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Mehdi Taremi (Persian: مهدی طارمی‎, born 18 July 1992) is an Iranian footballer who plays as a forward for Rio Ave and the Iran national team.

Mehdi Taremi
Mehdi Taremi, CHN&IRN 2019 AFC Asian Cup.jpg
Taremi playing for Iran at 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Mehdi Taremi
Date of birth (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Bushehr, Iran
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Rio Ave
Number 99
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Shahin Bushehr 8 (1)
2012–2014 Iranjavan 22 (12)
2014–2017 Persepolis 112 (55)
2017–2019 Al-Gharafa 41 (20)
2019– Rio Ave 3 (4)
National team
2011–2012 Iran U20 6 (0)
2013 Iran U23 1 (0)
2015– Iran 42 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Taremi played for Persepolis between 2014 and 2018. He has been the top scorer of the Persian Gulf Pro League on two occasions (2015–16 and 2016–17). Taremi won his first cap for the Iran national team in 2015.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Taremi started his career with Bargh Bushehr's Academy before moving on to Iranjavan's Youth Academy.[2]

Shahin BushehrEdit

He joined Shahin Bushehr in the summer of 2010. He played 7 games and scored one goal in all competitions. In the winter of 2012, he was released by Shahin Bushehr to spend his conscription period in a military club, but he failed to join a club and was forced to spend his conscription period in a usual garrison.[3]

IranjavanEdit

He joined Iranjavan in the summer of 2013 and signed a two-year contract until the end of the 2014–15 season and was given the number 9. Taremi scored 12 times in 22 matches in 2013–14, and became the league's second top scorer after Mokhtar Jomehzadeh.

PersepolisEdit

 
Taremi in Persepolis training.

After becoming the Azadegan League's top scorer, Taremi had offers from many teams. He joined Persepolis FC in the summer of 2014 and signed a two-year contract through June 2016.[4]

2014–15Edit

He made his debut in 1–1 draw with Naft Tehran, coming as a substitute for Reza Norouzi in 90th minute. He scored his first goal for the club on 15 August 2014 in a 1–0 victory over Zob Ahan. On 8 April 2015 Taremi scored a penalty in Persepolis 1–0 win in the Asian Champions League over Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. He scored many goals for the club, and provided quality assists to win the Best Striker Award of the 14th Persian Gulf Pro League at the end of the 2014-15 season.

2015–16Edit

 
Taremi playing for Persepolis in Tehran derby.

Taremi missed the first week of the new season due to suspension, but in his first game back on 6 August 2015, he scored in a 2–1 loss to Esteghlal Khuzestan. Taremi scored twice in a 2–0 week five win against Foolad. This was Persepolis' first win of the season and lifted them out of the relegation spot. Taremi's good performances in the month of August earned him the Navad player of the month as voted by fans.[5] On 18 December 2015 Taremi scored a brace against Rah Ahan in Persepolis' 2–0 victory. He ended the first half of the league as top scorer with 9 goals in 12 games.

On 4 April 2016 Taremi scored a brace in a 3–2 victory against Siah Jamegan to keep Persepolis in third place. On 12 April 2016 Taremi was in talks to extend his contract to the end of the 2017–18 season.[6] But, eventually he decided not to renew his contract. On 15 April 2016 Taremi scored a brace in Persepolis' historic 4–2 victory over Esteghlal in the Tehran derby. He became the league's top scorer with 16 goals at the end of the season, unless his team lost title at the last week.

2016–17Edit

Before the start of the new season, Taremi announced that he would not extend his contract, in order to join to a European team. In July 2016, it was reported that Taremi was linked to Süper Lig team Çaykur Rizespor. The move was cancelled after Taremi returned to Iran and signed a two-year contract with Persepolis.[7] He played his first match for Persepolis in 1–0 win over Saipa, replaced Omid Alishah in 77th minute. He also scored his first goal of the season in week 4 against Saba Qom. He scored a brace in 3–1 away win over Sepahan, in a match known as Iran's El Clasico. At the end of the season, the club celebrated its 10th Iran Pro League title, and Taremi became top scorer for a second consecutive season with 18 goals.

On 8 May 2017, Taremi scored a decisive hat trick against Emirati side Al Wahda in a 4–2 win to help his team qualify for the Round of 16 of the 2017 AFC Champions League. After his good performances, Taremi was linked with Dinamo Zagreb.[8]

2017–18Edit

 
Taremi playing for Al-Gharafa

He playing 7 games, scoring 4 goals, and during the 2017–18 season, Taremi was banned for four months because of a contract dispute with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor dating back to June 2016, when the player reached an agreement to join the club and later returned to Persepolis. Persepolis were also banned from signing players for two transfer windows. FIFA ruled in favor of the Turkish club and imposed the ban.[9]

Al GharafaEdit

On 8 January 2018, Taremi signed an 18-month contract with the Qatari club Al-Gharafa.[10] He scored his first goal in the first match of 2018 AFC Champions League against UAE's Al Jazira. Taremi first scored goal in Qatar League against Al Kharaitiyat SC on 16 Feb And On 19 February, he scored a brace against Iranian side Tractor Sazi on the second match day of the AFC Champions League.

Rio AveEdit

On 23 July 2019, Taremi signed a two-year contract with Portuguese football club Rio Ave.[11][12] Taremi scored a hat trick in his first Primeira Liga start for the club on 23 August 2019.[13]

International careerEdit

YouthEdit

He played for Iran student's national football team in Turkey tournament and scored 9 goals for the team. He was called up by Ali Reza Mansourian to participate in the team's training camp in Kish Island in 2013.[14]

SeniorEdit

 
Taremi celebrating his goal against China in 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

He made his debut against Uzbekistan in a friendly match on 11 June 2015. He also came on as a second-half substitute in a World Cup Qualifying match against Turkmenistan on 16 June 2015.

On 3 September 2015, Taremi scored his first senior goals, a brace, in a 6–0 defeat of Guam in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.[15] On 23 March 2017, Taremi scored the winning and only goal in Iran's victory against Qatar in the final round of World Cup qualifying. He followed this up with another goal on 28 March 2017, in a decisive 1–0 victory against China. On 12 June 2017, Taremi scored the second goal for Iran in a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan to seal the country's first consecutive qualification to two World Cups.[16] In June 2018, he was named in Iran's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[17] With the score tied 1-1 in stoppage time in Iran's group stage match with Portugal, Taremi missed a point-blank shot wide left that would have eliminated Portugal and advanced Iran to the round of 16.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 24 August 2019[18]
Club Division Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shahin Persian Gulf Pro League 2010–11 6 1 0 0 6 1
2011–12 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 8 1 0 0 8 1
Iranjavan Azadegan League 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 22 12 0 0 22 12
Total 22 12 0 0 22 12
Persepolis Persian Gulf Pro League 2014–15 26 7 4 0 8 1 38 8
2015–16 25 16 2 2 27 18
2016–17 29 18 0 0 8 6 37 24
2017–18 7 4 0 0 2 1 1 0 10 5
Total 87 45 6 2 18 8 1 0 112 55
Al-Gharafa Qatar Stars League 2017–18 8 5 3 1 7 5 0 0 18 11
2018–19 22 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 23 9
Total 30 13 3 1 8 6 0 0 41 20
Rio Ave Primeira Liga 2019–20 2 3 0 0 1 1 3 4
Career total 149 74 9 3 26 14 2 1 186 92

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 August 2019.[19]
Iran
Year Apps Goals
2015 7 5
2016 9 2
2017 7 3
2018 12 3
2019 7 6
Total 42 19

International goalsEdit

As of 6 June 2019. Iran score listed first, score column indicates score after each Taremi goal.[18]


No Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2015 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 3   Guam 2–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 5–0
3. 8 September 2015 Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, India 4   India 3–0 3–0
4. 17 November 2015 Guam National Football Stadium, Tamuning, Guam 7   Guam 1–0 6–0
5. 6–0
6. 7 June 2016 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 11   Kyrgyzstan 2–0 6–0 Friendly
7. 10 November 2016 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia 15   Papua New Guinea 2–0 8–1
8. 23 March 2017 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar 17   Qatar 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 28 March 2017 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 18   China PR 1–0 1–0
10. 12 June 2017 19   Uzbekistan 2–0 2–0
11. 27 March 2018 UCP Arena, Graz, Austria 25   Algeria 2–0 2–1 Friendly
12. 24 December 2018 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar 34   Palestine 1–0 1–1
13. 31 December 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar 35   Qatar 1–0 2–1
14. 7 January 2019 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 36   Yemen 1–0 5–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
15. 3–0
16. 24 January 2019 40   China PR 1–0 3–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
17. 3 June 2019 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 41   Syria 2–0 5–0 Friendly
18. 3–0
19. 4–0

Personal lifeEdit

He is the third and the youngest child of his family. His older brother Mohammad is also a football player. Mehdi has good professional and personal relationships with all national football players but is on especially good terms with Sardar Azmoun, Morteza Pouraliganji and Mohsen Mosalman, the latter being his closest friend and roommate in Persepolis.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "فوتبالیست بوشهری به تیم پرسپولیس تهران پیوست - Tasnim" (in Persian).
  3. ^ PTFBU.IR – Biography
  4. ^ "طارمی با پرسپولیس قرارداد داخلی بست :: ورزش سه". www.varzesh3.com.
  5. ^ "فوتبالی‌ترین | "طارمی" بهترین بازیکن ماه از نگاه نود شد". footballitarin.com.
  6. ^ "خبر خوب برای هواداران سرخپوش در آستانه دربی وکیل طارمی".
  7. ^ "مهدی طارمی با پرسپولیس تمدید کرد". Fararu | فرارو (in Persian).
  8. ^ "دینامو زاگرب کرواسی از برانکو در مورد طارمی اطلاعات گرفت" (in Persian). 15 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Iran's Mehdi Taremi banned for four months by FIFA". 23 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Mehdi Taremi joins Al Gharafa of Qatar". Tehran Times. 8 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Taremi makes Portugal move". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Mehdi Taremi joins Portugal's Rio Ave". Mehr News Agency. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ https://tvi24.iol.pt/videos-liga/mehdi-taremi/video-o-hat-trick-de-mehdi-no-rio-ave-desp-aves
  14. ^ "دو بازیکن پرسپولیس در تیم ملی زیر 22 سال" (in Persian).
  15. ^ "WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - AFC". ESPN FC. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  16. ^ "World Cup 2018: Iran join Brazil in qualifying for next year's tournament". BBC Sport. 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Iran World Cup 2018 squad and team guide". The Telegraph. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Taremi - career statistics".
  19. ^ "Mehdi Taremi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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