Thursday, June 13, 2019

Iran's 19-man pool for the FIBA World Cup 2019

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Islamic Republic of Iran Basketball Federation released the 19-man pool of Team Melli for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China from August 31 to September 15.

Team Melli 19-man pool for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 :

1. Hamed Haddadi
2. Samad Nikkhah Bahrami
3. Sajjad Mashayekhi
4. Mohammad Jamshidi
5. Behnam Yakhchali
6. Rasoul Mozafari
7. Rouzbeh Arghavan
8. Hamed Hosseinzadeh
9. Mohammad Hassanzadeh
10. Behshad Arabzadeh
11. Aaron Geramipoor
12. Navide Niktash
13. Meisam Mirzaei
14. Navid Rezaeifar
15. Amir Sedighi
16. Sina Vahedi
17. Keyvan Riaei
18. Mike Rostampour
19. Arman Zangeneh
Head Coach: Mehran Shahintab

As per FIBA, Standing out are veterans Hamed Haddadi and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, both of whom haven't played on the national team since Iran's home win over the Philippines in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers. They have, however, the most experience at the World Cup, having seen action for Iran in their first two appearances on the biggest stage of international basketball.

Not surprisingly, also included in the pool are Iran's other top performers from the Asian Qualifiers - Behnam Yakhchali, Meisam Mirzaei and Mohammad Jamshidi. Yakhchali and Jamshidi carried much of the scoring cudgels for Team Melli in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers, while Mirzaei held the fort in the paint in Haddadi's absence.

Iran have been drawn into Group C at the World Cup, with 2006 World Cup winners Spain, world 16th-ranked Puerto Rico and world 51st-ranked Tunisia.

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