Team profile


FIVB World Ranking 11

Best Result2010 19

Last Result2010 19

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A consistent high performer in the Asian Championship, 2014 provides Iran with a serious opportunity to notch their highest finish at a World Championship as they look back on four years of strong international play. Iran, who qualified in September 2013, have competed in four previous World Championships, twice finishing 19th (1998, 2010) and twice 21st (1970, 2006).

But the Iranians will look at more recent events as a sign that the nation is growing fast as a volleyball power. Having won back-to-back Asian Championships in 2011 and 2013, they placed fourth in the 2013 Grand Champions Cup behind the three best teams in the world – Brazil, Russia and Italy. A stunning fourth place finish in this year’s World League has catapulted them into contention for a top-six finish in Poland.

Iran finished second in the 2010 Asian Games, ninth in the 2011 World Cup, and ninth again in the 2013 World League in their first appearance in the competition. A year later, Iran became the first Asian team to qualify for the World League semifinals, where they lost to Russia 3-2 and defeated Brazil before losing to eventual winners USA in the semifinals and Italy in the playoff for bronze.


Kovac Slobodan

Kovac Slobodan

Serbian Slobodan Kovac was named head coach of Iran’s men’s team in 2014. He then led them to a fourth-place finish in Group 1 of the 2014 World League. Kovac, who takes a more abstract view of coaching, feels that his role as head coach calls for him to act as a psychologist, teacher and father figure in addition to tactician. He is well-respected in his home country, earning 2009 and 2010 Serbian Coach of the Year honours and leading domestic club team Radnicki Kragujevac to two national championships. Kovac also coached the Umbria Volley club to A1 promotion in the 2011/12 season in Italy, where he was later named 2013 Coach of the Year.


  • Team Manager Khoshkhabar Amir
  • Assistant coach Prakljacic Slobodan
  • Second Assistant Coach Mohammadi Rad Rahman
  • Doctor Afroozi Siyamak





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 2 3.000 182 163 1.116
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 136 131 1.038
2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 6 0.333 157 181 0.867