FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011


 IRI / Iran - Team Composition

Team manager KHOSHKHABAR Amir
Head coach VELASCO Julio
Assistant coach EBRAHIMI Reza
Doctor AFROOZI Siyamak
Therapist / trainer CICHELLO Juan
Journalist TOLOUEKIAN Amir
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  3 Amir Hosseini A.Hosseini 23.07.1975 183 73 339 320
  4   Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi Seyed 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
  12 Farhad Nazari Afshar Duplicated Profile 22.05.1984 195 85 345 331
  13   Mehdi Mahdavi M.Mahdavi 13.02.1984 191 96 330 310
  14 Arash Keshavarzi A. Keshavarzi 16.02.1987 198 91 344 325
  15   Hesam Bakhsheshi Duplicated Profile 21.03.1984 200 91 341 323
  16 Seyed Mehdi Bazargarde Shalkohimojarad M. Bazargard 16.03.1979 200 93 360 350
  19   Arash Kamalvand A. Kamalvand 11.05.1989 201 91 345 325
 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 qualified for this year’s FIVB World Cup.

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).