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Parviz Ghelichkhani
Personal information
Full name Parviz Ghelichkhani
Date of birth December 4, 1945 (1945-12-04) (age 64)
Place of birth    Tehran, Iran
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Adeeb F.C.
Alborz F.C.
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Kyan F.C.
Pas F.C.
Oghab F.C.
Daraei F.C.
Persepolis F.C.
San Jose Earthquakes[1]
National team
1964-1977 Iran 64 (12)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Parviz Ghelichkhani (also spelt Parviz Qleechkhani, Persian: پرویز قلیچ خانی , born 4 December, 1945 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian retired football player and former captain of Iran national football team. He is now based in France, where he is the editor and publisher of a political magazine.


Football career


Club career

He played for Alborz F.C. (Kyan's reserve team), Kyan F.C., Taj, Pas F.C., Oghab F.C., Daraei F.C. and finally Persepolis F.C., before leaving for the United States where he played for San Jose Earthquakes.[1][2]

During various stages of his career, he had offers from German, Greek and Turkish football clubs but declined all of them.[2]

International career

He made his debut for the Iranian national team in the 1964 Summer Olympics match against East Germany.[2] He won the Asian Nations Cup three consecutive times with Iran, in 1968, 1972, and 1976.

He was also Iran's captain at 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. His last game for Iran was a friendly match against Hungary in March 1977. He scored 12 goals for Iran and has 64 caps for Team Melli.

One of his most memorable goals was in a 1974 World Cup qualification match against Australia, in a 2-0 win in Tehran.

Political career

Ghelichkani was also politically involved and had leftist leanings. He was arrested by SAVAK in February 1972, but was released after two months.[2] He was opposed to the Pahlavi regime and the system that was put in place after the Iranian revolution. He missed out on World Cup 1978 because of his opposition to the regime.[2]

Due to his political activities before and after the revolution, he eventually left the country to live in Paris, France.[2]

Since 1991, Ghelichkhani has been publishing Arash, a political and cultural commentary magazine concentrating mainly on Iranian issues, in France.

Parviz Ghelichkhani was honored in December 2007 in Sydney, Australia, in celebration of the 100th edition of Arash magazine,[2] in a ceremony where Ralé Rašić was a guest speaker. Rašić was Australia's coach when Australia faced Iran twice during the 1974 World Cup qualification games.


  1. ^ a b c (rm) Interview with Ghelichkhani part 2. [Audio interview]. Sydney: SBS Radio. 2007-12-04. Event occurs at 6:35. Retrieved 2007-12-18. "...I was at the time playing for San Jose Earthquakes team..."  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Parviz Ghelichkhani biography" (in Persian). Gooya. Retrieved 2007-11-23.  

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