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(Wikipedia) - Malavan F.C.   (Redirected from Malavan) "Malavan" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Malavan, Iran. Malavan Anzali FC ملوان بندر انزلى Full name Nickname(s) Founded Ground Ground Capacity Owner Chairman Manager League 2013–14 Website
Malavan Bandar Anzali Football Club
White Swans (Persian: قوی سپید‎)
1968; 47 years ago
Takhti Stadium, Bandar-e Anzali
Sirous Mahjoob
Hossein Gholami
Firouz Karimi
Iran Pro League
Iran Pro League, 7th
Club home page
Home colours Away colours

Malavan Bandar Anzali Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال ملوان بندر انزلى‎) is an Iranian football club based in Bandar-e Anzali, Iran. It currently plays in Iran''s top football league, the Persian Gulf Pro League. The team is known to have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in Iranian football, and is one of the successful teams not based in Tehran. The club is owned by Iranian businessman, Sirous Mahjoob, and is known to have one of the best youth football programs in the country. Malavan is the football club of the multisport Malavan Sport and Cultural Club.

  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Establishment
    • 1.2 Success
    • 1.3 Iran Pro League
  • 2 El Gilano
  • 3 Fans
  • 4 Season-by-season
  • 5 Club officials
    • 5.1 Presidents
    • 5.2 Current Coaching Staff
    • 5.3 Head Coaches
  • 6 Players
    • 6.1 First-team squad
      • 6.1.1 Loan list
  • 7 Notable players
  • 8 Honours
    • 8.1 National titles
    • 8.2 Minor titles
  • 9 Notes
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

History Establishment

Bahman Salehnia created the team in 1969 along with some young athletes from the port city of Anzali. After some time, the Iranian Navy decided to become the team''s main sponsor and owner. Salehnia can be called the team''s founder; he took over as the team''s head coach in 1985, and until 1998 remained in the position. Until 2010 the team has only had two other coaches, Mohammad Ahmadzadeh and Nosrat Irandoost and the last head coach of this team from 2010 is Farhad Pourgholami which gave his position to Mohammad Ahmadzadeh in the middle of the season again. The club was transferred to Mr. sirous Mahjoob who is one of the abroad financiers & sport managers on 2013. His activities include banking & Hotel. He has about 2000 employees around the world. He determines for board of directors, and provides all the costs of the club.


Salehnia was last manager of the team when he helped the team climb out of the 1st division and back into the IPL. The club has never really had great success in the league but they were able to become the best non-Tehran based club and finishing third in the 1977 and 1989. Malavan has won the Hazfi Cup on one occasions, in 1990. In 1988 Malavan participated in Asian Club Championship but after beating Saunders SC in first round they withdrew from tournament due to the Iran–Iraq War.

Iran Pro League

In 2003 Malavan was relegated to the Azadegan League, they only stayed one year in the lower league as they were immediately promoted back to the Iran Pro League. Since then, they have been one of the most stable teams of the league in recent years where they only had few coaches during their history and always finished in mid table and challenge the big teams. They finished 12th in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 season. In 2010-11 season they finished 8th and reached the final of Hazfi Cup but lost to Persepolis. In the 2013-14 Iran Pro League season Malavan achieved a surprising 7th place finish in the league, their highest ever.

El GilanoMain articles: El Gilano

The match between Malavan and Damash or Sepidrood F.C. is known as The Derby Of Gilan or El Gilano. This derby is one of Iran''s most important and heated derby''s. Malavan hold the record for most wins in the derby with 4 since the start of the Iran Pro League in 2001. Malavan also holds the largest margin of victor as they defeated Damash 3-0 in 2005 and 2013. The derby is also known for its fan violence. In 2008 after Malavan defeated Damash 2-1, angry Damash fans attacked Malavan''s fans and tore up 1000 seats of the stadium. This was also a similar scene when Malavan thrashed Damash 3-0 in 2013.


Malavan is known to have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in Iran. Their famous chant is Ghouye sepide khazari/Malavan bandar Anzali (Persian: قوی سپید خزری/ملوان بندر انزلی‎) which means the white swan of north/Malavan of bandar Anzali. Malavan fans are very passionate about Sirous Ghayeghran and they have a special chant that they always sing when their team is behind to remind the legacy of Ghayeghran to players. In 2010-11 season when Malavan faced Esteghlal the semi-final of Hazfi Cup, and lot fans, even more than the capacity of the stadium, went to see the match After the achievement of Malavan they celebrated this victory all over the city. In the final match day even more went to stadium. Malavan fans are known for their occasional violence, such as when Malavan lost to Persepolis in the final of the Hazfi Cup, a riot ensued after the match and the fans broke the fence, invaded the pitch and attacked riot police.


The table below chronicles the achievements of Malavan in various competitions since the beginning of Iranian Pro league in 2001.

Year Division Position Hazfi Cup
2001–02 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2002–03 Pro League 14th 1/4 Final
2003–04 Division 1 2nd 1/8 Final
2004–05 Pro League 7th 1/8 Final
2005–06 Pro League 11th Quarter final
2006–07 Pro League 14th 1/8 Final
2007–08 Pro League 16th 1/16 Final
2008–09 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2009–10 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2010–11 Pro League 8th Final
2011–12 Pro League 15th Fourth Round
2012–13 Pro League 13th 1/16 Final
2013–14 Pro League 7th 1/8 Final

For details on seasons, see List of Malavan F.C. seasons

Club officials Presidents
  Name Years
Rashid Sazmand 1996–06
Saadollah Pourtahmasbi 2006–09
Ardeshir Pournemat 2009–11
Bahman Salehnia 2011–12
Sadegh Deroudgar 2012–14
Hossein Gholami 2014–

Current Coaching Staff Position Name
Head coach Firouz Karimi
First team coach Majid Saleh
Assistant coach Mohammad Habibi
Assistant coach Gholam Mohammadvand
Doctor Babak Sayyad
Technical director Nosrat Irandoost
Team manager Hossein Gholami
Head Coaches

Below is a list of Malavan coaches from 1968 until the present day. Firouz Karimi carries the honor of being the first Iranian head coach to assume the title without rising from the Malavan football school.

  Name Nationality Years
Bahman Salehnia May 20, 1968–Feb 5, 1997
Nosrat Irandoost Feb 5, 1997–Dec 15, 2000
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Dec 15, 2000–July 2, 2002
Bahman Salehnia May 15, 2002–July 2, 2004
Nosrat Irandoost July 2, 2004–July 5, 2006
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh July 5, 2006–Jan 1, 2010
Farhad Pourgholami Jan 1, 2010–Sept 29, 2012
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Sept 29 2012–May 28, 2013
Dragan Skočić May 28, 2013–June 1, 2014
Nosrat Irandoost June 1, 2014–Oct 8, 2014
Stevan Mojsilović Oct 8, 2014–Dec 5, 2014
Firouz Karimi Dec 6, 2014–
Players First-team squad

as of 24 January 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Position Player
1 GK Iman Sadeghi U23
3 DF Abolhassan Jafari
5 DF Ezzatollah Pourghaz
6 DF Ahmad Ahi
8 MF Pejman Nouri (Captain)
9 MF Maziar Zare (Vice captain)
10 FW Jalal Rafkhaei (2nd vice captain)
12 MF Soheil Rahmani
13 MF Mohsen Yousefi
14 DF Aziz Maeboodi
15 DF Hossein Kanaani U21
17 MF Mohammad Jalali U21
19 MF Mohammad Razipour U23
20 FW Ali Abedi U21
No.Position Player
21 MF Mohammad Darabi U23
22 GK Hossein Hosseini U23
23 DF Shayan Kargar U23
25 DF Sadegh Moharrami U21
26 MF Mahyar Zahmatkesh U23
27 FW Arman Ramezani U23
33 GK Mohammadreza Ghavidel U23
35 MF Reza Etemadi
40 MF Saeid Yousefzadeh
44 GK Nima Mirzazad U21
MF Mohammad Abshak
FW Foad Agahei
FW Farzad Hatami
Loan list

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Position Player
MF Mohammad Pour Rahmatollah (at Tractor Sazi until end of 2015–16 season)
FW Shahin Saghebi (at Tractor Sazi until end of 2015–16 season)

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers winter 2014–15.

Notable players


  • Manoochehr Darjezi
  • Aziz Espandar
  • Nosrat Irandoost
  • Ghafour Jahani
  • Akbar Misaghian
  • Manocher Navran
  • Manoochehr Navran
  • Ali Niakani
  • Mikhaeil Petrosyan
  • Mahmoud Pishgah-Hadian
  • Ghasem Soltanzadi


  • Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
  • Mahmoud Fekri
  • Sirous Ghayeghran
  • Farhad Pourgholami


  • Mohammad Ghadirbahri
  • Mohammad Habibi
  • Aref Mohammadvand
  • Payan Rafat


  • Hassan Ashjari
  • Mohammad Gholami
  • Mohammad Hamrang
  • Jalal Hosseini
  • Babak Pourgholami
  • Jalal Rafkhaei
  • Hadi Ta''mini
  • Maziar Zare
  • Serghei Paşcenco
Honours National titles
  • Hazfi Cup
Winners (3): 1975–76, 1986–87, 1990–91 Runner Up (4): 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2010–11Runner Up (1): 2003–04Minor titles
  • Vahdat Cup
Third Place (1): 1982
  • RCD Cup
Runner Up (1): 1974Notes
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