Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh

Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Navlighi (Persian: علی‌اصغر حسن‌زاده ناولیقی‎; born 2 November 1987) is an Iranian professional futsal player. He is a Left Winger, and currently a member of Giti Pasand in the Iranian Futsal Super League and the Iran national futsal team.[1] Hassanzadeh is regarded as one of the greatest Asian futsal players in history and has been named AFC Futsal Player of the Year four times (2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018) and was a nominee for World Futsal Player of the Year in 2015.[2] He is also the all time top goalscorer of the AFC Futsal Club Championship with 33 goals.

Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh
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Personal information
Full name Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Navlighi
Date of birth (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth Qom, Iran
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Left Winger
Club information
Current team
Giti Pasand
Number 7
Youth career
Hilal Ahmar Qom (football)
2003–2004 Eram Kish Qom
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Eram Kish Qom 102 (97)
2009–2012 Foolad Mahan 84 (48)
2011Al Rayyan (loan) 5 (10)
2012–2013 Saba Qom 24 (28)
2013–2015 Norilsk Nickel 73 (58)
2015–2016 Tasisat Daryaei 32 (36)
2016–2018 Giti Pasand 57 (37)
2018 Mes Sungun 6 (7)
2018–2019 Shenzhen Nanling 37 (48)
2019– Giti Pasand 18 (8)
National team
2004–2007 Iran U23
2005– Iran 297 (334)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 August 2019

Hassanzadeh is sponsored by Spanish brand Joma.[3]

CareerEdit

Eram Kish QomEdit

Born in Qom, Hassanzadeh started out playing for his local club Eram Kish Qom and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2004. In his first season with the club, Eram finished runners–up in the league.

Foolad MahanEdit

In the summer of 2009 Hassanzadeh left Eram and signed with champions Foolad Mahan. In his first season with the club Foolad won the league and the 2010 AFC Futsal Club Championship.

Al Rayyan (loan)Edit

In 2011 Hassanzadeh was loaned out to Qatari side Al Rayyan for the duration of the 2011 AFC Futsal Club Championship, he was the top scorer of the tournament with ten goals and helped Al Rayyan to a fourth-place finish.

Saba QomEdit

In 2012 Hassanzadeh returned Qom and signed with Saba Qom where he won the league in the 2012–13 season and was also named the top scorer of the league for the first time, with 28 goals in 24 games.

Norilsk NickelEdit

In 2013 Hassanzadeh accepted an offer from Russian club MFK Norilsk Nickel becoming one of three Iranian's playing for that club. Hassanzadeh scored 8 goals in 10 games for the club and left only after one season.[4]

Tasisat DaryaeiEdit

He returned to Iran in 2015 and signed with champions Tasisat Daryaei, in his first season he was the leading scorer of the league with 29 goals and also helped the club win the double.

International careerEdit

Hassanzadeh made his debut with the Iran national futsal team in 2005 and won the AFC Futsal Championship for the first time in 2008. Hassanzadeh won the tournament with Iran again in 2010 and 2016 and finished runners up in 2014, he was named the best player in the 2014 and 2016 tournaments. Hassanzadeh has appeared in three World Cups with Iran (2008, 2012, and 2016), the most notable of which was 2016 where Hassanzadeh scored in Iran's historic Round of 16 win against Brazil.

HonoursEdit

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Vahid Shamsaei
AFC Futsal Club Championship Top Scorers
2011 (10 Goals)
Succeeded by
  Ahmad Esmaeilpour
Preceded by
  Ahmad Esmaeilpour
Iranian Futsal Super League top scorer
12-13 (28 Goals) with Ahmad Esmaeilpour
Succeeded by
  Ahmad Esmaeilpour
Preceded by
  Moslem Rostamiha
Iranian Futsal Super League top scorer
15-16 (29 Goals)
Succeeded by
  Mahdi Javid
Preceded by
  Rafael Henmi
AFC Futsal Championship MVP
2014
2016
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Suphawut Thueanklang
Asian Futsaler of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
  Vahid Shamsaei
Preceded by
  Vahid Shamsaei
Asian Futsaler of the Year
2016
2017
2018
Succeeded by
  Tomoki Yoshikawa
Preceded by
  Farhad Tavakoli
AFC Futsal Club Championship MVP
2017
Succeeded by
  Mahdi Javid