Aluminium Arak F.C.

Aluminium Arak Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال ایرالکو اراک‎, Bashgah-e Futbal-e Aluminium Arak), commonly known as Aluminium Arak, is an Iranian football club based in Arak, Markazi, that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The club was founded as PAS Arak Football Club in 2001. The club is part of Aluminium Arak Sport and Cultural Club.

Aluminium Arak
ایرالکو اراک
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Full nameAluminium Arak Football Club
Founded2001; 20 years ago (2001) as PAS Arak Football Club
GroundImam Khomeini
Capacity15,000
OwnerIRALCO
ChairmanSaeed Abbasi
Head CoachRasoul Khatibi
LeaguePersian Gulf Pro League
2020–21Persian Gulf Pro League, 11th
WebsiteClub website

The football team plays their home games at the Imam Khomeini Stadium which has a seating capacity of 15,000. The club is owned and supported by the IRALCO (Iranian Aluminium Company).

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

The club was founded as PAS Arak Football Club in 2001. They played their first year in Azadegan League and were relegated at the end of the season.

Sanaye ArakEdit

In 2002 the club changed their name to Sanaye Arak Football Club. Although they did not participate in 2002–03 Iran 2nd Division they were able to play next season in Azadegan League. Sanaye Arak played six years in Azadegan League. Prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, Sanaye Arak moved from their old stadium to the new Imam Khomeini Stadium, which the club shares today with Shahrdari Arak. In 2008 Sanaye Arak was bought by the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO).

Difficult yearsEdit

Due to financial problems, Sanaye Arak was bought by the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) in 2008. They changed the name to Aluminium Arak Football Club. They finished fourth in that season. Only one year later Aluminium Arak terminated their sports activities due to financial problems.

After Aluminium Arak terminated their sports activities, Shensa took over the club. The club was known as Shensa Arak Football Club in 2009–10 Azadegan League. They finished 11th in that season.

Only one year later again, Hamyari Arak took over Shensa and named the club Hamyari Arak Football Club. They finished 11th in the 2010–11 Azadegan League season.

Shahrdari ArakEdit

In 2011 Municipality of Arak took over the club and named it Shahrdari Arak Football Club. After relegated at the end of the 2012–13 Azadegan League season, Shahrdari Arak finished 13th in 2013–14 Iran 2nd Division. Although the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) bought the club again in 2014, Shahrdari Arak were able to play in the 2015–16 League 3 season as an own club.

Aluminium ArakEdit

In summer 2014 the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) bought the club again. They finished first in 2014–15 League 2 and comes back to Azadegan League. They finished ninth in the 2015–16 Azadegan League season.

Aluminum impressed in the 2016–17 Hazfi Cup, as they defeated Persian Gulf Pro League side Paykan 1–0, before losing to five time Persian Gulf Pro League champions Sepahan. They finished the 2016–17 Azadegan League season on place nine.

Name historyEdit

  • PAS Arak Football Club (2001–2002)
  • Sanaye Arak Football Club (2002–2008)
  • Aluminium Arak Football Club (2008–2009)
  • Shensa Arak Football Club (2009–2010)
  • Hamyari Arak Football Club (2010–2011)
  • Shahrdari Arak Football Club (2011–2014)
  • Aluminium Arak Football Club (2014–present)

CrestEdit

StadiumEdit

Aluminium Arak plays their home games at the Imam Khomeini Stadium which has a seating capacity of 15,000. The stadium was opened in 2007 and is owned by the Iran Physical Education Organization. It is also the home venue of local rival Shahrdari Arak.

SeasonsEdit

The table below chronicles the achievements of Aluminium Arak in various competitions since 2001.

Season Division League Position Hazfi Cup Notes
2001–02 2 Azadegan League 9th (Group B) Not qualified Relegated
2002–03 3 League 2 Did not enter Promoted
2003–04 2 Azadegan League 14th
2004–05 2 Azadegan League 7th Quarter-final
2005–06 2 Azadegan League 5th (Group A) Did not enter
2006–07 2 Azadegan League 8th (Group B) Round of 32
2007–08 2 Azadegan League 10th (Group B) Round of 16
2008–09 2 Azadegan League 4th (Group A) 2nd round
2009–10 2 Azadegan League 11th (Group B) 3rd round
2010–11 2 Azadegan League 10th (Group A) 3rd round
2011–12 2 Azadegan League 4th (Group A) Round of 32
2012–13 2 Azadegan League 13th (Group A) Did not enter Relegated
2013–14 3 League 2 13th (Group B) 4th round
2014–15 3 League 2 1st (Group A) Did not enter Promoted
2015–16 2 Azadegan League 9th
2016–17 2 Azadegan League 9th Round of 16
2017–18 2 Azadegan League 13th 2nd Round
2018–19 2 Azadegan League 4th 2nd Round
2019–20 2 Azadegan League 2nd 2nd Round Promoted
2020–21 1 Persian Gulf Pro League 11th Quarter Finals

Notes:
The Persian Gulf Pro League was formerly known as Iran Pro League (IPL) and Persian Gulf Cup (PGC)
The Azadegan League was the highest division between 1991 and 2001
The League 2 was formerly known as Iran 2nd Division
The League 3 was formerly known as Iran 3rd Division

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Runners-up (1): 2019–20
Winners (1): 2014–15

PlayersEdit

First team squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IRN Hossein Pour HamidiU25
3 DF   IRN Vahid Mohammadzadeh
4 DF   IRN Ramtin Soleimanzadeh
7 MF   IRN Abbas Yahya Beigi
8 MF   IRN Amir Nouri
9 MF   IRN Meysam Aghaei
10 FW   IRN Omid Singh
11 FW   IRN Ali Faateh
12 GK   IRN Erfan EsfandiariU23
14 FW   IRN Alireza SadeghiU25
16 FW   IRN Pouria Aria Kia
17 DF   IRN Milad Fakhredini
20 DF   IRN Meysam Majidi (Captain)
21 MF   IRN Mostafa Ahmadi (footballer, born 1988)
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   IRN Mohammad Hossein Naeiji
23 DF   IRN Iman Razani
28 FW   IRN Seyed Mehdi Sajadi
37 FW   IRN Esmaeil Sharifat
40 FW   IRN Ahmad Aljabouri
43 DF   IRN Yazdan YoosefiU23
47 MF   IRN Alireza Naghizadeh
68 DF   IRN Amir Mohammad HoushmandU23
71 MF   IRN Mahmoud Ghaed Rahmati
90 FW   IRN Nima Doroudi U25
GK   IRN Mohammadreza HosseinianU23

CoachesEdit

Coaches since 2002Edit

No. Coach from until
1   Ali Rashidi July 2001 June 2003
2   Nasrollah Abdollahi July 2003 Jan 2004
3   Hossein Kazerani Jan 2004 mar 2004
4   Ali Rashidi mar 2004 June 2004
5   Mansour Pourheidari July 2004 June 2005
6   Hossein Abangah July 2005 dec 2005
7   Mansour Pourheidari dec 2005 June 2007
8   Faraz Kamalvand July 2007 March 2008
9   Naser Ebrahimi March 2008 June 2008
10   Javad Zarincheh July 2008 June 2009
11   Castro Flore September 2009 October 2009
12   Savio Sousa October 2009 Jan 2010
13   Mansour Pourheidari Jan 2010 June 2010
14   Yaghoub Vatani July 2010 June 2011
15   Nader Dastneshan July 2011 June 2012
16   Ali Hanteh July 2012 September 2012
17   Hamid Jafari September 2012 November 2012
18   Abolfazl Ghadamian November 2012 January 2013
19   Ahmad Chahi November 2012 January 2013
20   Farshad Fallahatzadeh January 2013 February 2013
21   Mohammad Navazi February 2013 March 2013
22   Asghar Sharafi March 2013 April 2013
23   Ali Rashidi April 2013 June 2013
23   Ali Nikbakht June 2013 September 2014
24   Mehdi Pashazadeh September 2014 June 2015
25   Gholamreza Delgarm July 2015 January 2016
26   Davoud Mahabadi January 2016 January 2017
27   Mehdi Pashazadeh January 2017 June 2017
28   Hamed Basiri July 2017 July 2018
29   Mohammad Rabiei July 2018 November 2018
30   Faraz Kamalvand November 2018 April 2019
31   Mahmoud Fekri April 2019 December 2019
32   Rasoul Khatibi January 2020

See alsoEdit

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