached the Italian men’s and women’s national teams, as well as the men’s national teams of Spain and the Czech Republic. He led the Italian men to rule the 90’s – seizing titles at almost every major competition, including the first ever World Grand Champions Cup in 1993 and a silver medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. In 2011, Velasco was appointed as head coach of the Iran men’s team, and since then, Iran have earned back-to-back Asian Championship titles and a spot in the big leagues.