According to the FIFA fixture released for the upcoming 2018 World Cup tournament, the national football teams of Iran and Portugal would be playing against each other. Both teams belong to Group B, and they would be meeting on Monday, June 25 at the Saransk stadium by 7 pm.
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FIFA World Ranking
Based on the FIFA World ranking report of 07 June 2018, while Portugal ranked 4th, Iran ranked 37th on the list.
Early History of Iran and Portugal National Football Teams
The journey of the national football team of Portugal is recorded to begin when the team had her first match played on 18 December 1921. But before that time, the Portuguese Football Federation had already been established as far back as 1914. The name the association was called then was União Portuguesa de Futebol.
Even though the association had been in existence for long, a reason adduced for the non-appearance of the squad in any of the international football competitions was because of the World War I. As a result of this, it was in 1921 that the team made her first appearance at international competitions.
The national football team of Iran is acclaimed to be one of the most successful national teams in Asia based on the successes they have achieved. The football team had their first match played in 1926. This was when some players were selected from Tehran Club, Toofan F.C., and Armenian Sports Club to play an away match. At that time, they were known as Tehran XI but was later succeeded by Iran national football team.
In Portuguese, the Portugal football team is called Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol and pronounced as sɨlɛˈsɐ̃w̃ puɾtuˈgezɐdɨfutɨˈbɔl]. The team is the representative of Portugal in all men’s association football at the international level. The squad is under the leadership of the Portuguese Football Federation. The federation is the body that governs football in the country.
The Iranian football team is also called Team Melli and remains the team that represents Iran in international football competitions in the men’s group. The team is under the leadership of the Iranian Football Federation. The body is in charge of all football in the country and was founded in 1920.
The first competition that the team would make an appearance in was when they played against the British India on 23 August 1941. The event took place at Kabul, and it ended in a 1–0 win for the Iranian.
Appearances at International Soccer Competitions
The first time that the Iranian would make an appearance at the FIFA World Cup tournament was in 1978. This was after they defeated the Australian in Tehran. But unfortunately, they lost two matches they had out of the three in the group stage.
According to history, although the Portuguese were not invited during the premier edition of the FIFA World Cup tournament which took place in 1930, but then, they made an appearance in the 1934 edition. However, it was unfortunate that they lost out in their match against their Spanish opponents.
More so, while they took part in the FIFA World Cup qualification which held in 1938, they still lost in their game against Switzerland in a neutral ground held in Milan.
It is said about Iran that they have qualified for the Mega Event on five different occasions which were in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, and 2018 which is their latest. Despite their qualifications in the previous editions, they have not been able to go beyond the group stage. In fact, the only win that they have recorded so far in the World Cup is the 2–1 victory they had in 1998 when they played against the United States.
The first time recorded that the Portugal national team would make an appearance in a major tournament final was during the FIFA World Cup that held in 1966. This was also the time that the world would see a team that featured famed striker Eusébioend up finishing in the third place.
The other times that they have made an appearance in the world cup, they have not achieved any major feat. For example, the periods the football squad qualify for the World Cup finals were in 1986 and 2002, but then, they did not go beyond the first round on both occasions.
Major Accomplishments and Honorary Titles of the Teams
So far, at the Asian continental cups, Iran has emerged winners for three times which are in 1968, 1972, and 1976. They have also finished in the third place four times which are in 1980, 1988, 1996, and 2004. And for the Asian Games, they have won the Gold Medal four times in 1974, 1990, 1998, and 2002, and the Silver Medal two times in 1951 and 1966.
The first ever trophy that the Portugal national football team would win was during the Euro 2016 competition when they defeated the hosts, France, in 1–0 after extra time. As a result of this, they became qualified for the first time during the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, where they finished in the third place.
The Iranian ranked the highest national squad between December 2014 and May 2018. This is the longest period of time that a country would be on top of the continent regarding rankings continuously.
Also, the football squad of Portugal has finished third once during the FIFA World Cup tournament of 1966 and fourth in 2006. And at the UEFA European Championship, they have emerged as the winners once in 2016 while finishing as the runners-up in 2004, among others.
Then, in 2006, the team was awarded the FIFA World Cup Most Entertaining Team title in 2006 and the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year Nominations in 2017.
Iran team have also won the West Asian Football Federation Championship in 2000, 2004, and 2008 while they were the runners-up 2010.