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Zob Ahan Esfahan F.C.

Zob Ahan Esfahan Football Club (Persian:باشگاه فرهنگى ورزشى ذوب‌آهن اصفهان‎, Bashgah-e Futbal-e Zubâhen Esfehan) is an Iranian football club based in Fuladshahr, Iran. It competes 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 Mobarakeh Steel Company.

Zob Ahan
Full nameZob Ahan Esfahan Football Club
Nickname(s)Gondos (The Crocodiles)
Founded6 July 1969; 52 years ago (1969-07-06)
GroundFoolad Shahr Stadium
Capacity15,000
OwnerIsfahan Steel Company
ChairmanAhmad Jamshidi
Head CoachMehdi Tartar
LeaguePersian Gulf Pro League
2020–21Persian Gulf Pro League, 14th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

In the 2010 AFC Champions League. Zob Ahan finished as runners-up losing 3–1 to South Korean club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the final.

Zob Ahan has won the Hazfi Cup on four occasions (2002–03, 2008–09, 2014–15 and 2015–16) and have finished as runners-up one time (2000–01). The club has also finished as League runners-up three times (2004–05, 2008–09 and 2009–10) and has won the Iranian Super Cup once (2016).

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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 earned 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.

PGPL (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 13 November, 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.

Resurrection under Golmohammadi and Hosseini

Zob Ahan players celebrating Hazfi Cup title in 2015

In summer of 2014 Zob Ahan announced Yahya Golmohammadi as the club's new manager. Golmohammadi introduced a possession based philosophy to Zob Ahan and after a poor start to the season, Golmohammadi's tactics and the addition of Kaveh Rezaei paid off and Zob Ahan when on a six match unbeaten run which placed them 6th in week 23. On 5 December 2015 Zob Ahan defeated Persepolis 2–1 in the Hazfi Cup semi-final to advance to the final for the fourth time in club history. On 15 May 2015 after a 0–0 draw against Padideh, Zob Ahan finished fourth and returned to the AFC Champions League after five years. Zob Ahan also won their third Hazfi Cup title after defeating Naft Tehran 3–1 in the final.

On 23 February 2016 Zob Ahan won its first match AFC Champions League since 2011, defeating Lekhwiya of Qatar 1–0. Zob Ahan qualified for the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League on 20 April 2016 after defeating Saudi club Al Nassr 3–0 in match day 5. However, Zob Ahan were defeated 3–1 on aggregate by Emirati club Al Ain in the Round of 16. Zob Ahan once again qualified for the final of the 2016 Hazfi Cup to defend their crown against Esteghlal. Zob Ahan defeated Esteghlal in penalties and won the Hazfi Cup for the fourth time in the club's history. Zob Ahan won the Iranian Super Cup after beating Esteghlal Khuzestan 4–2 in extra time. This was the first trophy that Zob Ahan won in Foolad Shahr Stadium.

In the beginning of the 2016–17, after poor results, Golmohammadi was fired as manager of the team and was replaced by Assistant coach Mojtaba Hosseini. Hosseini led Zob Ahan to the semi finals of the Hazfi Cup, where they lost to Tractor in extra time.

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.

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.

Main article: Esfahan derby

Zob Ahan is part of the Esfahan derby or Naghsh-e-Jahan derby, one of the biggest derby's in Iran. 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.

The Esfahan derby goes back to the 1970s, when Zob Ahan and Sepahan 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.

First-team squad

Zob Ahan Esfahan F.C. - March 2021

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

  • U21 = Under 21 Player

Loan list

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF IRN Reza Habibzadeh U23 (at Paykan until June 2021)
FW IRN Alireza Monazzemi U19 (at Aluminium Arak until June 2021)

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers winter 2018–19.

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Zob Ahan debut Last match ref
30 Mehdi Rajabzadeh AM June 2003 15 May 2018

On 18 June 2018, the club decided to retire the squad number 30 in memory of Mehdi Rajabzadeh.

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.

Famous Players

For notable players see List of Zob Ahan F.C. players.
For details on former players see Category:Zob Ahan Esfahan F.C. players.

Players on international cups

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
Mohammad Salsali 2004–14 2007–14
7
7
Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2003–07
2010–11
2012–18
2014–18
30
8
Ghasem Haddadifar 2003– 2018–
8

IPL managers

Only IPL matches are counted.

Last updated 10 August 2021.

Name Nat From To Record
P W D L Win % Final Position
Nasser Hejazi Jul 2001 Dec 2001 20 8 6 4 40% 3rd (until week 20)
Bahram Atef Dec 2001 Jul 2002 6 2 3 3 33.4% (01-02) 6th
Samvel Darbinyan Jul 2002 May 2003 52 21 11 20 40% (02-03) 8th (03-04) 4th
Rasoul Korbekandi May 2003 Jun 2007 90 39 26 25 43.4% (04-05) 2nd, (05-06) 6th, (06-07) 8th
Zoran Đorđević Jun 2007 Oct 2007 10 3 4 3 30% 17th (until week 10)
Bijan Zolfagharnasab Oct 2007 May 2008 24 8 11 5 33.4% (07-08) 6th
Mansour Ebrahimzadeh Jul 2008 Jun 2012 134 62 48 24 46.3% (08-09) 2nd,
(09-10) 2nd,(10–11) 3rd,
(11-12) 6th
Rasoul Korbekandi Jun 2012 Oct 2012 11 3 1 7 27.3% 15th (until week 11)
Farhad Kazemi Oct 2012 Jul 2013 23 6 10 7 26% (12-13) 14th
Mahmoud Yavari Jun 2013 Jul 2013 2 1 1 0 50% Win in the Relegation play-offs
Luka Bonačić Jul 2013 Jan 2014 20 3 7 10 15% 14th (until week 20)
Mojtaba Taghavi Jan 2014 Feb 2014 7 1 4 2 14.3% 15th (until week 27)
Firouz Karimi Feb 2014 Jun 2014 4 3 0 1 75% (13-14) 13th
Yahya Golmohammadi Jun 2014 Sep 2016 67 26 26 15 38.8% (14–15) 4th
(15–16) 6th
(16–17) 14th (until week 7)
Mojtaba Hosseini Sep 2016 Jun 2017 23 11 7 5 47.8% (16–17) 4th
Amir Ghalenoei Jun 2017 Jun 2018 30 15 10 5 50.0% (17-18) 2nd
Omid Namazi Jun 2018 Nov 2018 11 2 5 4 18.1% (18–19) 11th (until week 11)
Alireza Mansourian Nov 2018 Dec 2019 35 10 14 11 36.8% (18-19) 6th
(19–20) 11th (until week 16)
Miodrag Radulović Jan 2020 Jun 2020 5 2 1 2 40% (19–20) 11th (until week 21)
Luka Bonačić Jun 2020 Aug 2020 9 2 2 5 22.2% (19–20) 12th
Rahman Rezaei Sep 2020 Feb 2021 15 1 8 6 6.6% (20–21) 14th (until week 15)
Mojtaba Hosseini Mar 2021 Aug 2021 12 3 3 6 25% (20–21) 14th
Mehdi Tartar Aug 2021 Present 0 0 0 0 0%

Current coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Mehdi Tartar
Assistant Coaches Hassan Esteki
Mohammad Salsali
Goalkeeping Coach José Caetano Mendes
Fitness Coach Glydiston Egberto de Oliveira Ananias
Analyst Kianoush Forouzesh
Physiotherapist Abbas Moradi
Behzad Moradi
Doctor Amir Hossein Sharifianpour
Logistics Mahmoud Mehruyan
Team Director Rahman Rezaei
B team manager Mehdi Rajabzadeh
Media Officer Ehsan Baeedi

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
Khosro Ebrahimi
August 2011 – September 2013
Saeed Azari
September 2013 – present

For details on seasons, see List of Zob Ahan F.C. seasons

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 11th
1975–76 9th 1/8 Final
1976–77 15th 1/16 Final
1977–78 8th Not held
1978–79 N/A did not finish
1981–82 Isfahan's 2nd Division 1st Promoted
1983–84 Isfahan League 3rd
1984–85 2nd
1991–92 5th
1993–94 Azadegan League 4th 1/8 Final
1994–95 8th 1/16 Final Relegated
1995–96 2nd Division 2nd 1/8 Final Promoted
1996–97 Azadegan League 10th 1/8 Final
1997–98 3rd Not held
1998–99 12th Third Round
1999–00 5th First Round
2000–01 4th Final
2001–02 Iran Pro League 6th Quarterfinal
2002–03 8th Cup
2003–04 4th Semi-Final First Round
2004–05 2nd 1/8 Final Did not qualify
2005–06 6th 1/8 Final
2006–07 8th 1/16 Final
2007–08 6th 1/8 Final
2008–09 2nd Cup
2009–10 2nd Semi-Final Runner-up
2010–11 3rd 1/16 Final 1/4 Final
2011–12 6th 1/8 Final Play-off
2012–13 14th 1/4 Final Did not qualify
2013–14 13th 1/4 Final
2014–15 4th Cup
2015–16 6th Cup 1/8 Final Super Cup
2016–17 4th Semi-Final First Round
2017–18 2nd 1/16 Final 1/8 Final
2018–19 6th 1/16 Final 1/8 Final
2019–20 12th 1/16 Final Did not qualify
2020–21 14th 1/16 Final Did not qualify

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, (players in bold signifies current Zob Ahan player). Mehdi Rajabzadeh is the club's all-time most capped player and top scorer with 93 goals in 296 games. This list includes goals from Iran Premier League.

Most appearances

As of 6 May 2020
Name Nationality position total
1 Ghasem Haddadifar Iran Midfielder 330
2 Mehdi Rajabzadeh Iran Forward 296
3 Esmaeil Farhadi Iran Forward 280
4 Rasoul Korbekandi Iran Goalkeeper 265
5 Mohammad Salsali Iran Defender 220
6 Sepehr Heidari Iran Defender 175
7 Ali Akbar Ostad-Asadi Iran Defender 164
8 Mohammad Mansouri Iran Midfielder 155
9 Hassan Ashjari Iran Defender 139
10 Morteza Tabrizi Iran Forward 138

Top Goalscorers

As of 6 May 2019
Player Period Appearances in PL Goals in PL Appearances Goals
1 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2003–07; 2010–11; 2012–18 296 93 353 106
2 Morteza Tabrizi 2013–18 138 39 179 53
3 Esmaeil Farhadi 2005–15 280 44 308 47
4 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 2006–11; 2019– 129 34 157 43
5 Igor Castro 2008–12 121 30 153 42

Top Scorers by season

Season Player Goals
2001–02 Reza Sahebi 7
2002–03 Reza Sahebi 6
2003–04 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 9
2004–05 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 8
2005–06 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 14
2006–07 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 17
2007–08 Esmaeil Farhadi 9
2008–09 Igor Castro 16
2009–10 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 11
2010–11 Seyed Mohammad Hosseini 12
2011–12 Mohammad Ghazi 7
2012–13 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 8
2013–14 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 9
2014–15 Masoud Hassanzadeh 9
2015–16 Morteza Tabrizi 7
2016–17 Morteza Tabrizi 11
2017–18 Morteza Tabrizi 13
2018–19 Amir Arsalan Motahari 6
Zob Ahan's starting line-up Final against Seongnam, 2010 AFC Champions League

Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League

Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League
Season Round Rival Home Away Rank/Agg. Notes
2004 Group Stage
(Group A)
Pakhtakor 1–0 2–0 2
Qatar SC 3–3 0–0
Riffa
2010 Group Stage
(Group B)
Al-Wahda 1–0 1–0 1 Runners-up
Al-Ittihad 1–0 2–2
Bunyodkor 3–0 0–1
Round of 16 Mes Kerman 1–0 1–0
Quarter-finals Pohang Steelers 2–1 1–1 3–2
Semi-finals Al-Hilal 1–0 0–1 2–0
Final Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 1–3
2011 Group Stage
(Group D)
Emirates 2–1 0–1 1
Al-Shabab 0–1 0–0
Al-Rayyan 1–0 1–3
Round of 16 Al-Nassr 4–1 4–1
Quarter-finals Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–2 1–1 2–3
2012 Qualifying play-off Esteghlal 2–0 2–0 Not Qualify
2016 Group Stage
(Group B)
Lekhwiya 0–0 0–1 1
Bunyodkor 5–2 0–0
Al-Nassr 3–0 0–3
Round of 16 Al-Ain 0–2 1–1 1–3
2017 Group Stage
(Group C)
Al-Ain 0–3 1–1 3
Al-Ahli 1–2 2–0
Bunyodkor 2–1 0–2
2018 Qualifying play-off Aizawl 3–1 3–1 Qualify
Group Stage
(Group B)
Al Wahda 2–0 3–0 2
Lokomotiv 2–0 1–1
Al-Duhail 0–1 3–1
Round of 16 Esteghlal 1–0 3–1 3–2
2019 Preliminary round 2 Al-Kuwait 1–0 1–0 Qualify
Qualifying play-off Al-Gharafa 2–3 3–2
Group Stage
(Group A)
Al-Zawraa 0–0 2–2 1
Al-Wasl 2–0 1–3
Al-Nassr 0–0 2–3
Round of 16 Al-Ittihad 3–4 2–1 4–6

Domestic

Runners-up (4): 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2017–18
Winners (4): 2002–03, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16
Runners-up (1): 2000–01
Winners (1): 2016

Continental

Runners-up (1): 2010

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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Zob Ahan Esfahan F.C.
Zob Ahan Esfahan F C Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Zob Ahan Isfahan F C Zob Ahan Esfahan Football Club Persian باشگاه فرهنگى ورزشى ذوب آهن اصفهان Bashgah e Futbal e Zubahen Esfehan is an Iranian football club based in Fuladshahr Iran It competes 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 Mobarakeh Steel Company Zob AhanFull nameZob Ahan Esfahan Football ClubNickname s Gondos The Crocodiles Founded6 July 1969 52 years ago 1969 07 06 GroundFoolad Shahr StadiumCapacity15 000 1 OwnerIsfahan Steel CompanyChairmanAhmad JamshidiHead CoachMehdi TartarLeaguePersian Gulf Pro League2020 21Persian Gulf Pro League 14thWebsiteClub websiteHome coloursAway coloursCurrent seasonDepartments of Zob AhanFootball men Basketball men Volleyball men Taekwondo men Swimming men Futsal men Football women Basketball women Taekwondo women 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 In the 2010 AFC Champions League Zob Ahan finished as runners up losing 3 1 to South Korean club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the final Zob Ahan has won the Hazfi Cup on four occasions 2002 03 2008 09 2014 15 and 2015 16 and have finished as runners up one time 2000 01 The club has also finished as League runners up three times 2004 05 2008 09 and 2009 10 and has won the Iranian Super Cup once 2016 Contents 1 Club history 1 1 Early years 1969 1980 1 2 Azadegan League 1980 2001 1 3 PGPL 2001 present 1 3 1 2010 AFC Champion League 1 3 2 Dark years 1 3 3 Resurrection under Golmohammadi and Hosseini 2 Colours and crest 3 Stadium and facilities 4 Rivalries 5 Players 5 1 First team squad 5 1 1 Loan list 5 2 Retired numbers 6 Notable players 6 1 Famous Players 6 2 Players on international cups 6 3 Club captains 7 Club officials 7 1 IPL managers 7 1 1 Current coaching staff 7 2 Chairpersons 8 Season by season 9 Individual records 9 1 Most appearances 9 2 Top Goalscorers 9 3 Top Scorers by season 10 Asian record 10 1 Asian Club Championship AFC Champions League 11 Club honours 11 1 Domestic 11 2 Continental 12 Ownership 13 References 14 External links 14 1 ExternalClub history EditEarly years 1969 1980 Edit 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 earned 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 Edit 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 PGPL 2001 present Edit 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 2 This feat was repeated in the 2008 09 Hazfi Cup when the club beat Rah Ahan to re claim the title after 6 years 3 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 4 2010 AFC Champion League Edit 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 13 November in the final Zob Ahan lost 1 3 to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma At half time the score was 0 1 with a goal from Sasa 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 Edit 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 Resurrection under Golmohammadi and Hosseini Edit Zob Ahan players celebrating Hazfi Cup title in 2015 In summer of 2014 Zob Ahan announced Yahya Golmohammadi as the club s new manager Golmohammadi introduced a possession based philosophy to Zob Ahan and after a poor start to the season Golmohammadi s tactics and the addition of Kaveh Rezaei paid off and Zob Ahan when on a six match unbeaten run which placed them 6th in week 23 On 5 December 2015 Zob Ahan defeated Persepolis 2 1 in the Hazfi Cup semi final to advance to the final for the fourth time in club history On 15 May 2015 after a 0 0 draw against Padideh Zob Ahan finished fourth and returned to the AFC Champions League after five years Zob Ahan also won their third Hazfi Cup title after defeating Naft Tehran 3 1 in the final On 23 February 2016 Zob Ahan won its first match AFC Champions League since 2011 defeating Lekhwiya of Qatar 1 0 Zob Ahan qualified for the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League on 20 April 2016 after defeating Saudi club Al Nassr 3 0 in match day 5 However Zob Ahan were defeated 3 1 on aggregate by Emirati club Al Ain in the Round of 16 Zob Ahan once again qualified for the final of the 2016 Hazfi Cup to defend their crown against Esteghlal Zob Ahan defeated Esteghlal in penalties and won the Hazfi Cup for the fourth time in the club s history Zob Ahan won the Iranian Super Cup after beating Esteghlal Khuzestan 4 2 in extra time This was the first trophy that Zob Ahan won in Foolad Shahr Stadium In the beginning of the 2016 17 after poor results Golmohammadi was fired as manager of the team and was replaced by Assistant coach Mojtaba Hosseini Hosseini led Zob Ahan to the semi finals of the Hazfi Cup where they lost to Tractor in extra time Colours and crest EditOne 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 EditMain 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 EditMain article Esfahan derby Zob Ahan is part of the Esfahan derby or Naghsh e Jahan derby one of the biggest derby s in Iran 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 The Esfahan derby goes back to the 1970s when Zob Ahan and Sepahan 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 EditFirst team squad Edit Zob Ahan Esfahan F C March 2021 Note Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules Players may hold more than one non FIFA nationality No Pos Nation Player1 GK IRN Shahab Gordan Captain 2 DF IRN Sajad Danaei3 DF IRN Hamed Noormohammadi4 DF IRN Amir Shabani6 MF IRN Mohammad Soltani MehrU237 DF IRN Masoud Ebrahimzadeh9 FW IRN Reza Khaleghifar10 FW IRN Aref Rostami11 FW IRN Milad Jahani13 FW IRN Amir Reza Mahmoud Abadi14 FW IRN Hossein Shenani16 DF IRN Arman Ghasemi17 FW IRN Hossein Ebrahimi18 MF IRN Sajjad Jafari19 FW IRN Reza RahimiU23 No Pos Nation Player20 DF IRN Amir Hossein Sedighi21 DF IRN Pouria Pourali22 GK IRN Parsa JafariU2324 DF IRN Mohammad Ghoreishi26 DF IRN Mohammad Ali KazemiU2527 MF IRN Danial MomeniU2332 MF IRN Sina AsadbeigiU2533 GK IRN Habib Far Abbasi34 MF IRN Mohammad KhodabandelouU2337 FW IRN Baba Mohammadi39 FW IRN Alireza GhaderiU2370 FW IRN Ali KhodadadiU2577 DF IRN Amir Mohammad Panahi99 FW IRN Morteza KhorasaniU21 Under 21 PlayerLoan list Edit Note Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules Players may hold more than one non FIFA nationality No Pos Nation Player MF IRN Reza Habibzadeh U23 at Paykan until June 2021 FW IRN Alireza Monazzemi U19 at Aluminium Arak until June 2021 For recent transfers see List of Iranian football transfers winter 2018 19 Retired numbers Edit See also Retired numbers in association football No Player Position Zob Ahan debut Last match ref30 Mehdi Rajabzadeh AM June 2003 15 May 2018 5 On 18 June 2018 the club decided to retire the squad number 30 in memory of Mehdi Rajabzadeh Notable players EditThis 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 Famous Players Edit For notable players see List of Zob Ahan F C players For details on former players see Category Zob Ahan Esfahan F C players Players on international cups Edit Cup Players 1978 FIFA World Cup Rasoul Korbekandi 1996 AFC Asian Cup Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi 1998 FIFA World Cup Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi 2007 AFC Asian Cup Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2011 AFC Asian Cup Shahab Gordan Ghasem Haddadifar Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Farshid Talebi 2014 FIFA World Cup Ghasem Haddadifar 2018 FIFA World Cup Mohammad Rashid MazaheriClub captains Edit Name Nat Career in Zob Ahan Captaincy Shirt Num1 Rasoul Korbekandi 1969 80 1970 80 12 Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh 1976 86 1980 86 73 Rahman Rezaei 1996 01 1997 00 104 Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi 1995 03 2000 03 155 Sepehr Heidari 2000 07 2012 14 2003 07 36 Mohammad Salsali 2004 14 2007 14 77 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2003 07 2010 11 2012 18 2014 18 308 Ghasem Haddadifar 2003 2018 8Club officials EditIPL managers Edit Main article List of Zob Ahan F C managers Only IPL matches are counted Last updated 10 August 2021 Name Nat From To RecordP W D L Win Final PositionNasser Hejazi Jul 2001 Dec 2001 20 8 6 4 40 3rd until week 20 Bahram Atef Dec 2001 Jul 2002 6 2 3 3 33 4 01 02 6thSamvel Darbinyan Jul 2002 May 2003 52 21 11 20 40 02 03 8th 03 04 4thRasoul Korbekandi May 2003 Jun 2007 90 39 26 25 43 4 04 05 2nd 05 06 6th 06 07 8thZoran Đorđevic Jun 2007 Oct 2007 10 3 4 3 30 17th until week 10 Bijan Zolfagharnasab Oct 2007 May 2008 24 8 11 5 33 4 07 08 6thMansour Ebrahimzadeh Jul 2008 Jun 2012 134 62 48 24 46 3 08 09 2nd 09 10 2nd 10 11 3rd 11 12 6thRasoul Korbekandi Jun 2012 Oct 2012 11 3 1 7 27 3 15th until week 11 Farhad Kazemi Oct 2012 Jul 2013 23 6 10 7 26 12 13 14thMahmoud Yavari Jun 2013 Jul 2013 2 1 1 0 50 Win in the Relegation play offsLuka Bonacic Jul 2013 Jan 2014 20 3 7 10 15 14th until week 20 Mojtaba Taghavi Jan 2014 Feb 2014 7 1 4 2 14 3 15th until week 27 Firouz Karimi Feb 2014 Jun 2014 4 3 0 1 75 13 14 13thYahya Golmohammadi Jun 2014 Sep 2016 67 26 26 15 38 8 14 15 4th 15 16 6th 16 17 14th until week 7 Mojtaba Hosseini Sep 2016 Jun 2017 23 11 7 5 47 8 16 17 4thAmir Ghalenoei Jun 2017 Jun 2018 30 15 10 5 50 0 17 18 2ndOmid Namazi Jun 2018 Nov 2018 11 2 5 4 18 1 18 19 11th until week 11 Alireza Mansourian Nov 2018 Dec 2019 35 10 14 11 36 8 18 19 6th 19 20 11th until week 16 Miodrag Radulovic Jan 2020 Jun 2020 5 2 1 2 40 19 20 11th until week 21 Luka Bonacic Jun 2020 Aug 2020 9 2 2 5 22 2 19 20 12thRahman Rezaei Sep 2020 Feb 2021 15 1 8 6 6 6 20 21 14th until week 15 Mojtaba Hosseini Mar 2021 Aug 2021 12 3 3 6 25 20 21 14thMehdi Tartar Aug 2021 Present 0 0 0 0 0 Current coaching staff Edit 6 Position NameHead Coach Mehdi TartarAssistant Coaches Hassan Esteki Mohammad SalsaliGoalkeeping Coach Jose Caetano MendesFitness Coach Glydiston Egberto de Oliveira AnaniasAnalyst Kianoush ForouzeshPhysiotherapist Abbas Moradi Behzad MoradiDoctor Amir Hossein SharifianpourLogistics Mahmoud MehruyanTeam Director Rahman RezaeiB team manager Mehdi RajabzadehMedia Officer Ehsan BaeediChairpersons Edit 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 Khosro Ebrahimi August 2011 September 2013 Saeed Azari September 2013 presentSeason by season EditFor details on seasons see List of Zob Ahan F C seasons The table below chronicles the achievements of Zob Ahan since 1973 Season League Position Hazfi Cup ACL Notes1973 74 Takht Jamshid Cup 10th Not held Did not qualify1974 75 11th1975 76 9th 1 8 Final1976 77 15th 1 16 Final1977 78 8th Not held1978 79 N A did not finish1981 82 Isfahan s 2nd Division 1st Promoted1983 84 Isfahan League 3rd1984 85 2nd1991 92 5th1993 94 Azadegan League 4th 1 8 Final1994 95 8th 1 16 Final Relegated1995 96 2nd Division 2nd 1 8 Final Promoted1996 97 Azadegan League 10th 1 8 Final1997 98 3rd Not held1998 99 12th Third Round1999 00 5th First Round2000 01 4th Final2001 02 Iran Pro League 6th Quarterfinal2002 03 8th Cup2003 04 4th Semi Final First Round2004 05 2nd 1 8 Final Did not qualify2005 06 6th 1 8 Final2006 07 8th 1 16 Final2007 08 6th 1 8 Final2008 09 2nd Cup2009 10 2nd Semi Final Runner up2010 11 3rd 1 16 Final 1 4 Final2011 12 6th 1 8 Final Play off2012 13 14th 1 4 Final Did not qualify2013 14 13th 1 4 Final2014 15 4th Cup2015 16 6th Cup 1 8 Final Super Cup2016 17 4th Semi Final First Round2017 18 2nd 1 16 Final 1 8 Final2018 19 6th 1 16 Final 1 8 Final2019 20 12th 1 16 Final Did not qualify2020 21 14th 1 16 Final Did not qualifyIndividual records EditLists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club players in bold signifies current Zob Ahan player Mehdi Rajabzadeh is the club s all time most capped player and top scorer with 93 goals in 296 games This list includes goals from Iran Premier League Most appearances Edit As of 6 May 2020 Name Nationality position total1 Ghasem Haddadifar Iran Midfielder 3302 Mehdi Rajabzadeh Iran Forward 2963 Esmaeil Farhadi Iran Forward 2804 Rasoul Korbekandi Iran Goalkeeper 2655 Mohammad Salsali Iran Defender 2206 Sepehr Heidari Iran Defender 1757 Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi Iran Defender 1648 Mohammad Mansouri Iran Midfielder 1559 Hassan Ashjari Iran Defender 13910 Morteza Tabrizi Iran Forward 138Top Goalscorers Edit As of 6 May 2019 Player Period Appearances in PL Goals in PL Appearances Goals1 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2003 07 2010 11 2012 18 296 93 353 1062 Morteza Tabrizi 2013 18 138 39 179 533 Esmaeil Farhadi 2005 15 280 44 308 474 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 2006 11 2019 129 34 157 435 Igor Castro 2008 12 121 30 153 42Top Scorers by season Edit Season Player Goals2001 02 Reza Sahebi 72002 03 Reza Sahebi 62003 04 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 92004 05 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 82005 06 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 142006 07 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 172007 08 Esmaeil Farhadi 92008 09 Igor Castro 162009 10 Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 112010 11 Seyed Mohammad Hosseini 122011 12 Mohammad Ghazi 72012 13 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 82013 14 Mehdi Rajabzadeh 92014 15 Masoud Hassanzadeh 92015 16 Morteza Tabrizi 72016 17 Morteza Tabrizi 112017 18 Morteza Tabrizi 132018 19 Amir Arsalan Motahari 6Asian record Edit GordanTalebiAhmadiHosseiniMahiniKheiriHaddadifarIgor CastroKhalatbariRajabzadehGhaziZob Ahan s starting line up Final against Seongnam 2010 AFC Champions League Asian Club Championship AFC Champions League Edit Asian Club Championship AFC Champions League Season Round Rival Home Away Rank Agg Notes2004 Group Stage Group A Pakhtakor 1 0 2 0 2 Qatar SC 3 3 0 0 Riffa 2010 Group Stage Group B Al Wahda 1 0 1 0 1 Runners up Al Ittihad 1 0 2 2 Bunyodkor 3 0 0 1Round of 16 Mes Kerman 1 0 1 0Quarter finals Pohang Steelers 2 1 1 1 3 2Semi finals Al Hilal 1 0 0 1 2 0Final Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 1 32011 Group Stage Group D Emirates 2 1 0 1 1 Al Shabab 0 1 0 0 Al Rayyan 1 0 1 3Round of 16 Al Nassr 4 1 4 1Quarter finals Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 2 1 1 2 32012 Qualifying play off Esteghlal 2 0 2 0 Not Qualify2016 Group Stage Group B Lekhwiya 0 0 0 1 1 Bunyodkor 5 2 0 0 Al Nassr 3 0 0 3Round of 16 Al Ain 0 2 1 1 1 32017 Group Stage Group C Al Ain 0 3 1 1 3 Al Ahli 1 2 2 0 Bunyodkor 2 1 0 22018 Qualifying play off Aizawl 3 1 3 1 QualifyGroup Stage Group B Al Wahda 2 0 3 0 2 Lokomotiv 2 0 1 1 Al Duhail 0 1 3 1Round of 16 Esteghlal 1 0 3 1 3 22019 Preliminary round 2 Al Kuwait 1 0 1 0 QualifyQualifying play off Al Gharafa 2 3 3 2Group Stage Group A Al Zawraa 0 0 2 2 1 Al Wasl 2 0 1 3 Al Nassr 0 0 2 3Round of 16 Al Ittihad 3 4 2 1 4 6Club honours EditDomestic Edit 1st Division Persian Gulf Pro LeagueRunners up 4 2004 05 2008 09 2009 10 2017 18Hazfi Cup Winners 4 2002 03 2008 09 2014 15 2015 16 Runners up 1 2000 01Super CupWinners 1 2016Continental Edit AFC Champions League Runners up 1 2010Ownership EditThe 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 References Edit World Stadiums Stadiums in Iran www worldstadiums com http www the afc com en tournaments clubs afc champions league 27160 permanent dead link http www the afc com en tournaments clubs afc champions league 27160 permanent dead link Archived copy PDF Archived from the original PDF on 12 June 2012 Retrieved 8 August 2011 CS1 maint archived copy as title link varzesh3 رجب زاده خداحافظی کرد شماره 30 بایگانی شد Retrieved 18 June 2017 1 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Zob Ahan Esfahan F C Official websiteExternal Edit Player StatisticsAchievementsPreceded by Esteghlal F C Hazfi Cup Champions 2002 03 Succeeded by Sepahan F C Preceded by Esteghlal F C IPL Runner up 2004 05 Succeeded by PAS TehranPreceded by Sepahan F C IPL Runner up 2008 09 Succeeded by HoldersPreceded by Esteghlal F C Hazfi Cup Champions 2008 09 Succeeded by Perspolis F C Preceded by Holders IPL Runner up 2009 10 Succeeded by Esteghlal F C Preceded by Al Ittihad ACL Runner up 2010 Succeeded by JeonbukPreceded by Tractor Hazfi Cup Champions 2014 15 Succeeded by HoldersPreceded by Holders Hazfi Cup Champions 2015 16 Succeeded by Naft Tehran F C Preceded by Esteghlal F C IPL Runner up 2017 18 Succeeded by Sepahan F C Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Zob Ahan Esfahan F C amp oldid 1050406713, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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