List of Iranian football champions

The Iranian football champions are the winners of the highest league in Iranian football, which since 2001–02 is the Pro League. The title has been contested since 1970, in varying forms of competition. While Persepolis has won a record 13 championship titles.

Iranian League (1st tier)
Local League
(1970–1972)
Takht Jamshid Cup
(1973–1978)
Qods League
(1989–1990)
Azadegan League [notes 1]
(1991–2001)
Pro League
(2001–)
Persepolis,The current Champion with 13 times champions
Founded
1970
Number of Teams
16
Current Champions
Persepolis
Country
Iran
Iran
Most successful club
Persepolis
(13 times champions)

WinnersEdit

Local League (1970–72)Edit

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third-Place Top scorer (club) (goals)
1970–71 Taj (1) Pas Tehran Taj Abadan   Hossein Kalani (Persepolis) (6)
1971–72 Persepolis (1) Pas Tehran Taj   Hossein Kalani (Persepolis) (12)

Takht Jamshid Cup (1973–78)Edit

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third-Place Top scorer (club) (goals)
1973–74 Persepolis (2) Taj Pas Tehran   Gholam Hossein Mazloumi (Taj)
  Aziz Espandar (Malavan) (15)
1974–75 Taj (2) Persepolis Homa   Gholam Hossein Mazloumi (Taj) (10)
1975–76 Persepolis (3) Homa Pas Tehran   Nasser Nouraei (Homa) (10)
1976–77 Pas Tehran (1) Persepolis Shahbaz   Gholam Hossein Mazloumi (Shahbaz) (19)
1977–78 Pas Tehran (2) Persepolis Malavan   Aziz Espandar (Malavan) (16)
1978–79 Not completed due to the Iranian Revolution.

(1979–1989)Edit

No national championships were held because of Iranian Revolution and Iran–Iraq War.

Qods LeagueEdit

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third-Place Top scorer (club) (goals)
1989–90 Esteghlal [notes 2] (3) Persepolis Malavan   Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (Malavan) (16)

Azadegan League (1991–2001)Edit

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third-Place Top scorer (club) (goals)
1991–92 Pas Tehran (3) Esteghlal Persepolis   Farshad Pious (Persepolis) (11)
1992–93 Pas Tehran (4) Persepolis KeshavarzTractor   Jamshid Shahmohammadi (Keshavarz) (11)
1993–94 Saipa (1) Persepolis Jonoob Ahvaz   Abbas Simakani (Zob Ahan) (17)
1994–95 Saipa (2) Esteghlal Keshavarz   Farshad Pious (Persepolis) (20)
1995–96 Persepolis (4) Bahman Esteghlal   Mohammad Momeni (Polyacryl) (19)
1996–97 Persepolis (5) Bahman Sepahan   Ali Asghar Modir Roosta (Bahman) (18)
1997–98 Esteghlal (4) Pas Tehran Zob Ahan   Hossein Khatibi (Tractor) (16)
1998–99 Persepolis (6) Esteghlal Sepahan   Koroush Barmak (Tractor)
  Abdoljalil Golcheshmeh (Aboomoslem) (14)
1999–2000 Persepolis (7) Esteghlal Fajr Sepasi   Mohanned Mehdi Al-Nadawi (Sanat Naft) (15)
2000–01 Esteghlal (5) Persepolis Saipa   Reza Sahebi (Zob Ahan)
  Ali Samereh (Esteghlal) (14)

Iran Pro League (2001–)Edit

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third-Place Top scorer (club) (goals)
2001–02 Persepolis (8) Esteghlal Foolad   Reza Enayati (Aboomoslem) (17)
2002–03 Sepahan (1) Pas Tehran Persepolis   Edmund Bezik (Sepahan) (13)
2003–04 Pas Tehran (5) Esteghlal Foolad   Ali Daei (Persepolis) (16)
2004–05 Foolad (1) Zob Ahan Esteghlal   Reza Enayati (Esteghlal) (20)
2005–06 Esteghlal (6) Pas Tehran Saipa   Reza Enayati (Esteghlal) (21)
2006–07 Saipa (3) Esteghlal Ahvaz Persepolis   Mehdi Rajabzadeh (Zob Ahan)
  Daniel Olerum (Aboomoslem) (17)
2007–08 Persepolis (9) Sepahan Saba Battery   Mohsen Khalili (Persepolis)
  Hadi Asghari (Rah Ahan) (18)
2008–09 Esteghlal (7) Zob Ahan Mes Kerman   Arash Borhani (Esteghlal) (21)
2009–10 Sepahan (2) Zob Ahan Esteghlal   Emad Mohammed (Sepahan) (19)
2010–11 Sepahan (3) Esteghlal Zob Ahan   Reza Norouzi (Foolad) (24)
2011–12 Sepahan (4) Tractor Esteghlal   Karim Ansarifard (Saipa) (21)
2012–13 Esteghlal (8) Tractor Sepahan   Jalal Rafkhaei (Malavan) (19)
2013–14 Foolad (2) Persepolis Naft Tehran   Karim Ansarifard (Tractor) (14)
2014–15 Sepahan (5) Tractor Naft Tehran   Éder Luciano (Tractor) (20)
2015–16 Esteghlal Khuzestan (1) Persepolis Esteghlal   Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis) (16)
2016–17 Persepolis (10) Esteghlal Tractor   Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis) (18)
2017–18 Persepolis (11) Zob Ahan Esteghlal   Ali Alipour (Persepolis) (19)
2018–19 Persepolis (12) Sepahan Esteghlal   Kiros Stanlley (Sepahan)
  Luciano Pereira Mendes (Foolad) (16)
2019–20 Persepolis (13) Esteghlal Foolad   Cheick Diabaté (Esteghlal) (15)

Bold indicates Double winners – i.e. League and Hazfi Cup winners OR League and Champions League winners
Italic indicates Treble winners – i.e. League, Hazfi Cup and Champions League winners

Asian Club Championship/ AFC Champions League Qualified Asian Cup Winners' Cup Qualified

PerformancesEdit

Titles won by club (%)

  Persepolis – 13 (35.14%)
  Esteghlal – 8 (21.62%)
  Pas Tehran – 5 (13.51%)
  Sepahan – 5 (13.51%)
  Saipa – 3 (8.11%)
  Foolad – 2 (5.41%)
  Est.Khuzestan – 1 (2.70%)

ClubsEdit

The following table lists the performance of each club describing winners of the Championship.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Persepolis
13
9
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
Esteghlal
8
10
1970–71, 1974–75, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13
Pas Tehran
5
5
1976–77, 1977–78, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003–04
Sepahan
5
2
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

Total titles won by cityEdit

The following table lists the Iranian football champions by city.

City Titles Winning Clubs
Tehran
28
Persepolis (13), Esteghlal (8), Pas Tehran (5), Saipa (2)
Isfahan
5
Sepahan (5)
Ahvaz
3
Foolad (2), Esteghlal Khuzestan (1)
Karaj
1
Saipa (1)

Total titles won by provinceEdit

The following table lists the Iranian football champions by Province.

Province Titles Winning Clubs
Tehran
29
Persepolis (13), Esteghlal (8), Pas Tehran (5), Saipa (3)*
Esfahan
5
Sepahan (5)
Khuzestan
3
Foolad (2), Esteghlal Khuzestan (1)

Note: Since 2003 to 2015, Saipa Club had played its games in Karaj. Before the formation of the Alborz province in 2009, Karaj was considered part of the Tehran province in Iran's divisions.

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ Azadegan League is now the name of the 2nd highest division in Iran, only the IPL is higher.
  2. ^ Taj changed its name to Esteghlal in 1979.

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