Clubs

Esteghlal

Monday, February 21, 2011




Club


Established 1963


Address #68 Western 38 St.


Southern Allameh,


Saadat Abad, Tehran


Tel (+98) 21 886 92157


Fax (+98) 21 886 90152


Email info@fcesteghlal.ir


Website www.fcesteghlal.ir


Stadium Azadi Stadium


Capacity 100,000



Media Contact


Name Mohammad Hayrani


Tel (+98) 912 1168 997


Fax (+98) 21 8869 0152


Email mhnike@yahoo.com



Domestic Honours


League 7 – 2009, 06, 01, 1998, 90, 75, 71


Cup 5 – 2008, 02, 00, 1996, 77




Continental Record


ACL 2010 – Round of 16


2009 – Group stage


2003 – Group stage


ACC 2002 – 3rd


1999 – Runners-up


1992 – Runners-up


1991 – Champions


1971 – Semi-finals


1970 – Champions


ACWC 2001 – 4th


2000 – 2nd round


1997 – 4th


ASC Did not participate



Fixtures


MD1 – Mar 01, 17:30


Esteghlal (IRN) – Al Sadd (QAT)


Azadi Stadium, Tehran



MD2 – Mar 15, 20:30


Al Nassr (KSA) – Esteghlal (IRN)


King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh



MD3 – April 06, 17:30


Esteghlal (IRN) – Pakhtakor (UZB)


Azadi Stadium, Tehran



MD 4 – April 19, 18:00


Pakhtakor (UZB) – Esteghlal (IRN)


Pakhtakor Stadium,Tashkent



MD 5 – May 04


Al Sadd (QAT) – Esteghlal (IRN)


Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha



MD6 – May 11, 18:00


Esteghlal (IRN) – Al Nassr (KSA)


Azadi Stadium, Tehran


All kick-off times are local and subject to change



Domestic Record


2006/07


League – 4th


P W D L F A Pts


30 14 10 6 39 30 52



Cup – 1st round



2007/08


League – 13th


P W D L F A Pts


34 11 10 13 44 44 43



Cup – Winners


Beat Pegah 3-1 on aggregate in final



2008/09


League – Champions


P W D L F A Pts


34 19 9 6 70 34 66



Cup – 2nd round


Lost to Mes 5-4 on penalties after 2-2 draw



2009/10


League – 3rd


P W D L F A Pts


34 16 11 7 49 32 59



Cup – 2nd round


Lost 5-4 to Steel Azin



ACL Record


2007


Disqualified for failing to comply with player registration rules



2008


Did not qualify



2009 - Group stage


H A


Al Ittihad (KSA) 1-1 1-2 GS


Umm Salal 1-1 0-1 GS


Al Jazira 1-1 2-2 GS



2010 - Round of 16


Al Shabab 2-3 (A) R16


H A


Al Gharafa 3-0 1-1 GS


Al Ahli (KSA) 2-1 2-1 GS


Al Jazira 0-0 1-2 GS



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Club profile


Founded in the mid-1940s by a group of cyclists from the army, Esteghlal are one of Iran’s oldest clubs. They share the cavernous Azadi Stadium with bitter rivals Piroozi and were the biggest team in the country before the arrival of The Reds. Their haul of trophies includes seven league titles and four domestic cups, and although they are yet to make a mark in the era of the AFC Champions League, they have twice won Asia’s most prestigious club competition in its previous guises.



While they were in the shadow of Piroozi in the 1990s, professionalism across the board in Iranian football has meant that Esteghlal now face competition from a variety of clubs whose private funding has given them the ability to compete at the highest level. Their greatest recent success was the 2009 league title but a club the size of Esteghlal will be looking to make their presence felt again on the continental stage.



Coach


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Like his older brother Gholamhosein, Mazloumi was an Esteghlal player for a decade throughout the 1980s. Both brothers represented the national team, although Reza’s contribution was less pronounced.



He showed promise as a coach when he kept Aboomoslem in the top flight after taking over the strugglers midway through the 2007/08 season. But things took off for Mazloumi in 2009 when he led Mes Kerman to third place in the Iran Pro League and a debut berth in the 2010 AFC Champions League, just 10 years after their founding. That in turn led to his appointment in the summer of 2010 as Esteghlal coach.



Star Player


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A right-sided centre-back who can also be used at right-back, Montazeri has been with Esteghlal since 2007, when he signed from Foulad. Good in the air and quick, but suffers from inconsistent form.



With Foolad, he won the 2004/05 Iranian title and tasted AFC Champions League action in 2006, but then suffered relegation before moving to Esteghlal, where he won the 2009 championship. His first experience of international football came at the 2006 Asian Games but he was one of the unlucky players to be cut from Iran’s provisional squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.





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A hugely talented, two-footed creative midfielder who is amongst many talented players who hail from the south-western province of Khouzestan, Mobali has represented the Iranian national team at all age levels, including at the 2001 World Youth Cup. However, he has never fulfilled his early promise, failing to hold down a regular place in his nine-year international career.



After spearheading Foolad to the Iranian title in 2004/05, he left for the United Arab Emirates, where he played for Al Shabab, Al Wasl and Al Nasr, before signing for Esteghlal in the summer of 2010.





GB<em>esteghal</em>starPlayer<em>Farhad


The 33-year-old’s love affair with Esteghlal is in its fourth spell. A talented second striker who links the midfield with the main front man, Majidi is revered by Iranian fans for his touch and aerial ability. He is one of Iranian football’s most decorated players, having won the 2008/09 domestic league, the United Arab Emirates title with Al Ahli and the inaugural AFC Champions League crown with Al Ain in 2003.



But Majidi’s international career has never taken off since his debut in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup with questions persisting about his ability to deal with the pressure of playing at the highest level.





Young star


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The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has already won the Hazfi Cup and Iranian league with Esteghlal in the three years he’s been a Blues player. He also tasted life in the AFC Champions League when he faced Al Ittihad in the 2009 group stage.



Diminutive and skilful, Ravankhah likes to be at the heart of the action and regularly involves himself in Esteghlal’s attacks. He has already etched his name into the club’s recent history, after scoring twice against their bitter enemy Piroozi in the Tehran derby – a feat that earned him the nickname of ‘Home-And-Away-Omid’.