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Queiroz invites 27 players for Togo & Russia matches.

The official list of 27 players invited to join Team Melli squad for the matches against Togo and Russia have been announced.

Queiroz has picked 4 new members of the squad including the naturalized Iranian Swede, Saman Ghoddos.  Earlieer reports indicated that Ghoddos did not satisfy the requirements to play for Iran, however, there was no official communique from the federation.

Interestingly, the player who is not allowed to participate in any footballing activity after the FIFA sanction , is also picked. Mehdi Taremi is included in the list and it is unclear if he will play or just added for good measure.

Akbar Emani, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh and Mohammad Hossein Kanani-Zadegan are the other new faces. There is a return for Kaveh Rezaei who is now playing in Belgium, while the previous Captain of the team, Masoud Shojaei remains absent.

The squad, already started training in Team Melli training camp in Azadi complex before moving to the Oil Company practise ground for continuation of their training.

Team Melli, which has already qualified for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, will be playing several friendlies until the summer of 2018.


The Squad

HAGHIGHI, Alireza AFC Eskilstuna (SWE)
BIRANVAND, Alireza Persepolis
LAK, Hamed Saipa
MAZAHERI, Mohammad Rashid Zob Ahan
AGHAEI, Saeed Tractorsazi
CHESHMIRouzbeh Esteghlal
GHAFOORI , Vourya Esteghlal
HOSSEINI, Jalal Persepolis
KANANI, Mohammad Hossein  Esteghlal
MOHAMMADI, Milad Grozny (RUS)
REZAEIAN, Ramin K.V. Oostende (BEL)
ABDOLAHZADEH, Ahmad Foolad Khuzestan
DEJAGAH, Ashkan Free Agent
EBRAHIMI, Omid Esteghlal
EMANI, Akbar  Padidah Mashad
EZATOLLAHEI, Saeed FC Amkar Perm (RUS)
HAJSAFY, Ehsan Pananios (GRE)
TORABIMehdi  Saipa
AMIRI, Vahid Persepolis
ANSARIFARD, Karim Olympiakos (GRE)
AZMOUN, Sardar Rubin Kazan (RUS)
GHOOCHANEJAD, Reza Heerneveen (HOL)
GHODDOS, Saman Östersunds FK  (SWE)
JAHANBAKHSH, Alireza A Z Alkaamar (HOL)
REZAEI, Kaveh R. Charleroi S.C (BEL)
TAREMI, Mehdi Persepolis

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