Bargh Shiraz F.C.

Bargh Shiraz Football Club (Persian: برق شيراز) is an Iranian football club based in Shiraz, Iran.موسسه فرهنگى ورزشى برق شيراز The club is currently in the Iran Football's 3rd Division after they were relegated from Iran Football's 2nd Division due to financial problems. Its main sponsor is the municipal electrical company.

Bargh Shiraz
برق شیراز
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Full nameBargh Shiraz Football Club
Nickname(s)Orange tulips (Persian: لاله های نارنجی)
Founded15 May 1946; 76 years ago (1946-05-15)
GroundBargh Shiraz Sport Complex
OwnerHadi Shirvani Shiri and Amir Arsalan Homayounfar
ChairmanHadi Shirvani Shiri
Head CoachMehdi Shiri
League3rd Division
2016–173rd Division Group C, 7th
Home Kit colours
Away Kit colours



In 1946, a group of youngsters under the leadership of Ebrahim Nematollahi, who worked in the Cheragh Bargh (lightbulb) factory and loved football, decided to create a football club. The factory sponsored their team, but for the first few years the team always had financial problems. For a brief period the club was sponsored by the city council, but after a couple of years the team's current sponsor, Shiraz Electrical Company, came along.

Bargh Shiraz club is documented as the oldest Iranian football club that is still on the list of FIFA "active clubs" and one of the oldest football clubs in Asia. Esteghlal Tehran club was founded a few months earlier, but its football club was founded four years later than Bargh Shiraz football club.

Fairplay ambassadorEdit

Little if any record of corruption, collusion and darkness is available from 7 decades of activity of this football club, in Iranian leagues that face hundreds of collusion attempts each year; making this club representative of "fairplay" in Iran. In contrast, the club has been victimized by others in Iranian football; some examples over the last 15 years are listed below:

In 2001, Bargh Shiraz team was relegated from the first division to the second division. But for the first time in Iranian football history, the team was kept in the first division by the Iranian Football Federation because 22 points were unfairly taken from the team as a result of what was called "non-fair judgements". The number of teams in the first division was only 12 at that time.

Bargh Shiraz vs. Sepahan Isfahan 2004: In the mentioned match held in Isfahan, five clear offsides occurred in a period of half an hour with judges closing eyes to them. Finally one of them was charged against Sepahan F.C. Details of the misjudgement are available on the TV show 90. (Persian:برنامه نود).

In 2010 Bargh Shiraz could not achieve promotion to the Iran Pro League (Persian Gulf league) because they scored fewer goals than Damash Gilan. Their matches in the last week were required to start simultaneously, but Damash's match started with a delay of 15 minutes. Being aware of Bargh's victory in Arak, Damash managed to score in the last minute of its match and were promoted to the Iran Pro League. In the same year, 22 players of Damash were condemned for doping, but it did not lead to any penalty for the club.


Bargh's success is limited; however, in its own right they emerged as Shiraz's top team, participating in the Takht Jamshid Cup, as well as the Azadegan League and the IPL. The club has struggled at times, and over the years has had spells in the lower divisions. The club's highest honor is winning the Hazfi Cup in 1997. They have always been in the mid-table or avoiding relegation in recent years. The 2007–08 season was their best season, as they challenged strong teams with Mahmoud Yavari as manager and finished 7th in the league. But they were relegated in the 2008–09 season when they changed coaches three times.

Dark yearsEdit

In the 2011–12 Azadegan League season, Bargh experienced a poor season while the organization had a huge conflict over who should take authority over the club (normally, Iranian Ministry of Power and Electricity-Fars). In this year, the club's legal owner organization declined to continue sponsoring the club. Consequently, two volunteer businessmen called Shekari and Abehesht took responsibility for the football team and brought about the darkest year in the club's history ever. The football team was relegated to the second division. In 2012, the new owner of the club (Hosein Farsi) exchanged the legitimacy of the club with another club (Steel Azin F.C.) in the Azadegan League so the club could again participate in this division. In the same year, the futsal team of the club (Bargh Shiraz FSC) was promoted to the first division, winning the second division's cup with an impressive performance during the season.


Shiraz DerbyEdit

The Shiraz derby (Persian: شهرآورد شیراز) is a football derby match between the two biggest clubs of Shiraz: Bargh Shiraz and Fajr Sepasi.


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


Club managersEdit

Current technical staffEdit


The table below chronicles the achievements of Bargh Shiraz in various competitions:

Season Division League Position Hazfi Cup
1975–76 1 Takht Jamshid Cup 14th 1/8 Final
1976–77 1 Takht Jamshid Cup 11th 1/8 Final
1977–78 1 Takht Jamshid Cup 7th Not held
1978–79 1 Takht Jamshid Cup did not finish Not held
1990–91 Not held N/A 1/8 Final
1991–92 2 2nd Division 1st   Not held
1992–93 1 Azadegan League 6th Not held
1993–94 1 Azadegan League 12th 1/8 Final
1994–95 1 Azadegan League 3rd 1/16 Final
1995–96 1 Azadegan League 6th Final
1996–97 1 Azadegan League 8th Cup
1997–98 1 Azadegan League 15th   Not held
1998–99 2 2nd Division 3rd 1/16 Final
1999-00 2 2nd Division 1st   1/16 Final
2000–01 1 Azadegan League 11th 1/8 Final
2001–02 1 Pro League 8th 1/8 Final
2002–03 1 Pro League 10th
2003–04 1 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2004–05 1 Pro League 12th
2005–06 1 Pro League 14th 1/16 Final
2006–07 1 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2007–08 1 Pro League 7th Semifinal
2008–09 1 Pro League 18th   1/8 Final
2009–10 2 Division 1 3rd 1/8 Final
2010–11 2 Division 1 9th 2nd Round
2011–12 2 Division 1 14th 2nd Round
2012–13 2 Division 1 13th   1/16 Final
2013–14 3 Division 2 12th   Third Round
2014–15 4 Division 3 4th (Group B) Did not qualify
2015–16 4 Division 3 4th (Group C) Did not qualify
2016–17 4 Division 3 7th (Group C) Did not qualify
2019–20 *
4 Division 3 TBD Did not qualify
  • As "Bargh 3 Faz Shiraz" in replacement of old defunct team.


Domestic titlesEdit

International titlesEdit

Club chairmenEdit

  Ebrahim Nematollahi
  Jafar Behnam
  Kikavous Bizhan
  Sirous Shirvani
  Hamid Motahed
  Mohammad Hadi Akbari
  Khalil Salehi Karounian
  Gholam Reza Abehesht
  Rasoul Falah

Club managersEdit



  1. ^ The competition is widely regarded as the predecessor of AFC Champions League (held for the first time in 1967), since it was the first organized international competition that involved club teams around Asia, organized by the football authorities of East Pakistan, in collaboration with Asian Football Confederation (AFC).


  1. ^ "Aga Khan Gold Cup (Dhaka, Bangladesh)". Retrieved 4 February 2021.

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