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