FIFA Ranking: 23

Coach: Branko Ivankovic

Key players: Ali Daei, Mohammad Nosrati, Vahid Hashemian

World Cup record: Third appearance

Best finish: First round 1978, 1998

Last appearance: First round 1998

Qualifying route: Second in Asian Group B.

Key question:  The side have had more than their share of hurdles to jump in preparation due to political reasons, can they put it all behind them and become a competitive force?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Ebrahim Mirzapour 1
Hassan Roudbarian 12
Vahid Talebloo 22
Defenders
Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh 3
Yahya Golmohammadi 4
Rahman Rezaei 5
Hossein Kaabi 13
Sattar Zare 18
Amir Hossein Sadeqi 19
Mohammad Nosrati 20
Midfielders
Mehdi Mahdavikia 2
Javad Nekounam 6
Fereydoon Zandi 7
Ali Karimi 8
Anderanik Teymourian 14
Mehrzad Madanchi 21
Masoud Shojaei 23
Forwards
Vahid Hashemian 9
Ali Daei 10
Rasoul Khatibi 11
Arash Borhani 15
Reza Enayati 16
Javad Kazemian 17

Group matches:

v Mexico, 16:00 GMT, Sunday 11th June - Nuremberg

v Portugal, 13:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Frankfurt

v Angola, 14:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Leipzig