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 By John Duerden

Iran's Sardar Azmoun has the potential to become better than Ali Daei

Sardar Azmoun is one of the top young players in the world.

Nobody has scored more international goals than Iran legend Ali Daei. Indeed, the image of the striker wheeling away in celebration is forever stuck in the memory of a generation of fans in Asia.

Daei, who deserves his global status, found the net an amazing 109 times in 149 games before his international retirement in 2006. It is a record that could last forever, though it could also be broken by a young compatriot.

Sardar Azmoun has some time to go before we can think about records, but the 21-year-old...

 By John Duerden

Asian success is what sets Iran's Esteghlal apart from the rest

Esteghlal FC are one of the biggest clubs in Iranian football.

Esteghlal, formerly known as Taj, remain top of the Persian Gulf Pro League after a 1-1 draw with Persepolis last weekend.

The Blues have eight domestic titles and two continental crowns to their name, making them one of Asia's biggest clubs. Seen as part of the establishment, in contrast to the more populist Persepolis, their biggest rivals, Esteghlal have plenty of history. ESPN FC counts down their top five moments.

5. Sending the first Iranian to play in Europe

We all know legends such as Park...

 By John Duerden

Iranian giants Persepolis' top five magic moments in history

Persepolis are one of the most well-supported clubs in Iran.

They're nine-time champions of Iran and one of the biggest clubs in Asia. Persepolis not only have millions of supporters in their homeland, but they're also followed by the majority of Iranians living abroad.

Here are Persepolis' five greatest moments, according to ESPN FC:

1. That goal in 2008

The cliché goes that if you wrote this as a movie script it would be dismissed as too far-fetched. But no, anyone with any sense of drama and excitement would start casting immediately.

Which actor...

 By John Duerden

Carlos Queiroz looks for 'miracle' as Iran target World Cup return

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is preparing to guide Team Melli to their second straight WC ahead of Thursday's qualifier vs. Guam.

Carlos Queiroz never seems to age, with only a lengthening CV providing proof of passing time.

It makes for impressive reading, but the 62-year-old still wants to do more. "I am attracted to the idea of taking four different national teams to a World Cup because only one or two guys have done that and it would be nice for my coaching career," Mozambique-born Queiroz told ESPN FC.

It would be quite a feat, but at the moment the Portuguese coach is focusing on taking Iran -- his third national team...

 By John Duerden

Japan, Iran, Qatar keep Asian flag flying after Australia's heroics

A new-look Japan took the field on Friday night in Valid Halilhodzic's first game in charge, yet it was the old guard who came off the bench in Oita to secure a 2-0 win over Tunisia. It was a solid result and a satisfactory performance.

The Bosnian, who led Algeria to the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup, had promised to shake up a team that has looked in need of exactly that over the past few months. There were only two survivors from the 11 that started the last game, the quarterfinal of the 2015...

 By Alan Mtashar

Many factors favour South Korea in Asian Cup semi but don't write off Iraq

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has come to life after Iraq and the United Arab Emirates' shock wins against their much-fancied quarterfinal opponents, Iran and Japan. The question now is: can the West Asian giant-killers keep the fairytale going in Australia?

Iraq face South Korea in the first of the semifinals in Sydney on Monday night.

With both teams having played 120 minutes in their respective quarterfinals, the Koreans will look to make their extra day's rest count.

"We have to play the fast ball,...