Uzbekistan's midfielder Server Djeparov is pictured during the 2011 Asian Cup football match for third place between Uzbekistan and South Korea at Al-Sadd Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on January 28, 2011. (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Uzbekistan continue their bid for a first-ever World Cup finals appearance when they entertain Iran at Stadion Majmuasi on Sunday afternoon.
Uzbekistan joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1994 and have come close to qualifying for the elite event on a couple of occasions, most notably in 2006.
An impressive run in the AFC Asian Cup last year has given their faithful renewed hope ahead of the fourth round of qualifying in Asia this weekend.
Vadim Abramov led his side to the semi-finals of the tournament in Qatar and they should come into this encounter in confident mood having finished top of a group which included Asian giants Japan in the third round of qualifying.
The Uzbeks will be without five suspended players here though, including star man Server Djeparov as well as Shavkatjon Mulladjanov, Sanjar Tursunov, Islom Tuhtahujaev and Vagiz Galiulin.
Former Real Madrid and Portuguese national coach Carlos Queiroz is at the Iranian managerial helm and he's bidding to take Iran to the World Cup finals for the fourth time.