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.
|Full name||Ali Samereh|
|Date of birth||November 23, 1977|
|Place of birth||Rafsanjan, Iran|
|2001–2002||→ Perugia Calcio (loan)||6||(0)|
|2016–2017||Kian Bakhtiari Zagros|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2012|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2008
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. 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. He continued his impressive performances for his club, scoring another 17 goals in the 2006/07 league season and becoming the second top scorer.
- As of 19 May 2019
|Fajr Sepasi||Azadegan League||1999–00||9||–|
|Esteghlal||Persian Gulf Pro League||2002–03||6|
|Ajman Club||UAE Pro-League||2008–09||4||–|
|Mes Kerman||Persian Gulf Pro League||2009–10||20||5||7||3|
|Mes Rafsanjan||Azadegan League||2012–13||23||5||–|
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.
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- "برکناری سامره از سرمربیگری مس رفسنجان". varzesh3.com. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.