Saipa Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال سايپا, Bashgah-e Futbal-e Saipa) is a football club from Tehran, Iran. The team is owned by SAIPA, an Iranian automobile manufacturer. The team has never had a large fanbase, despite some success. It is known to have one of the best youth academies in Iranian football and regularly promotes academy players to the first team.

Full nameSaipa Football Club
The Foxes
Founded1 February 1989; 34 years ago (1989-02-01)
GroundShahid Dastgerdi Stadium
OwnerAihan Amerian
ChairmanKamran Amerian
ManagerMahmoud Fekri
LeagueAzadegan League
2020–21Persian Gulf Pro League, 15th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

In the 2006–07 season, under the guidance of Ali Daei, Saipa won their only Persian Gulf Cup title. Saipa has also won the Azadegan League twice and the Hazfi Cup once.

Saipa is the football club of the multisport Saipa Cultural and Athletic Corporation.


Early daysEdit

In 1989, SAIPA Company decided to start its own football team. They purchased a team playing in the 4th division of Tehran's city league, and renamed it Saipa F.C. After back to back promotions starting in the first year, the Karaj based club was playing in the 2nd division by 1991. That same year they purchased the Shipping Department team's shares, and participated in the 1st division of Tehran's local league. In that year they won the Tehran city championship as well as the Tehran Super Cup, thus attaining the right to play in Iran's top league at the time, the Azadegan League.

Azadegan LeagueEdit

In their first year in the Azadegan League they won the championship, as well as the Hazfi Cup. They also won the league championship again in 1994 marking an unusually successful first five years for the club in Iranian football. The team was relegated into the second division in 1995, but were promoted again in the following year.

Since their second promotion to the top tier, the club has remained in the middle of the league table, and has often included some of the country's most well known players.

Persian Gulf Pro LeagueEdit

Ali Daei eraEdit

By 2001, the club's on-field performance remained stable, occupying mid-table position most years. Shortly following Iranian goalkeeper Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh's retirement, he was linked with the head coaching job at Saipa. It never materialized, but the club signed another Iranian, Ali Daei in a move from Saba Battery. The club had finished third in the previous season and now, with Daei on the field and Werner Lorant as a coach, the team aimed to work for the title. Shortly after the season began though, Littbarski was fired and Ali Daei took on the role of player/coach. Captaining and coaching the team to the title marked the end of a successful career. Daei also scored the winner in the title winning game.

Daei extended his contract, this time as a full-time coach. He was appointed head coach of the national team but kept his role at Saipa until the end of the season.

Return to mid-table and relocation to TehranEdit

Following the title winning year which saw the team play in the AFC Champions League, Saipa turned back into the mid-table places of the league again. Before the start of the 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League season Saipa announced they had moved their home city from Karaj to nearby Tehran. Saipa also made some significant transfers to attempt to return to the top of the league, namely Gholamreza Rezaei, Reza Norouzi and former CA Osasuna captain Javad Nekounam.


The table below chronicles the achievements of Saipa in various competitions since 1993.

Season Pos. Hazfi Cup ACL
1993–94 Azadegan League 1st Winners did not qualify
1994–95 1st Second round
1995–96 16th 4th Place
1996–97 Second Division 2nd did not qualify
1997–98 Azadegan League 7th Not held
1998–99 4th
1999–2000 3rd Semifinal
2000–01 7th Semifinal
2001–02 Pro League 11th
2002–03 6th Quarterfinals
2003–04 13th Semifinal
2004–05 13th Quarterfinals
2005–06 3rd Round of 16
2006–07 1st Quarterfinals
2007–08 11th Round of 16 Quarterfinals
2008–09 10th Round of 16 did not qualify
2009–10 8th Third Round
2010–11 11th Fourth Round
2011–12 8th Round of 16
2012–13 9th Round of 16
2013–14 8th Round of 16
2014–15 7th Round of 16
2015–16 8th Semifinals
2016–17 13th Semifinals
2017–18 4th Round of 16
2018–19 7th Semifinals Play-off
2019–20 14th Quarterfinals did not qualify
2020–21 15th Round of 16
2021-22 Azadegan League 14th Third Round



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 Mehrdad Bashagardi
2 DF   IRN Asghar Nasiri
3 DF   IRN Mohammad Hossein Heydari
4 DF   IRN Mojtaba Bijan
5 DF   IRN Mojtaba Mamashli
6 MF   IRN Aref Haji Eydi U25
7 MF   IRN Alireza Ghasemi
8 MF   IRN Amirhossein Mousazadeh
9 FW   IRN Reza Khaleghifar
10 MF   IRN Mohammad EbrahimiU25
11 MF   IRN Akbar Afaghi
16 FW   IRN Rahman Jafari
17 MF   IRN Sina Zamehran
22 GK   IRN Nima Alipour
23 DF   IRN Hamidreza Divsalar
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 DF   IRN Arash Mehri BabadiU23
28 MF   IRN Mohammad Hossein Babagoli
30 MF   IRN Mohammadreza Moslemi JavidU23
31 MF   IRN Pouya Mokhtari U23
35 MF   IRN Alireza Safari U19
36 MF   IRN Mohammadtaha Tabatabataei U21
38 MF   IRN Mehdi Goudarzi U19
44 MF   IRN Reza Faraji
47 MF   IRN Morteza Hosseinzadeh
48 MF   IRN Mehdi KashefiU23
70 FW   IRN Shahin Balijani
72 MF   IRN Mehdi Hanafi
77 MF   IRN Mehrshad SeydiU23
80 DF   IRN Pouria BaliU23
97 DF   IRN Mehdi BayatU25
3 {{{pos}}}   IRN Mohammad hadavand Mirzaei


Coaching staffEdit

Staff[1] Name
Head coach   Faraz Kamalvand
First team coach   Asghar Maziar
Assistant coach   Mehdi Zarei
  Kazem Borjlou
Goalkeeping coach   Farshad Bakhtiarizadeh
Fitness coach   Ali Asghar GhorbanaliPour
Doctor   Mahyar Mortazavi
Analyzer   Mohammad Palizvan
Technical Manager   Asghar Hajiloo
B team Manager   Kianoush Rahmati

The following managers had managed Saipa since 1993:

Name Period Trophies
  Bijan Zolfagharnasab 1993–97 2 Azadegan League, Hazfi Cup
  Nasrollah Abdollahi 1997–00
  Behtash Fariba 2000–01
  Hamid Alidoosti 2001–02
  Giovanni Mei 2002–03
  Mohammad Mayeli Kohan 2003–04
  Bijan Zolfagharnasab 2004–06
  Werner Lorant 2006
  Ali Daei 2006–08 1 Persian Gulf Cup
  Pierre Littbarski 2008
  Mohammad Mayeli Kohan 2008–11
  Majid Saleh 2011–12
  Mojtaba Taghavi 2012–13
  Engin Firat 2013–14
  Majid Jalali 2014–16
  Hossein Faraki 2016–17
  Ali Daei 2017–19
  Ebrahim Sadeghi 2019–21
  Faraz Kamalvand 2021


  1. ^ "سازمان لیگ فوتبال ایران".

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