Andranik Teymourian

Andranik Timotian-Samarani,[1] commonly known as Andranik "Ando" Teymourian (Armenian: Անդրանիկ Թէյմուրեան; Persian: آندرانيک تیموریان, romanizedÂndrânik Teymuryân, born 6 March 1983) is an Iranian retired professional footballer who usually played as a defensive midfielder, but could also play as a wide midfielder. He is notably the first Christian to captain the Iran national team.[2][3]

Andranik Teymourian
Andranik Teymourian 2014.jpg
Teymourian in 2014
Personal information
Full name Andranik Timotian-Samarani[1]
Date of birth (1983-03-06) 6 March 1983 (age 39)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1998–2000 Ararat Tehran
2000–2002 Esteghlal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Oghab
2004–2006 Aboumoslem 44 (3)
2006–2008 Bolton Wanderers 20 (2)
2008–2010 Fulham 10 (0)
2009Barnsley (loan) 11 (0)
2010–2011 Tractor 21 (1)
2011–2012 Esteghlal 20 (1)
2012–2013 Al-Kharitiyath 20 (0)
2013–2015 Esteghlal 36 (1)
2015 Tractor 13 (3)
2015–2016 Umm Salal 14 (0)
2016 Saipa 4 (0)
2016–2017 Machine Sazi 11 (0)
2017 Naft Tehran 10 (0)
2017–2018 Gostaresh Foulad 20 (0)
Total 245 (11)
National team
2005 Iran B 6 (0)
2005–2016 Iran 101 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

From 2006 to the end of 2010, he played for three clubs in England, including Bolton and Fulham in the Premier League and Barnsley in the Football League Championship.

Teymourian played his first match for Iran in 2005, and has featured in their squads for the 2006 and 2014 World Cups, and also the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Asian Cups.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Andranik was born in Tehran, Iran to ethnic Armenian parents. He started with Oghab F.C. in Iran's Azadegan League, and continued his professional career playing for F.C. Aboomoslem in the Iranian Premier League. In the 2005–06 season, Andranik made 26 appearances for F.C. Aboomoslem and scored one goal.

Bolton WanderersEdit

In late August 2006 he signed a two-year deal with FA Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, for an undisclosed fee, after being granted a work permit.[4] He scored his first two goals for Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round in a 4–0 win over Doncaster Rovers on 6 January 2007, in only his third appearance.[5] Andranik then went on to make his full Premier League debut against Fulham on 11 February 2007.[citation needed] His first two league goals came during a man-of-the-match performance against local rivals Wigan Athletic on 7 April 2007.[6][7]

FulhamEdit

On 12 June 2008, Andranik signed a two-year contract with Fulham after moving on a free transfer.[8] He made his Fulham debut against Arsenal, in which he helped secure a 1–0 victory.[9] On 2 February 2009, he went on loan to Barnsley of the Football League Championship until the end of the season.[10] He later stated that he wanted to stay with Fulham for the 2009–10 season. On 1 July 2010, Fulham announced that Andranik had been released from his contract with Fulham.[11]

In July 2010, Teymourian was named in Blackburn Rovers' team to face Southport FC in a pre-season friendly.[12]

On 22 July 2010, Teymourian began talks with Sheffield United after turning down a tour with Blackburn Rovers across Australia. Blades coach Gary Speed was believed to have recommended Teymourian to Blades boss Kevin Blackwell as Speed and Teymourian played together at Bolton Wanderers.[13] Teymourian began talks with Blackburn Rovers about a deal to stay with the Premier League club possibly on a short-term deal.[14] The move broke down as he was denied a work permit.

TractorEdit

On 19 September 2010, Teymourian returned to Iran to join the Tabriz-based club Tractor, the move marked the end of his career in England.[15][16]

EsteghlalEdit

 
Teymourian playing for Esteghlal in Tehran derby

It was confirmed in mid-July 2011 that Teymourian had signed a contract with Tehran and IPL club Esteghlal. He made his debut for club against Sepahan. On 9 November 2011, he was named as one of the ten finalists for the Asian Player of the Year.[17] He won the Hazfi Cup in his first season.

Al KharaitiyatEdit

Teymourian signed a one-year deal with Qatari side Al Kharaitiyat SC worth $1.8 million. After his contract ended on 1 July 2013, he left the club.

Return to EsteghlalEdit

On 18 July 2013, Teymourian returned to Esteghlal after signing a three-year contract with the club.[18][19] He made his debut in a 2–1 loss to Sepahan. He scored a 40-yard goal in a match against Buriram United which Esteghlal won 2–1.[20] Teymourian suffered a broken arm and was out of play for a month. He returned to the fields at the league's two final matches which Esteghlal finished the season at fifth place and missed next years' Champions League.

On 2 August 2014, Teymourian was named the 2013–14 season's best player on the annual awards ceremony of the season.[21]

Return to TractorEdit

On 27 December 2014, Teymourian joined Tractor again with an 18–month contract.[22] He scored a free-kick on his debut in a match against Saba Qom.

Umm SalalEdit

On 13 July 2015, Teymourian signed with Qatari side Umm Salal.[23] He left the club halfway through the season in January 2016 after a disagreement with the head coach, Bülent Uygun, and with only 14 appearances.[24]

SaipaEdit

On 19 January 2016, Teymourian signed a six-month deal with Saipa, having previously been linked with Tehran-based club Esteghlal and Thailand's Buriram United.[25][26] Injury caused him to only play four matches for the club before leaving in July 2016.

Machine SaziEdit

In July 2016 Teymourian returned to Tabriz and signed a one–year contract with newly promoted Persian Gulf Pro League club Machine Sazi.

International careerEdit

 
Teymourian became the first Christian captain of the Iranian national team in 2015.
 
Teymourian playing for Iran against Lionel Messi and Argentina in 2014 World Cup

Teymourian played for Iran national teams at the youth level, before being selected to take part with the senior side. He was a member of the national team during the 2006 World Cup. Pictures of an emotionally and physically drained Teymourian at the end of Iran's last game of the 2006 World Cup have begun to take the shape of Iranian football's most notable photograph from the event. Teymourian dropped to the grass and began sobbing while trainers attended to him. He has started to be recognized as a national hero in Iran because of the passion he showed for his country in the 2006 World Cup. He played in the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups, as well as the WAFF Championships. The midfielder cemented his spot as a starter next to Javad Nekounam, leading Iran to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

On 18 May 2014, Teymourian captained Iran in the match against Belarus, making him the first Christian to captain the Iranian national team.[2][3] On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[27] He played the full 90 minutes in all three group stage matches, becoming the most capped Iran player at the World Cup with six matches alongside Mehdi Mahdavikia. He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz.[28] He provided three assists in the tournament.

Prior to the start of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Teymourian was appointed as the new captain for Iran after Javad Nekounam's retirement. He is notably the first Christian to captain the Iranian national team.

Teymourian won his 100th cap for the national team in a 1–0 win over Uzbekistan.

Personal lifeEdit

Andranik's elder brother Serjik Teymourian, was also a football player and played for 1. FSV Mainz 05 as a defensive midfielder and was his agent before his death in August 2020.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aboomoslem 2004–05 Pro League 18 2 5 0 23 2
2005–06 26 1 0 0 26 1
Total 44 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 49 3
Bolton 2006–07 Premier League 17 2 2 2 2 0 21 4
2007–08 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 8 0
Total 20 2 2 2 2 0 5 0 29 4
Fulham 2008–09 Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Barnsley (loan) 2008–09 Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Tractor 2010–11 Pro League 21 1 1 0 22 1
Esteghlal 2011–12 Pro League 20 1 2 0 3 0 25 1
Al Kharaitiyat 2012–13 Qatar Stars League 20 0 1 1 21 1
Esteghlal 2013–14 Pro League 22 1 4 0 5 1 31 2
2014–15 14 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
Total 36 1 7 0 0 0 5 1 48 2
Tractor 2014–15 Pro League 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
Umm Salal 2015–16 Qatar Stars League 14 0 0 0 14 0
Saipa 2016 Pro League 4 0 0 0 4 0
Mashine Sazi 2016–17 Pro League 11 0 0 0 11 0
Naft Tehran 2016–17 Pro League 10 0 0 0 10 0
Gostaresh Foulad 2017–18 Pro League 20 0 0 0 20 0
Career total 245 11 18 3 3 0 13 1 266 15

InternationalEdit

 
Andranik Teymourian in Iran national football team training in 2016
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Iran 2005 3 0
2006 14 1
2007 6 1
2008 8 0
2009 11 2
2010 11 2
2011 11 2
2012 5 0
2013 7 0
2014 7 0
2015 14 1
2016 4 0
Total 101 9
Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Teymourian goal.
List of international goals scored by Andranik Teymourian[29]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 February 2006 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran   Chinese Taipei 1–0 4–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2 18 July 2007 Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Malaysia 2–0 2–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup
3 12 August 2009 Asim Ferhatovic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–2 3–2 Friendly
4 18 November 2009 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran   Macedonia 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5 3 September 2010 Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium, Zhengzhou, China   China PR 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6 28 September 2010 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan   Oman 2–2 2–2 2010 West Asian Football Federation Championship
7 2 September 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran   Indonesia 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
8 11 October 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran   Bahrain 4–0 6–0 2014 World Cup qualification
9 8 September 2015 Sree Kanteerawa Stadium, Bangalore, India   India 2–0 3–0 2018 World Cup qualification and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

Esteghlal

Naft Tehran

Individual

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Iran national football team captain
2015–2016
Succeeded by