EghtesadOnline: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has offered his heartfelt congratulations to Islamic Republic of Iran for producing Asia’s best-ever performance at the FIFA Futsal World Cup after they beat Portugal on penalties to finish third in Colombia on Saturday (local time).
“On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran for their spectacular displays, commendable resolve and consistency throughout the competition.
“As articulated in our Vision and Mission, IR Iran has proven that Asian teams can not only compete but dominate the world’s biggest stages. I hope that IR Iran’s achievement will inspire more Asian teams to scale new heights in world futsal.
“IR Iran is now a dominant force in world futsal and their success in the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 is a testament to the culmination of years of hard work and commitment of everyone at the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran,” the-afc.com wrote.
Iran won Portugal in 2016 Futsal World Cup third-place finish to claim the third title in the tournament on Saturday (Oct 1, 2016), according to IRNA.
Iran’s men’s national Futsal team beat Portugal 4-3 at this tournament held in Coliseo El Pueblo, Cali of Colombia and claimed the third place for the first time.
Iran's best finish has been in fourth place, when they lost to Spain in 1992.
Iran and Portugal lost to Russia and Argentina in the respective semi-final fixtures, which have forced them to face each other in the third-place finish on Saturday.