Ali Samereh (Persian: علی سامره‎; born November 23, 1977) is an Iranian football coach and former player. He played for Iranian clubs Fajr Sepasi, Esteghlal and Mes Kerman, for Italian side Perugia, and for UAE clubs Al-Shaab and Ajman. He usually played as a striker.

Ali Samereh
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Personal information
Full name Ali Samereh
Date of birth (1977-11-23) November 23, 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth Rafsanjan, Iran
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Shahr Khodro(Assistant coach)
Youth career
1993–1996 Mes Rafsanjan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Shahrdari Kerman 33 (3)
1999–2000 Fajr Sepasi 14 (9)
2000–2005 Esteghlal 103 (32)
2001–2002Perugia Calcio (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2008 Al-Shaab 78 (55)
2008–2009 Ajman Club 16 (4)
2009–2010 Mes Kerman 20 (5)
2010–2011 Pas Hamedan 10 (0)
2011–2012 Mes Sarcheshmeh 21 (3)
2012–2014 Mes Rafsanjan 28 (5)
National team
2002-2007 Iran 25 (2)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Kian Bakhtiari Zagros
2017–2018 Mes Rafsanjan
2020– Shahr Khodro(Assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Samereh began his career at Iranian Premier League outfit F.C. Fajr Sepasi and soon showed what he is capable of, this earned him a move to the Iranian giants Esteghlal F.C.. He continued his first-rate performance with Esteghlal F.C. and was instrumental in the glory of the club. They took the opportunity and sent him on loan to Perugia Calcio, a Serie A Italian club for a fee of £166,000.[1] Samereh's success with Perugia Calcio was very limited due to only two handfuls of appearances with the club and he soon returned to Esteghlal FC.

In 2005, he moved to the UAE to play for Al-Shaab. During the first season, Ali Samereh scored 17 goals for the club in the UAE League, becoming the league's third top goalscorer in the 2005/06 season.[2] He continued his impressive performances for his club, scoring another 17 goals in the 2006/07 league season and becoming the second top scorer.[3]

Samereh, UAE League's top goal scorer extended his contract at Al-Shaab for another year in a $700,000 contract.[4]

He moved back to Iran in May 2009 and sign one-year contract with Mes Kerman, He scored important goals for Mes at 2010 AFC Champions League.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 19 May 2019
Club Division Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fajr Sepasi Azadegan League 1999–00 9
Esteghlal 2000–01 13
Perugia Serie A 2001–02 6 0 1 0 7 0
Esteghlal Persian Gulf Pro League 2002–03 6
2003–04 7
2004–05 12 6
Total 19
Al-Shaab UAE Pro-League 2004–05 9
2005–06 17
2006–07 17
2007–08 12
Total 55
Ajman Club UAE Pro-League 2008–09 4
Mes Kerman Persian Gulf Pro League 2009–10 20 5 7 3
Pas Hamedan 2010–11 10 0
Mes Sarcheshmeh 2011–12 21 3
Mes Rafsanjan Azadegan League 2012–13 23 5
2013–14 5 0
Total 28 5
Career total 116

International careerEdit

He was called up for the national team in 2002, and made several appearances, however he could not repeat his goal scoring feat at the national level. After a period away from football due to injury, Samereh soon bounced back and continued his scoring for Esteghlal F.C. in the 2003/04 season and was recalled to the Iran national football team.

He was a couple of years away from Team Melli despite his goalscoring record in the UAE League. In January 2007 he was once again called up to the national team for a friendly tournament in the UAE, where he has been playing for Al-Shaab since 2005, though he did not join the squad.

In January 2008 he once again joined the Iranian squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, appearing for Iran in a warm-up friendly match against Qatar. With Vahid Hashemian not participating in the third stage of the qualification, Samereh was expected to play an important role in this campaign.

Afhsin Ghotbi recalled the striker for the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign against South Korea.

Managerial careerEdit

Samereh was manager of Mes Rafsanjan until his dismissal in September 2018.[5]


  1. ^ "Perugia Net Iranian Inzaghi". Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-07.
  2. ^ "UAE League Division 1: 2005/2006 Goal Scorers". Retrieved 2006-11-20.
  3. ^ "UAE League Division 1: 2006/2007 Goal Scorers". Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  4. ^ "Samereh extends Al-Shaab contract". Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  5. ^ "برکناری سامره از سرمربیگری مس رفسنجان". 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.

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