Australia and Iran meet for first time at World Championship



•    These sides have never met at the World Championship or any other major international competition.
•    Australia have faced a fellow AVC side once at the World Championship. In 2002, they lost 3-1 against China.
•    Iran have faced another AVC affiliate once in the competition. In 2010, they defeated Japan 3-1.


•    Australia reached this stage by finishing fourth in Pool A. They defeated Cameroon and Venezuela and finished on five points.
•    Australia have won only two of their last 16 matches at the World Championship.
•    Australia have never won back-to-back matches in this competition.


•    Iran reached this stage by finishing second in Pool D. They won four of their five matches in the first group stage, including their last two.
•    Iran's record for most successive World Cup matches won is three. That mark was set in 1970.
•    In the first group stage, Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi emerged as the tournament's leading blocker, averaging 1.50 per set and producing 30 stuff blocks.
•    Teammate Farhad Ghaemi led the first group phase in receiving. His 60.66% efficiency was highest among all players at the 2014 World Championship.


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