World Cup 2022: Everything you need to know about Iran


Iran enters the World Cup under a shroud of controversy.

The Islamist regime has been urged to release thousands of peaceful protesters while human rights groups warn of mass killings to quell anti-hijab protests. Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, said he believed the country should be banned from participating in the World Cup.

Regardless of the pressure on the nation, Iran is making its sixth World Cup appearance. Iran appeared in the 2018 World Cup and won a match but failed to make it out of the group stage. The team won 14 matches in World Cup qualifying behind 10 goals from Sardar Azmoun.


Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi, of IR Iran, pose during the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 portrait session on Nov. 15, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
(Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FOX Sports has the U.S. broadcast rights to the World Cup.

Who is on Iran’s World Cup roster?

GK Alireza BeiranvandGK Amir AbedzadehGK Hossein HosseiniGK Payam NiazmandMF Ahmad NoorollahiMF Saman GhoddosMF Vahid AmiriMF Saeid EzatolahiMF Alireza JahanbakhshMF Lehdi TorabiMF Ali GholizadehMF Ali KarimiD Ehsan HajsafiD Morteza PouraliganjiD Ramin REzaeianD Milad MohammadiD Hossein KananiD Shojae KhalilzadehD Sadegh MharramiD Rouzbeh CheshmiD Majid HosseiniD Abolfazl JalaliF Karim AnsarifardF Sardar AzmounF Mehdi Taremi

Who does Iran play in the World Cup?

Iran is in Group B in the World Cup. They play England on Nov. 21, Wales on Nov. 25 and the U.S. on Nov. 29.