Esteghlal Rasht F.C.

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Esteghlal Shahrdari Rasht Football Club (Persian: استقلال رشت‎) commonly known as Esteghlal Rasht, is a football club, based in Rasht, Gilan, Iran. The club was founded in 1983. First dissolved in 2002, the club was refounded later. The club plays currently in the Gilan Province League.

Esteghlal Rasht
Full nameEsteghlal Shahrdari Rasht Football Club
Nickname(s)The Blues (آبی‌ پوشان)
GroundDr. Azodi Stadium
OwnerMunicipality of Rasht
LeagueGilan Province League
WebsiteClub website



The club was known as Esteghlal Gaz Rasht in 1992–93 Iran Football's 2nd Division due to sponsorship. After playing many years in Iran Football's 2nd Division, they were promoted to Azadegan League in 2000. They finished 10th in 2000–01 season. But only one year later they were relegated again. They finished 13th in that season.


Due to financial problems and relegation, Esteghlal Rasht sold their licence to Pegah Dairy Company. The new club was named as Pegah Gilan. Many players and their coach Majid Jahanpour moved to Pegah Gilan. On 5 August 2002, Esteghlal Rasht was officially dissolvedand it is known as Damashguilan sc


However Esteghlal Rasht was refounded years later and able to play in Gilan Province League.[1]


Dr. Azodi Stadium

Dr. Azodi Stadium is the home stadium of Esteghlal Rasht since 1990. It has a current capacity of 11,000 spectators. The stadium is named after Dr. Hassan Azodi who was killed on June 28, 1982, in an explosion at the central office of the Islamic Republican Party.[2] It is also the home venue of local rivals Damash and Sepidrood.


The table below chronicles the achievements of Esteghlal Rasht in various competitions since 1990.

Season Div. League Position Hazfi Cup Notes
1990–91 2 2nd Division 2nd/Group 1 Promoted to Azadegan League
1991–92 1 Azadegan League 11th Relegated to 2nd Division
1992–93 2 2nd Division 8th Esteghlal Gaz Rasht
1995–96 2 2nd Division 7th/Group 1
1997–98 2 2nd Division 1st/Group 2 Promoted 2nd Round
1998–99 2 2nd Division 2nd/Group 2 Promoted 2nd Round
1999–00[3] 2 2nd Division 2nd/Group 1 Promoted to Azadegan League
2000–01[4] 1 Azadegan League 10th
2001–02[5] 1 Pro League 13th Relegated to Azadegan League

Club managersEdit


  1. ^ "هیات فوتبال استان گیلان - برنامه مسابقات هفته اول تا هفتم ليگ برتر فوتبال ( جام گيل )". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2016-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Lahsen, Roberto; Niqui, Milad; Sepehri, Sina (16 October 2014). "Iran 1999/2000". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  4. ^ Sepehri, Sina; Niqui, Milad (16 October 2014). "Iran 2000/01". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ Niqui, Milad (28 March 2006). "Iran 2001/02". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 2 April 2015.