Iran has qualified for the World Cup six times: 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022.
Iran first participated in the qualifiers in 1974 and reached their first finals tournament just four years later in 1978. At that tournament, they lost to Holland and Peru, but held Scotland to a 1-1 draw.
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 defeat of the USA. However, they failed to reach the last sixteen after finding themselves in a group with Germany and Yugoslavia.
- The Iranians had already proven their potential in previous years. Between 1968 and 1976, they lifted the Asian Cup on three occasions without losing a single game.
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