Saman Ghoddos (Persian: سامان قدوس; pronounced [sɒːmɒːn ɢoduːs]; born 6 September 1993) is a Swedish-born Iranian footballer who plays for Östersunds FK in the Swedish Allsvenskan and the Iranian national team as an attacking midfielder, striker, or winger, having previously played for the Swedish national team
Due to his Iranian heritage, Ghoddos was eligible to be called up by both Iran and Sweden. In December 2016, Ghoddos was called up by Sweden manager Janne Andersson for friendlies against Ivory Coast and Slovakia. He scored his first international goal for Sweden in a 6–۰ win over Slovakia on 12 January 2017
In June 2017, Ghoddos revealed that he had been approached by the Iranian federation.In an interview in July 2017, Ghoddos stated that he may accept an invitation to play for Carlos Queiroz‘s Iran should he be given one. He applied for Iranian citizenship on 21 August, stating that it is an honor to play for Sweden and his decision to represent either country is “fifty-fifty”. He was not called into Sweden’s World Cup qualification squad on 23 August, with Janne Andersson opting to choose expatriate footballers and stating that Ghoddos is not far from a call-up if he were to remain with the Swedish national team
On 25 August 2017, Ghoddos revealed in an interview that he acquired his Iranian passport from the embassy. The following day, 26 August 2017, he announced on his Instagram page that he would be joining Iran for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against South Korea and Syria.Ghoddos was called up for the first time for the Iran senior team training camps on 27 August 2017 by coach Carlos Queiroz for Iran’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Korea and Syria. After Ghoddos couldn’t make his debut for Iran due to administrative issues with FIFA, he was called into Sweden’s World Cup qualification squad on 27 September for matches against Luxembourg and Netherlands. However, on 29 September, the Swedish Football Association released a statement on their website stating Ghoddos had rejected the offer, choosing to play for Iran instead. He made his debut for Iran in a 2–۰ friendly victory against Togo on 5 October 2017.On 9 November, he scored his first goal for Iran in a friendly match against Panama.
On 13 May 2018, Ghoddos was named in Queiroz’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In an interview with Olof Lundh in May 2018, Ghoddos stated that if the Swedish federation had contacted him earlier, it’s very likely for him to have chosen to represent Sweden, though he does not regret his decision to play for Iran. He was named in Iran’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup on 4 June 2018.Ghoddos made his World Cup debut against Morocco on 15 June 2018, winning a free kick that led to a goal for Iran’s first World Cup win in twenty years.