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2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League

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The 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League (formerly known as Iran Pro League) was the 34th season of Iran's Football League and 16th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Esteghlal Khuzestan were the defending champions. The season featured 13 teams from the 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League and three new teams promoted from the 2015–16 Azadegan League: Paykan as champions, Machine Sazi and Sanat Naft. The league started on 25 July 2016 and ended on 4 May 2017. Persepolis won the Pro League title for the third time in their history (total 10th Iranian title).

Persian Gulf Pro League
Persepolis F.C. championship ceremony 2016-17 08.jpg
Season2016–17
ChampionsPersepolis
3rd Pro League title
10th Iranian title
RelegatedSaba Qom
Machine Sazi
Champions LeaguePersepolis
Esteghlal
Tractor Sazi
Zob Ahan
Matches played240
Goals scored504 (2.1 per match)
Top goalscorerMehdi Taremi
(18 goals)
Best goalkeeperAlireza Beiranvand (17 clean sheets)
Biggest home winPersepolis 4–0 Padideh
(19 April 2017)
Biggest away winFoolad 0–3 Persepolis
(18 January 2017)
Sanat Naft 0–3 Esteghlal
(22 January 2017)
Highest scoringPaykan 4–3 Esteghlal Khuzestan
(15 February 2017)
Longest winning run6 matches
Persepolis
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Persepolis
Tractor Sazi
Longest winless run19 matches
Machine Sazi
Longest losing run9 matches
Machine Sazi
Highest attendance80,000[1]
PersepolisPadideh
(19 April 2017)
Lowest attendance0 (spectator ban)
Esteghlal – Naft Tehran[2]
(25 July 2016)
Est. Khuzestan – Siah Jamegan[3]
(24 November 2016)
Est. Khuzestan – Foolad[4]
(9 December 2016)
Tractor Sazi – Sanat Naft[5]
(17 January 2017)
Esteghlal – Est. Khuzestan[6]
(17 January 2017)
Sanat Naft – Naft Tehran[7]
(3 February 2017)
Sanat Naft – Paykan[8]
(3 March 2017)
Total attendance1,884,144
Average attendance8,086

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team City Venue Capacity
Esteghlal Tehran Azadi 78,116
Esteghlal Khuzestan Ahvaz Ghadir 38,900
Foolad Ahvaz Ghadir 38,900
Gostaresh Tabriz Bonyan Diesel 12,000
Machine Sazi Tabriz Yadegar-e Emam 66,833
Naft Tehran Tehran Takhti Tehran 30,122
Padideh Mashhad Samen 35,000
Paykan Tehran Shahr-e Qods 25,000
Persepolis Tehran Azadi 78,116
Saba Qom Qom Yadegar-e Emam 10,610
Saipa Tehran Shahid Dastgerdi 8,250
Sanat Naft Abadan Takhti Abadan 8,000
Sepahan Isfahan Naghsh-e-Jahan 75,000
Siah Jamegan Mashhad Samen 35,000
Tractor Sazi Tabriz Yadegar-e Emam 66,833
Zob Ahan Isfahan Foolad Shahr 15,000

Number of teams by regionEdit

Region Number of teams Teams
1 Tehran 5 Esteghlal, Persepolis, Naft Tehran, Paykan, Saipa
2 East Azerbaijan 3 Tractor Sazi, Machine Sazi, Gostaresh
2 Khuzestan 3 Esteghlal Khuzestan, Foolad, Sanat Naft
4 Khorasan 2 Mashhad, Padideh
4 Isfahan 2 Sepahan, Zob Ahan
6 Qom 1 Saba Qom

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
Esteghlal   Alireza Mansourian   Mehdi Rahmati   Li-Ning
Est. Khuzestan   Sirous Pourmousavi   Mohammad Tayyebi   Start
Foolad   Naeim Saadavi   Mehrdad Jamaati   Uhlsport
Gostaresh   Faraz Kamalvand   Morteza Asadi   Merooj
Machine Sazi   Farhad Kazemi   Andranik Teymourian   Merooj
Naft Tehran   Ali Daei   Alireza Ezzati   Legea
Padideh   Mohammad Reza Mohajeri   Reza Nasehi   Yousef Jame
Paykan   Majid Jalali   Rahman Ahmadi   Yousef Jame
Persepolis   Branko Ivanković   Jalal Hosseini   Joma
Saba Qom   Samad Marfavi   Reza Enayati   Merooj
Sanat Naft   Firouz Karimi   Hassan Houri   Merooj
Saipa   Hossein Faraki   Ebrahim Sadeghi   Givova
Sepahan   Zlatko Kranjčar   Ehsan Hajsafi   Uhlsport
Siah Jamegan   Akbar Misaghian   Meysam Hosseini   Merooj
Tractor Sazi   Amir Ghalenoei   Mehdi Kiani   Fitcom
Zob Ahan   Mojtaba Hosseini   Mehdi Rajabzadeh   Merooj

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Naft Tehran   Alireza Mansourian Contract expired 15 May 2016 Pre-season   Ali Daei 5 July 2016
Foolad   Dragan Skočić 16 May 2016   Naeim Saadavi 25 May 2016
Esteghlal Khuzestan   Abdollah Veisi Mutual contest 23 May 2016   Sirous Pourmousavi 25 May 2016
Esteghlal   Parviz Mazloumi Sacked 1 June 2016   Alireza Mansourian 1 June 2016
Saba Qom   Ali Daei Signed by Naft Tehran 3 July 2016   Samad Marfavi 3 July 2016
Zob Ahan   Yahya Golmohammadi Resigned 24 September 2016 14th   Mojtaba Hosseini 24 September 2016
Siah Jamegan   Farhad Kazemi 27 October 2016 13th   Khodadad Azizi 28 October 2016
Machine Sazi   Rasoul Khatibi 8 December 2016 16th   Farhad Kazemi 11 December 2016
Sanat Naft   Nader Dastneshan Sacked 5 January 2017 11th   Firouz Karimi 5 January 2017
Siah Jamegan   Khodadad Azizi Resigned 25 February 2017 15th   Akbar Misaghian 25 February 2017
Sepahan   Abdollah Veisi Sacked 16 March 2017 7th   Zlatko Kranjčar 17 March 2017

Foreign playersEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Persepolis (C) 30 20 6 4 46 14 +32 66 Qualification for the 2018 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Esteghlal 30 16 9 5 45 27 +18 57
3 Tractor Sazi 30 15 11 4 38 24 +14 56
4 Zob Ahan 30 12 10 8 39 31 +8 46 Qualification for the 2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round
5 Sepahan 30 12 9 9 38 34 +4 45
6 Paykan 30 12 8 10 39 38 +1 44
7 Est. Khuzestan 30 10 11 9 36 34 +2 41
8 Gostaresh 30 7 17 6 26 24 +2 38
9 Naft Tehran 30 8 12 10 31 34 −3 36
10 Foolad 30 7 14 9 30 32 −2 35
11 Padideh 30 8 10 12 28 36 −8 34
12 Sanat Naft 30 8 9 13 24 34 −10 33
13 Saipa 30 7 11 12 20 30 −10 32
14 Siah Jamegan 30 6 12 12 24 35 −11 30
15 Saba Qom (R) 30 6 10 14 22 33 −11 28 Relegation to the 2017–18 Azadegan League
16 Machine Sazi (R) 30 3 7 20 18 45 −27 16
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2017. Source: IPL Stats, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.[9]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away EST ESK FOL GOS MST NAF PAD PAY PRS SAB SAP SNA SEP SJA TRK ZOB
Esteghlal 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1
Est. Khuzestan 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1
Foolad 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 4–2 1–0 1–2 0–3 2–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–2
Gostaresh 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 0–0
Machine Sazi 0–3 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 0–0 3–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–2
Naft Tehran 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
Padideh 1–2 0–0 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1
Paykan 1–1 4–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–2
Persepolis 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–3
Saba Qom 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–1
Saipa 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Sanat Naft 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–3
Sepahan 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 4–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–1
Siah Jamegan 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1
Tractor Sazi 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 3–0 4–1
Zob Ahan 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2017. Source: PersianLeague Stats
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Persepolis331112211121111111111111111111
Esteghlal712151514151075565777564433333222322
Tractor Sazi573221122212222222222222333233
Zob Ahan13127689141011854333333344444444454
Sepahan156246349667108887455691087555545
Paykan9814141314847448666456657678667666
Est. Khuzestan5198981158101191011101110101086866898777
Gostaresh91013131516161210131312129897777579991010998
Naft Tehran7156534333333444898898555786889
Foolad13121616161012899965556899101091010111111121010
Padideh3311111112131515118111112121212121313131211111079101111
Sanat Naft9105345564710791011101111111212131313121212111212
Saipa1515877791314141515131414141413121111111212131313131313
Siah Jamegan121095661113121213141313131314141415151515151515151514
Saba Qom981212121371412151414151515151515151514141414141414141415
Machine Sazi234101011151616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Leader and 2018 AFC Champions League Group stage
2018 AFC Champions League Group stage
2018 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2017–18 Azadegan League
Source: FIFA.com (in English)

Clubs season-progressEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
PersepolisWDWWDDWWDWDWWLWWWWWWLWWWLWWWDL
EsteghlalDLLDDDWWWDDWLWDWLWWWWWDWWDWLWW
Tractor SaziDDWWDWWDDWWDWLWWDWDLWWDDDLWWLW
Zob AhanLDWDDLLWLWWWWWDWDWDLLLLDDDWWDW
SepahanLWWLDWLLWDDLWWDDWDDLLLWDWDWWWL
PaykanDDLDDDWWDWDLWWWDLLLWLWLLWLLWWW
Est. KhuzestanDWLDDDLWDLDWLLWLWDDWWLWLDLDWDW
GostareshDDLDLDDWDLDWDWWDWLDDWDLDDDLDDW
Naft TehranDLWDWDWLWDWLDWLLLDDDWWLDDLDDLL
FooladLDLDDWDWDDDWWWLDLLDLWDDDLDDLWL
PadidehWDLDDLDLDWWDLLDDDDLLLWWWWWLLLL
Sanat NaftDDWWLDDLWLLWLLLWDLDDLLWLWDDWLL
SaipaLDWDDDLDLDLLWLDLDWWWLDDLLWDLLW
Siah JameganWDLDWDLLLDDLLWLLDLDDLLDDDWDLWW
Saba QomDDDLDDWLDLLLLLLLWDLWWDDDLWLLWL
Machine SaziWDDLDLLLLLLLLLDDLDDLWLLWLLLLLL
Source: IranProLeague Stats
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Season statisticsEdit

Top GoalscorersEdit

 
Mehdi Taremi
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Mehdi Taremi Persepolis 18
2   Sasan Ansari Foolad 16
3   Godwin Mensha Paykan 15
4   Mohammad Ghazi Naft Tehran 12
5   Hassan Beyt Saeed Esteghlal Khuzestan 10
  Luciano Pereira Gostaresh Foolad
  Morteza Tabrizi Zob Ahan
8   Mehdi Rajabzadeh 9
9   Masoud Hassanzadeh Sepahan 8
  Jerry Bengtson Zob Ahan

Last updated: 4 May 2017
Source: Soccerway.com
Source: PersianLeague.com

Hat-tricksEdit

Player Club Against Result Date
  Mehdi Rajabzadeh Zob Ahan Sanat Naft 3–0 (A) 25 November 2016
  Sasan Ansari Foolad Naft Tehran 4–2 (H) 1 December 2016
  Morteza Tabrizi Zob Ahan Paykan 3–0 (H) 2 December 2016

Top AssistantsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists
1   Kaveh Rezaei Esteghlal 9
2   Iman Mobali Naft Tehran 8
  Ehsan Hajsafi Sepahan
4   Mohsen Mosalman Persepolis 7
5   Dariush Shojaeian Gostaresh Foulad 6
  Ali Alipour Persepolis
  Soroush Rafiei
  Mohammad Ebrahimi Tractor Sazi
  Mohammad Iranpourian
10   Omid Ebrahimi Esteghlal 5
  Mehdi Momeni Esteghlal Khuzestan
  Hassan Beyt Saeed
  Payam Sadeghian Mashine Sazi
  Hassan Jafari Padideh
  Vahid Amiri Persepolis
  Ayoub Kalantari Saipa

Last updated: 4 May 2017
Source: Varzesh3.com
Source: Iplstats.com

Clean SheetsEdit

Rank Player Club Clean Sheets
1   Alireza Beiranvand Persepolis 17
2   Mohammadreza Akhbari Tractor Sazi 11
  Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri Zob Ahan
4   Fernando de Jesus Gostaresh Foulad 8
5   Mehdi Rahmati Esteghlal 7
  Hamed Lak Saipa
7   Vahid Talebloo Foolad 6
  Rahman Ahmadi Paykan

Last Update: 4 May 2017
Source: varzesh3.com

Hat-tricksEdit

Player Club Against Result Date
  Mehdi Rajabzadeh Zob Ahan Sanat Naft 3–0 25 November 2016
  Sasan Ansari Foolad Naft Tehran 4–2 1 December 2016
  Morteza Tabrizi Zob Ahan Paykan 3–0 2 December 2016

Last updated: 4 May 2017
Source: Varzesh3.com

AttendancesEdit

Average home attendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Persepolis 841,000 80,000 9,500 48,567 +3.3%
2 Esteghlal 360,000 77,000 0 27,692 −8.3%
3 Tractor Sazi 150,700 45,000 0 10,764 +21.3%
4 Sepahan 127,350 38,000 700 8,490 +182.1%
5 Sanat Naft 72,400 10,000 0 5,569 +53.5%
6 Foolad 81,430 31,000 300 5,429 +33.7%
7 Siah Jamegan 350 100 150 4,157 −2.7%
8 Est. Khuzestan 47,120 30,000 0 3,625 −28.9%
9 Padideh 787 000 150 3,386 −13.0%
10 Saipa 36,501 16,500 100 2,433 −59.6%
11 Paykan 33,727 8,750 100 2,248 +505.9%
12 Zob Ahan 32,550 12,500 250 2,170 +3.8%
13 Saba Qom 32,800 13,000 120 2,187 −5.9%
14 Naft Tehran 31,222 17,000 50 2,081 +30.6%
15 Machine Sazi 20,935 9,500 30 1,396 −60.1%
16 Gostaresh 15,272 4,810 25 1,018 −56.5%
League total 1,884,144 80,000 0 8,086 +0.5%

Updated to games played on 4 May 2017
Source: Iranleague.ir
Notes:
Matches with spectator bans are not included in average attendances
Machine Sazi, Paykan and Sanat Naft played last season in Azadegan League

Attendances by roundEdit

Team/Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Average
Esteghlal NC A 55,000 A 15,000 A 35,000 A 25,000 A 10,000 A 55,000 6,000 A A NC A 7,000 A 77,000 A 10,500 A 25,000 A 15,000 A A 25,000 27,692
Esteghlal Khuzestan A 10,000 A 500 A A 300 A 30,000 A NC A NC A 300 1,300 A 1,500 A 500 1,000 A 300 A 1,000 A 300 A 120 A 3,625
Foolad 2,000 A 2,000 A 300 300 A 980 A 25,000 A 4,000 A 5,800 A A 31,000 A 1,300 A A 1,100 A 3,500 A 3,000 A 800 A 350 5,429
Gostaresh 1,200 A 4,050 A 526 A 300 110 A 3,500 A 150 A 50 A A 200 A 120 A 100 A A 100 A 4,810 A 31 A 25 1,018
Machine Sazi A 2,050 A 5,000 A 700 A 315 A 300 A A 250 A 260 1,300 A 200 A 450 A 100 A 330 A 150 9,500 A 30 A 1,396
Naft Tehran A 322 200 A 1,000 A 400 A 300 A 50 A 200 A 3,700 7,000 A A 200 A 150 A 17,000 A 300 A 250 A 150 A 2,081
Padideh A 3,100 A A 800 A 600 A 1,000 A 150 A 19,000 A 617 850 A 270 500 A 250 A 1,200 A 1,200 A 6,250 A 14,000 A 3,386
Paykan A 100 A 8,360 A 500 A 3,000 A A 8,750 A 700 A 1,232 750 A 4,200 A 873 A 975 A 1,000 1,500 A 850 A 937 A 2,248
Persepolis A 50,000 A 50,000 A 75,000 A 16,000 A 65,000 A 25,000 A A 43,000 50,000 A 30,000 A 78,000 A 67,000 A 45,000 A 45,000 A 80,000 9,500 A 48,567
Saba Qom 400 A 300 A 200 A 150 A 200 120 A 7,000 A 250 A A 180 A 13,000 A 1,000 A 1,000 A A 7,000 A 1,500 A 1,500 2,187
Saipa 16,500 A A 220 A 400 A 2,300 A 455 A 1,000 A 173 A A 473 100 A 1,000 A 400 A 12,000 A 300 A 680 A 500 2,433
Sanat Naft A 4,000 A 8,000 A 8,000 A A 5,000 A 5,500 A 4,500 A 4,000 2,050 A 10,000 A NC A 1,800 NC A 6,550 A 9,000 A 4,000 A 5,569
Sepahan 2,250 A 3,500 A 1,200 A 11,900 A 700 A 3,000 A 4,000 A 38,000 A 12,000 A 5,000 A 3,500 A 7,000 A 10,000 A 10,000 A 15,300 A 8,490
Siah Jamegan 1,600 A 1,450 2,500 A 1,000 A 15,700 A 1,200 A 630 A 620 A A 1,000 A A 150 A 4,000 A 4,000 A 1,500 A 3,000 A 24,000 4,157
Tractor Sazi 5,000 A 7,200 A 7,000 A 6,900 A 5,000 A 4,500 7,000 A 6,000 A A NC A 13,000 A 6,050 A 25,000 A 4,050 A A 45,000 A 9,000 10,764
Zob Ahan A 600 A 500 A 1,500 A 3,000 A 700 A 300 A 12,500 A 700 A 700 A 250 A 10,000 A 400 A 750 A 300 A 350 2,170
Total 28,950 70,672 73,700 75,080 26,026 87,400 55,550 41,405 67,200 96,275 31,950 45,080 83,650 31,393 91,109 63,950 44,853 46,970 40,120 81,223 89,050 85,375 62,000 66,330 49,600 62,510 51,150 131,311 44,037 60,725 1,884,144
Average 4,136 8,834 9,213 9,385 3,253 10,925 6,944 5,176 8,400 12,034 4,564 5,635 11,950 3,924 11,389 7,994 7,476 5,871 5,015 11,603 11,131 10,672 8,857 8,291 6,200 7,814 6,394 16,414 5,505 7,591 8,086

Notes:
Updated to games played on 4 May 2017. Source: Iranleague.ir
Matches with spectator bans are not included in average attendances
Machine Sazi played their matches against Esteghlal Khuzestan and Gostaresh at Bonyan Dizel
Machine Sazi played their matches against Paykan, Saipa, Sepahan, Tractor Sazi and Zob Ahan at Shahid Bakeri
Saipa played their match against Esteghlal at Azadi
Saipa played their match against Persepolis at Takhti Tehran
Sepahan played their matches against Esteghlal Khuzestan, Padideh, Paykan, Persepolis and Siah Jamegan at Foolad Shahr
Tractor Sazi played their matches against Esteghlal Khuzestan, Foolad, Padideh, Paykan, Persepolis, Saba Qom, Sepahan and Siah Jamegan at Shahid Bakeri

Highest attendancesEdit

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Persepolis 4–0 Padideh 80,000 19 April 2017 (2017-04-19) 28 Azadi
2 Persepolis 3–0 Tractor Sazi 78,000 5 February 2017 (2017-02-05) 20 Azadi
3 Esteghlal 3–2 Persepolis 77,000 12 February 2017 (2017-02-12) 21 Azadi
4 Persepolis 0–0 Esteghlal 75,000 16 September 2016 (2016-09-16) 6 Azadi
5 Persepolis 2–1 Sepahan 67,000 16 February 2017 (2017-02-16) 22 Azadi
6 Persepolis 1–0 Sanat Naft 65,000 28 October 2016 (2016-10-28) 10 Azadi
7 Esteghlal 1–2 Sanat Naft 55,000 5 August 2016 (2016-08-05) 3 Azadi
7 Esteghlal 1–2 Tractor Sazi 55,000 9 December 2016 (2016-12-09) 13 Azadi
9 Persepolis 1–1 Foolad 50,000 1 August 2016 (2016-08-01) 2 Azadi
9 Persepolis 1–0 Saba Qom 50,000 11 August 2016 (2016-08-11) 4 Azadi

Notes:
Updated to games played on 4 May 2017. Source: Iranleague.ir

See alsoEdit

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