Fajr Sepasi Shiraz F.C.

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Fajr Shahid Sepasi Shiraz Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال فجر شهید سپاسی شیراز‎), commonly known as Fajr Sepasi Shiraz, or Fajr Sepasi, is an Iranian football club based in Shiraz, Fars, that competes in the Azadegan League. The club was founded in 1988.

Fajr
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Full nameFajr Shahid Sepasi Shiraz Football Club
Founded11 February 1988; 32 years ago (1988-02-11)
GroundPars Shiraz Stadium
Capacity50,000
OwnerBasij
ChairmanJafar Jafari
Head CoachDavoud Mahabadi
LeagueAzadegan League
2019–20Azadegan League, 10th
WebsiteClub website

The football team plays their home games at the Hafezieh Stadium which has a seating capacity of 15,000. The club is owned and supported by the Basij.

The club is the second highest supported team in Shiraz after local rival Bargh Shiraz and was known as Moghavemat Shahid Sepasi Shiraz Football Club between 2007 and 2011. Because of the club's affiliation with the Basij, there is the possibility for young players to serve their military service while playing for Fajr Sepasi.

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

In 1988, a group of youngsters, who were from Shiraz along with Jafar Jafari, established a football team named Behzad. They started playing in the 2nd division of Shiraz's local city league. After the death of Majid Sepasi during the Iran–Iraq War, the team was renamed in Fajr Shahid Sepasi Shiraz Football Club. Shahid means martyr in Persian. The club was officially founded on 11 February 1988, the day of the Islamic Revolution. In 1991 the club had been bought by Sepah Pasdaran completely. Since then it is possibly for young players to serve their military service while playing for Fajr Sepasi.

1990sEdit

In 1995 they became champions of Fars province, and in 1996 were promoted to the Azadegan League. The club has remained in the highest level of Iranian football since then, and surprised everyone when they won the Hazfi Cup in 2001.

TakeoverEdit

 
Moghavemat Shahid Sepasi emblem (2007–2011)

In December 2006 Sepah Pasdaran sold its shares in sport to Basij, therefore all Fajr teams were renamed to Moghavemat teams. Fajr Sepasi are now officially known as Moghavemat Shahid Sepasi Shiraz, although the name is not in common use yet.[1] Jafar Jafari is the club's chairman since the establishment of the club in 1988.

They kept the coach Gholam Hossein Peyrovani till 2009 where he was appointed as Iran's olympics team head coach and had to leave the club so Peyrovani left the club after 10 years being in charge and he was finished his last season in mid table and was replaced by Davoud Mahabadi and after poor results he was replaced by Mohammad Ahmadzadeh and got relegated in the first season without Peyrovani.

In 2010 for the first time in the club's history, the team was relegated to the Azadegan League for the 2010–2011 season. Fajr quickly rebounded gaining promotion to the Iran Pro League in 2011.

Azadegan LeagueEdit

At the end of the 2013–14 season Fajr Sepasi finished 14th and was relegated to the Azadegan League. In their first season back in the second tier Fajr finished 14th and missed out on promotion.

Shiraz DerbyEdit

Main articles: Shiraz Derby

The Shiraz Derby is played between Fajr Sepasi and Bargh Shiraz, but due to Bargh's relegation to the Azadegan League and then the 2nd Division, the derby has not been played in over 5 years.

Season-by-seasonEdit

The table below chronicles the achievements of Fajr Sepasi in various competitions since 1995.

Season Division League Position Hazfi Cup Notes AFC Champions League
1995–96 3 Fars Province League 1st Did not qualify Promoted Did not qualify
1996–97 2 2nd Division 1st 1/16 Final Promoted
1997–98 1 Azadegan League 4th Not held
1998–99 1 10th 1/16 Final
1999–00 1 3rd 1/8 Final
2000–01 1 9th Cup
2001–02 1 Iran Pro League 10th Final First Round
2002–03 1 4th Final Did not qualify
2003–04 1 11th 1/8 Final
2004–05 1 11th 1/16 Final
2005–06 1 10th 1/8 Final
2006–07 1 10th 1/16 Final
2007–08 1 14th 1/8 Final
2008–09 1 9th 1/16 Final
2009–10 1 16th 1/16 Final Relegated
2010–11 2 Azadegan League 2nd 1/32 Final Promoted
2011–12 1 Iran Pro League 13th 1/8 Final
2012–13 1 12th 1/4 Final
2013–14 1 14th 1/16 Final Relegated
2014–15 2 Azadegan League 5th 1/8 Final
2015–16 2 4th Did not enter
2016–17 2 14th Round of 64
2017–18 2 4th Round of 16
2018–19 2 9th Round of 64
2019–20 2

HonorsEdit

Winners (1): 2001
Runners-Up (2): 2002, 2003
Winners (1): 1997
Runners-Up (1): 2001

PlayersEdit

As of July 23, 2018[2]

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 Saleh Khalilazad
3 DF   IRN Akbar Bakhtiari
5 DF   IRN Javad Nasir
6 MF   IRN Hossein Bahrami
7 MF   IRN Milad Safaei (captain)
8 MF   IRN Ahmad Nasiri
9 FW   IRN Rasoul Baharvand
11 FW   IRN Sadegh Rezaei
13 MF   IRN Hamid Joukar
16 FW   IRN Milad Gharibi
21 FW   IRN Mohammad Amin Hajizadeh
22 GK   IRN Behnam Maghsoudi
27 DF   IRN Ali Daghagheleh
28 MF   IRN Ali Akbar Heydarnia
36 FW   IRN Hossein Karimzadeh
59 MF   IRN Ali Dehghan
No. Pos. Nation Player
68 MF   IRN Amir Zoleykani
70 MF   IRN Abbas Bouazar (on loan from Esteghlal Khuzestan)
73 FW   IRN Behrouz Houshmand
77 FW   IRN Bahram Ahmadi
80 GK   IRN Saeid Jalali Rad
88 MF   IRN Esmaeil Babaei
96 MF   IRN Amir Asadzadeh
97 FW   IRN Hamid Nouri
99 DF   IRN Sajjad Khogar
DF   IRN Amir Shabani
DF   IRN Sajjad Danaye Baghaki
MF   IRN Rahim Aloubakhsh
MF   IRN Ali Marzban
MF   IRN Pouria Pourali
MF   IRN Hamed Asadpour
FW   IRN Hamid Reza Emadi
FW   IRN Milad Ahmadi
FW   IRN Farzan Dana
FW   IRN Reza Aghababaei
MF   IRN Ehsan Alvanzadeh (on loan from Machine Sazi)

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2015.

Former playersEdit

For details on former players, see Category:Fajr Sepasi players.

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Basij buy out Sepah". IRNA. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  2. ^ "فجر سپاسی". Ffiri.ir. Archived from the original on 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2013-11-10.

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