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Voria Ghafouri
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Ghafouri with Esteghlal in 2022
Personal information
Full name Voria Ghafouri
Date of birth (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 35)
Place of birth Sanandaj, Iran
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Right winger
Club information
Current team
Foolad
Number 21
Youth career
Pas Tehran
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Pas Hamedan 81 (5)
2010–2012 Shahrdari Tabriz 50 (3)
2012–2014 Naft Tehran 62 (3)
2014–2016 Sepahan 45 (2)
2016–2022 Esteghlal 135 (19)
2022– Foolad 2 (0)
National team
2014– Iran 28 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 May 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 6 June 2019

Voria Ghafouri (Kurdish: وریا غەفووری, romanized: Wirya Ghefûrî;[1][2] Persian: وریا غفوری; born 18 September 1987) is an Iranian footballer who plays for the Persian Gulf Pro League club Foolad, for which he is captain, and the Iran national team. He has played much of his career as a right-back and also played as a right winger occasionally.

Before joining Esteghlal in 2016, Ghafouri spent a successful two-year spell with Sepahan, winning the Iranian League in 2015. Ghafouri debuted for Iran in 2014 against South Korea. He was part of Iran's squad in the 2015 and 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

During the 2022 World Cup, Voria Ghafouri was arrested for speaking publicly online against violent repression of Iranian protesters. He is an activist for the civil rights of Iranian women and has repeatedly published his views.

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Persian language

Persian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is a Western Iranian language belonging to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian subdivision of the Indo-European languages. Persian is a pluricentric language predominantly spoken and used officially within Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan in three mutually intelligible standard varieties, namely Iranian Persian, Dari Persian and Tajiki Persian. It is also spoken natively in the Tajik variety by a significant population within Uzbekistan, as well as within other regions with a Persianate history in the cultural sphere of Greater Iran. It is written officially within Iran and Afghanistan in the Persian alphabet, a derivation of the Arabic script, and within Tajikistan in the Tajik alphabet, a derivation of the Cyrillic script.

Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel the ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposition by moving the ball beyond the goal line into a rectangular framed goal defended by the opposing side. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45 minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

Persian Gulf Pro League

Persian Gulf Pro League

The Persian Gulf Pro League, formerly known as the Iran Pro League, is the highest division of professional football in Iran. It is the top-level football league in Iran since its foundation on 2 November 2001. Each year, its top team becomes the Iranian football champion, and the two lowest finishers are relegated to Azadegan League.

Foolad F.C.

Foolad F.C.

Foolad Khuzestan Football Club is an Iranian football club, based in Ahwaz, Khuzestan that plays in Persian Gulf Pro League. Foolad F.C. was founded in 1971 and is owned by Foolad Khuzestan Company.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal Football Club, commonly known as Esteghlal, is an Iranian football club based in capital Tehran that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The first team of the capital of Iran, the club was founded in 1945 as The Cyclists and previously known as Tâj between 1949 and 1979. The club is part of the multisport club Esteghlal of Iran Athletic and Cultural Company. They were the first team to reach 1,000 points in Persian Gulf Pro League.

South Korea national football team

South Korea national football team

The South Korea national football team represents South Korea in men's international football and is governed by the Korea Football Association. South Korea has developed and emerged as a major football power in Asia since the 1980s and is historically the most successful Asian football team, having participated in ten consecutive and eleven overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country. Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, South Korea became the only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. South Korea also won two AFC Asian Cup titles, and finished as runners-up on four occasions. Furthermore, the team won three gold medals and three silver medals at the senior Asian Games.

2015 AFC Asian Cup

2015 AFC Asian Cup

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the 16th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015. The tournament was won by Australia after defeating South Korea 2–1 in extra time in the final, thereby earning the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was hosted by Russia. The win was Australia's first Asian title since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. It was also the first time a men's team has become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles: 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004; right after the Australian women's team won the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup.

2019 AFC Asian Cup

2019 AFC Asian Cup

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019.

2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations. It is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022; it is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world and Muslim world, and the second held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. France are the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 final. At an estimated cost of over $220 billion, it is the most expensive World Cup ever held; this figure is disputed by Qatari officials, including organizing CEO Nasser Al Khater, who said the true cost is $8 billion, and other figures relate to overall infrastructure development since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010.

Club career

Early years

Ghafouri played his entire career for Pas Hamedan until 2010 when he signed with Shahrdari Tabriz. He later signed with Naft Tehran.[3]

Sepahan

In July 2014 Ghafouri signed a two-year contract with Sepahan.[4]

Ghafouri was named "Persian Gulf Pro League Defender of the year" by F.F.I.R.I. at the end of 2014–15 season.[5]

Esteghlal

On 5 June 2016, he signed with Esteghlal on a two-year contract, reuniting him with his former manager at Naft Tehran, Alireza Mansourian.[6][7] He announced on his Instagram account that he will wear number 21, the same number he used to wear in his previous teams.[8]

Ghafouri (left) celebrating his goal against Persepolis in the Tehran derby in 2018.
Ghafouri (left) celebrating his goal against Persepolis in the Tehran derby in 2018.

He made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against his former team, Naft Tehran.[9] His first season with Esteghlal was a frustrating one for Ghafouri as he missed 13 matches in total due to various injuries which limited him to making just 17 appearances for the season in the league.[10]

Ghafouri scored his first goal for Esteghlal in a 3–0 win against Esteghlal Khuzestan on 28 December 2017.[11] On 1 March 2018, he scored Esteghlal's winning goal against Persepolis in the Tehran derby.[12] His performance elected him as Man of the match.[13] He was also named as the best right back in Football Tribe's Asia best eleven of the month for his display in March.[14][15] On 2 April, Ghafouri scored his first AFC Champions League goal from the penalty spot in a 2–0 win against Al-Rayyan, securing qualification for the Round of 16 as Group D winners.[16] He scored another goal in the following match against Al-Hilal and was named Man of the match for his performance.[17] He finished his second season with 6 goals in 34 appearances in all competition as Esteghlal finished the season in third in the league, won the Hazfi Cup and qualified for the quarter-finals of Champions League.[18]

In June 2018, Ghafouri signed a new contract keeping him at Esteghlal for another season.[19] From the start of the 2018–19 season, Esteghlal's manager Winfried Schäfer, led to him being deployed in right-wing positions, a place where he'd occasionally played in his previous teams.[20] On 2 August, he scored the first brace of his career in a 2–2 draw with Zob Ahan in Isfahan.[21] On 26 November, he captained his side for the first time in a 0–1 defeat against his former team Sepahan.[22]

On 2 June 2019, Ghafouri signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021.[23] At the beginning of the 2019–20 campaign, following the departure of Esteghlal's captain Mehdi Rahmati, Andrea Stramaccioni made him the blues captain.[24]

Esteghlal went on to win the 2021–22 Persian Gulf Pro League, becoming the first team in the league to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten.[25]

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Shahrdari Tabriz F.C.

Shahrdari Tabriz F.C.

Shahrdari Tabriz Cultural and Athletic Club was an Iranian sports club most widely known for its professional football team based in Tabriz, Iran.

Naft Tehran F.C.

Naft Tehran F.C.

Naft Tehran Football Club is an Iranian football club based in Tehran, Iran. They competed in the Persian Gulf Pro League. They were owned by the National Iranian Oil Company previously. Naft Tehran was founded in 1950 and played in the Takhti Stadium until 2018.

Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran

Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran

The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) is the governing body of association football in Iran. Formed in 1920, it is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in the country. Since 1948, the FFIRI has been a member of FIFA and later of the Asian Football Confederation.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal Football Club, commonly known as Esteghlal, is an Iranian football club based in capital Tehran that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The first team of the capital of Iran, the club was founded in 1945 as The Cyclists and previously known as Tâj between 1949 and 1979. The club is part of the multisport club Esteghlal of Iran Athletic and Cultural Company. They were the first team to reach 1,000 points in Persian Gulf Pro League.

Alireza Mansourian

Alireza Mansourian

Alireza Mansourian is an Iranian football coach and retired player.

Instagram

Instagram

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Persepolis F.C.

Persepolis F.C.

Persepolis Football Club is an Iranian professional football club based in Tehran, that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

Esteghlal Khuzestan F.C.

Esteghlal Khuzestan F.C.

Esteghlal Khuzestan Football Club, commonly known as Esteghlal Khuzestan, is an Iranian football club based in Ahvaz, Iran. The club currently competes in the Azadegan League after being relegated from Persian Gulf Pro League in the 2018–19 season.

AFC Champions League

AFC Champions League

The AFC Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation, and contested by Asia's top-division football clubs. It is the most prestigious club competition in Asian football, played by the national league champions of their national associations.

Al-Rayyan SC

Al-Rayyan SC

Al-Rayyan Sports Club is a Qatari multi-sports club fielding teams in a number of sports such as football, futsal, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, table tennis, and swimming. It is based at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Umm Al Afaei in the city of Al Rayyan. The club was founded in 1967 after merging the old Rayyan team with Nusoor Club. The official team colours are red and black.

2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League

2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 35th season of Iran's Football League and 17th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Persepolis were the defending champions. The season featured 14 teams from the 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League and two new teams promoted from the 2016–17 Azadegan League: Pars Jonoubi Jam as champions and Sepidrood. The league started on 27 July 2017 and ended on 27 April 2018. Persepolis won the Pro League title for the fourth time in their history, a total 11th Iranian title.

International career

He was called up to Iran national football team in October 2014 by Carlos Queiroz. He made his debut in a 1–0 win against South Korea on 18 November 2014 entering as a substitute for Khosro Heydari.[26]

Ghafouri was selected for the Iranian 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz.[27] Despite a successful group phase, where Iran won all their games with him featuring in all matches, Ghafouri did not achieve international glory as the team were beaten by Iraq in penalties which he successfully converted his turn in the first knockout stage of the tournament.[28] Due to his performance in the tournament, he was voted as the surprise player of the tournament by the fans.[29]

In May 2018 he was named in Iran's preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[30] however he did not make the final 23.[31]

Ghafouri was named in the Iranian squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[32] After sitting out the first game against Yemen, he made his first appearance in the competition on 12 January and played the entire 2–0 win over Vietnam.[33]

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Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Manuel Brito Leal de Queiroz is a Portuguese football coach. He is the current head coach of the Iran national team. He has served as the manager of his native Portugal's national team, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Iran, Colombia and Egypt, leading South Africa (2002), Portugal (2010) and Iran to the FIFA World Cup. At club level, he has also managed Sporting CP, the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in Major League Soccer and Spanish club Real Madrid. He also had two spells as Alex Ferguson's assistant manager at English club Manchester United.

South Korea national football team

South Korea national football team

The South Korea national football team represents South Korea in men's international football and is governed by the Korea Football Association. South Korea has developed and emerged as a major football power in Asia since the 1980s and is historically the most successful Asian football team, having participated in ten consecutive and eleven overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country. Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, South Korea became the only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. South Korea also won two AFC Asian Cup titles, and finished as runners-up on four occasions. Furthermore, the team won three gold medals and three silver medals at the senior Asian Games.

Khosro Heydari

Khosro Heydari

Khosro Heydari is a retired Iranian football player who mostly played as a defender for Esteghlal.

2015 AFC Asian Cup

2015 AFC Asian Cup

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the 16th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015. The tournament was won by Australia after defeating South Korea 2–1 in extra time in the final, thereby earning the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was hosted by Russia. The win was Australia's first Asian title since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. It was also the first time a men's team has become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles: 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004; right after the Australian women's team won the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup.

2015 AFC Asian Cup Group C

2015 AFC Asian Cup Group C

Group C of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The group's first round of matches were played on 11 January, the second round on 15 January, and the final round on 19 January. All six group matches were played at venues in Australia. The group consisted of Iran, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Iran and United Arab Emirates advanced as group winners and runners-up respectively, while Bahrain and Qatar were eliminated.

Iraq national football team

Iraq national football team

The Iraq national football team represents Iraq in international football and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association (IFA), the governing body for football in Iraq. Iraq's usual home venue is the Basra International Stadium.

2015 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage

2015 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the second and final stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, following the group stage. It was played on 22 to 31 January, began with the quarter-finals and ended with the final match of the tournament, held at Stadium Australia, Sydney. The top two teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination tournament. A third-place match was played between the two losing teams of the semi-finals. Australia won the trophy after defeating South Korea in the final.

2019 AFC Asian Cup

2019 AFC Asian Cup

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019.

Yemen national football team

Yemen national football team

The Yemen national football team, is the national team of Yemen and is controlled by the Yemen Football Association.

Vietnam national football team

Vietnam national football team

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Style of play

Known for his pace and great crosses. He is regarded as one of the best right-backs of Iran. He also is a good set-piece taker as he shoots most of the penalties and free-kicks.

Activism

Ghafouri in 2019
Ghafouri in 2019

Ghafouri regularly criticizes the general problems of society in Iran on his social media.[34] In February 2019, after Mohammad Javad Zarif the Foreign Minister of Iran stated: "We are proud of being under pressure defending the people of Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen and Syria", Ghafouri posted a story on his Instagram account, criticizing him by saying: "You are not under pressure. As a matter of fact, it is the ordinary people who are under pressure." On 18 February, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated: "Some people, who benefit from the country's peace and security enjoying their jobs and their favourite sports, bite the hand that feeds them" which was claimed to be referring to Ghafouri and fellow footballer Ali Karimi. A few hours after Khamenei's speech, he was summoned by the Ministry of Sport and Youth to give an explanation about his comments on Zarif.[35][36][37][38] After being summoned, many fellow footballers supported him on their social media.[39] During Esteghlal's next home game against Pars Jonoubi Jam, fans chanted his name at the 21-minute mark (as his shirt number is 21) to show their support to him.[40]

Ghafouri has also repeatedly expressed support for the right of women to attend football matches in Iran.[41] In 2019, he distributed blue jerseys in honor of the "Blue Girl" Sahar Khodayari, a woman who self-immolated after she was sentenced to prison for attempting to watch an Esteghal match at Azadi Stadium. Following another incident of violence against female football fans in 2021, Ghafouri wrote on Instagram "As a soccer player, I’ve indeed become humiliated when I play in an era when our mothers and sisters are prohibited from entering stadiums."[42] In 2022 Iran lifted its 40-year ban on women's attendance at football stadiums. In appreciation for his support, during the first Esteghal match open to women at Azadi Stadium on August 25, 2022, female fans reportedly shouted Ghafouri's name and "Voria, your words are the nation’s words."[43]

In June 2022, Ghafouri announced Esteghal owners had refused to renew his contract for the 2023 season, which many observers alleged was in retaliation to his outspoken criticism of the government.[42][41][44]

2022 protests

In June 2022, Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Rostam Ghasemi threatened Ghafouri accusing him of being a Kurdish separatist after he tweeted the word "Kurdistan" twice;[45] however he denied the accusation later by stating that he would sacrifice his life for Iran.[46]

On 24 November, Ghafouri was arrested by Iranian security forces after posting a call on social media for the government to end its violence against Kurds.[47][48]

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F.C. Pars Jonoubi Jam

F.C. Pars Jonoubi Jam

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Death of Sahar Khodayari

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Rostam Ghasemi

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Iran

Iran, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, and also called Persia, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Iraq and Turkey to the west, by Azerbaijan and Armenia to the northwest, by the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan to the north, by Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east, and by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to the south. It covers an area of 1.64 million square kilometres, making it the 17th-largest country. Iran has a population of 86 million, making it the 17th-most populous country in the world, and the second-largest in the Middle East. Its largest cities, in descending order, are the capital Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz, and Tabriz.

Personal life

Born in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Ghafouri is of Kurdish descent. Ghafouri and his wife Mona Ardalan have two children: son Radin and daughter Barin (born 2017).[49][50][51] He cites Dani Alves and Frank Lampard as his favourite football players.[52]

On 6 July 2020, Esteghlal announced Ghafouri and other 8 players have tested positive for COVID-19.[53]

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Sanandaj

Sanandaj

Sanandaj (Persian: سنندج, pronounced [sænænˈdædʒ] ; Kurdish: سنە, romanized: Sine, often romanized as Senneh, is the capital of Kurdistan Province in Iran. With a population of 414,069, Sanandaj is the twenty third largest city in Iran and the second largest Kurdish city. Sanandaj's founding is fairly recent,, yet under its short existence it has grown to become one of the centers of Kurdish culture. During the Iraq-Iran War the city was attacked by Iraqi planes and saw disturbances. From 2019 UNESCO has recognized Sineh as Creative City of Music. The city is located between the Qishlaq river, a tributary of the Diyala, and Mount Awidar, which separates it from the old Ardalan capital of Hasanabad. Carpet making is the biggest industry in Sanandaj.

Kurds

Kurds

Kurds or Kurdish people are an Iranian ethnic group native to the mountainous region of Kurdistan in Western Asia, which spans southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria. There are exclaves of Kurds in Central Anatolia, Khorasan, and the Caucasus, as well as significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey and Western Europe. The Kurdish population is estimated to be between 30 and 45 million.

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Frank Lampard

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Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal Football Club, commonly known as Esteghlal, is an Iranian football club based in capital Tehran that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The first team of the capital of Iran, the club was founded in 1945 as The Cyclists and previously known as Tâj between 1949 and 1979. The club is part of the multisport club Esteghlal of Iran Athletic and Cultural Company. They were the first team to reach 1,000 points in Persian Gulf Pro League.

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Career statistics

Club

As of 30 May 2022[54]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pas Hamedan 2007–08 30 2 30 2
2008–09 23 2 23 2
2009–10 28 1 0 0 28 1
Total 81 5 0 0 81 5
Shahrdari Tabriz 2010–11 20 1 1 1 21 2
2011–12 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 50 3 2 1 52 4
Naft Tehran 2012–13 32 0 0 0 32 0
2013–14 30 3 1 0 31 3
Total 62 3 1 0 63 3
Sepahan 2014–15 27 2 1 0 28 2
2015–16 18 0 2 2 3 0 23 2
Total 45 2 3 2 3 0 51 4
Esteghlal 2016–17 17 0 0 0 6 0 23 0
2017–18 24 4 4 0 10 2 38 6
2018–19 23 4 1 0 5 0 29 4
2019–20 29 5 4 2 6 1 39 8
2020–21 22 6 5 2 7 0 34 8
2021–22 20 0 2 0 22 0
Total 135 19 16 4 34 3 185 26
Career total 373 32 22 7 37 3 432 42

International

As of 6 June 2019[54]
Iran
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
2015 12 0
2016 0 0
2017 5 0
2018 7 0
2019 3 0
Total 28 0

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Asian Football Confederation

The Asian Football Confederation is the governing body of association football, beach soccer, and futsal in some countries/territories in Asia and Oceania. It has 47 member countries most of which are located in Asia. Australia, formerly in OFC, joined AFC in 2006. Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, both territories of the United States, are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania. The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) was the section of AFC who managed women's association football in Asia. The group was independently founded in April 1968 in a meeting involving Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In 1986 ALFC merged with AFC.

PAS Hamedan F.C.

PAS Hamedan F.C.

PAS Hamedan Football Club is an Iranian football club based in Hamedan, Iran and compete in the Azadegan League. The club was formed after the dissolution of Pas Tehran in 2007.

Shahrdari Tabriz F.C.

Shahrdari Tabriz F.C.

Shahrdari Tabriz Cultural and Athletic Club was an Iranian sports club most widely known for its professional football team based in Tabriz, Iran.

Naft Tehran F.C.

Naft Tehran F.C.

Naft Tehran Football Club is an Iranian football club based in Tehran, Iran. They competed in the Persian Gulf Pro League. They were owned by the National Iranian Oil Company previously. Naft Tehran was founded in 1950 and played in the Takhti Stadium until 2018.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal F.C.

Esteghlal Football Club, commonly known as Esteghlal, is an Iranian football club based in capital Tehran that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The first team of the capital of Iran, the club was founded in 1945 as The Cyclists and previously known as Tâj between 1949 and 1979. The club is part of the multisport club Esteghlal of Iran Athletic and Cultural Company. They were the first team to reach 1,000 points in Persian Gulf Pro League.

2016–17 Esteghlal F.C. season

2016–17 Esteghlal F.C. season

The 2016–17 season is the Esteghlal Football Club's 16th season in the Persian Gulf Pro League, their 23rd consecutive season in the top division of Iranian football, and 71st year in existence as a football club. They also compete in the Hazfi Cup and AFC Champions League.

2017–18 Esteghlal F.C. season

2017–18 Esteghlal F.C. season

The 2017–18 season is Esteghlal Football Club's 72nd season in existence and the club's 17th consecutive season in the top division of Iranian football. It covers a period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

2018–19 Esteghlal F.C. season

2018–19 Esteghlal F.C. season

The 2018–19 season was the Esteghlal Football Club's 18th season in the Iran Pro League, and their 25nd consecutive season in the top division of Iranian football. They also competed in the Hazfi Cup, and 73rd year in existence as a football club.

2019–20 Esteghlal F.C. season

2019–20 Esteghlal F.C. season

The 2019–20 season is the Esteghlal Football Club's 19th season in the Iran Pro League, and their 26th consecutive season in the top division of Iranian football. They also competed in the Hazfi Cup, and 74th year in existence as a football club.

Honours

Voria celebrationg IPL title with Esteghlal in 2022
Voria celebrationg IPL title with Esteghlal in 2022

Sepahan

Esteghlal

Individual

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2017–18 Hazfi Cup

2017–18 Hazfi Cup

The 2017–18 Hazfi Shield Cup was the 31st season of the Iranian football knockout competition. The competition begin in August 2017 and the final was played on May 3, 2018. Mehdi Sharifi, then center forward for Persian side Tractor SC was the Cup's top scorer with five goals. The Cup was won by Esteghla FC in a 1–0 victory over Khooneh Be Khooneh. The Finals only goal was scored by Mame Thiam, an Esteghlal forward in the 35' minute of the game. This was Esteghlal seventh Hazfi Cup title.

2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League

2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 32nd season of Iran's Football League and 14th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Foolad were the defending champions. The season featured 13 teams from the 2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup and three new teams promoted from the 2013–14 Azadegan League: Padideh as champions, Naft Masjed Soleyman and Paykan. The league started on 1 August and ended on 15 May 2015. Sepahan won the Pro League title for the fifth time in their history.

Persian Gulf Pro League

Persian Gulf Pro League

The Persian Gulf Pro League, formerly known as the Iran Pro League, is the highest division of professional football in Iran. It is the top-level football league in Iran since its foundation on 2 November 2001. Each year, its top team becomes the Iranian football champion, and the two lowest finishers are relegated to Azadegan League.

2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League

2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 35th season of Iran's Football League and 17th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Persepolis were the defending champions. The season featured 14 teams from the 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League and two new teams promoted from the 2016–17 Azadegan League: Pars Jonoubi Jam as champions and Sepidrood. The league started on 27 July 2017 and ended on 27 April 2018. Persepolis won the Pro League title for the fourth time in their history, a total 11th Iranian title.

Navad

Navad

Navad was an Iranian, Persian language, popular weekly television programme broadcast by Channel 3 in Iran and hosted by Adel Ferdosipour. The program focused on the football matches played in the Persian Gulf Pro League every week.

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