Gostaresh Foulad F.C.

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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.

Gostaresh Foulad
گسترش فولاد
Full nameGostaresh Foulad Tabriz Football Club
GroundBonyan Diesel Stadium
LeaguePersian Gulf Pro League
2017–18Persian Gulf Pro League, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

Azadegan LeagueEdit

While providing limited results in the club's inaugural season in the Azadegan League, Gostaresh found success in the Hazfi Cup.

The team reached the finals by securing a 2–0 victory over Persian Gulf Pro League side Zob Ahan[1] The victory sealed Gostaresh a meeting with Asian powerhouse Persepolis in the Hazfi Cup final.[1] Clearly outmatched, Gostaresh lost the home leg 1–0 from a goal by Persepolis forward Sheys Rezaei, who scored in the 12th minute.[2] 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.[3]

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.

The 2012–2013 season saw the introduction of Rasoul Khatibi, his tactics seemed to work and Gostaresh easily clinched automatic promotion to the Iran Pro League

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.

After a bad start to the 2014–15 season Mehdi Tartar was fired as head coach of the club and replaced by Faraz Kamalvand who saved Gostaresh from relegation, finishing in 11th place.

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.


Gostaresh Foulad in 2015.

The table below chronicles the achievements of Gostaresh Foolad F.C. in various competitions since 2009.

Season League Position Hazfi Cup Notes
2008–09 3rd Division 1st Did not qualify Promoted
2009–10 Azadegan League 8th Final
2010–11 3rd 3rd Round
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
2016–17 8th Quarterfinals
2017–18 9th Quarterfinals

+International FriendliesEdit

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.

Date Round Home Score Away Location

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

13 January 2016 (2016-01-13)   Hannover 96 2–0 Gostaresh Foolad Turkey
7 July 2016 (2016-07-07) Gostaresh Foolad 0–0   Voluntari Turkey

Head coachesEdit

Manager Years
  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
Fair play Team of the Year: 2014–15[6]

Unofficial titlesEdit

  • MDS Cup:
    • Winners (1): 2016

Asian clubs rankingEdit

As of 12 February 2017.[7]
Current Rank Country Team
81   Gostaresh Foulad
82   Gwangju FC
83   Vegalta Sendai
84   Persib Bandung
85   Adelaide United

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Iran: Gostaresh Stun Zob Ahan To Earn Dream Final Against Persepolis". Goal.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  2. ^ "Persepolis reaching for Hazfi Cup title [VIDEO". PersianLeague.com. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  3. ^ "Persepolis wins cup elimination final [VIDEO". PersianLeague.com. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  4. ^ "Futbol ve Spor Haberleri | Maç Özetleri | Canlı Maç Sonuçları".
  5. ^ http://www.varzesh3.com/news/1338396/%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C-%D9%BE%D8%B1-%DA%AF%D9%84-%DA%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D9%81%D9%86%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%BA%DA%86%D9%87
  6. ^ "تیم «ف-ک» تیم اخلاق لیگ شد!". 25 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase.

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