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2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup

The 2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup (also known as Iran Pro League) was the 31st season of Iran's Football League and 13th as Iran Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Esteghlal were the defending champions. The season featured 14 teams from the 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup and two new teams promoted from the 2012–13 Azadegan League: Esteghlal Khuzestan and Gostaresh both as champions. The league started on 24 July 2013 and ended on 11 April 2014. Foolad won the Pro League title for the second time in their history (total second Iranian title).

Persian Gulf Cup
Foolad won IPL title 01.jpg
Season2013–14
ChampionsFoolad
2nd Pro League title
2nd Iranian title
RelegatedFajr Sepasi
Damash
Mes Kerman
Champions LeagueFoolad
Persepolis
Naft Tehran
Tractor Sazi (Hazfi Cup champions)
Matches played240
Goals scored504 (2.1 per match)
Top goalscorerKarim Ansarifard (14 goals)
Best goalkeeperNilson Corrêa Júnior (18 clean sheets)
Biggest home winGostaresh 5–0 Rah Ahan
(11 January 2014)
Biggest away winMes Kerman 0–6 Persepolis
(13 December 2013)
Highest scoringFajr Sepasi 2–4 Esteghlal
(6 August 2013)
Zob Ahan 2–4 Tractor Sazi
(6 August 2013)
Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–4 Naft Tehran
(16 August 2013)
Damash 5–1 Zob Ahan
(24 October 2013)
Mes Kerman 0–6 Persepolis
(13 December 2013)
Saipa 3–3 Tractor Sazi
(11 January 2014)
Malavan 4–2 Esteghlal
(19 February 2014)
Longest winning run5 matches
Esteghlal
Foolad
Malavan
Longest unbeaten run17 matches
Esteghlal
Longest winless run15 matches
Mes Kerman
Longest losing run6 matches
Damash
Highest attendance100,000
Esteghlal – Persepolis
(6 September 2013)
Lowest attendance0 (spectator ban)
Sepahan – Foolad
(25 July 2013)
Rah Ahan – Saipa
(5 December 2013)
Foolad – Saba Qom
(13 December 2013)
Total attendance1,815,825
Average attendance7,631

Contents

ChangesEdit

Number of the teamsEdit

2013–14 Iran Pro League were the first season since 2006 that 16 teams participated in the competition. In the previous season, 18 teams participated in the league.

Rules and RegulationsEdit

The Iranian Football Clubs who participate in 2013–14 Iran Pro League were allowed to have up to maximum 38 players (including up to maximum 4 non-Iranian players) in their player lists, which will be categorized in the following groups:[1]

  • Up to maximum 21 adult (without any age limit) players
  • Up to maximum 9 under-23 players (i.e. the player whose birth is after 21 March 1990).
  • Up to maximum 5 under-21 players (i.e. the player whose birth is after 1 January 1993).
  • Up to maximum 3 under-19 players (i.e. the player whose birth is after 1 January 1995).

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team City Venue Capacity
Damash Gilan Rasht Dr. Azodi 11,000
Esteghlal Tehran Azadi 84,412
Esteghlal Khuzestan Ahvaz Ghadir
Takhti Ahvaz
38,900
15,000
Fajr Sepasi Shiraz Hafezieh 14,000
Foolad Khuzestan Ahvaz Ghadir 38,900
Gostaresh Tabriz Sahand
Gostaresh Foolad
66,833
12,000
Malavan Anzali Takhti Anzali 8,000
Mes Kerman Kerman Shahid Bahonar 15,430
Naft Tehran Tehran Takhti Tehran
Dastgerdi
30,122
8,250
Persepolis Tehran Azadi 84,412
Rah Ahan Tehran Takhti Tehran
Rah Ahan
30,122
12,000
Saba Qom Qom Yadegar Emam 10,610
Saipa Karaj Enghelab Karaj 15,000
Sepahan Esfahan Foolad Shahr 15,000
Tractor Sazi Tabriz Sahand 66,833
Zob Ahan Esfahan Foolad Shahr 15,000

Number of teams by regionEdit

Region Number of teams Teams
1 Tehran 4 Esteghlal, Naft Tehran, Persepolis, Rah Ahan
2 Khuzestan 2 Esteghlal Khuzestan, Foolad
3 East Azerbaijan 2 Gostaresh, Tractor Sazi
4 Esfahan 2 Sepahan, Zob Ahan
5 Gilan 2 Damash, Malavan
6 Kerman 1 Mes Kerman
7 Qom 1 Saba Qom
8 Alborz 1 Saipa
9 Fars 1 Fajr

Personnel and kitsEdit

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Damash   Ali Nazarmohammadi (caretaker)   Reza Mahdavi   Uhlsport Loushan
Esteghlal   Amir Ghalenoei   Mehdi Rahmati   Merooj Bazar Mobl Iran, Mahan Air
Est. Khuzestan   Abdollah Veisi   Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh   Daei INSIG
Fajr   Mahmoud Yavari   Mehrdad Karimian   Merooj HICE
Foolad   Hossein Faraki   Bakhtiar Rahmani   Uhlsport Foolad Khuzestan
Gostaresh   Mehdi Tartar   Meysam Naghizadeh   Uhlsport Ata Airlines
Malavan   Dragan Skočić   Maziar Zare   Uhlsport Steel Azin Iranian
Mes Kerman   Luka Bonačić   Farzad Hosseinkhani   Uhlsport Resalat Bank
Naft Tehran   Yahya Golmohammadi   Alireza Ezzati   Merooj NIOC
Persepolis   Ali Daei   Mohammad Nouri   Uhlsport Tourism Bank
Rah Ahan   Mansour Ebrahimzadeh   Bahador Abdi   Daei Fars Air Qeshm
Saba Qom   Samad Marfavi   Morteza Kashi   Merooj Hi clean!
Saipa   Engin Firat   Ebrahim Sadeghi   Uhlsport SAIPA
Sepahan   Zlatko Kranjčar   Hadi Aghily   Uhlsport Foolad Mobarakeh
Tractor Sazi   Toni   Morteza Assadi   Merooj Hamrah-e Aval
Zob Ahan   Firouz Karimi   Mehdi Rajabzadeh   Merooj Esfahan Steel

Managerial changesEdit

Before the start of the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Persepolis   Yahya Golmohammadi End of caretaker spell 11 May 2013 Pre-season   Ali Daei 1 June 2013
Saipa   Mojtaba Taghavi End of contract 11 May 2013   Engin Firat 1 June 2013
Malavan   Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Sacked 26 May 2013   Dragan Skočić 1 June 2013
Naft Tehran   Mansour Ebrahimzadeh Mutual contest 31 May 2013   Yahya Golmohammadi 1 June 2013
Rah Ahan   Ali Daei Signed by Persepolis 31 May 2013   Mansour Ebrahimzadeh 1 June 2013
Fajr Sepasi   Mahmoud Yavari Resigned 31 May 2013   Gholam Peyrovani 1 June 2013
Saba Qom   Samad Marfavi End of contract 31 May 2013   Mohammad Mayeli Kohan 1 June 2013
Mes Kerman   Luka Bonačić Sacked 2 June 2013   Mahmoud Yavari 25 July 2013
Zob Ahan   Farhad Kazemi End of contract 25 June 2013   Luka Bonačić 30 June 2013

During the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Fajr Sepasi   Gholam Peyrovani Resigned 7 September 2013 15th   Mahmoud Yavari 15 September 2013
Mes Kerman   Mahmoud Yavari 14 September 2013 16th   Parviz Mazloomi 18 September 2013
Saba Qom   Mohammad Mayeli Kohan Sacked 11 November 2013 12th   Samad Marfavi 11 November 2013
Zob Ahan   Luka Bonačić Mutual contest 1 January 2014 14th   Mojtaba Taghavi 1 January 2014
Gostaresh   Rasoul Khatibi Resigned 1 January 2014 11th   Mehdi Tartar 1 January 2014
Tractor Sazi   Majid Jalali Sacked 19 January 2014 6th   Toni 28 January 2014
Mes Kerman   Parviz Mazloomi Resigned 22 January 2014 16th   Luka Bonačić 23 January 2014
Damash   Afshin Nazemi Sacked 26 January 2014 12th   Ali Nazarmohammadi 26 January 2014
Zob Ahan   Mojtaba Taghavi 25 February 2014 15th   Firouz Karimi 25 February 2014
Tractor Sazi   Toni Mutual contest 29 April 2014 6th, post-season   Rasoul Khatibi 31 May 2014

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Foolad (C) 30 16 9 5 36 24 +12 57 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Persepolis 30 16 8 6 34 15 +19 55[a]
3 Naft Tehran 30 15 9 6 39 23 +16 54 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Sepahan 30 14 12 4 36 20 +16 54
5 Esteghlal 30 15 9 6 34 25 +9 53[a]
6 Tractor Sazi 30 11 13 6 39 33 +6 45[a] 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage[b]
7 Malavan 30 13 6 11 40 33 +7 44[a]
8 Saipa 30 7 14 9 26 31 −5 35
9 Saba Qom 30 8 9 13 32 38 −6 33
10 Gostaresh 30 7 11 12 31 34 −3 32
11 Rah Ahan 30 7 10 13 25 34 −9 31
12 Est. Khuzestan 30 6 11 13 26 37 −11 29
13 Zob Ahan 30 6 11 13 24 36 −12 29
14 Fajr Sepasi (R) 30 6 11 13 20 34 −14 29 Qualification to relegation play-offs
15 Damash (R) 30 5 12 13 30 40 −10 26[a] Relegation to 2014–15 Azadegan League
16 Mes Kerman (R) 30 1 19 10 21 36 −15 22
Updated to match(es) played on 11 April 2014. Source: FIFA.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e Esteghlal, Malavan, Damash, Persepolis and Tractor Sazi were deducted 1 point due to poor fan behavior in their home matches.
  2. ^ Tractor Sazi secured qualification for the 2015 AFC Champions League through winning the 2013–14 Hazfi Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] DMG EST ESK FJR FOL GOS MLV MES NAF PRS RAH SAB SAP SEP TRK ZOB
Damash 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–1
Esteghlal 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–3 1–1
Est. Khuzestan 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–0 2–4 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–4 2–0
Fajr Sepasi 2–2 2–4 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0
Foolad 3–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–0
Gostaresh 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 5–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0
Malavan 0–0 4–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–3 1–1 1–2
Mes Kerman 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–1 0–6 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0
Naft Tehran 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 0–1
Persepolis 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1
Rah Ahan 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1
Saba Qom 3–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 2–1
Saipa 2–3 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 3–3 1–0
Sepahan 2–0 0–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–0
Tractor Sazi 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2
Zob Ahan 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–4

Updated to games played on 11 April 2014.
Source: IPL Stats
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Foolad1584111111111123455443222221121
Persepolis452545352435211531112335353242
Naft Tehran579633423354545223234553434313
Sepahan111464665222356666665444545554
Esteghlal366222246678762344321111112435
Tractor Sazi12128356534543434112556666667776
Malavan14131311121412131313141514129978788777776667
Saipa8151412117107710107677787877888899888
Saba Qom6237787810991010111212121313121212111010101010109
Gostaresh11111198989118668910111111111199999889910
Rah Ahan9358912141414151313151514141312121313141414141312111111
Est. Khuzestan2471010131110121211119101110101010910101011111111121212
Zob Ahan1614151515109118111212121313131414141414131313131415151313
Fajr Sepasi131616161616161515141514131415151515151616161515151514141414
Damash791013141113129789118889991011111212121213131515
Mes Kerman101012141315151616161616161616161616161515151616161616161616
Leader
2015 AFC Champions League
Relegation to Play-offs Qualification
Relegation to 2014–15 Azadegan League
Source: FIFA.com (in English)

Clubs season-progressEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
FooladLWWWWWLWDWWLDLDDDWWDWWDWDWDWLW
PersepolisWDWLWLWDWLWDWWDLWWWWDLDLWDWWDW
Naft TehranWLDWWWLWDDLWDWDWWDWDDLWWLWDWWL
SepahanWWDLLWDDWWWDDLDDDDWWWWDWLWDDWW
EsteghlalWLWWWWLDLDWWDWDDDWWWWWDDDWLLWL
Tractor SaziLDWWDDWWDLWWDWDWWDLDDDDDDLLLWW
MalavanLDDWLLWLDDLLWWWWWLWLDWWDWLWWLL
SaipaDLDWDWLWDLLWDWWLDDLWDDLLDLDDDD
Saba QomWWLLDLWLLWLDDDLLLLLWLWDWDDLWDD
GostareshLDDWDLWDLWWLLLDDLDDLWWLWDDDLLL
Rah AhanDWDLLLLDDLWLLLWLDWLDLLDWDDWWDL
Est. KhuzestanWDDLLLWDLLWDWLDWDDLDLLWLDDDLLL
Zob AhanLDLDDWWLWLLDDLLLLDDLDWDDDLLLWW
Fajr SepasiLLLLWDLDDWLDWLLLDLDLDLWLDDWDDW
DamashDDDLLWDDWWLDLWDWLDLLLLLLDDDLLD
Mes KermanDDLDDLLLDDLDLDDWDLDDDLLLDDDDDD
Source: IPL Stats
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Relegation play-offsEdit

Fajr Sepasi as 14th-placed team faced play-off winner of 2013–14 Azadegan League, Paykan in a two-legged play-off.


Fajr Sepasi0 – 0Paykan
Report
Attendance: 12,984
Referee: Mohammad Reza Akbarian
Paykan1 – 0Fajr Sepasi
Halafi   71' Report
Attendance: 9,206

Paykan won 1–0 on aggregate and promoted to the next season of Iran Pro League, Fajr Sepasi also relegated to the Azadegan League.

Season statisticsEdit

Clean SheetsEdit

Rank Player Club Clean Sheets Goals Conceded Match played
1   Nilson Corrêa Júnior Persepolis 18 15 30
2   Rahman Ahmadi Sepahan 15 16 27
3   Mehdi Rahmati Esteghlal 14 25 30
4   Sosha Makani Foolad 13 14 20
5   Alireza Beiranvand Naft Tehran 12 12 21
6   Hamed Fallahzadeh Rah Ahan 11 23 22
7   Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi Saipa 9 30 26
8   Mohsen Foroozan Gostaresh Foolad 8 30 25

Last Update: 11 April 2014

ScoringEdit

  • First goal of the season: Adel Kolahkaj for Esteghlal Khuzestan against Zob Ahan (24 July 2013)
  • Fastest goal of the season: 17 seconds, Kaveh Rezaei for Saipa against Mes Kerman (4 January 2014)
  • Latest goal of the season: 95 minutes and 12 seconds, Ali Karimi for Tractor Sazi against Mes Kerman (24 December 2013)
  • Largest winning margin: 6 goals
    • Mes Kerman 0–6 Persepolis (13 December 2013)
  • Highest scoring game: 6 goals
    • Fajr 2–4 Esteghlal (6 August 2013)
    • Zob Ahan 2–4 Tractor Sazi (6 August 2013)
    • Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–4 Naft Tehran (16 August 2013)
    • Damash 5–1 Zob Ahan (24 October 2013)
    • Mes Kerman 0–6 Persepolis (13 December 2013)
    • Saipa 3–3 Tractor Sazi (11 January 2014)
    • Malavan 4–2 Esteghlal (19 February 2014)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 6 goals
    • Mes Kerman 0–6 Persepolis (13 December 2013)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 2 goals
    • Fajr 2–4 Esteghlal (6 August 2013)
    • Zob Ahan 2–4 Tractor Sazi (6 August 2013)
    • Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–4 Naft Tehran (16 August 2013)
    • Foolad 3–2 Esteghlal Khuzestan (23 August 2013)
    • Zob Ahan 3–2 Naft Tehran (31 August 2013)
    • Esteghlal Khuzestan 3–2 Rah Ahan (17 October 2013)
    • Saba Qom 3–2 Damash (26 January 2014)
    • Malavan 4–2 Esteghlal (19 February 2014)

AwardsEdit

Team of the TournamentEdit

Goalkeeper: Nilson Corrêa Júnior (Persepolis)
Defence: Vahid Amiri (Naft), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Hanif Omranzadeh (Esteghlal), Ali Hamoudi (Sepahan)
Midfield: Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Amir Hossein Feshangchi (Malavan), Payam Sadeghian (Perspolis), Esmaeil Sharifat (Foolad)
Attack: Karim Ansarifard (Tractor Sazi)

Player of the TournamentEdit

Andranik Teymourian was awarded as the best player of the season among Payam Sadeghian became second. Mohammad Abbaszadeh was also awarded as the best young player of the season.

Other awardsEdit

Hossein Faraki was awarded as the best coach of the season.

AttendancesEdit

Average home attendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Persepolis 442,000 95,000 10,000 29,467 +35.6%
2 Tractor Sazi 325,005 62,000 800 21,667 −9.9%
3 Esteghlal 296,500 100,000 500 19,767 −42.3%
4 Foolad 126,500 49,500 0 9,036 +67.0%
5 Damash 94,000 15,000 2,000 6,267 −6.9%
6 Sepahan 67,200 12,000 0 4,800 +20.9%
7 Malavan 66,500 12,000 1,000 4,433 −26.1%
8 Mes Kerman 61,120 12,000 1,000 4,075 +6.6%
9 Est. Khuzestan 59,250 10,000 500 3,950 n/a
10 Fajr Sepasi 56,900 14,000 1,000 3,793 −22.4%
11 Gostaresh 43,500 12,000 300 2,900 n/a
12 Zob Ahan 42,700 10,000 1,000 2,847 +34.4%
13 Saba Qom 41,150 12,000 500 2,743 +1.4%
14 Saipa 35,600 12,000 100 2,373 −49.9%
15 Naft Tehran 34,660 15,000 60 2,311 −10.7%
16 Rah Ahan 23,300 8,000 0 1,664 −14.3%
League total 1,815,825 100,000 0 7,631 −4.2%

Updated to games played on 11 April 2014
Source: Iranleague.ir
Notes:
Matches with spectator bans are not included in average attendances
Esteghlal Khuzestan and Gostaresh played last season in Azadegan League

Highest attendancesEdit

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Esteghlal 0–0 Persepolis 100,000 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06) 8 Azadi
2 Persepolis 0–0 Esteghlal 95,000 17 January 2014 (2014-01-17) 23 Azadi
3 Esteghlal 1–2 Sepahan 65,000 1 August 2013 (2013-08-01) 2 Azadi
4 Tractor Sazi 1–1 Esteghlal 62,000 8 November 2013 (2013-11-08) 15 Sahand
5 Persepolis 1–0 Tractor Sazi 50,000 24 July 2013 (2013-07-24) 1 Azadi
5 Tractor Sazi 0–0 Mes Kerman 50,000 16 August 2013 (2013-08-16) 5 Sahand
5 Esteghlal 1–3 Tractor Sazi 50,000 11 April 2014 (2014-04-11) 30 Azadi
8 Foolad 0–1 Esteghlal 49,500 6 April 2014 (2014-04-06) 29 Ghadir
9 Tractor Sazi 2–2 Foolad 45,000 19 October 2013 (2013-10-19) 13 Sahand
9 Tractor Sazi 1–0 Persepolis 45,000 29 November 2013 (2013-11-29) 16 Sahand

Notes:
Updated to games played on 11 April 2014. Source: Iranleague.ir

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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