Gostaresh Foulad F.C.
Gostaresh Foulad Tabriz Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال گسترش فولاد تبریز) was an Iranian football club based in Tabriz, Iran. The club was founded in 2008. They were promoted to Persian Gulf Pro League in the 2012–13 season. The club was owned by Mohammad Reza Zonuzi, an Iranian businessman and economist and was one of the few privately owned clubs in Iran's premier league. In 2018, the club's ownership was moved to Amir Hossein Alagheband and the club moved to Urmia.
|Full name||Gostaresh Foulad Tabriz Football Club|
|Ground||Bonyan Diesel Stadium|
|League||Persian Gulf Pro League|
|2017–18||Persian Gulf Pro League, 9th|
Gostaresh Foolad also had a futsal team in the senior, under 22's, under 19's, under 17's, and under 15's levels.
Formed in 2008, Gostaresh took over the licence of Niroye Zamini when they ran into financial difficulties. Gostaresh had played the previous season in Iran Football's 3rd Division, placing first overall.
The team reached the finals by securing a 2–0 victory over Persian Gulf Pro League side Zob Ahan The victory sealed Gostaresh a meeting with Asian powerhouse Persepolis in the Hazfi Cup final. Clearly outmatched, Gostaresh lost the home leg 1–0 from a goal by Persepolis forward Sheys Rezaei, who scored in the 12th minute. In the second leg at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, gostaresh lost 3–1 for a total aggregate loss of 4 goals to 1, giving Persepolis the Hazfi Cup.
In the 2011–2012 season Luka Bonacic took over the club's managerial role, at the end of the year Gostaresh was tied for second place and a shot at promotion, but goal difference dropped them to third, and hopes of promotion were destroyed on the final day.
Persian Gulf Pro LeagueEdit
Gostaresh Foolad play in the 2013–14 Iran Pro League season. They lost in the round of 16 of the Hazfi Cup to Azadegan League side Sanat Naft Abadan. In their first year in the league, Gostaresh had a decent season, finishing 10th.
Under Faraz Kamalvand Gostaresh had one of their best ever seasons in the 2015–16 season, finishing in ninth place. In the summer of 2016, Gostaresh signaled their big ambitions to Iranian football with several big purchases. Namely Brazilian goalkeeper Fernando de Jesus from champions Esteghlal Khuzestan and former national team player Mohammadreza Khalatbari. The club finished a best ever 8th place in the 2016–17 season. However shortly after, Faraz Kamalvand resigned and signed with Sanat Naft Abadan.
Bonyan Diesel Stadium is Gostaresh Foolad's main stadium with the capacity of 12,000. The stadium and its complex includes two grass pitches. The club aim's to get an A rating from the Asian Football Confederation regarding their stadium. Starting in the 2014–15 season the club will play its home games at Bonyan Diesel Stadium.
The stadium is expandable and it expanded can host a final capacity of 20,000.
Since the club's establishment in 2008, the teams has worn an all blue home kit with an all white away kit, corresponding with the club's logo. From 2008 to 2014 Gostaresh's kit sponsor was German company Uhlsport who also supplied the Iran national football team and a large number of other Iranian clubs. Starting in the summer of 2014 the club switched to Spanish company Kelme. After only one season with Kelme, Gostaresh once again switched sponsors and chose Iranian based company Merooj.
The table below chronicles the achievements of Gostaresh Foolad F.C. in various competitions since 2009.
|2008–09||3rd Division||1st||Did not qualify||Promoted|
|2011–12||9th||Round of 32|
|2012–13||1st||Did not qualify||Promoted|
|2013–14||Persian Gulf Pro League||10th||Round of 16|
|2014–15||11th||Round of 16|
|2015–16||9th||Round of 16|
Since its establishment Gostaresh has played a number of European friendlies. Their biggest result came on 3 July 2016 after defeating Turkish runners up Fenerbahçe.
Win Draw Loss Postponed
|Hossein Khatibi||Jan 2009 – Mar 2010|
|Farhad Kazemi||Mar 2010 – Dec 2010|
|Luka Bonačić||Dec 15, 2010 – Jun 25, 2011|
|Engin Firat||Jul 1, 2011 – Sep 30, 2011|
|Mohammad Hossein Ziaei||Oct 2011 – Feb 2012|
|Hadi Bargizar||Feb 2012 – Jul 2012|
|Rasoul Khatibi||Jul 1, 2012 – Jan 2, 2014|
|Mehdi Tartar||Jan 2, 2014 – Oct 3, 2014|
|Faraz Kamalvand||Oct 4, 2014 –May 4, 2017|
|Luka Bonačić||May 10, 2017 –Sep 29, 2017|
|Firouz Karimi||Sep 29, 2017 –Jul 1, 2018|
- Runners-up (1): 2009–10
- Winner (1): 2012–13
- Winner (1): 2008–09
- MDS Cup:
- Winners (1): 2016
Asian clubs rankingEdit
- As of 12 February 2017.
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- (in Persian) Official Web Site