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Zob Ahan
ذوب ‌آهن
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Full name Zob Ahan Football Club
Founded 1969
Ground Foolad Shahr Stadium
(Capacity: 25,000)
Owner Esfahan Steel Company
Chairman Iran Asghar Dalili
Head Coach Iran Mansour Ebrahimzadeh
League Persian Gulf Cup
2008-09 Persian Gulf Cup, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Zob Ahan Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال ذوب ‌آهن) is an Iranian football club based in Esfahan, Iran.

It is sponsored by the Esfahan Steel Company, which also goes by the name Zob Ahan. The club's main rival is fellow Esfahani team Sepahan, which is also sponsored by the rival steel mill.

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



Mohammad Ali Taghizadeh Farahmand established the club in 1969. They entered the Takhte Jamshid Cup in 1973. Zob Ahan prepared its team by buying 14 players from Sepahan. Zob Ahan has always been the wealthier team. The team has participated in the highest Iranian league for every year except in 1995 when they played in the 2nd division. They were promoted to the 1st division the year after and are now seen as contenders every season in the IPL ever since. The club's biggest honor to date has been winning the Hazfi Cup in 2003. The club was able to participate in the Asian Champions League after winning the Hazfi Cup, but did not make any noise and was soon eliminated.


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

Season League Position Hazfi Cup Asian Cup
1973-1974 Takht Jamshid Cup 10th Not held Did not qualify
1974-1975 Takht Jamshid Cup 11th Not held
1975-1976 Takht Jamshid Cup 9th 1/8 Final
1976-1977 Takht Jamshid Cup 15th 1/16 Final
1977-1978 Takht Jamshid Cup 8th Not held
1978-1979 Takht Jamshid Cup did not finish Not held
1979-1993 N/A
1993-1994 Azadegan League 4th 1/8 Final
1994-1995 Azadegan League 8th* 1/16 Final
1995-1996 2nd Division 1st** 1/8 Final
1996-1997 Azadegan League 10th 1/8 Final
1997-1998 Azadegan League 3rd Not held
1998-1999 Azadegan League 12th Third Round
1999-2000 Azadegan League 5th First Round
2000-2001 Azadegan League 4th Final
2001-2002 Iran Pro League 6th Quarterfinal
2002-2003 Iran Pro League 8th Cup
2003-2004 Iran Pro League 4th Semifinal First Round
2004-2005 Iran Pro League 2nd 1/8 Final Did not qualify
2005-2006 Iran Pro League 6th 1/8 Final
2006-2007 Iran Pro League 8th 1/16 Final
2007-2008 Iran Pro League 6th 1/16 Final
2008-2009 Iran Pro League 2nd Cup
2009-2010 Iran Pro League Qualified

* Relegated.
** Promoted.

Club honours

Runner Up (2): 2004-2005, 2008-09
Winners (1): 2003, 2009

Club chairmen

  • Mohammad Mehdi Taghizadeh Farahmand
  • Mostafa Ghanei
  • Asghar Nilchian
  • Fazollah Omranian
  • Heydar Taheri
  • Nematollah Zargar
  • Alireza Shogi
  • Saeed Azari (2004-2009)
  • Asghar Dalili (Current)

Club managers



First-team squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Shahab Gordan
2 Iran DF Seyed Mohammad Hosseini
3 Iran DF Mohamad Ali Ahmadi
4 Iran DF Farshid Talebi
5 Iran DF Mohammad Salsali
6 Iran DF Mostafa Salehi Nejad (captain)
7 Iran MF Mohammad Mansouri
8 Iran DF Hassan Ashjari
9 Iran MF Mohammad Reza Khalatbari
10 Iran FW Esmaeil Farhadi
11 Iran FW Keivan Amraei
12 Iran GK Abbas Ghasemi
14 Iran MF Ghasem Hadadifar
15 Brazil FW Igor Castro
No. Position Player
16 Iran FW Mohsen Mosalman
17 Iran MF Sina Ashouri
18 Iran MF Babak Razi
19 Iran FW Mohammad Ghazi
20 Iran MF Jalal Omidian
22 Iran GK Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi
23 Iran MF Seyed Ahmad Mohammadpour
24 Iran MF Alireza Hadadifar
26 Iran MF Payam Sadeghian
27 Iran MF Saman Ragh
28 Iran MF Ali Goudarzi
29 Iran MF Iman Shirazi
31 Iran MF Reza Rishesfahani
33 Iran GK Hamid Reza Bajlavand

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers, winter 2009–10.

Famous players




Club officials

Coaching and Medical Staff

  • General manager: Ali Shojaei
  • Head coach: Mansour Ebrahimzadeh
  • First team coach: Majid Saleh
  • Goalkeeping coach: Tomislav Savic
  • Physiotherapist: Abbas Moradi
  • Team doctor: Amir Hossein Sharifianpour
  • Logistics: Mahmoud Mehruyan


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