Persian Gulf Pro League

The Persian Gulf Pro League (Persian: لیگ برتر خلیج فارس, Lig-e Bartar-e Xalij-e Fârs), formerly known as the Iran Pro League (Persian: لیگ برتر ایران, Lig-e bartar-e Irân), is the highest division of professional football in Iran. It is the top-level football league in Iran since its foundation on 2 November 2001. Each year, its top team becomes the Iranian football champion, and the two lowest finishers are relegated to Azadegan League.

Persian Gulf Pro League
لیگ برتر خلیج فارس
crest
Founded
  • August 1970; 52 years ago (1970-08)
  • 2 November 2001; 20 years ago (2 November 2001) (current format)
CountryIran
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toAzadegan League
Domestic cup(s)Hazfi Cup
Iranian Super Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
Current championsEsteghlal (9th title)
(2021–22)
Most championshipsPersepolis (14 titles)
Most appearancesJalal Hosseini (494)
Top goalscorerReza Enayati (149 goals)
TV partnersIraqiya Sports
Websitepersianleague.com
Current: 2022–23 Persian Gulf Pro League

Since 2013, the league comprises 16 teams. The winner and runner-up of the Persian Gulf Pro League along with the Hazfi Cup champion are automatically qualified for the AFC Champions League group stages. The third of the Persian Gulf Pro League is qualified for the AFC Champions League Play-off round. The bottom two teams in the league are relegated to Azadegan League. In the past, the format and number of teams were changed for various times. Persepolis is the most successful club with seven titles.

HistoryEdit

To the turn of the millennium the Iranian Football Federation decided to create a new professional football league. In 2001, the Iran Pro League was founded as the new top-level football league in Iran.[1] With the foundation of the Iran Pro League also professional football was finally established in Iran. After the Iran Pro League was established as the professional football league of Iran, Azadegan League was declared as the second-highest league in the Iranian football league system.[1] The Iran Pro League comprised 14 clubs until the 2003–04 season.

Persian Gulf Pro League champions
Season Champions Runners-up
2001–02 Persepolis Esteghlal Tehran
2002–03 Sepahan PAS Tehran
2003–04 PAS Tehran Esteghlal Tehran
2004–05 Foolad Zob Ahan
2005–06 Esteghlal Tehran PAS Tehran
2006–07 Saipa Esteghlal Ahvaz
2007–08 Persepolis Sepahan
2008–09 Esteghlal Tehran Zob Ahan
2009–10 Sepahan Zob Ahan
2010–11 Sepahan Esteghlal Tehran
2011–12 Sepahan Tractor
2012–13 Esteghlal Tehran Tractor
2013–14 Foolad Persepolis
2014–15 Sepahan Tractor
2015–16 Esteghlal Khuzestan Persepolis
2016–17 Persepolis Esteghlal Tehran
2017–18 Persepolis Zob Ahan
2018–19 Persepolis Sepahan
2019–20 Persepolis Esteghlal Tehran
2020–21 Persepolis Sepahan
2021–22 Esteghlal Tehran Persepolis

The first winner of the Iran Pro League was Persepolis, who beat archrival Esteghlal Tehran by one point on the final match day. Esteghlal Tehran was the leading team after 25 matchdays, but they lost their last match away against Malavan 0–1, while Persepolis could beat Fajr Sepasi with the same score at home. Esteghlal Rasht and East Azerbaijan's famous club Tractor had been relegated to the Azadegan League. Tractor took eight years to return to Iran's highest division. The first top goal scorer of the Iran Pro League was Reza Enayati of Aboomoslem with 17 goals. The next season was won by Sepahan, the most supported team of Isfahan. Sepahan was the first Iranian football champion based outside of the capital Tehran. At the end of the season three traditional teams were relegated to Azadegan League: Aboomoslem, Malavan and Sanat Naft Abadan.

The runner-up of the 2002–03 season, PAS Tehran, became the Iranian football champion of the 2003–04 Iran Pro League. It was the last Iranian championship for PAS Tehran as one of the most successful Iranian football clubs of all time. PAS Tehran's professional football team was dissolved in 2007. Ali Daei, who returned to Persepolis, became the top goal scorer with 16 goals. The 2003–04 season was the last edition of the league with 14 teams.

In 2004, the number of teams were increased from 14 to 16 teams. Foolad of Ahvaz became the first champion from Khuzestan Province after winning the 2004–05 Iran Pro League six points ahead of Zob Ahan. Reza Enayati of Esteghlal Tehran became the league's top goal scorer for the second time in his career after scoring 20 goals in 24 matches. He repeated his success with 21 goals in the 2005–06 Iran Pro League when Esteghlal Tehran celebrated their first championship since 2001. They defeated Bargh Shiraz in front of over 100,000 fans at Azadi 4–1 and won the league one point ahead of PAS Tehran. Shamoushak Noshahr and Shahid Ghandi (today known as Tarbiat Yazd) relegated to Azadegan League.

Persian Gulf CupEdit

On 12 August 2006, the Iranian Football Federation decided to give the league another name.[2] Since then, the league had been primarily known in Iran as Persian Gulf Cup (PGC). The Football Federation decided this to promote the Persian naming. The name of the Persian Gulf has been disputed by some Arab countries since the 1960s due to political and ethnic differences between Iran and Arab countries. The football Federation decided also to change the logo of the league. The final logo was selected from over 130 designs and unveiled on 14 November 2006.[3] Under the leadership of Iranian football legend Ali Daei, Saipa won the 2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup two points ahead of Esteghlal Ahvaz. Until 2007 six different teams won the league title successively. For the first time in history a foreign player became the league's top goal scorer. Nigerian striker Daniel Olerum scored 17 goals in 27 matches for Aboomoslem. The winner of only two seasons before, Foolad, had to relegated to Azadegan League.

 
Persepolis players celebrating winning 2017–18 season

Before the start of the 2007–08 season the number of teams were increased from 16 to 18 teams. The professional football team of PAS Tehran was also dissolved before the start of the season. Instead of PAS Tehran a new club was founded in Hamadan and named PAS Hamedan. This was part of the strategy by the Iranian Football Federation to locate more teams in cities outside of Tehran. In 2008, Saba Battery was also moved from Tehran to Qom. Since then, the club is known as Saba Qom. The championship of the 2007–08 season was decided on the last matchday. Persepolis defeated Sepahan in front of an incredible crowd of 110,000 fans at Azadi by the final score of 2–1. Sepehr Heidari scored the decisive goal in a dramatic match in the sixth minute of additional time. Sanat Naft and Shirin Faraz (today known as Rahian Kermanshah) relegated to Azadegan League. The next season was dominated by Perspolis archrival Esteghlal Tehran and the two surprising teams Zob Ahan and Mes Kerman. Zob Ahan was the leading team after 75 minutes on matchday 34, before they lost their match against Foolad due to three conceded goals in the last 15 minutes with 1–4. In the meantime, Esteghlal Tehran saved their 1–0 lead against Payam Mashhad and won the league due to better goal difference. Last but not least, Payam Mashhad had to relegated alongside Bargh Shiraz and Damash.

The 2009–10 Persian Gulf Cup was dominated by the two Isfahan based clubs Sepahan and Zob Ahan. Ultimately Sepahan won the league six points before Zob Ahan. Sepahan Iraqi striker Emad Mohammed became the second foreign player, who won the league's top goal scorer award. He scored 19 goals, one more than his teammate Ibrahima Touré. Sepahan repeated their success by winning the 2010–11 and 2011–12 Persian Gulf Cup. For the first time in history of Iranian football a team became the Iranian champion three times in a row. Esteghlal Tehran broke Sepahan's success finally in 2013. Esteghlal Tehran won the 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup and became for the eight time in their history the Iranian champion. During an exciting championship battle between Esteghlal Tehran and Sepahan, they faced each other in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on week 32. Moharram Navidkia scored the opening goal for Sepahan, however Esteghlal Tehran equalized in the 94th minute due to an own goal by Sepahan defender Mohsen Irannejad. On week 33 Sepahan lost their away game against Damash 1–2, while Esteghlal Tehran could beat Foolad in Ahvaz with 1–0 and became the 2013 champion.

The League was scaled down from 18 to 16 teams before the beginning of the next season. Foolad won the 2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup after an exciting, though a very defensive season at the same time. At the end, Foolad ranged just 36 goals for the title. On the last matchday four other teams, Esteghlal Tehran, Naft Tehran, Persepolis and Sepahan, had the chance to win the championship alongside Foolad. While Esteghlal Tehran were defeated by Tractor at home with 1–3 and lost their AFC Champions League spot, Persepolis won their away game against Esteghlal Khuzestan with 1–0. Sepahan and Naft Tehran faced each other directly. Also Sepahan lost their AFC Champions League spot although they won the match with 1–0. Both teams had the same goal difference but Naft Tehran scored more goals in the season. Finally Foolad saved their championship after they defeated Gostaresh Foulad away by a goal of Mehrdad Jama'ati.

Persian Gulf Pro LeagueEdit

 
Esteghlal Khuzestan celebrate their championship in 2016.

The league changed its name from Persian Gulf Cup to Persian Gulf Pro League in 2014. The Iranian Football Federation decided also to change the logos of the Persian Gulf Pro League and of the Azadegan League. The 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League was embossed by an exciting championship battle between Sepahan, Tractor and Naft Tehran. Tractor was ahead of their opponents Naft Tehran on goal difference, and a point of Sepahan. Tractor and Naft Tehran faced each other at Sahand, while Sepahan had to play Saipa at home. Tractor were in front 3–1 after an hour thanks to goals from Brazilian striker Edinho, Andranik Teymourian and Farid Karimi. But, then the game started to turn worse for Tractor. A very controversial red card for national team captain Andranik Teymourian and two goals by the visitors destroyed Tractor dreams. Furthermore, there were strange events in the stadium, including a lot of misinformation and disturbed telecommunication. Although Sepahan secured their title with a 2–0 victory over Saipa, thousands of Tractor supporters celebrated on the pitch, believing that they won the league for the first time in club's history.[4][5]

Also the 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League was not decided until the last matchday. Thanks to two goals from Rahim Zahivi at the last matchday against Zob Ahan, the Ahvaz based team Esteghlal Khuzestan won the league sensational in front of Persepolis and Esteghlal Tehran.[6] Persepolis missed their big opportunity winning the league after eight years. They were shocked on matchday 28 as they lost their match against Naft Tehran 0–2 at a packed Azadi. However, Persepolis dominated the next season and won the 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League clear before Esteghlal Tehran and Tractor.[7] Persepolis football team claimed the Iran Professional League (IPL) with three games to spare and repeated the title in 2017-18 Season. The Following Season Persepolis again were champion for three times in a row.

FormatEdit

In the past, the number of teams were changed for various times. Since 2013, the league comprises 16 teams. Over the course of a season, which runs annually from July to the following May, each team plays twice against the others in the league, once at home and once away, resulting in each team competing in 30 games in total. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the league table by points gained, then goal difference, then goals scored and then their head-to-head record for that season.

At the end of the season, the club with the most points becomes the Iranian champion. Currently, the Championand the Hazfi Cup champion qualify automatically for the group phase of the AFC Champions League, while the second and third-place teams enter the AFC Champions League at the Play-off round. The bottom two teams are relegated to Azadegan League. Furthermore, all teams in the Persian Gulf Pro League can participate in the Hazfi Cup.

Number of teams Period
14 2001–02 until 2003–04
16 2004–05 until 2006–07, since 2013–14
18 2007–08 until 2012–13

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Logo until 2014
 
Logo since 2014–present

RankingEdit

Updated on 7 December 2021.(Source)

Ranking Member Association Club Points 100%
2021[8] 2020[9] Mvmt Region 2018[10] 2019[11] 2020[a] 2021[12] Total
1 3   +2 1 (W)   Saudi Arabia 10.000 26.350 0.000 20.950 57.300 100.000
2 6   +4 1 (E)   South Korea 18.350 13.600 0.000 22.750 54.700 95.462
3 2   -1 2 (E)   Japan 13.850 21.800 0.000 17.875 53.525 93.412
4 5   +1 2 (W)   Iran 18.850 11.500 0.000 14.225 44.575 77.792
5 4   -1 3 (W)   Qatar 19.850 15.900 0.000 7.300 43.050 75.131
6 10   +4 4 (W)   Uzbekistan 9.400 9.000 0.000 18.671 37.071 64.696

Clubs (2022–23)Edit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aluminium Arak Arak Imam Khomeini 15,000
Esteghlal Tehran Tehran Azadi 78,116
Foolad Ahvaz Foolad Arena 30,655
Gol Gohar Sirjan Sirjan Shahid Qasem Soleimani 8,000
Havadar Karaj Enghelab Stadium 8,250
Malavan Bandar-e Anzali Sirous Ghayeghran 8,000
Mes Kerman Kerman Shohadaye Mes Kerman 30,000
Mes Rafsanjan Rafsanjan Shohadaye Mes 10,000
Naft Masjed Soleyman Masjed Soleyman Behnam Mohammadi 8,000
Nassaji Mazandaran Mashhad Imam Reza 27,700
Paykan Shahr-e Qods Shahr-e Qods 18,000
Persepolis Tehran Azadi 78,116
Sanat Naft Abadan Takhti Abadan 8,000
Sepahan Isfahan Naghsh-e-Jahan 75,000
Tractor Tabriz Yadegar-e Emam 66,833
Zob Ahan Fooladshahr Fooladshahr 20,000

ChampionsEdit

Persian Gulf Pro League

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Persepolis
7
3
2001–02, 2007–08, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Sepahan
5
3
2002–03, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Esteghlal Tehran
4
5
2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2021–22
Foolad
2
0
2004–05, 2013–14
PAS Tehran
1
2
2003–04
Saipa
1
0
2006–07
Esteghlal Khuzestan
1
0
2015–16
Zob Ahan
0
4
Tractor
0
3
Esteghlal Ahvaz
0
1

Total

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Persepolis
14
10
1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Esteghlal Tehran
9
10
1970–71, 1974–75, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2021–22
PAS Tehran
5
5
1976–77, 1977–78, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003–04
Sepahan
5
3
2002–03, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Saipa
3
0
1993–94, 1994–95, 2006–07
Foolad
2
0
2004–05, 2013–14
Esteghlal Khuzestan
1
0
2015–16
Zob Ahan
0
4
Tractor
0
3
Bahman
0
2
Homa
0
1
Esteghlal Ahvaz
0
1

All-time Pro League tableEdit

Pos. Club Seasons Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th T4 T7 Debut Since/Last App. Relegated Best
Pos.
1 Esteghlal Tehran1 21 642 319 205 118 940 565 +375 1161 4 5 7 1 1 1 17 19 2001–02 2001–02 1st
2 Persepolis2 3 4 21 642 312 202 128 911 586 +325 1125 7 3 2 3 2 1 15 18 2001–02 2001–02 1st
3 Sepahan5 21 642 291 208 143 921 602 +319 1078 5 3 2 2 3 1 1 12 17 2001–02 2001–02 1st
4 Zob Ahan6 21 642 242 214 186 763 656 +107 939 4 1 4 6 1 9 16 2001–02 2001–02 2nd
5 Foolad 20 608 232 210 166 692 600 +92 906 2 3 1 2 2 3 6 13 2001–02 2008–09 1 1st
6 Saipa 20 612 186 217 209 660 701 −41 775 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 2001–02 2020–21 1 1st
7 Tractor7 14 432 176 145 111 548 429 +119 672 3 1 3 2 1 1 7 11 2001–02 2009–10 1 2nd
8 Paykan 17 520 152 162 206 532 632 −100 618 1 2 5 0 8 2001–02 2016–17 4 5th
9 Saba Qom/Saba Battery 13 414 128 159 127 468 459 +9 543 1 2 2 1 3 6 2004–05 2016–17 1 3rd
10 Malavan8 14 436 121 145 170 403 502 −99 507 2 0 2 2001–02 2022–23 2 7th
11 Fajr Sepasi 13 400 103 147 150 357 434 −77 456 1 1 1 2001–02 2013–14 2 4th
12 Sanat Naft 11 344 97 106 141 349 442 −93 397 1 1 2002–03 2016–17 3 7th
13 Rah Ahan 11 356 92 114 150 354 447 −93 390 2005–06 2015–16 1 8th
14 Naft Tehran 8 252 91 88 73 286 258 +28 361 2 3 2 5 2010–11 2017–18 1 3rd
15 Mes Kerman 8 264 85 99 80 310 292 +18 354 1 1 1 1 3 2006–07 2022–23 1 3rd
16 Aboomoslem 9 270 83 90 97 296 304 −8 339 1 2 1 1 4 2001–02 2009–10 1 4th
17 Esteghlal Ahvaz 9 274 80 78 116 327 402 −75 318 1 1 1 2 2002–03 2015–16 2 2nd
18 Shahr Khodro15 8 240 74 80 86 218 245 −27 294 1 1 1 2 2014–15 2021–22 1 4th
19 PAS Tehran9 6 168 72 59 37 263 181 +82 274 1 2 1 1 4 5 2001–02 2006–07 1st
20 Bargh 8 236 60 78 98 252 335 −83 258 1 1 2001–02 2008–09 1 7th
21 Damash Gilan/Pegah/Esteghal Rasht10 8 248 56 81 111 227 344 −117 248 1 1 2001–02 2013–14 4 7th
22 Esteghlal Khuzestan 6 180 45 68 67 174 220 −46 203 1 1 1 2013–14 2018–19 1 1st
23 Gostaresh Foolad 5 150 39 60 51 147 161 −14 177 2013–14 2017–18 8th
24 PAS Hamedan 4 136 38 48 50 143 165 −22 162 1 1 2007–08 2010–11 1 5th
25 Nassaji 4 120 30 50 40 110 130 −20 140 2018–19 2018–19 9th
26 Naft Masjed Soleyman 5 150 23 67 60 94 157 −63 136 2014–15 2018–19 1 8th
27 Gol Gohar 3 90 33 30 27 97 94 +3 129 1 1 1 1 2019–20 2019–20 4th
28 Shahin Bushehr 4 132 27 48 57 124 175 −51 129 2009–10 2019–20 2 13th
29 Pars Jonoubi Jam 3 90 22 38 30 82 87 −5 104 1 1 1 2017–18 2019–20 1 5th
30 Machine Sazi 4 120 17 39 64 84 163 −79 90 2016–17 2020–21 2 11th
31 Mes Rafsanjan 2 60 22 17 21 62 59 +3 83 1 1 2020–21 2020–21 6th
32 Steel Azin11 2 68 19 23 26 85 112 −27 80 1 1 2009–10 2010–11 1 5th
33 Aluminium Arak 2 60 15 29 16 45 56 −11 74 2020–21 2020–21 8th
34 Shamoushak 3 86 16 26 44 66 118 −52 74 2003–04 2005–06 1 14th
35 Siahjamegan 3 90 15 27 48 64 117 −53 72 2015–16 2017–18 1 13th
36 Shahrdari Tabriz 2 68 14 29 25 79 98 −19 71 2010–11 2011–12 1 12th
37 Sepidrood 2 60 11 17 32 48 92 −44 50 2017–18 2018–19 1 13th
38 Aluminium Hormozgan 1 34 7 14 13 26 40 −14 35 2012–13 2012–13 1 15th
39 Payam 1 34 9 8 17 33 52 −19 35 2008–09 2008–09 1 16th
40 Havadar 1 30 8 10 12 18 25 −7 34 2021–22 2021–22 11th
41 Mes Sarcheshmeh 1 34 5 9 20 23 54 −31 24 2011–12 2011–12 1 18th
42 Shirin Faraz12 1 34 3 12 19 25 59 −34 21 2007–08 2007–08 1 18th
43 Shahid Ghandi13 1 30 4 7 19 21 43 −22 19 2005–06 2005–06 1 16th
44 Gahar Zagros14 1 34 3 10 21 24 59 −35 19 2012–13 2012–13 1 18th
2022–23 Persian Gulf Pro League
2022–23 Azadegan League
Lower leagues
Defunct teams
Founding members

Source: iplstats.com
Notes:
Only league matches; play-offs are not included in the all-time table.
1 Esteghlal Tehran was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
2 Persepolis was deducted six points in the 2005–06 season.
3 Persepolis was deducted six points in the 2007–08 season.
4 Persepolis was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
5 Sepahan was deducted three points in the 2007–08 season.
6 Zob Ahan was deducted one point in the 2005–06 season.
7 Tractor was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
8 Malavan was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
9 PAS Tehran was deducted one point in the 2006–07 season.
10 Damash was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
11 Steel Azin was formerly known as Ekbatan.
12 Rahian Kermanshah was formerly known as Shirin Faraz.
13 Tarbiat Yazd was formerly known as Shahid Ghandi.
14 Gahar Zagros was formerly known as Damash Lorestan.
15 Shahr Khodro was deducted six points in the 2017–18 season.

AttendancesEdit

Average league attendancesEdit

Season Average Highest attended club Club average Lowest attended club Club average
2005–06 9,179 Esteghlal Tehran 33,467 Shamoushak Noshahr 3,542
2006–07 10,119 Esteghlal Tehran 35,000 Rah Ahan 4,073
2007–08 11,235 Persepolis 60,000 Rah Ahan 2,647
2008–09 8,954 Persepolis 40,688 PAS Hamedan 3,706
2009–10 12,298 Tractor 57,647 Paykan 2,313
2010–11 9,383 Tractor 42,000 Paykan 1,941
2011–12 9,488 Tractor 39,533 Mes Sarcheshmeh 1,706
2012–13 7,964 Esteghlal Tehran 34,250 Rah Ahan 1,942
2013–14 7,631 Persepolis 29,467 Rah Ahan 1,664
2014–15 6,921[13] Tractor 27,488 Saba Qom 1,365
2015–16 8,048[14] Persepolis 47,036 Naft Tehran 1,594
2016–17 8,086[15] Persepolis 48,567 Gostaresh Foulad 1,018
2017–18 9,060[16] Persepolis 39,786 Gostaresh Foulad 817
2018–19 12,212[17] Tractor 46,963 Esteghlal Khuzestan 1,507
2019–20 8,629 Persepolis 27,556 Machine Sazi 840
2020–21 No spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran[18]
2021–22 10,572[citation needed] Esteghlal Tehran 37,400 Paykan 100

Notes:
Matches with spectator bans are not included in average attendances.
The official game reports can be found under the match schedule on iranleague.ir. The viewer numbers are noted in these. This results in average attendance.

Highest attended season matchesEdit

Season Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
2005–06 Esteghlal Tehran 4–1 Bargh Shiraz 100,000 21 April 2006 (2006-04-21) 30 Azadi
2006–07 Persepolis 2–1 Esteghlal Tehran 95,000 3 November 2006 (2006-11-03) 8 Azadi
2007–08 Persepolis 2–1 Sepahan 110,000 17 May 2008 (2008-05-17) 34 Azadi
2008–09 Persepolis 2–0 Damash 90,000 25 September 2008 (2008-09-25) 8 Azadi
Persepolis 1–1 Esteghlal Tehran 90,000 3 October 2008 (2008-10-03) 9 Azadi
Esteghlal Tehran 1–1 Persepolis 90,000 13 February 2009 (2009-02-13) 26 Azadi
2009–10 Tractor 0–0 Moghavemat 95,000 22 January 2010 (2010-01-22) 24 Sahand
2010–11 Esteghlal Tehran 1–0 Persepolis 100,000 15 October 2010 (2010-10-15) 11 Azadi
2011–12 Persepolis 0–2 Esteghlal Tehran 100,000 16 September 2011 (2011-09-16) 7 Azadi
2012–13 Esteghlal Tehran 0–0 Persepolis 100,000 25 January 2013 (2013-01-25) 23 Azadi
Esteghlal Tehran 1–2 Damash 100,000 10 May 2013 (2013-05-10) 34 Azadi
2013–14 Esteghlal Tehran 0–0 Persepolis 100,000 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06) 8 Azadi
2014–15 Tractor 3–3 Naft Tehran 80,000[19] 15 May 2015 (2015-05-15) 30 Sahand
2015–16 Persepolis 4–2 Esteghlal Tehran 100,000[20] 15 April 2016 (2016-04-15) 26 Azadi
2016–17 Persepolis 4–0 Shahr Khodro 80,000[21] 19 April 2017 (2017-04-19) 28 Azadi
2017–18 Esteghlal Tehran 1–0 Persepolis 100,000[22] 1 March 2018 (2018-03-01) 25 Azadi
2018–19 Persepolis 0–0 Sepahan 90,000[23] 26 April 2019 (2019-04-26) 27 Azadi
2019–20 Tractor 2–4 Esteghlal Tehran 80,000[24] 1 November 2019 (2019-11-01) 9 Sahand
2020–21 No spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran[25]
2021–22 Esteghlal Tehran 0–0 Naft MIS 85,000[26] 30 May 2022 (2022-05-30) 30 Azadi

RecordsEdit

All-Time Persian Gulf League Top ScorersEdit

As of 30 June 2022
No. Player Goals Apps GPGR Years
1   Reza Enayati 147 358 0.41 2001- 2017
2   Mehdi Rajabzadeh 116 381 0.30 2001- 2018
3   Arash Borhani 115 339 0.33 2002- 2017
4   Luciano Periera 95 265 0.35 2012-Present
5   Fereydoon Fazli 85 178 0.47 2001–2010
6   Édinho 82 183 0.44 2008-

2017

7   Jalal Rafkhaei 79 308 0.25 2005-

2016

8   Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 79 426 0.18 2004-Present
9   Karim Ansarifard 77 182 0.42 2007-

2014

10   Mohammad Ghazi 76 340 0.22 2004-Present

Players in bold are still active in the league.

*GPGR: Goals Per Game Ratio

All-time top appearances in Iran leagueEdit

As of 31 July 2021
No Player Appearance Years
1   Jalal Hosseini 492[27] 2002–2022
2   Mehdi Rahmati 482[27] 2001–2020
3   Ebrahim Sadeghi 438[27] 2000–2017
4   Mohammadreza Khalatbari 407 2003- present
5   Mehdi Rajabzadeh 381[27] 2001–2018
6   Morteza Asadi 380[27] 2005–2018
7   Amir Hossein Sadeghi 379[27] 2003–2018
8   Mohsen Bengar 372[27] 2003–2018
9   Khosro Heydari 370[27] 2002–2019
10   Mohammad Nouri 369[27] 2000–2021

Broadcasting and sponsorshipEdit

BroadcastingEdit

 
Logo of IRIB TV3, the league's important TV partner

The state-owned television channel IRIB has the broadcasting rights for the most matches of the Persian Gulf Pro League, Azadegan League and Hazfi Cup. Each match of Esteghlal Tehran and Persepolis is broadcasting by IRIB TV3, IRIB's popular channel. In addition to that Esteghlal Tehran and Persepolis playing not at the same time with the exception of the Sorkhabi derby and the last two matchdays of each season. IRIB Varzesh shows other important matches, while the remaining games are shown on IRIB regional channels. Furthermore, Navad, a popular weekly football program broadcast by IRIB TV3, shows highlights of all Persian Gulf Pro League and Azadegan League matches.

SponsorshipEdit

The Persian Gulf Pro League has been sponsored since 2005. There have been four sponsors since the league's formation.

  • 2001–2005: no sponsor
  • 2005–2007: Zamzam
  • 2007–2009: Padideh
  • 2009–2014: Irancell
  • 2014–2016: Sun Star
  • 2016–present: Fanap

OwnershipEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 2020 season did not award points for the ranking because of the cancellation of 2020 AFC Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ReferencesEdit

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