TEHRAN (Tasnim) Iran national football team is capable of winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. - Sports news - Iran is one of the favorites to take out this year's Asian Cup, and for good reason, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote. Team Melli is Asia's top-ranked team according to FIFA and one of the confederation's traditional superpowers.
Iran is coming off a World Cup campaign in which it only narrowly failed to qualify from a group featuring Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the Australian daily added.
Coached by famed Portuguese manager Carlos Queiroz - who was linked to the Socceroos job following Ange Postecoglou's resignation - Iran has arguably its most talented squad since the 'golden generation' that knocked Australia out of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup in France. But it has not won the Asian Cup or even made the final for 43 years.
Carlos Queiroz's team is scheduled to face Vietnam on Saturday at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE.
Iran, who has already defeated Yemen in Group D, will face Iraq on Wednesday.