Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club

Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club (Persian:باشگاه فرهنگی ورزشی پرسپولیس) is an Iranian multisport club based in Tehran, Iran. It was established by Ali Abdo.[1] The club is most known for its football team, Persepolis F.C. which competes in the Iran Pro League. It also fields teams in futsal, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, handball, swimming, weightlifting, wheelchair basketball, judo, athletics, goalball, and chess. Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club also owns and operates Persepolis University, Persepolis TV and Radio, Persepolis Energy Drink, and Persepolis Restaurants.

Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club
Full namePersepolis Athletic and Cultural Club
NicknamesRed army
Founded1942, as Shahin
Based inTehran, Iran
Colors  Red
PresidentReza Darvish
WebsiteOfficial website

History edit

Shahin F.C. (1942–1967) edit

Shahin F.C.
Many of the players shown in this photo went on to play for Persepolis.

Shahin was established in 1942 by Dr. Abbas Ekrami, a teacher.[2][3] Ekrami founded the club with help of some young students under the motto

اول اخلاق، دوم درس، سوم ورزش
First ethics, second education, third sports.[4]

— Shahin F.C. Motto

Shahin produced many talented players like Parviz Dehdari, Masoud Boroumand, Homayoun Behzadi, Jafar Kashani, Hossein Kalani, Hamid Shirzadegan, and many more that played for Team Melli. These talents made Shahin popular in the 1960s but its very popularity was viewed as a threat by the Iran Football Federation and the Keihan Varzeshi newspaper (Iran's most important sports publication at the time).[5] The conflict between them became worse and on 9 July 1967, two days after Shahin's 3–0 win against Tehranjavan F.C., the Iran Sports Organization declared Shahin F.C. as dissolved.[5] League attendance dropped and other clubs including Pas, Rah Ahan, and Oghab tried to sign Shahin players.

Establishment early years (1963–1969) edit

Persepolis squad in the 1960s

Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club was established in 1963 by Ali Abdo. Abdo had returned to Iran from the United States and was a championship boxer.

Persepolis F.C. started the 1968 season with Parviz Dehdari as manager. Despite the efforts to sign and disperse Shahin players to various clubs, Parviz Dehdari and Masoud Boroumand transferred the popularity of Shahin to Persepolis F.C. by taking most Shahin Players to join Persepolis. The team was initially quite weak, and participated in the 2nd division of the country. The best player on the team then was Mahmoud Khordbin.

The club, using four Shahin players, had a friendly match with Jam Abadan, a respected team at the time. After the match the remainder of the Shahin players joined Persepolis. That year no league competition was held, as many teams had been dissolved, so a 44-team tournament was held, and Persepolis, along with Pas, Taj, and Oghab finished top of the group.

The next year they represented as the first Iranian club in the Asian Champion Club Tournament held in Thailand, but they were not successful and were eliminated in the group stage.

Chairpersons[6] edit

# Chairperson Nat Tenure Honours
1 Ali Abdo  
December 1963–January 1975 Iranian Football League
Winner:71–72, 73-74
Runner-up: 74-75
2 Mostafa Makri   January 1975–February 1979 Iranian Football League
Runner-up: 76-77, 77-78
Espandi Cup
Tehran Hazfi Cup
3 Firouz Aminiyan   April 1979–October 1980
4 Heydar Boustani   October 1980–September 1981 Tehran Provincial League
Akbar Diyani   September 1981–December 1981
5 Mohammad Reza Rezayian   December 1981–December 1986 Tehran Provincial League
Tehran Hazfi Cup
Runner-up:1981, 1983

Tehran Provincial League
Mohammad Ali Deghatpour   December 1986–February 1987
6 Abbas Vakil   February 1987–June 1988 Hazfi Cup
Winner: 87-88
17th of Shahrivar league
Tehran Provincial League
Winner: 1987, 1988
Tehran Hazfi Cup
Winner: 1987
Mohammad Hossein Eslami   June 1988–April 1989
Kazem Rahimi   April 1989–June 1990 Iranian Football League
Runner-up: 89-90
7 Abbas Ansarifard   June 1990–November 1993 Iranian Football League
Runner-up: 92-93
Hazfi Cup
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Winner: 1991
Tehran Super Cup
Winner: 1992
8 Amir Abedini   November 1993–January 2001 Iranian Football League
Winner: 95-96,
96-97, 98-99, 99-00
Runner-up: 93-94, 2000–01
Hazfi Cup
Winner: 98-99
9 Abbas Ansarifard   January–May 2001
Ali Parvin   May–October 2001*
10 Ali Mirzaei   October 2001–June 2002 Iranian Football League
11 Akbar Ghamkhar   June 2002–June 2004
Hojatollah Khatib   June 2004–December 2005*
12 Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard   December 2005–June 2007 Hazfi Cup
13 Habib Kashani   June 2007–June 2008 Iranian Football League
14 Dariush Mostafavi   June 2008–January 2009
15 Abbas Ansarifard   January 2009–October 2009
Habib Kashani   October 2009–September 2011* Hazfi Cup
Winner:09-10, 10-11
16 Mohammad Rouyanian   September 2011–January 2014 Hazfi Cup
17 Ali Parvin   January 2014–April 2014 Iranian Football League
18 Alireza Rahimi   April 2014–September 2014
Behrouz Montaghami   September 2014–November 2014*
19 Hamid Reza Siasi   November 2014–December 2014
Ali Akbar Taheri   December 2014–February 2015*
Mohammad Hossein Nejad-Fallah   February 2015–June 2015**
20 Ali Akbar Taheri   June 2015–November 2017 Iranian Football League
Winner: 2016–17

Iranian Super Cup
Winner: 2017
21 Hamidreza Garshasbi   November 2017–December 2018 Iranian Football League
Winner: 2017–18
Iranian Super Cup
Winner: 2018
AFC Champions League
22 Iraj Arab   December 2018–August 2019 Iranian Football League
Winner: 2018–19
Hazfi Cup
Iranian Super Cup
Winner: 2019
23 Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard   August 2019–March 2020
Mehdi Rasoul-Panah   March 2020–October 2020* Iranian Football League
Winner: 2019–20
24 Jafar Samiei   October 2020–September 2021 Iranian Football League
Winner: 2020–21
Iranian Super Cup
Winner: 2020
AFC Champions League
Runner-up: 2020
Majid Sadri   September 2021–January 2022*
25 Reza Darvish   January 2022–Present Iranian Football League
Winner: 2022–23
Hazfi Cup
Iranian Super Cup
Winner: 2023

*as Interim Chairman.

**as Deputy Chairman.

Ownership edit

Owner Tenure
  CRC Company 1963–1979
  Physical Education Organization 1980–1986
  Mostazafan Foundation 1986–1989
  Physical Education Organization 1989–1993
  Ministry of Industries and Mines 1993–2002
  Physical Education Organization 2002–2011
  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports 2011–2014
  Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance* [7][8]
  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports 2015–2021
  Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance* [9]
  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

Divisions edit

University edit

Persepolis University edit

It is first Iranian sport university which opened in 2013. Dariuosh Soudi was appointed as the first president of the university and Mehdi Mahdavikia was the first student of this university. This university has 600 students and accepts students in thirteen different fields.

Some fields provided by the university:

  • Football Coaching
  • Futsal Coaching
  • Fitness
  • Sport Reporting
  • Match Commentary

Football edit

Men's edit

Persepolis Football Club who play in the Iran Pro League. According to the AFC, Persepolis is Asia's number one supported club team. Only Dalian Shide and Al-Hilal have similar support in Asia. Persepolis is the most successful football club in Iran with the record of 15 titles in Iranian domestic football league as well as 7 domestic cup titles. Persepolis has also won an Asian Cup Winners' Cup.[10] The current manager is Yahya Golmohammadi.

Women's edit

Sponsorship edit

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers edit

Persepolis League Sponsors
Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1994–95 Shekari Mobliran
1995–97 National Iranian Steel Co.
1997–98 Nahangi Iran Insurance Company LG Sanam
1998–99 Aiwa
1999–2000 Jouraban
2000–01 Samsung
2001–02 NEC Tidi
2002–03 Samsung
2003–04 Jouraban Daei Pars Television
2004–05 Nahangi Perspower Jaguar Drink
2005–06 Bomba Dariush Hotel Shahr Aftab Giordano
2006–07 Hessari Irtoya Ecut Irancell
2007–08 Uhlsport City Credit Cooperative Shahrvand
2008–09 None Marrybrown
2009–10§ Behgol Tehran Municipality
2010–11 City Bank
2011–12 City Bank Opel Persepolis Card
2012–13 Sadra System Pasargad
2013–14 Tourism Bank
2014–15 Macron EJS Co. None EJS Co.
2015–16 Uhlsport T.T Bank None Hamrahe Aval
2016–17¤ Joma Hamrahe Aval
2017–18 Irancell
2018–19 Li-Ning
2019–20 Uhlsport Irancell Tourism Bank
2020–21 Tourism Bank
2021–22 Tourism Bank Irancell
2022–23 Irancell
2023–24 Merooj
§ in 2009–10 Persepolis wear Hessari in first three matches.
¤ in 2016–17 Persepolis wear Givova in first ten matches.

Futsal edit

Men's edit

Persepolis Futsal Club is a futsal team that play's in the Iran Futsal's 1st Division, the second-tier league in Iran. The team formerly played in the Super League, but after it ceased operations for a year, it was given a placement in the 2013–14 1st Division season. In 2014 Persepolis Futsal Club was again promoted to the Iranian Futsal Super League.

Women's edit

Persepolis WFSC is a women's futsal team the plays in the Iranian Women's Super League.[11]

Weightlifting edit

On 16 August 2012, under the approval of chairman Mohammad Rouyanian the Persepolis Weightlifting Team was established. Behdad Salimi the gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics became the team's first signing.

Taekwondo edit

Persepolis' taekwondo team was founded recently, they have won one Iranian domestic championship.

Swimming edit

The Persepolis Swimming Team was founded after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The team has won the national competition once in its history.

Track and Field edit

The Persepolis Track and Field team was founded in August 2012 with the permission of chairman Mohammad Rouyanian. Olympic bronze medallist Ehsan Hadadi became the team's first ever signing.

Bowling edit

With the name of Abdo Bowling Club, it was one of Persepolis' first teams and was created by founder Ali Abdo. After the Iranian Revolution the team was dissolved.

Volleyball edit

Persepolis VC is one of the oldest volleyball teams in Iran, it has currently ceased operations due to lack of funds.

Handball edit

Basketball edit

Judo edit

Chess edit

Wheelchair Basketball edit

Goalball edit

References edit

  1. ^ "آشنایی با باشگاه پرسپولیس (1342-)". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  2. ^ "تاریخچه پرسپولیس از شاهین".
  3. ^ "گرامی باد یاد و خاطره بنیانگذار مکتب شاهین". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  4. ^ "تاریخچه باشگاه از شاهين". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  5. ^ a b "40 سال بعد از انحلال تاريخي شاهين". Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  6. ^ پرسپولیس، باشگاه هزار مدیر! (گزارش) (in Persian). varzesh3.
  7. ^ "بحران استقلال و پرسپولیس، جدی تر از همیشه/ بدون پول بازیکن بگیرید!". 30 May 2015.
  8. ^ "وزیر ورزش: حرفی در مورد کی‌روش نزدم/ مسئولان وزارت صحبت‌های خود را با من تنظیم کنند". 7 May 2015.
  9. ^ سرخابی ها با مالکان جدید در راه آسیا
  10. ^ ":: وب سایت رسمی باشگاه فرهنگی ورزشی پرسپولیس". Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  11. ^ "Clubs Statistics". Archived from the original on 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2014-04-21.

External links edit

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