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Although it has been a long time since they won the title, Iran has set a record in the Asian Cup, which is difficult to beat

author:Mr. Mu in football

In the past ten years, Iran has been one of the strongest teams in every World Preliminary Tournament. Don't look at Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Australia are strong, but their performance in the world preliminaries is not as stable as Iran. But when it comes to the Asian Cup, that's it. It can be said that Iran's Asian Cup results are very incommensurate with its status in Asian football. Iran were the strongest team in Asia during the Alidaii era, but they were inconsistent in the Asian Cup, especially against South Korea, where they were able to play 6-2 and lose to their opponents in successive stages.

In the last Asian Cup, Iran was regarded as the favorite to win the championship, but in the semi-finals, Japan used a 3:0 game to let Iran see what the real Asia's strongest team looks like.

Although it has been a long time since they won the title, Iran has set a record in the Asian Cup, which is difficult to beat

Of course, the competition in Asian football is also very fierce, and every strong team has its own era of dominance. For example, the strongest era of Japanese football was from the mid-90s to the beginning of the new century, during which time they won a total of 4 Asian Cup titles. In the 80s, it was Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. As for Iran, their most glorious era should be the late 60s and 70s. In 1978, Iran also reached the World Cup. Prior to this, Iran had set a great record in the Asian Cup, which has not been surpassed so far. In the future, it will be extremely difficult for any team to surpass.

From 1968 to 1976, Iran won the Asian Cup three times in a row. This is the only case in the history of the Asian Cup.

Although it has been a long time since they won the title, Iran has set a record in the Asian Cup, which is difficult to beat

Of course, at that time, the Asian Cup was very small, with less than 10 participating teams, and the competition was far less fierce than it is now. But Iran did show the strength of the best team in Asia at that time. Later, Japan and Saudi Arabia almost tied Iran's record and even had a chance to surpass it, but they undermined each other's hegemony. Japan won the Asian Cup in 1992, 2000 and 2004, but in the 1996 Asian Cup, the championship was taken away by Saudi Arabia. Coincidentally, Saudi Arabia won the championship in 1984 and 1988, but in the 1992 Asian Cup, the championship was taken away by Japan, and it was Saudi Arabia that Japan defeated in the final. In other words, both Japan and Saudi Arabia had a chance to achieve four consecutive titles, but they sabotaged each other and ultimately failed to break Iran's record.

Although it has been a long time since they won the title, Iran has set a record in the Asian Cup, which is difficult to beat

In a side-by-side comparison, Iran's record is even better. First of all, in the history of the World Cup and the European Championship, there has never been a triple title. At most, there has only been one successful title defense. There is an example of the Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt. In addition, in the history of the Copa America, Argentina has won three consecutive championships in the 40s. Then there is the North American Gold Cup, where Mexico has won three consecutive championships. But to be honest, among these events, only the Asian Cup has been held once every four years, which seems to be more formal. Of course, in 2007, the European Championship was changed to an odd-numbered year in order to stagger the European Championship, but it did not affect the overall frequency. But the Copa America, the Africa Cup of Nations, is more casual in this regard. Especially in the Copa America, Argentina's three consecutive championships were 1945, 1946, and 1947, and in just three years, the Copa America was held three times, and in three years, it was not the turn of one Asian Cup. It's no wonder that many people refer to the America's Cup as the Weekly Cup.

Although it has been a long time since they won the title, Iran has set a record in the Asian Cup, which is difficult to beat

Therefore, Iran's three consecutive Asian Cup championships are still very high. This at least proves that in those years, Iran did dominate Asian football.

As for whether this record will be broken in the future, it depends on which strong team can stand up and emerge. If there is such a team, it will most likely be Japan.

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