WORLD CUP : did you know

Iran first participated in the qualifiers in 1974 and reached their first finals tournament in 1998. The team lost to Holland and Peru in Argentina, but held Scotland to a 1-1 draw.

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Between 1968 and 1976, they lifted the Asian Cup on three occasions without losing a single game.

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In 1998, Iran qualified for a FIFA World Cup for the second time. They also recorded their first victory in the finals with a 2-1 win over the USA. However, they failed to reach the last sixteen after finding themselves in a group with Germany and Yugoslavia.