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Parviz Ghelichkhani (Persian: پرویز قلیچ‌خانی‎, born 4 December 1945) is an Iranian-French retired football player and former captain of Iran national football team. He is now based in France, where he is the editor and publisher of a political magazine.

Parviz Ghelichkhani
Parviz Ghelichkhani 1971.jpg
Ghelichkhani in 1971
Personal information
Full name Parviz Ghelichkhani
Date of birth (1945-12-04) 4 December 1945 (age 73)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran[1]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1968 Kian
1968–1971 Taj
1971–1972 Pas
1972–1974 Oghab
1974–1976 Daraei
1976–1977 Persepolis
1978 San Jose Earthquakes 16
National team
1964–1977 Iran[2] 66 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Football careerEdit

Club careerEdit

He played for Alborz F.C. (Kyan's reserve team), Kian F.C., Taj, Pas F.C., Oghab F.C., Daraei F.C. and finally Persepolis F.C., before leaving for the United States where he played for the San Jose Earthquakes in the North American Soccer League.[3][4]

Ghelichkhani won many national titles, among them the Iranian league in 1971; he could also achieve the runners-up position with Persepolis F.C. in 1977. In 1970, he won the Asian Club Championship. During various stages of his career, he had offers from German, Greek and Turkish football clubs but declined all of them.[4]

International careerEdit

Jalal Talebi and Parviz Ghelichkhani with the 1968 AFC Asian Cup
Antal Dunai vs. Parviz Ghelichkhani at the 1972 Olympics

Ghelichkhani made his debut for the Iranian national team in the 1964 Summer Olympics match against East Germany.[5][4] Aged 19, Ghelichkhani was the youngest Iranian player at those Games.[6] Later he was Iran's captain at 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.[5]

Ghelichkhani won the Asian Nations Cup three consecutive times with Iran, in 1968 (where he scored the 2-1 victory goal), in 1972, and in 1976, when he captained the team. In 1966 he won the silver medal of the Asian Games in Thailand, in 1974 he captained the Iranian team to win the football tournament of the Asian Games in Tehran.[5]

His last game for Iran was a friendly match against Hungary in March 1977. He scored 12 goals for Iran and has 64 caps for Team Melli. One of his most memorable goals was in a 1974 World Cup qualification match against Australia, in a 2-0 win in Tehran.[5]

For the 1978 season, Ghelichkhani moved to the United States to play for the San Jose Earthquakes, then part of the North American Soccer League. During this time, Ghelichkhani retained his number 5 jersey and was credited only by his first name.[7]

Political careerEdit

Ghelichkani was also politically involved and had leftist leanings. He was arrested by SAVAK in February 1972, but was released after two months.[4] He was opposed to the Pahlavi regime and the system that was put in place after the Iranian revolution. He missed out on World Cup 1978 because of his opposition to the regime.[4]

Due to his political activities before and after the revolution, he eventually left the country to live in Paris, France.[4]

Between 1991 and 2014, Ghelichkhani was the editor of Arash, a political and cultural commentary magazine concentrating mainly on Iranian issues, which was published in France.

Parviz Ghelichkhani was honored in December 2007 in Sydney, Australia, in celebration of the 100th edition of Arash magazine,[4] in a ceremony where Ralé Rašić was a guest speaker. Rašić was Australia's coach when Australia faced Iran twice during the 1974 World Cup qualification games.


  1. ^ a b Parviz Qelichkhani.
  2. ^ Profile: Parviz Ghelichkhani.
  3. ^ Interview with Ghelichkhani part 2 (rm) (Audio interview). Sydney: SBS Radio. 4 December 2007. Event occurs at 6:35. Retrieved 18 December 2007. ...I was at the time playing for San Jose Earthquakes team...[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Parviz Ghelichkhani biography" (in Persian). Gooya. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d Parviz Ghilichkhani.
  6. ^ Iran Football at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games.
  7. ^ "North American Soccer League Players: Parviz". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 21 July 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mostafa Arab
Iran national football team captain
Succeeded by
Ali Parvin