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18:58 - 2009-08-18

Iran's Basketball Squad Back Home after Winning Asian Title

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Iran's national basketball team came back home on Tuesday after winning the crown in the 25th FIBA Asian Men's Basketball Championships in Tianjin, China
Iran's national basketball team is welcomed by thousands of Iranian enthusiast at Tehran's International Imam Khomeini Airport
Iran's national outfit returns home after winning the Asian title
The Iranian national basketball team defended it title with nine consecutive wins and no defeats
Iran, under Serbian coach Veselin Matic, received nine victories out of its nine matches and it also won a berth to the 2010 World Championship in Turkey
This was the second Asian title for Iran after it was ranked first in 2007 Championship in Japan
The Iranian outfit defeated Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan and Kuwait in the first round and continued its flawless reign with victories over Japan, the Philippines and South Korea in the second round
The Iranian squad won Qatar in the quarterfinals and it eventually won the title after defeating the hosts, China, in the final on Sunday
Sixteen Asian teams took part in the 25th FIBA Asian Men's Basketball Championships from 6 to 16 of August
Hamed Afaq, a key player of Iran's national basketball team
Internationally renowned Hamed Haddadi, center-forward of Iran's national squad
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, captain of Iran's national basketball team
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, captain of Iran's national basketball team
President of Iran's Basketball Federation, Mahmoud Mashhoun
The first three teams of the event qualified for the World Basketball Championship in Turkey in 2010
The Iranian national basketball team defended it title with nine consecutive wins and no defeats