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Rah Ahan Tehran F.C.

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Rah Ahan Sports Club (Persian: باشگاه ورزشی راه‌آهن مهرآفرین‎), commonly known as Rah Ahan Mehr Afarin Football Club is an Iranian football club based in Tehran. They currently play in the Azadegan League. Rah Ahan is the oldest Iranian football clubs.

Rah Ahan Mehr Afarin FC
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Full nameRah Ahan Yazdan Sports Club
Founded2 January 1937; 82 years ago (1937-01-02)
GroundShahid Derakhshan Stadium
Capacity12,000
OwnerMehr Afarin Holding
ChairmanMehr Afarin Holding
Head CoachMohsen Bayatinia
LeagueTehran Province league
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Contents

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

Rah ahan was formed in 1937 in Tehran by Iran Railways but were bought by Mehr Afarin Holding. They are one of the oldest Iranian football clubs still in existence. In 1939 Rah ahan participated in the Tehran Local League for the first time. Their first official match was on 4 January 1940 against Bazargani F.C., they won the game 11–0. Nowadays Rah ahan is owned by the businessman Mehrafarin Holding.

1950sEdit

During the World War in the 1940s Rah Ahan dissolved its football operations, it was not until the 1950s when Rah Ahan restarted its football team. After its re-establishment the club under the name of Pirouz played on the dirt pitches near the railway station. The players of the team composed of the Railway workers. In 1955 with the arrival of Rasoul Madadnavi from Tabriz, the club was again renamed to Rah Ahan and began to attract players from outside the railway company. After achieving good results in the 1958 season Rah Ahan was promoted to the 1st Division Tehran League, but due to new restrictions regarding private clubs in the Tehran Local Leagues, the club was denied the right to compete and eventually ceased its operations.

Pre RevolutionEdit

In 1963 Rah Ahan was again re-established and were placed in the 2nd Division Tehran Local League, in 1966 Rah Ahan was finally promote to the top division of the Tehran Local Leagues. In 1973 the Takht Jamshid Cup, Iran's first national league, was founded. In their first two years in the Cup, Rah Ahan finished a respectable 7th and 9th. In 1976 they were relegated to the 2nd Division. In their only season in the 2nd Division, Rah Ahan finished 1st in the league and were again promoted to the Takht Jamshid Cup. In 1978 they were again relegated to the 2nd Division, but they could not finish the 2nd Division season because of the Iranian Revolution.

Iran Pro LeagueEdit

After the establishment of the Iran Pro League in 2001, Rah Ahan was placed in the second tier Azadegan League. In 2005 Rah Ahan was promoted to the Iran Pro League after a second-place finish in the Azadegan League. Since then they have mostly been an average team where they have finish in the mid table but since the arrival of Ansarifard as the chairman they have looked more stable. They finished 11th in the 2008–09 season and avoided the relegation in the season after on the last week.

Ali DaeiEdit

In 2012–13 season and under Ali Daei, and with him at charge the team got out to an early start, and were 4th in the Iran Pro League after the opening few weeks, after that the team had an average year, dropping to 8th by season's end. In the same year they went on tour in Turkey, beating Galatasaray A2 4–1, and losing to Super Lig side Istanbul BB 3–2. At the end of the 2012–13 season Ali Daei left Rah Ahan to sign with Persepolis.

Trouble YearsEdit

Mansour Ebrahimzadeh was announced as Rah Ahan's new manager for the 2013–14 season, with him at charge Rah Ahan finished an average 11th place. At the end of the season, Ebrahimzadeh announced that he is stepping down as Rah Ahan's manager. Former Persepolis manager Hamid Estili was named as his replacement. Rah Ahan encountered severe financial problems and under Estili the club performed poorly, shortly after Estili was fired and replaced with former Rah Ahan player Farhad Kazemi.

In the 2015–16 season, Rah Ahan ran into financial troubles and finished 15th in the Persian Gulf Pro League and were relegated. This was the first time Rah Ahan will play in the Azadegan League in 12 years.

Season-by-seasonEdit

For details on seasons, see List of Rah Ahan F.C. seasons

Season Div. League Position Hazfi Cup Notes
2001–02 2 Azadegan League 8th
2002–03 2 Azadegan League 11th
2003–04 2 Azadegan League 11th
2004–05 2 Azadegan League 2nd Promoted
2005–06 1 Iran Pro League 13th
2006–07 1 Iran Pro League 16th 1/16 Final
2007–08 1 Iran Pro League 12th Quarterfinal
2008–09 1 Iran Pro League 11th Final
2009–10 1 Iran Pro League 14th 1/16 Final
2010–11 1 Iran Pro League 15th 1/16 Final
2011–12 1 Iran Pro League 11th 1/16 Final
2012–13 1 Iran Pro League 8th 1/8 Final
2013–14 1 Iran Pro League 11th 1/4 Final
2014–15 1 Iran Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2015–16 1 Iran Pro League 15th 1/16 Final Relegated
2016–17 2 Azadegan League 15th 1/32 Final
2017–18 2 Azadegan League 18th 1/32 Final Relegated
2018–19 3 2nd Division Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Relegated

ReservesEdit

The table below shows the achievements of the club's reserve team in various competitions.

Season League Position Hazfi Cup
2010–11 3rd Division 9th/Group 2 Did not qualify
2011–12 Tehran Provincial League 7th/Group 1 Did not qualify
2012–13 Tehran Provincial League 7th/Group 1 Did not qualify
2013–14 Tehran Provincial League 1st/Group 1 Did not qualify

First-team squadEdit

As of 19 January 2016[1]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Vahid Azizi
3   DF Bahman Shirvani
4   DF Milad Abtahi
6   DF Hadi Shakouri
7   DF Milad Zanidpour
8   FW Aliakbar Farhang
10   FW Mohsen Bayatinia
11   FW Kianosh Mirzaei U21
12   MF Ali Aminoalroaei U23
14   FW Amirmohammad Panahi U23
No. Position Player
16   MF Alireza Latifi U23
31   DF Amir Reza Nasr Azadani U21
34   MF Farzad Ashoubi
35   DF Milad Golmohammadpoor U21
40   MF Ali Pazouki U21
70   FW Mohammad Reza Soleimani U21
72   MF Mehdi Hanafi U23
74   GK Kasra Kazemi U21
  FW Amir Mohammad Madani U23 (died)

Loan listEdit

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

No. Position Player
  GK Mohammad Ali Ramezanian (at Khoneh Be Khoneh)
  FW Soheyl Hezar Jaribi (at Khoneh Be Khoneh)

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers winter 2015–16.

Former playersEdit

For details on former players, see Category:Rah Ahan players.

ManagersEdit

IPL managersEdit

Last updated 23 October 2017.

Name Nat From To
Firouz Karimi   June 2004 February 2006
Abbas Razavi   February 2006 November 2006
Akbar Misaghian   December 2006 February 2008
Davoud Mahabadi   February 2008 October 2008
Mahmoud Yavari   October 2008 April 2009
Mehdi Tartar   April 2009 June 2009
Ernie Brandts   July 2009 December 2009
Mehdi Tartar   December 2009 June 2010
Rasoul Korbekandi   June 2010 September 2010
Mehdi Tartar   September 2010 July 2011
Ali Daei   July 2011 May 2013
Mansour Ebrahimzadeh   July 2013 June 2014
Hamid Estili   June 2014 February 2015
Ali Latifi (Interim)   February 2015 February 2015
Farhad Kazemi   February 2015 September 2015
Mehdi Tartar   September 2015 February 2016
Ioannis Topalidis   February 2016 May 2016
Mehdi Pashazadeh   July 2016 January 2017
Sirous Dinmohammadi   January 2017 October 2017
Mohsen Bayatinia   October 2017 Present

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Mohsen Bayatinia
Goalkeeping Coach   Niko Sternberg
Athletic Coach   Dominic Palmer

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit