Zob Ahan Isfahan FC

باشگاه فوتبال ذوب‌آهن اصفهان

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Zob Ahan CSC
6 July 1969; 45 years ago
Foolad Shahr Stadium
Isfahan Steel Company
Saeed Azari
Yahya Golmohammadi
Iran Pro League
Iran Pro League, 13th
Club home page
Home colours Away colours Third colours
Departments of Zob Ahan Football (men) Basketball (men) Volleyball (men) Taekwondo (men) Swimming (men) Futsal (men) Football (women) Basketball (women) Taekwondo (women)

Zob Ahan Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال ذوب ‌آهن‎) is an Iranian football club based in Isfahan, Iran. They compete in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The team is sponsored by the Isfahan Steel Company, which also goes by the name Zob Ahan. The club''s main rival is fellow Isfahani team Sepahan, which is also sponsored by the rival steel mill.

Zob Ahan club also has a basketball team, sponsored by the same Isfahan Steel Company, which is one of the teams in the Iranian Super League.

  • 1 Club history
    • 1.1 Early years (1969–1980)
    • 1.2 Azadegan League (1980–2001)
    • 1.3 IPL (2001–Present)
      • 1.3.1 2010 AFC Champion League
      • 1.3.2 Dark Years
  • 2 Colours and crest
  • 3 Stadium and facilities
  • 4 Rivalries
  • 5 Players
    • 5.1 First-team squad
  • 6 Notable players
    • 6.1 Club captains
  • 7 Club officials
    • 7.1 IPL managers
      • 7.1.1 Current coaching staff
    • 7.2 Chairpersons
  • 8 Season-by-season
  • 9 Club honours
    • 9.1 Domestic
    • 9.2 Continental
  • 10 Ownership
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links
    • 12.1 External
    • 12.2 Official

Club history Early years (1969–1980)

Mohammad Ali Taghizadeh Farahmand established the club in 1969. They entered the Takht Jamshid Cup in 1973 and end season in the 10th place. They promoted to the quarterfinals of the Hazfi Cup in 1976. Their best results in Takht Jamshid Cup was erned in 1977–78 in the 8th place. Zob Ahan prepared its team by buying 14 players from their local rivals Sepahan.

Azadegan League (1980–2001)

The team has participated in the highest division of the Iranian league system since 1973, except for the 1995 season when they played in the 2nd division. After Iranian Revolution in 1979, Takht Jamshid Cup was suspended due to Iran-Iraq War. After the end of the war, league began again in the title of Azadegan League. They were once again promoted to the 1st division the year after.

IPL (2001–Present)

Zob Ahan currently play in the IPL starting from 2001. The club''s first honor, remains the winning of the Hazfi Cup in 2003, after defeating the Shiraz-based team Moghavemat Sepasi in the finals. This feat was repeated in the 2008–09 Hazfi Cup, when the club beat Rah Ahan to re-claim the title after 6 years. The club made its first appearance in the AFC Champions League in 2004, as the winners of the 2003 Hazfi Cup, but were eliminated in the group stages.

Having missed out so narrowly on winning their first-ever domestic league title in the 2008–09 season, Zobahan were one of the title contenders once again in the 2009–10 season, never dropping out of the top-four positions throughout the season. However, at the end, they had to settle for second place once again after finishing six points behind their city rivals Sepahan. They also lost their grip on the Hazfi Cup after a shock 0–2 loss to a second-division side Gostaresh Foulad in the semi-finals.

2010 AFC Champion League

In the 2010 AFC Champions League Zob Ahan finished first on the group stage that included FC Bunyodkor, Al-Wahda and Al-Ittihad. By finishing first they qualified for the first time for the Knockout stages. On the Round of 16 they draw country neighbours Mes Kerman winning 1–0. The club then qualified to the Quarter-finals and were drawn with title holders Pohang Steelers, Zob Ahan won 2–1 at home and draw 1–1 on Korea, knocking-out shockingly the title holders. Zob Ahan played against Saudi powerhouse Al-Hilal which they won 1–0 at home, and won 1–0 on Saudi Arabia with a goal from Igor Castro leading the club to an historical Asian Champions League final where they face Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. On November 13, in the final Zob Ahan lost 1–3 to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. At half-time the score was 0–1 with a goal from Saša Ognenovski, in the second-half Zob Ahan conceded an early goal scored by Cho Byung-Kuk making the score 0–2, Zob Ahan finally scored the goal from Mohammad Reza Khalatbari making 1–2, but on the last minutes of the game Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma scored the 1–3 and killed the game. Zob Ahan couldn''t be the champions on their 2nd Asian Champions League participation always being under-dogs, but they fought like warriors and made Iran proud. The following year the club made it to the quarter finals but lost to Korean club Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

Dark Years

After the 2011 Champions League, Zob Ahan''s golden age seemed all but over. A 6th place league finish in 2012 meant that the club failed to retain its spot in the Champions League. The following year, the club finished 14th in the league, narrowly avoiding relegation through a play off. Fan attendance started to dip and Zob Ahan had another sub par year in the 2013–14 Iran Pro League season, finishing 13th, changing three managers during the course of the season and again narrowly avoiding relegation. In summer of 2014 Zob Ahan announced Yahya Golmohammadi as the club''s new manager.

Colours and crest

One of Zob Ahan''s nicknames is Sabzpoushan ("The Greens", Persian: سبز پوشان‎), stemming from their traditional kit, which is predominantly green. From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a green shirt, black or white shorts, and white or yellow socks. White and black colours are also seen in the kit. The away kit of the club is commonly with a white background.

Stadium and facilities Main article: Foolad Shahr Stadium

The home stadium of the club is Foolad Shahr Stadium located in Fooladshahr, Isfahan. The stadium had 20,000 capacity but was renovated to hold about 30,000 people in 2011. The stadium was built in 1998. There training stadium is located outside of Isfahan named Zob Ahan Private Stadium.

Rivalries Main article: Esfahan derby

Zob Ahan is one side of Iran''s most important football match which is called Esfahan derby of Naghsh-e-Jahan derby. According to Iranian football journalist Afshin Afshar, the rivalry between Zob Ahan and Sepahan is one of the most important matches in the Iran Pro League.

Esfahan derby goes back to the 1970s, when Zob Ahan and Sepahan F.C. faced each other in Takht Jamshid Cup seasons (1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78). Their rivalry resumed in the 1990s when they faced each other in Azadegan League seasons (1993/94, 1996/97, 1997/98) and from then on the two met each other twice a year.

Players First-team squad

As of 6 July 2014

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 Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi
2 DF Hadi Mohammadi
3 DF Carlos Santos
4 MF Akbar Imani U23
5 MF Ghasem Dehnavi
6 MF Sina Ashouri
7 MF Mohsen Mosalman
8 MF Ghasem Hadadifar (Captain)
9 FW Mostafa Shojaei
10 FW Esmaeil Farhadi
11 FW Morteza Tabrizi
12 GK Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri
13 DF Pouria Seifpanahi
15 MF Ehsan Pahlevan U23
No.Position Player
16 MF Hojjat Haghverdi U23
17 FW Masoud Hassanzadeh
18 DF Ali Hamam
19 MF Mehrdad Ghanbari
21 DF Saeb Mohebi U23
23 FW Danial Esmaeilifar U23
24 MF Hossein Doustdar U23
25 FW Mohammadreza Abbasi U21
30 FW Mehdi Rajabzadeh
32 FW Amin Nasiri U23
34 MF Mohammadreza Baouj U21
40 MF Peyman Salmani U21
GK Amir Meghdad Maleki U23
MF Farid Mokhtari

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2014.

Notable players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

  • Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh
  • Esmaeil Farhadi
  • Sepehr Heidari
  • Mohammad Reza Khalatbari
  • Rasoul Korbekandi
  • Ali Akbar Ostad-Asadi
  • Mehdi Rajabzadeh
  • Rahman Rezaei
  • Reza Sahebi
  • Mohammad Salsali
  • Ebrahim Taghipour
  • Issa Ndoye
  • Hawar Mulla Mohammed
  • Armenak Petrosyan
  • Levon Stepanyan
  • Sergiu Chirilov
  • Gheorghe Stratulat
South America
  • Igor Castro
Club captains # Name Nat Career in Zob Ahan Captaincy Shirt Num
1 Rasoul Korbekandi 1969–80 1970–80 1
2 Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh 1976–86 1980–86 7
3 Rahman Rezaei 1996–01 1997–00 10
4 Ali Akbar Ostad-Asadi 1995–03 2000–03 15
5 Sepehr Heidari 2000–07 2012–14 2003–07 3
6 Farshid Talebi 2006–12 2007–08 4
7 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 2006–11 2008–11 9
8 Mohammad Salsali 2004–14 2011–14 7
9 Ghasem Hadadifar 2003– 2014– 8
Club officials IPL managers Main article: List of Zob Ahan F.C. managers

Only IPL matches are counted.

Last updated 3 October 2014.

Name Nat From To Record P W D L Final Position
Nasser Hejazi Jul 2001 Dec 2001 20 8 6 4 3rd (until week 20)
Bahram Atef Dec 2001 Jul 2002 6 2 3 3 6th
Samvel Darbinyan Jul 2002 May 2003 52 21 11 20 (02-03) 8th (03-04) 4th
Rasoul Korbekandi May 2003 Jun 2007 90 39 26 25 (04-05) 2nd, (05-06) 6th, (06-07) 8th
Zoran Đorđević Jun 2007 Oct 2007 10 3 4 3 17th (until week 10)
Bijan Zolfagharnasab Oct 2007 May 2008 24 8 11 5 6th
Mansour Ebrahimzadeh Jul 2008 Jun 2012 134 62 48 24 (08-09) 2nd, (09-10) 2nd,(10–11) 3rd, (11-12) 6th
Rasoul Korbekandi Jun 2012 Oct 2012 11 3 1 7 15th (until week 11)
Farhad Kazemi Oct 2012 Jul 2013 23 6 10 7 14th
Luka Bonačić Jul 2013 Jan 2014 20 3 7 10 14th (until week 20)
Mojtaba Taghavi Jan 2014 Feb 2014 7 1 4 2 15th (until week 27)
Firouz Karimi Feb 2014 Jun 2014 4 3 0 1 13th
Yahya Golmohammadi Jun 2014 Present 11 2 5 4
Current coaching staff Position Name
Head Coach Yahya Golmohammadi
Assistant Coach Mojtaba Hosseini
Assistant Coach Akbar Mohammadi
Goalkeeping Coach Davoud Fanaei
Fitness Coach Robberto Sakashvi
Technical Manager Bahram Atef
Physiotherapist Abbas Moradi
Doctor Dr. Amir Hossein Sharifianpour
Logistics Mahmoud Mehruyan
Team Director Ali Shojaei
Chairpersons Chairperson Tenure
Mohammad Mehdi Taghizadeh July 1969 – July 1977
Mostafa Ghanei July 1977 – February 1979
Asghar Nilchian May 1979 – May 1984
Fazollah Omranian May 1984 – May 1988
Heydar Taheri May 1988 – May 1992
Nematollah Zargar May 1992 – June 1996
Alireza Shogi June 1996 – June 2004
Saeed Azari June 2004 – June 2009
Asghar Dalili June 2009 – August 2011
Mohammad Asghari August 2011 – September 2013
Saeed Azari September 2013 – present

The table below chronicles the achievements of Zob Ahan since 1973.

Season League Position Hazfi Cup ACL Notes
1973–74 Takht Jamshid Cup 10th Not held Did not qualify
1974–75 Takht Jamshid Cup 11th
1975–76 Takht Jamshid Cup 9th 1/8 Final
1976–77 Takht Jamshid Cup 15th 1/16 Final
1977–78 Takht Jamshid Cup 8th Not held
1978–79 Takht Jamshid Cup N/A did not finish
1981–82 Isfahan''s 2nd Division 1st Promoted
1983–84 Isfahan League 3rd
1984–85 Isfahan League 2nd
1991–92 Isfahan League 5th
1993–94 Azadegan League 4th 1/8 Final
1994–95 Azadegan League 8th 1/16 Final Relegated
1995–96 2nd Division 2nd 1/8 Final Promoted
1996–97 Azadegan League 10th 1/8 Final
1997–98 Azadegan League 3rd Not held
1998–99 Azadegan League 12th Third Round
1999–00 Azadegan League 5th First Round
2000–01 Azadegan League 4th Final
2001–02 Iran Pro League 6th Quarterfinal
2002–03 Iran Pro League 8th Cup
2003–04 Iran Pro League 4th 1/4 Final First Round
2004–05 Iran Pro League 2nd 1/8 Final Did not qualify
2005–06 Iran Pro League 6th 1/8 Final
2006–07 Iran Pro League 8th 1/16 Final
2007–08 Iran Pro League 6th 1/16 Final
2008–09 Iran Pro League 2nd Cup
2009–10 Iran Pro League 2nd 1/4 Final Runner-up
2010–11 Iran Pro League 3rd 1/16 Final Quarter-Final
2011–12 Iran Pro League 6th 1/8 Final Play-off
2012–13 Iran Pro League 14th 1/4 Final Did not qualify
2013–14 Iran Pro League 13th 1/4 Final
Club honours Domestic
  • Iran Pro League
Runners-Up (3): 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Hazfi Cup:
Winners (2): 2002–03, 2008–09 Runners-Up (1): 2000–01Continental
  • AFC Champions League
Runners-Up (1): 2010Ownership

The owner of the Zob Ahan FC is Isfahan Steel Company. Company is the first Iranian steel maker opened in late 1960, based close to the cities of Fooladshahr and Zarrinshahr, Isfahan Province.

Zob Ahan-e Esfahan and Iran''s first car manufacturer, Iran National (renamed Iran Khodro after the Iranian revolution) were parts of a significant move from mainly agriculture-based economy toward industrialization by the pre-revolutionary government of Amir Abbas Hoveida.

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