Rahman Rezaei (Persian: رحمان رضايی, born 20 February 1975) is an Iranian retired football player and coach. He is also a former member of the Iran national football team and usually played in the Centre-back position.
|Full name||Rahman Rezaei|
|Date of birth||20 February 1975|
|Place of birth||Noor, Mazandaran, Iran|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Bargh Jadid (head coach)|
|2014–2015||Rah Ahan (youth)|
|2016–2017||Tractor Sazi (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019|
He was originally discovered by Iranian manager, Nasser Hejazi. Rezaei played for Zob Ahan in Isfahan for five seasons. After impressive performances for the club and the national team, he was transferred to Perugia for €150,000 euros and then to Messina.
Rahman Rezaei is currently the most successful Asian defender in Europe. In the 2003/2004 season, he helped Messina gain promotion to Serie A. He had been one of Messina's most consistently used players with 36 appearances in their 2004–05 mid-table finish. After steadily playing for his club for three seasons, at the end of August 2006 Rezaei signed with another Serie A club, Livorno.
He has won numerous plaudits in Italy and has been dubbed "The Flying Carpet". In addition, his fans in Messina have named him the "Secretary of Defense". In January 2006, he acquired Italian citizenship through his marriage to an Italian-Iranian Helia Hashemi.
In July 2008, an Iranian newspaper reported Iranian giants Persepolis were holding talks with Rezaei. However, in mid-July, Afshin Ghotbi was re-appointed manager of Persepolis and cut the talks with Rezaei, stating that the club were not looking for a centre-back player at that moment in time.
On 10 August 2009, Rezaei signed a one-year, $700 thousand contract with Qatari side Al Ahli SC. In 2010, he signed with Shahin Bushehr. A half-year later he joined Paykan. He announced his retirement from football on 4 July 2012.
Club career statisticsEdit
- As of 18 May 2019
|1996–97||Zob Ahan||Azadegan League||–|
|2008–09||Persepolis||Persian Gulf Pro League||13||0||3||0||4||0||20||0|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||Asia||Total|
|2009–10||Al Ahli SC||Qatar Stars League||9||1||–|
|2010–11||Shahin||Persian Gulf Pro League||6||0||0||0||–||6||0|
In European football, Rahman Rezaei is considered a solid defender well inclined to launch devastating counterattacks. However his role is different in the Iranian national football team, where he is a straight defensive centre back. He was formerly a forward, but has proved to be an indispensable defensive stalwart for an Iranian side considered top-heavy in attacking players.
He was among the key players for Iran in World Cup 2006, but he did not perform as well as everyone had hoped. He received some criticism following a couple mistakes which led to goals being scored against the team.
On 6 April 2007 Rezaei stated he will retire from international football after the 2007 Asian Cup., but in another interview in December 2007 he expressed his intention to return to the national team. Rezaei was given his No. 5 jersey and was selected for Team Melli's 2010 World Cup Qualification matches.
|Iran national team|
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
|1||3 June 2005||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||North Korea||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||28 May 2006||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–2||5–2||Friendly|
|3||7 February 2007||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Belarus||2–0||2–2||Friendly|
|4||2006||Dubai, Dubai||United Arab Emirates||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
- after time of playing he was director sport and coach in some clubs.
|1||2011-2012||paykan F.C.||director sport|
|2||2012-2013||Persepolis F.C.||director sport|
|3||2013-2014||Rahahan F.C.||coach assistant|
|4||2014-2015||Tractor Sazi F.C.||coach assistant|
|5||2015-2016||Tractor Sazi F.C.||coach assistant|
|6||2016-2017||Bargh Jadid Shiraz F.C.||Head coach|
- Imparato Gaetano. "Perugia: il mondo in una stanza". Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- "GlobeandMail.com: Soccer – Rahman Rezaei". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
- "ESPNsoccernet: Rahman Rezaei". ESPN. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- پس از جام ملتها از تيم ملي خداحافظي ميكنم (in Persian). ISNA. Archived from the original on 9 May 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
- رحمان رضايي رسما از تيم ملي فوتبال خداحافظي كرد (in Persian). ISNA. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
- "Rahman Rezaei: I intend to return to the national team". IranSportsPress. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
- Rahman Rezaei at National-Football-Teams.com