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44 Asian teams are affiliated with FIFA, but Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan and Brunei decided not to take part, and Myanmar was banned from the competition, so a total of 39 teams took part, competing for 4.5 places in the World Cup.

The qualification was composed of three Rounds. Only the 14 last ranked teams according to FIFA took part in the Preliminary Round, where they were paired 2-by-2 and played home-and-away knock-out matches. The 7 winners joined the other 25 teams in the Second Round, where those 32 teams were divided in 8 Groups of four teams each. The teams in each group would play against each other home-and-away, and the team with most points in each group would advance to the Third Round.

In the Third Round, the 8 remaining teams were divided in two Groups of 4 teams each, that would again play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The two teams with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup. The two third placed teams would play-off against each other home-and-away. Winner of this play-off would play against the fourth placed team in the Final Round of CONCACAF in an Intercontinental Play-off for a place in the World Cup

 

DATE COMP Home Team Away Team Result
18.02.2004 World Cup Qualifier Iran Qatar 3 – 1
31.03.2004 World Cup Qualifier Laos Iran 0 – 7
09.06.2004 World Cup Qualifier Iran Jordan 0 – 1
08.09.2004 World Cup Qualifier Jordan Iran 0 – 2
13.10.2004 World Cup Qualifier Qatar Iran 2 – 3
17.11.2004 World Cup Qualifier Iran Laos 7 – 0
09.02.2005 World Cup Qualifier/ Second Round Bahrain Iran 0 – 0
25.03.2005 World Cup Qualifier/ Second Round Iran Japan 2 – 1
30.03.2005 World Cup Qualifier / Second Round Korea DPR Iran 0 – 2
03.06.2005 World Cup Qualifier / Second Round Iran Korea DPR 1 – 0
08.06.2005 World Cup Qualifier / Second Round Iran Bahrain 1 – 0
17.08.2005 World Cup Qualifier / Second Round Japan Iran 2 – 1

Second Round

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 5 0 1 22 4 +18 15
 Jordan 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 12
 Qatar 6 3 0 3 16 8 +8 9
 Laos 6 0 0 6 3 33 −30 0

 

Iran Jordan Laos Qatar
  0 – 1 7 – 0 3 – 1
  0 – 2 5 – 0 1 – 0
  0 – 7 2 – 3 1 – 6
2 – 3 2 – 0 5 – 0

 

Third Round

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 5 0 1 9 4 +5 15
 Iran 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
 Bahrain 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 4
 North Korea 6 1 0 5 5 11 −6 3
Bahrain Iran Japan North Korea
0 – 0 0 – 1 2 – 3
1 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 0
  1 – 0 2 – 1 2 – 1
  1 – 2 0 – 2 0 – 2

 

Team  Iran Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Second Round 6 5 0 1 22 4 +18 15
Third Round 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
Total 12 9 1 2 29 7 22 28

 

Squad

 

             
 

GOALKEEPERS

         
1 MIRZAPOUR, Ebrahim 75 0 16-Sep-78 28 Foolad  Khuzestan
2 ROUDBARIAN, Hassan 17 0 06-Jul-78 28 PAS Tehran 
3 TALEBLOO, Vahid 12 0 26-May-82 24 Esteghlal
 

DEFENDERS

         
4 KAEBI, Hossein 84 2 23-Sep-85 21 Foolad  Khuzestan
5 GOLMOHAMMADI, Yahya 80 5 19-Mar-71 35 Saba Battery
6 NOSRATI, Mohammad 61 4 11-Jan-82 24 Tractorsazi tabriz
7 REZAEI, Rahman 57 3 20-Feb-75 31 Messina (ITA)
8 BAKHTIYARIZADEH, Sohrab 37 3 11-Sep-74 32 Saba Battery
9 ZARE, Sattar 36 0 28-Jan-82 24 Bargh Shiraz
10 SADEGHI, AmirHossein 9 0 06-Sep-81 25 Esteghlal
 

MIDFIELD

         
11 KAZEMIAN, Javad 40 2 23-Apr-81 25 Perspolis
12 TEYMOURIAN, Andranik 36 3 06-Mar-83 23 Abo Moslem
13 MADANCHI, Mehrzad 31 5 10-Jan-85 21 Perspolis
14 KARIMI, Ali 108 36 08-Nov-78 28 Bayern Munich (GER)
15 MAHDAVIKIA, Mehdi 108 13 24-Jul-77 29 Hamburger SV (GER)
16 NEKOUNAM, Javad 102 23 06-Sep-80 26 Al-Wehda (UAE)
17 ZANDI, Fereydoon 27 5 26-Apr-79 27 FC Kaiserslautern (GER)
18 SHOJAEI, Masoud 25 3 09-Jun-84 22 Saipa Tehran
 

FORWARDS

         
19 DAEI, Ali 151 110 21-Mar-69 37 Saba Battery
20 HASHEMIAN, Vahid 49 14 21-Jul-76 30 Hannover 96 (GER)
21 BORHANI, Arash 35 10 14-Sep-83 23 PAS Tehran 
22 ENAYATI, Gholamreza 32 8 23-Sep-76 30 Esteghlal
23 KHATIBI, Rasoul 30 5 22-Sep-78 28 PAS Tehran 

Matches

11.06.2006 at 18:00 FIFA World Cup / Group D Mexico Iran 3 – 1
17.06.2006 at 15:00 FIFA World Cup / Group D Portugal Iran 2 – 0
21.06.2006 at 16:00 FIFA World Cup / Group D Angola Iran 1 – 1

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