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Damash Gilanian Football Club[3] (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال داماش گیلانیان‎) is an Iranian football club based in Rasht, Gilan. They compete in the League 2.[4]

Damash Gilanian
Damash Gilanian logo.png
Full nameDamash Gilanian Football Club
Nickname(s)Lilies
Damash of rainy city
Stormy clouds
Ultramarines
Founded14 November 1960; 59 years ago as Taj Rasht
GroundDr. Azodi Stadium
Capacity12,000
OwnerIsmaeil Hajipour[1]
ChairmanMohammadmehdi Altafi[2]
Head CoachSiamak Farahani
LeagueLeague 2
2017–18League 2, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Damash used to have a Volleyball team Damash Gilan VC.

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HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

Abozar Rasht FC was founded in 1975 and in 1983 their name changed to Esteghlal Rasht. In 2002 Esteghlal Rasht was relegated from the Persian Gulf Pro League and Pegah Dairy Company bought the club and renamed it Pegah Football Club. The club was promoted back to the Persian Gulf Pro League in 2003, but were relegated in 2005. Pegah was promoted once more in 2007 before being bought by Damash.

Damash GilanEdit

In October 2008 Arya Investment Company owned by Amir Mansour Arya bought Pegah Guilan sports activities due to financial problems and Damash Iranian chairman Amir Abedini took over their license.

Pro and Azadegan LeagueEdit

 
Jahanbaksh played for Damash

After poor result at the beginning of the 2008–09 Iran Pro League season Hossein Abdi and Stanko Poklepović were replaced with Bijan Zolfagharnasab, but that did not help neither and Damash was relegated to Azadegan League and the club lost many key players to Pro league teams including Afshin Chavoshi, Mohammad Reza Mahdavi and Adriano Alves.

for 2009–10 season Amir Abedini hired Firouz Karimi who was banned to work in Pro league for one season and brought many players that were working with him in the past to the club. In following season Damash made it to the promotion playoffs but they were eliminated in the playoff game against Sanat Naft and missed out on promotion.

For 2010–2011 season damash signed with former key players Afshin Chavoshi, Mohammadreza Mahdavi and also a Slovenian coach Marijan Pušnik but after only 4 weeks and getting poor result with team he was replaced by his assistant and former Pegah Gilan captain Afshin Nazemi. Despite getting good result with team Nazemi once again was replaced by Mehdi Dinvarzadeh. On April 22, 2011 Damash was able to secure its promotion to IPL two weeks before end of the season with Mehdi Dinvarzadeh.

In their first year after promotion, Damash did well, placing 7th in the league. In their second year, Damash struggled at times, failing to make an impact and finished a quiet 11th place. Damash had a disappointing 2013–2014 season, finishing second last, and were relegated to the Azadegan League for the second time in the club's history.

In March 2016, Damash announced that it had stopped all of its activities in the Azadegan League and had transferred the rights of the team to the Gilan Football Organization. The team was promptly renamed Shahre Baran Football Club and was allowed to continue competing in the Azadegan League.

Shahre Baran was relegated to the 2nd Division in 2016 after a poor season in the Azadegan League.

RivalriesEdit

El GilanoEdit

The matches between Malavan Anzali, Damash and Sepidrood F.C. are known as The Derby Of Gilan or El Gilano. This derby is one of Iran's most important and heated derbies. Malavan holds the record for most wins in the derby with 4 over Damash since the start of the Iran Pro League in 2001. Malavan also holds the largest margin of victory as they defeated Damash 3–0 in 2005 and 2013. The derby has a long history of fan violence and fans of Malavan, Damash and Sepidrood have engaged in fights and damaged the stadiums on several occasions. All three teams have been fined by the Iranian FA due to violent behaviour displayed by their fans.

StadiumEdit

Dr. Azodi Stadium has been the home stadium of Damash Guilan since 2008. It holds up to 11,000, but attendances of up to 15,000 and 20,000 have been reported as well.

Shahid Azodi Stadium during one of Damash Guilan's match

SeasonsEdit

For details on seasons, see List of S.C. Damash seasons

Year Division Position Hazfi Cup
2008–09 Iran Pro League 17th Third round
2009–10 Azadegan League 2nd 1/8 Final
2010–11 Azadegan League 1st 1/8 Final
2011–12 Iran Pro League 7th 1/4 Final
2012–13 Iran Pro League 11th 1/2 Final
2013–14 Iran Pro League 15th 1/8 Final
2014–15 Azadegan League 6th Third Round
2015–16 Azadegan League 19th Withdrew
2016–17 League 2 5th Withdrew
2015–16 Azadegan League 19th Withdrew
2017–18 League 2 3rd First Round

First-team squadEdit

Club managersEdit

 
Seasons Manager Nationality
Oct 2008–Nov 08 Bijan Zolfagharnasab  
Nov 2008–Jan 09 Hossein Abdi  
Jan 2009–Apr 09 Stanko Poklepović  
Jul 2009–Jun 10 Firouz Karimi  
Jun 2010–Jul 10 Markar Aghajanian  
Jul 2010–Nov 10 Marijan Pušnik  
Nov 2010–Dec 10 Afshin Nazemi  
Dec 2010–Sep 11 Mehdi Dinvarzadeh  
Sep 2011–Jan 12 Ebrahim Ghasempour  
Jan 2012–May 12 Mehdi Tartar  
 
Seasons Manager Nationality
Jun 2012–Sep 12 Omid Harandi  
Sep 2012–Mar 13 Hamid Derakhshan  
Mar 2013–Jan 14 Afshin Nazemi  
Jan 2014–Sep 14 Ali Nazarmohammadi  
Sep 2014–Mar 15 Omid Harandi  
Aug 2015–Aug 16 Majid Jahanpour  
Aug 2016–Nov 16 Ramiz Mammadov  
Nov 2016–Jun 17 Hadi Tabatabaei  
Jun 2017–18 Vahid Rezaei  
Jun Jun 2018– Siamak Farahani  

RecordsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

# Pos. Name Career League Cup Total
1 Forward Afshin Chavoshi 2008–09
2010–15
40 3 43
2 Midfielder Reza Mahdavi 2008–09
2010–14
2016–
16 3 19
3 Defender Ali Nazifkar 2008–09
2010–14
17 1 18
4 Midfielder Ali Amiri 2009–11 12 3 15
5 Forward Amin Motevaselzadeh 2012–14 13 1 14

Top appearancesEdit

# Pos. Name Career League Cup Total
1 Midfielder Mostafa Hajati 2008–14
2015–
152 7 159
2 Midfielder Reza Mahdavi 2008–09
2010–14
2016–
147 8 155
3 Midfielder Hadi Sohrabi 2008–11
2012–
125 9 134
4 Defender Ali Nazifkar 2008–09
2010–14
121 7 128
5 Forward Afshin Chavoshi 2008–09
2010–15
111 6 117

Last updated: May 16, 2016.
Bolded players are currently on the Damash squad.

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