Ferydoon Zandi (born 26 April 1979) is an Iranian retired professional footballer.
|Full name||Fereydon Zandi|
|Date of birth||26 April 1979|
|Place of birth||Emden, West Germany|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2000–2001||SC Freiburg II||25||(7)|
|2004–2006||1. FC Kaiserslautern||45||(6)|
|2020–2022||Dynamo Dresden (assistant)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Zandi was born in the city of Emden, in northern Germany, to an Iranian father and a German mother. He speaks German and Persian. He started playing football at an early age when his talent shone through his playing for a number of youth clubs in and near his hometown.
Zandi was called up for the Germany under-17 national football team and played for SV Meppen before being signed by SC Freiburg. There, he failed to establish himself as a starter and was traded to the 2. Bundesliga club VfB Lübeck. After struggling again initially, Zandi broke through and established himself as one of the most dangerous and versatile attackers of the league. He regularly was one of the top scorers and assist givers.
After enjoying two successful seasons in Lübeck, he was signed by 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2004 and given the number 10.
In the 2005–06 season, in which 1. FCK fell to the end of the table, he lost his position as a starting playmaker, was benched for a longer period of time, and had periods when he failed to be nominated as a bench player at all. Trainer Wolfgang Wolf refused to play him in the second half of the season, and after the relegation of the club, Zandi was confirmed to be cut from the squad. Also, Amir Ghalenoei, the new manager of Iran national team, did not invite Ferydoon to the Iranian squad for the AFC Asian Cup qualification games.
In September 2006, he signed a one-year contract with 2. Bundesliga club TuS Koblenz, which he left in January 2007 due to the limited number of appearance he made.
On 18 January 2008, he joined Olympiakos Nicosia.
On 24 March 2009, Zandi signed Alki Larnaca for a one-year contract where he became the top scorer.
Zandi joined the Iranian side Steel Azin in 2009 and stayed there for two seasons. After the relegation of Steel Azin he left the club and in August 2011 he joined to Esteghlal but he started season with an injury. On 22 October 2011, he made his debut for Esteghlal and made an assist against Zob Ahan Esfahan F.C. He won the Hazfi Cup in his first season.
Having been released by Esteghlal on 29 September 2012 Zandi joined the Qatari side Al Ahli. On 5 November 2015, he announced his retirement.
Raised in Germany, Zandi did not initially have the permission to play for his ancestral Iran as he did not have Iranian citizenship. However, the Iranian Football Federation obtained permission for him to play for them, and Zandi began to compete on the Iran national team in the second round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification against Bahrain. After the qualifications he did not compete again on the team until being invited again for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
He was recalled to the national squad in March 2007 for a friendly against Qatar, included in the Asian Cup squad, and was featured for Iran in the friendly match against Mexico in June 2007. On 15 July 2007, Zandi scored from a free kick for Iran in their 2–2 draw versus China in the Asian Cup.
Zandi also played for Iran in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification where after the departure of Ali Daei he was not invited for around a year and was invited again by Afshin Ghotbi for a couple of performances but was dropped again. He was invited again after around 18 months by Carlos Queiroz for a friendly in May 2012 against Albania where before the match On 28 May 2012, Zandi announced his retirement from International football.
After signing as assistant coach of 2. Bundesliga club Dynamo Dresden in 2020, he was named head coach in March 2022 after Alexander Schmidt was sacked, but was replaced just two days later without managing a match.
In 2005, Zandi was victim of a heavy traffic accident on a highway. When another car swerved to the left directly in front of him, Zandi had to evade and crashed into a lorry of the US Army. The lorry took heavy damage, and Zandi's car was utterly wrecked. Zandi made it out with minor injuries only.
|SC Freiburg II||2000–01||Oberliga||19||7||0||0||–||19||7|
|VfB Lübeck||2002–03||2. Bundesliga||25||6||1||0||–||26||6|||
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||2004–05||Bundesliga||26||6||2||3||–||28||9|||
|TuS Koblenz||2006–07||2. Bundesliga||8||0||0||0||–||8||0|||
|Apollon Limassol||2006–07||Cypriot First Division||10||2||–||10||2|||
|Olympiakos Nicosia||2007–08||Cypriot First Division||10||4||–||10||4|||
|Alki Larnaca||2008–09||Cypriot First Division||23||12||–||23||12|||
|Steel Azin||2009–10||Persian Gulf Pro League||19||1||1||0||–||20||1|
|Esteghlal||2011–12||Persian Gulf Pro League||21||4||4||0||8||1||33||5|
|Al Ahli||2012–13||Second Division||0||0||0||0||–||0||0|
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Zandi goal.
|1||28 May 2005||Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran||Azerbaijan||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|2||15 July 2007||Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||China||1–2||2–2||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|3||7 June 2008||Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||31 August 2009||Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain||Bahrain||1–2||2–4||Friendly|
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