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Rasoul Khatibi (Persian: رسول خطیبی‎, born 22 September 1978) is an Iranian former footballer and coach who most recently managed Azadegan League team Machine Sazi.[1] He is the younger brother of Hossein Khatibi, who is also a football manager.[2]

Rasoul Khatibi
Rasoul Khatibi, Persepolis vs. Machine Sazi.jpg
Khatibi in 2016 as Machine Sazi manager
Personal information
Full name Rasoul Paki Khatibi
Date of birth (1978-09-22) 22 September 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Tabriz, Iran
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1993–1996 Machine Sazi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Tractor
1997–1999 Pas
1999–2000 Hamburger SV 4 (0)
2000Esteghlal (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2003 Pas (16)
2003Esteghlal (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2006 Sepahan 67 (32)
2006–2007 Sharjah (12)
2007–2008 Emirates 22 (14)
2008–2009 Dhafra (2)
2009 Sepahan 8 (0)
2009–2011 Gostaresh 36 (16)
2010Tractor (loan) 11 (2)
2011–2012 Machine Sazi 3 (2)
2012–2013 Gostaresh 14 (7)
National team
1999 Iran U23 4 (3)
1998–2008 Iran 27 (5)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Machine Sazi (player-manager)
2012–2014 Gostaresh Foolad
2014–2015 Tractor
2015 Siah Jamegan
2015–2017 Machine Sazi
2019– Machine Sazi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

He began his professional football career, playing for his hometown club, Tractor, following the footsteps of his brother, Hossein Khatibi. He was able to impress people, and after scoring many goals for his club, he was transferred to Pas Tehran. He continued to play well, giving himself a chance to join Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga along with fellow Iranian internationals Mehdi Mahdavikia and Vahid Hashemian.

While playing in Hamburg, he only had a couple of appearances, and was not able to make good use of this opportunity.[citation needed] He soon returned to Iran, back to his old club, Pas. He then briefly played for Esteghlal in the Asian Champions League before signing for Sepahan. Sepahan was able to win the IPL championship in 2003 and Khatibi started showing his good form again. In the 2005–06 season, he was able to score ten goals, completing his impressive record in Sepahan with 32 goals in three seasons. His tally would have been higher if not for his poor chances to goals ratio. In June 2006, he signed a two-year contract with UAE club, Sharjah FC, after rejecting an offer from Spanish second division side CD Tenerife. In 2007, Khatibi signed a new contract with Emirates for $700,000 to join his Iranian teammate Reza Enayati. The contract has a clause which states that if a European club offers Khatibi a contract, then the existing contract with Emirates Club will be canceled. He then joined Gostaresh Foolad as player-manager. He announced his retirement on 5 August 2013.

International careerEdit

Khatibi has played for Iranian national teams of various age levels. He was a constant member of the Iran Olympic team during his time in Teraktor Sazi and Pas, but despite the talent on the team, they were never successful. He gained his first international cap on 15 February 1999 versus Kuwait. His appearances for the national team have been inconsistent, but due to his good form in the 2005–06 season he was called up to the main squad which headed to Germany for World Cup 2006. He has 24 caps and 5 goals for the national team.

Coaching careerEdit

After joined Machine Sazi in summer 2011, he becomes player-manager of Machine Sazi Tabriz on 1 July 2011 to lead the team in Azadegan league.[3] After spending one season at Machine Sazi and led them to the third rank and lost the promotion play-off on goal difference, he becomes head coach of another Tabrizi based team, Gostaresh Foolad and led the club to promotion to the Iran Pro League. He renewed his contract for another three seasons on 13 May 2013 but resigned on 26 December 2013 after a run of unsuccessful results.

On 31 May 2014, Khatibi was appointed as new manager of Tractor, replaced Toni.[4] He signed a three-year contract with the club. However, he was sacked on 8 February 2015 after a run of poor results.

StatisticsEdit

Club career statsEdit

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
1998–99 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
1999–00 Esteghlal Azadegan 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Pas 14 6 0 0 14 6
2000–02 Pro League 18 8 0 0 18 8
2002–03 11 2 2 0 13 2
Esteghlal 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 2
2003–04 Sepahan 19 8 0 0 6 2 25 10
2004–05 27 14 0 0 6 4 33 18
2005–06 21 10 1 0 22 10
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2006–07 Sharjah UAE Pro-League 21 12 0 0 21 12
2007–08 Emirates 22 14 0 0 22 14
2008–09 Dhafra 9 2 0 0 9 2
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2008–09 Sepahan Pro League 8 0 1 0 6 1 15 1
2009–10 Gostaresh Division 1 23 12 3 3 26 15
2010–11 Tractor Pro League 11 2 0 0 11 2
2010–11 Gostaresh Division 1 13 4 1 0 14 4
2011–12 Machine Sazi 3 2 1 1 4 3
2012–13 Gostaresh 10 5 0 0 10 5
2013–14 Pro League 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total Germany 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Iran 296 73 9 4 21 9 296 73
United Arab Emirates 52 28 0 0 0 0 52 28
Career total 352 101 9 4 21 9 352 101
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
2005–06 Sepahan 5
2010–11 Tractor 0

Managerial statsEdit

As of 7 August 2017
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Machine Sazi July 2011 July 2012 28 12 8 8 42.86% 35 28 +7
Gostaresh July 2012 January 2014 47 19 16 12 40.30% 66 47 +19
Tractor May 2014 February 2015 22 11 5 6 50.00% 41 26 +15
Siah Jamegan June 2015 August 2015 3 1 0 2 33.33% 2 3 -1
Machine Sazi November 2015 December 2017 38 17 9 12 45.94% 53 38 +15
Total 121 51 32 38 42.50% 177 132 +45

HonoursEdit

 
Rasoul Khatibi

As a playerEdit

Pas

Esteghlal

Sepahan

Gostaresh

As a managerEdit

Gostaresh

Tractor

Machine Sazi

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://90tv.ir/news/111479/%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%82-%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%AE%D8%B7%DB%8C%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86
  2. ^ http://goaldaily.ir/template1/News.aspx?NID=13869
  3. ^ رسول خطیبی به ماشین سازی پیوست [Rasoul Khatibi joined Machine Sazi] (in Persian). mehrnews.com. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  4. ^ Official: Khatibi, new head coach of Tractor Sazi Archived 2 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine

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