2012–13 Azadegan League

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Azadegan League
Season 2012–13
Champions Esteghlal Khuzestan
Promoted Gostaresh
Esteghlal Khuzestan
Relegated Yadavaran Shalamcheh
Machine Sazi
Shahrdari Arak
Hafari Ahvaz
Shahin Bushehr
Bargh Shiraz
Etka Gorgan
Mes Rafsanjan
Shahrdari Tabriz
Matches played 357
Goals scored 761 (2.13 per match)
Top goalscorer Mohammad Abbaszadeh
(18 goals)
Biggest home win Nassaji Mazandaran 5–0 Shahrdari Arak
Biggest away win Yadavaran Shalamcheh 0–3 Pas Hamedan
Parseh 2–5 Sang Ahan
Highest scoring Hafari Ahvaz 4–4 Bargh Shiraz
Aboomoslem 4–4 Mes Sarcheshmeh

The 2012–13 Azadegan League was the 12th season of the second-level football league competition of Iran.

The league was composed of 28 teams divided into two divisions of 14 teams each, whose teams will be divided geographically. Teams played only other teams in their own division, once at home and once away for a total of 26 matches each.

In each division, one team were promoted to Iran Pro League, and one team enter into a play-off and two teams were relegated to the third-level Second Division. In total, the league promoted three teams to Iran Pro League and relegates four teams to the Second Division.

The league started on 13 September 2012 and was ended on 16 April 2013. Gostaresh is promoted for the next Iran Pro League season. Shahrdari Tabriz also promoted from Group B to return to the league after just one year but their promotion was canceled after their rule in match fixing scandal. Pas Hamedan defeated Mes Sarcheshmeh in play-off but lost the qualification match to Zob Ahan.

Changes[edit]

Match fixing scandal[edit]

After Shahrdari Tabriz promoted to the Iran Pro League, the former chairman of Niroye Zamini was announced that he was offered 100,000,000 tomans to fixing the match between two teams, a bid that he rejected. Two days later, one of the players of the Shahrdari Bandar Abbas was charged that he was purchased to score an own goal in match with Shahrdari Tabriz. IRIFF opened a case for the match-fixing scandal and excluded coaching staff and management of Shahrdari Tabriz temporarily. The play-off and championship matches was also postponed to another time until the final judgment. The final was announced on 13 May 2013. Shahrdari Tabriz's promotion was canceled and they will be play at Azadegan League next season too, Faraz Kamalvand (head coach of Shahrdari Tabriz) and his assistants were banned for two years from football careers. The team manager of Shahrdari Tabriz and chairman of the club were also banned for one year and six months. Yadavaran Shalamcheh (which relegated to the 2nd Division) was relegated to the 3rd Division. Nader Dastneshan (head coach of Saipa Shomal), Majid Bagherinia (head coach of Esteghlal Khuzestan) and chairman of the club, Omid Tayeri (head coach of Pas Hamedan) were also banned for one year. At all, a total of 42 players and managers are banned from six months to two years.[6]

Teams[edit]

Team City Venue Capacity Head Coach Note
Aboomoslem Mashhad Samen Stadium 35,000 Iran Hadi Bargizar
Alvand Hamedan Hamedan Qods Stadium 10,000 Iran Reza Talaeimanesh
Bargh Shiraz Shiraz Dastgheib 5,000 Iran Mohammad Abbassi
Esteghlal Ahvaz Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Iran Adel Hardani
Esteghlal Khuzestan Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Iran Majid Bagherinia
Etka Gorgan Karim Abad 15,000 Iran Saket Elhami[7]
Foolad Yazd Yazd Nassiri 6,000 Iran Ali Kalantari[8]
Gol Gohar Sirjan Imam Ali 2,000 Iran Ghasem Shahba
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz Bagh Shomal 20,000 Iran Rasoul Khatibi
Hafari Ahvaz Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Iran Nasser Motlagh
Iranjavan Bushehr Shahid Beheshti 15,000 Iran Ahmad Sanjari
Machine Sazi Tabriz Bagh Shomal 20,000 Iran Asghar E'tebari
Mes Rafsanjan Rafsanjan Shohadaye Noushabad 10,000 Iran Bahman Foroutan
Mes Sarcheshmeh Sarcheshmeh Shahid Bahonar 12,000 Iran Davoud Mahabadi[9]
Naft Masjed Soleyman Masjed Soleyman Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Republic of Macedonia Zoran Smilevski
Nassaji Qa'em Shahr Vatani 15,000 Iran Esmaeil Esmaeili
Niroye Zamini Tehran Takhti Tehran 30,000 Iran Bahman Khoda Karam[10]
PAS Hamedan Hamedan Qods Stadium 10,000 Iran Omid Tayyeri
Parseh Tehran Tehran Kargaran Stadium 5,000 Iran Alireza Emamifar[11]
Saipa Shomal Qa'em Shahr Shahid Vatani 10,000 Iran Nader Dastneshan
Sang Ahan Bafq Bafq Shohada 6,000 Iran Afshin Peyrovani
Shahin Bushehr Bushehr Shahid Beheshti 14,000 Iran Ali Hanteh
Shahrdari Arak Arak Imam Khomeini 15,000 Iran Mohammad Navazi
Shahrdari Bandar Abbas Bandar Abbas Takhti 10,000 Iran Abdolrahim Khorramzi
Shahrdari Tabriz Tabriz Yadegar Emam Tabriz 80,000 Iran Faraz Kamalvand
Shahrdari Yasuj Yasuj Takhti 5,000 Iran Abbas Chamanyan
Rahian Kermanshah Kermanshah Azadi 7,000 Iran Javad Zarincheh
Yadavaran Shalamcheh Khorramshahr Jahan Ara 2,000 Iran Human Afazeli

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Machine Sazi Iran Alireza Akbarpour November 2012 Iran Asghar Etebari November 2012
Pas Hamedan Croatia Vingo Begovic January 2013 Iran Omid Teyri January 2013

Standings[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Gostaresh (P) 26 14 8 4 44 25 +19 50 Promotion to 2013–14 Iran Pro League
2 Mes Sarcheshmeh (Q) 26 12 11 3 29 15 +14 47 Azadegan League 2012–13 Play Off
3 Naft Masjed Soleyman 26 13 6 7 41 31 +10 45
4 Alvand Hamedan 26 12 7 7 33 23 +10 43
5 Gol Gohar 26 11 8 7 29 25 +4 41
6 Aboomoslem 26 10 8 8 39 34 +5 38
7 Sang Ahan Bafgh 26 9 7 10 37 32 +5 34
8 Nassaji Mazandaran 26 9 9 8 33 27 +6 0331
9 Parseh Tehran 26 6 13 7 30 30 0 31
10 Est. Ahvaz 26 7 9 10 25 34 −9 30
11 Etka (R) 26 7 9 10 15 24 −9 30 Relegation to 2nd Division
12 Shahin Bushehr (R) 26 6 8 12 18 30 −12 26
13 Sh. Arak (R) 26 6 7 13 16 30 −14 25
14 Machine Sazi (R) 26 3 4 19 18 47 −29 13

Updated to games played on 15 April 2013.
Source: Varzesh3.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Nassaji Mazandaran was deducted 3 points.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Group B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sh. Tabriz (R) 26 13 8 5 33 20 +13 0471 Relegation to 2nd Division
2 Est. Khuzestan (P) 26 13 7 6 24 18 +6 46 Promotion to 2013–14 Iran Pro League
3 Pas Hamedan (Q) 26 14 3 9 25 18 +7 45 Azadegan League 2012–13 Play Off
4 Sh. Yasuj 26 12 6 8 31 20 +11 42
5 Rahian Kermanshah 26 10 11 5 27 19 +8 41
6 Niroye Zamini 26 12 4 10 29 27 +2 40
7 Iranjavan 26 8 13 5 27 20 +7 37
8 Sh. Bandar Abbas 26 9 10 7 29 25 +4 37
9 Saipa Shomal 25 10 4 11 22 28 −6 34
10 Foolad Yazd 26 8 7 11 28 26 +2 31
11 Mes Rafsanjan (R) 26 7 9 10 14 21 −7 30 Relegation to 2nd Division
12 Hafari Ahvaz (R) 26 6 8 12 40 42 −2 26
13 Bargh Shiraz (R) 26 4 7 15 22 44 −22 19
14 Yadavaran Shalamcheh (R) 25 3 7 15 12 35 −23 0162 Relegation to 3rd Division 2013-2014

Updated to games played on 16 April 2013.
Source: Varzesh3.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Shahrdari Tabriz was relegated to the 2nd Division due to match-fixing scandal.[12]
2Yadavaran Shalamcheh was relegated to the 3rd Division due to match-fixing scandal.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Play-off[edit]

First leg was played on 28 May 2013; return leg on 30 May 2013
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pas Hamedan 3–2 Mes Sarcheshmeh 2–1 1–1

Pas Hamedan was qualified to the Iran Pro League play-off against Zob Ahan.

Final[edit]

The match was played on 31 May 2013
Team 1 Score Team 2 Notes
Gostaresh Cancelled Esteghlal Khuzestan

Iran Pro League Playoff[edit]

The promotion/relegation playoff for 2013–14 Iran Pro League was held between Zob Ahan and Pas Hamedan.

The matches were played on 21 June 2013 and 26 June 2013
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Zob Ahan 5–3 Pas Hamedan 4–2 1–1

Zob Ahan remained in Iran Pro League.

Top scorers[edit]

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