Farhad Kazemi

Farhad Kazemi (Persian: فرهاد کاظمی‎; born 2 July 1959 in Tehran) is an Iranian football manager.

Farhad Kazemi
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Kazemi in 2015
Personal information
Full name Farhad Kazemi
Date of birth (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Baadraan (manager)
Youth career
1979–1982 Ekbatan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Ekbatan
1985–1986 Bootan
1986–1989 Pas
1989–1990 Rah Ahan
Teams managed
1995–1996 Bahman
1997–1998 Esteghlal Rasht
1999–2000 Bahman
2000 Pas
2001–2002 Aboomoslem Khorasan
2002–2005 Sepahan
2006 Paykan
2006–2007 Saba Battery Tehran
2007 Mes Kerman
2007–2008 Steel Azin Tehran
2008–2009 Sepahan
2009 Aboomoslem Khorasan
2010 Gostaresh
2010–2011 Kaveh Tehran
2011–2012 Paykan
2012–2013 Zob Ahan
2013–2014 Paykan
2015 Rah Ahan Tehran
2015–2016 Siah Jamegan Mashhad
2016–2017 Machine Sazi
2018–2019 Sorkhpooshan Pakdasht
2019– Baadraan Tehran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

With many professional clubs in his résumé, Kazemi has established himself as one of the top coaches in a country which has many enthusiastic football lovers – Iran.

Farhad Kazemi was very successful in coaching Sepahan F.C. during the 2002–03 season to make the Isfahan based club, the first non-Tehran team to win an Iranian league. He was presented with the Best Manager of the Iran Pro League award The Persian Gulf Cup after the 2002-03 season and is the all-time best Manager of the Azadegan League managing to successfully gain the most promotions and championships.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Farhad Kazemi was born on 2 July 1959 in Tehran. He is a former player, who now works as a coach in Iranian football. He started his athletic career by participating in the sport of wrestling at the age of 13, and bowed out after 3 years. Later, he had an approach towards football, he also tried participating in various sports at high school; sports such as volleyball, wrestling and most importantly football.[2]

Playing careerEdit

He started playing for the youth team of Ekbatan, then played for Bootan and Akam, under the supervisions of Madad Noei, Parviz Abootaleb and Hossein Farzami respectively. Then, he played for Kian football club, under the supervision of Akbar Khoshkbari. Later, he moved to Pas to play for them for 3 years under the supervision of Mehdi Monajati. He moved to Rah Ahan in 1989 and played for club until 1990.

Coaching careerEdit

Farhad Kazemi has coached many clubs in Iran. Most of which have been in the Premier division. He managed to have a very successful spell at Sepahan from 2002 to 2005, this success gained him a lot of recognition.

Temporary Suspension from coaching in The IPLEdit

A set of regulations were published by The Iran Pro League (IPL) Organisation stating some laws that players and coaches needed to perform by, otherwise they would consequently be suspended from activities in the league.

The so-called “Manshoor Akhalghi” was very much criticised by the people, criticising the charter itself as well as the people who took the biased decisions. It had been a very controversial matter in Iranian media, and many arguments erupted in Iranian football.

The Iran Pro League Organisation accused Farhad Kazemi of being a “Manshoori” and was put on the suspension list, stopping him from having any activities in the Pro League. He joined Aboomoslem Mashhad F.C. in November 2009 but the organisation did not give him the permit to sit on the bench as they mentioned the fact that he is on the suspension list, providing no evidence to prove their accusations.[3]

Subsequently Farhad Kazemi joined and coached Gostaresh Foolad F.C. who played in a lower division, the Azadegan League, he managed to take them to the final of the Hazfi Cup (FA Cup) after beating many teams like Zob Ahan F.C., only to lose to Tehran giants Persepolis F.C. in the final.

After many debates, it was agreed that Farhad Kazemi’s name would be taken off the suspension list; otherwise the complaints from Farhad Kazemi would be taken further, and into courts.



Notable recordEdit

In 2002-2005 and 2008-2009 as the coach of Sepahan, he faced Esteghlal 11 times in different competitions. Out of those 11 matches, he could get 8 wins, 2 draw and only 1 loss.

Therefore, he became the record-holder in the history of Rivalries between Esteghlal and Sepahan.


  1. ^ "Success with Sepahan". Farhad Kazemi.
  2. ^ "Biography". Farhad Kazemi. Archived from the original on 2010-07-13.
  3. ^ "Farhad Kazemi's name has been taken off the biased 'suspension list'". Farhad Kazemi. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ali Parvin
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
Succeeded by
Majid Jalali