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Gholamreza Rezaei (Persian: غلامرضا رضایی‎, born 6 August 1984 in Shiraz, Iran) is an Iranian Football player who played for Sepidrood as a forward in the Iran Pro League.

Gholamreza Rezaei
Gholamreza Rezaei in Hadi Norouzi's memorial match.jpg
Gholamreza Rezaei in Hadi Norouzi's memorial match
Personal information
Full name Gholamreza Rezaei
Date of birth (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Shiraz, Iran
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger / Striker
Youth career
1998–2000 Vali Asr Shiraz Academy
2000–2004 Bargh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Fajr Sepasi 75 (11)
2007–2009 Saba Battery 59 (12)
2009–2010 Foolad 17 (7)
2010–2013 Persepolis 54 (10)
2013–2014 Foolad 14 (0)
2014–2015 Naft Tehran 25 (5)
2015–2017 Saipa 54 (8)
2017–2018 Sepidrood 4 (0)
National team
2008–2013 Iran 50 (11)
2010 Iran Olympic (Wild Card) 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 January 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 August 2013

Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

He started his career in Fajr Sepasi in his hometown, Shiraz, where he was introduced to Iranian Football, after showing his talent in Fajr, he was bought Saba Battery. At the end of 2007–2008 season, Persepolis showed interest in him, Rezaei himself stated that he would like to join Persepolis despite being contracted for another year. But, he remained in Saba because the clubs officials rejected the move. He had an average season as he was benched at sometimes and was busy with a number of matches for Team Melli. He moved to Emirates in summer 2009. After an unsuccessful half-season at the UAE he moved back to the IPL joining Foolad.

PersepolisEdit

For the 2010–11 season, he joined Persepolis re-uniting with his former manager at the Team Melli, Ali Daei. He made an immediate impact and scored in three of his first four games, all of them being goals which would be the game deciders. He extended his contract with Persepolis for two years, keeping him in the team till 2014.[1]

On 30 December 2012, he scored the fastest goal in the history of Iran Pro League (the record was broken by Mohammad Reza Khalatbari on 10 December 2014) and also the fastest in 2012 in a 2–0 win against his former team, Fajr Sepasi at Hafezieh Stadium. He was mostly used as the substitute in 2012–13 season. On 4 November 2013, Rezaei announced that will be left Persepolis in January 2014. He signed a contract with Foolad on 17 November 2013.[2]

FooladEdit

In his first year with Foolad he made 14 league appearances, failing to score. His first goal with the club came on 16 April 2014 in a AFC Champions League match against El Jaish of Qatar. Foolad won that match and advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Naft TehranEdit

 
Gholamreza Rezaei with Naft Tehran in 2015.

Rezaei joined Naft Tehran on 1 July 2014, after he signed a two-year contract with the club on 23 June 2014.

Club career statisticsEdit

As of 20 May 2015
Club Division Season League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fajr Pro League 2004–05 27 4 27 4
2005–06 24 5 24 5
2006–07 24 2 24 0
Saba 2007–08 32 7 2 0 34 7
2008–09 26 5 0 0 4 0 30 5
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
Emirates UAE League 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
Foolad Pro League 2009–10 17 7 1 0 18 7
Persepolis 2010–11 23 5 1 0 2 0 26 5
2011–12 28 2 2 0 6 2 36 4
2012–13 24 3 5 1 29 4
201314 9 0 0 0 9 0
Foolad 14 0 2 0 7 3 22 3
Naft Tehran 2014–15 12 5 3 0 8 2 23 7
Saipa 2015-16
Career Totals 255 45 16 1 27 7 300 53
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
05–06 Fajr 3
06–07 2
07–08 Saba 5
08–09 3
09–10 Foolad 2
10–11 Persepolis 6
11–12 7
12–13 5
13–14 0
13–14 Foolad 2
14–15 Naft Tehran 0

International careerEdit

Rezaei made his debut for the Iran national football team on May 25, 2008 in a friendly match with Zambia that ended 3-2.

In this match, Rezaei scored the second goal for Iran. A cross by Hajsafi found Rezaei on the far post, and Rezaei's slightly deflected shot found its way into the net. In World Cup 2010 Qualifying Rezaei scored twice for his country against Syria and Kuwait. He was called and played for Team Melli in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification and also 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification. He won the 2008 WAFF and ended the campaign in quarterfinal at 2011 Asian Cup.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 May 2008 Azadi Stadium, Tehran   Zambia 2–0 3–2 International Match
2 14 June 2008 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus   Syria 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 22 June 2008 Azadi Stadium, Tehran   Kuwait 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 7 August 2008 Takhti Stadium, Tehran   Palestine 2–0 3–0 2008 WAFF
5 13 August 2008 Takhti Stadium, Tehran   Syria 2–0 2–0 2008 WAFF
6 9 November 2008 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha   Qatar 1–0 1–0 International Match
7 14 January 2009 Azadi Stadium, Tehran   Singapore 3–0 6–0 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
8 6 January 2010 Former National Stadium, Singapore, Kallang   Singapore 3–1 3–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
9 11 January 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan   Iraq 1–1 2–1 2011 Asian Cup
10 11 October 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran   Bahrain 6–0 6–0 2014 WCQ
11 15 November 2011 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta   Indonesia 3–0 4–1 2014 WCQ

HonoursEdit

Persepolis
Foolad

ReferencesEdit

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