The team is the number one Asian nation listed in the FIFA World Rankings way ahead of Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Iran had its best participation so far in the tournament’s history.
The team not only managed its second victory in history but also made four points.
They beat Morocco 1-0 in Saint Petersburg, then played very well against Spain in Kazan only to be defeated by a single Diego Costa goal.
The team made history by tying 1-1 with Portugal in Saransk, in what many predicted an easy victory for the Portuguese before the tournament.
They are currently the highest-ranked Asian team in the FIFA World Rankings and are in 29th place on the whole planet.
The Iranians have played in 14th out of 16 Asian Cup editions, winning it back-to-back-to-back in 1968, 1972, and 1976.
They are part of Group D, together with Iraq, Vietnam, and Yemen.
Iraq has also participated in 14 editions, winning the 2007 Asian Cup.
Vietnam had been part of the tournament four times and earned fourth place in 1956 and 1960 as South Vietnam. These two tournaments were played with only four nations, so they actually ended up in the last place.
Yemen is debuting in this tournament, having missed all the previous editions.
Who will come out on top of this group?