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Habib Kashani (Persian: حبيب کاشانی‎) is an Iranian politician and businessman. He is an outgoing member of City Council of Tehran since 10 April 2003. He was the chairman of famous multisport club Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club based in Tehran, Iran, between 1 June 2007 to 1 June 2008 and for a second term from 1 October 2009 to 20 September 2011. He is also a member of the AFC Committee for Professional Clubs and business manager of Iran national under-23 football team.[1]

Habib Kashani
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Member of City Council of Tehran
In office
29 April 2003 – 22 August 2017
Personal details
Born (1955-03-06) March 6, 1955 (age 64)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyAlliance of Builders of Islamic Iran
Alma materIsfahan University

Early lifeEdit

He was born on 6 March 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He begin teaching in Tehran schools after receiving his B.C. from Isfahan University. He participated in the Iran–Iraq War from 1981 to 1985. When he returned to Tehran, he continue his teaching career. He was a sports teacher.

Sports careerEdit

He became chairman of the club on 1 June 2007. He contracted with Afshin Ghotbi in the 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup and with Ghotbi became Champion of that year's league. He resigned from his post one year later and continued his career in City Council. When Abbas Ansarifard resigned his position in September 2009, Kashani was re-Selected as chairman of the club and in December 2009, he was contracted with Ali Daei but was unsuccessful in the league. They won the 2009–10 Hazfi Cup. Kashani has been a board member of the Football Federation of Iran since August 3, 2010.[2] After triumphing another Hazfi Cup with Ali Daei in next season, Daei left the club due to conflicts between Kashani and him, which were unfolded in a highly disputed debate at Navad.[3] He signed a contract with the choice of "Technical Committee", Hamid Estili as new head coach of Persepolis on 21 June 2011.

Some fans believed that the Technical Committee was a show from Kashani to pull over Daei, and select his "beloved friend" Estili.[4] In the opening match of the season against Malavan, which ended 1–1 after the weak performance of Persepolis and late tying goal by Hossein Badamaki, fans started screaming the name of Ali Daei since 60th minute, showing their displeasure.[5] protests continued in next matches by Booing Estili and Kashani, and slogans wanting them to leave the club.[6][7][8][9] In a poll by Navad on August 15, 2011, 51% believed that the way Estili was chosen is the main reason of protests. Other reasons included weak performance by players (36%) and impatient fans (%13).[10] Kashani resigned as chairman of Persepolis on 20 September 2011.[11]


Rank Player From Year
1.   Mohsen Khalili   Saipa 2007
2.   Mohammad Nosrati   Pas Tehran 2007
3.   Hossein Kaebi   Emirates 2007
5.   Rahman Ahmadi   Sepahan 2010
6.   Alireza Noormohammadi   Rah Ahan 2010
7.   Maziar Zare   Al-Sharjah 2010
8.   Mohammad Nouri   Saba 2010
9.   Amir Hossein Feshangchi   Saba 2010
10.   Gholamreza Rezaei   Foolad 2010
11.   Hervé Oussalé   RAEC Mons 2010
12.   Sékou Berthé   Plymouth Argyle 2010
13.   Vahid Hashemian   VfL Bochum 2010
14.   Ali Karimi   Schalke 04 2011
15.   Mohammad Nosrati   Tractor Sazi 2011
16.   Misagh Memarzadeh   Foolad 2011
17.   Mehrdad Oladi   Malavan 2011
18.   Reza Hamzepour   Youth System 2011
19.   Mamadou Tall   União Leiria 2011
20.   Javad Kazemian   Sepahan 2011

Political careerEdit

He was elected as Member of City Council of Tehran in local election of 2003 and assumed office on 10 April 2003. He is a supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then, he was reelected in 2006 and 2013 and currently is the longest-serving member of the council along with Mehdi Chamran.


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Business positions
Preceded by
Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard
Persepolis chairman
Succeeded by
Dariush Mostafavi
Preceded by
Abbas Ansarifard
Persepolis chairman
Succeeded by
Mohammad Rouyanian