Team Melli among Asian Cup Dark Horses: Report
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian national football team is among the Asian teams could really surprise the fans.
Arguably the most impressive of the four Asian teams at the 2014 World Cup, Iran is the highest ranked team in the confederation according to FIFA.
With a passionate supporter base behind them, Team Melli has been given a favorable group alongside Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
It has won the Asian Cup three times in its history and head into the tournament with recent friendly wins over South Korea and Iraq.
Team Melli are well organised and tough to break down, and rely on the brilliance of Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Ashkan Dejagah and Reza Ghoochannejhad. Captain Javad Nekounam and Andranik Teymourian are the main men in midfield, giving Iran structure and discipline.
The West Asian nation pushed Argentina all the way in Brazil and if they are on song can cause real damage in Australia, theroar.co.com.au reported.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia are among the teams could surprise the fans according to the report.