Paykan Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال پيکان, Bâshgâh-e Futbâl-e Peykân) is a football team based in Tehran, Iran. The team is sponsored by Iran's main automobile manufacturer Iran Khodro and is named after one of its older products; the Paykan car. Paykan F.C. is the football club of the multisport Paykan Sport Club which also includes Basketball and volleyball teams.

Paykan
پيکان
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Full namePaykan Football Club
Nickname(s)Xodrosâzân (Carmakers)
Founded1967; 54 years ago
GroundShahr-e Qods Stadium
Capacity25,000
OwnerIKCO
PresidentAmir Atabakhsh
Head CoachMojtaba Hosseini
LeaguePersian Gulf Pro League
2021–22Persian Gulf Pro League, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

The club was established in 1967 by Mahmoud Khayami with financial help from the Iran Khodro factory. The main objective was to promote their factory's products, and improve their reputation. They were able to lure great players such as Ali Parvin, Majid Halvaei and Amir Abedini, and several of the Persepolis players of the time. In 1969 the team became the Tehran City League's champions and the team appeared to have a bright future. The team was dissolved in 1970 after a series of difficulties between the players and management. Most of the players went back to Persepolis.

Rebirth of PaykanEdit

 
Paykan against Persepolis, 21 January 2005

Paykan still operated without a football team specifically in the 1980s but carried on with basketball, handball, and volleyball teams. Paykan did not have a football team until the year 2000, when they were able to buy Bahman's shares and participate in the top level of Iranian football after 30 years. The team participated in the 2000–01 Azadegan League with Bahman's squad but with a different coach.

Among Iranian football clubs, the team is known to have one of the better organizations in terms of facilities and management. The team had little success and were relegated from the Iran Pro League in the 2004–05 season. They were back in the IPL for the 06–07 season where they finished a respectable 7th and showed their ability to compete at the highest standard.

Relocation to QazvinEdit

In 2008 Paykan was moved to Qazvin because the city of Tehran had many football teams with low attendance figures. They started the season well but toward the end their results got worse. The team changed their coach in the last weeks of the 2008–09 season and finished in mid table. Although they finished in the top half of the table in 2009–10 season the club chairman decided to replace Hamid Derakhshan with Mohammad Ahmadzadeh as the head coach. Paykan were relegated in 2010–2011, but the following year they earned their promotion back to the Iran Pro League for the 2012–2013 season.

Tehran and QodsEdit

Paykan moved back to Tehran and started playing in the newly renovated Takhti Stadium. Paykan was relegated to Azadegan League again in April 2013. Before the start of the 2013–14 season Paykan once again relocate and this time to the city of Qods. In the 2013–2014 season Paykan finished 2nd in the Azadegan League, thus giving them a shot at Iran Pro League promotion. Paykan defeated Siah Jamegan 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to play Iran Pro League club Fajr Sepasi in a promotion play-off. The first game in Shiraz ended 0–0 with neither team getting the upper hand. But, in the return leg in Qods, Paykan achieved promotion with a lone goal in the 65th minute. Following the good support from the people of Qods, Paykan announced they will be playing in that city for the 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League season. At the end of the 2014–15 season, Paykan finished 15th and was relegated.

In the 2015–16 Azadegan League season, Paykan finished first and were directly promoted to the Persian Gulf Pro League. In the winter of 2017, after a good first half of the season, Paykan became the first ever Persian Gulf Pro League side to sign an Afghan player, when they signed Afghan national team captain Faysal Shayesteh.

SeasonsEdit

Year Division Pos. Hazfi Cup Notes
2001–02 Pro League 7th Semifinal
2002–03 5th Quarterfinal
2003–04 7th
2004–05 15th Quarterfinal Relegated
2005–06 Azadegan League 2nd Promoted
2006–07 Pro League 7th Quarterfinal
2007–08 7th 1/8 Final
2008–09 8th 1/16 Final
2009–10 11th 1/16 Final
2010–11 17th Round of 32 Relegated
2011–12 Azadegan League 1st Third Round Promoted
2012–13 Pro League 17th Round of 32 Relegated
2013–14 Azadegan League 2nd Third Round Promoted
2014–15 Pro League 15th Round of 16 Relegated
2015–16 Azadegan League 1st Third Round Promoted
2016–17 Pro League 6th Round of 32
2017–18 6th Round of 32
2018–19 11th Round of 32
2019–20 13th Round of 16
2020–21 7th Round of 32

SponsorshipEdit

Official sponsorsEdit

For the 2007/08 season it has been announced that Paykan's official kit sponsor will be ISACO.

Kit providersEdit

Club chairmenEdit

Club managersEdit

Managerial historyEdit

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IRN Farhad Majd Kermanshahi
2 DF   IRN Danial JahanbakhshU25
3 DF   IRN Amir Hossein GholamiU25
4 DF   IRN Saman FallahU23
5 DF   IRN Behrouz Norouzifard
6 MF   IRN Amir Shabani
7 MF   IRN Mohammad Hossein FallahU23
8 MF   IRN Gholamreza Sabet ImaniU23
9 FW   IRN Ebrahim Salehi
10 MF   IRN Sasan Hosseini
11 MF   IRN Mohammad Bolboli
12 GK   IRN Erfan Esfandiari
14 MF   IRN Mansour Bagheri
16 DF   IRN Milad Badragheh
17 MF   IRN Reza GhandipourU19
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   IRN Ali Akbar RanjbarU19
19 MF   IRN Ali RamezaniU23
20 DF   IRN Iman AkbariU25
21 GK   IRN Mohammad Naseri
26 DF   IRN Mohammad Ali Kazemi
30 DF   IRN Amir Taher
33 GK   IRN Alireza GoliU23
66 FW   IRN Mohammad Javad AzadehU25
74 MF   IRN Mojtaba Haghdoost
77 MF   IRN Mohammad Reza Raoufi ManeshU21
79 FW   IRN Mohammad Mehdi LotfiU23
88 MF   IRN Amir Reza AziziU21
99 FW   SSD Tito Okello

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2022.

Former playersEdit

For notable former players, see Category:Paykan F.C. players.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-06-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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