May 27, 2024

Seven players added to Team Melli squad

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navidkia-farwellPFDC – TEHRAN, Carlos Queiroz added seven players from Sepahan to his squad after the Cup match on Sunday.

The Portugese had named 19 players for his second short training camp in Tehran (May 31 to June 2) but had vowed to add more players from the losing side of the Cup quartfinal.

Interesting is the invitation of playmaker Moharram Navidkia. The 28-year-old playmaker had struggled with injuries for a long time and finally was recalled to the national team by Afshin Ghotbi last year. However, he declined the invitation and announced the end of his national team career, wanting to concentrate on his club instead.

Iran will have a further training camp from June 27 until July 9. On July 17 a friendly match is scheduled against Madagascar in Tehran as preperation for the two-legged World Cup qualification round 2 playoff against the Maledives on July 23 (Tehran) and July 28 (Male).

Below comes the full 26-men squad.

Goalkeepers: Mehdi Rahmati (Sepahan), Shahab Gordan (Zob Ahan), Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi (Zob Ahan)

Defenders: Jalal Hosseini (Sepahan), Hadi Aghily (Sepahan), Mohsen Bengar (Sepahan), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan), Khosro Heydari (Sepahan), Seyed Mohammad Hosseini (Zob Ahan), Farshid Talebi (Zob Ahan), Hossein Mahini (Zob Ahan), Mohammad Nosrati (Teraktorsazi), Ghasem Dehnavi (Mes)

Midfielders: Moharram Navidkia (Sepahan), Mehrdad Pouladi (Mes), Mostafa Seifi (Mes), Andranik Teymourian (Teraktorsazi), Mohammad Ebrahimi (Teraktorsazi), Mohammad Ghazi (Zob Ahan), Ghasem Hadadifar (Zob Ahan), Meysam Baou (Shahrdari), Ali Karimi (Schalke 04), Milad Zanidpour (Steel Azin)

Forwards: Mohammad-Reza Khalatbari (Zob Ahan), Mohammad Gholami (Steel Azin), Saeed Daghighi (Shahrdari)