Overview

Team profile

Iran

Iran’s ascent in the world stage is undeniable, as they have qualified to their first-ever Olympic Games as the top ranked Asian squad at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. Their recent results have also raised their status in major competitions. The Iranian side became a consistent top two continental championship finisher with a breakthrough win in 2011 and a follow-up victory in the 2013 edition, over their silver medal finishes in 2009 and 2015. Iran have featured in the past three World Championships and finished sixth at the 2014 edition in Poland, where a strong Russian side defeated them in the final round. They picked up where they left off in 2014 when they defeated Japan to win gold at the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

Iran came third in Group 1’s Pool B at the 2015 World League, where the United States and Poland progressed to the next round. However, they took encouragement after defeating every team in their pool, including a double sweep of USA in Russia. Although they still have some way to go, Iran are on the rise and can present a good challenge to the world’s elite teams. They have made rapid improvement in recent seasons, including their 2014 World League campaign, culminating in a fourth place finish in Group 1, following a straight-set defeat by their Italian hosts in the bronze medal match.

Coach

Lozano Raul Lucio

Lozano Raul Lucio

Raul Lozano was born in La Plata, Argentina. He played as setter for the national team in his prime but his greatest achievements came as a coach. Lozano is considered one of the best coaches in the world. He began handling youth teams in his hometown, then levelled up to coach various clubs in Italy, Greece and Poland. He directed the national teams of Spain in 1994-1997 and 1999-2000, Poland in 2005-2008, and Germany in 2008-2011. He led Spain to a silver medal finish in the World University Games in Japan and a fifth place finish in the World League and World Cup in 1999. Lozano’s biggest success was Poland’s silver medal in the 2006 World Championship, in which he also received a state award – Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta - granted by the Polish president Lech Kaczynski for his outstanding contribution to the development of Polish sport.

  • Team Manager Khoshkhabar Amir
  • Assistant coach Cichello Juan Manuel
  • Second Assistant Coach Mohammadirad Rahman
  • Doctor Afroozi Siyamak

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Argentina
5 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 12 12 4 3.000 394 335 1.176
2
Poland
5 4 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 12 14 5 2.800 447 389 1.149
3
Russia
5 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 11 13 6 2.166 432 367 1.177
4
Iran
5 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 7 8 9 0.888 389 392 0.992
5
Egypt
5 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 3 12 0.250 286 362 0.790
6
Cuba
5 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 15 0.066 300 403 0.744

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