Ali Parvin

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Ali Parvin
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Personal information
Full name Ali Parvin
Date of birth (1947-09-25) 25 September 1947 (age 66)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1962–1965 Aref
1965 Alborz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1968 Kian
1968–1970 Paykan
1970–1988 Persepolis 278 (95)
National team
1970–1980 Iran 76 (8)
Teams managed
1982–1993 Persepolis
1989–1993 Iran
1998–2003 Persepolis
2005–2006 Persepolis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ali Parvin (Persian: علی پروین‎, Nicknamed "Soltan" (The King), born 25 September 1947[2] in Tehran) is a retired Iranian football player and coach. He is one of the most famous footballers ever to play in Iran, and is regarded as one of the best from Iran. During his career, he has been associated mainly with Persepolis, played for the team for eighteen years, managed the club for seventeen years in three occasion and also the club's president.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Ali Parvin as captain of Iran national football team in match against Saudi Arabia

He was discovered whilst playing street football with neighbourhood club Aref. After being scouted he joined Alborz FC, the reserve team of Kayan FC, where he would be called up very quickly. Eventually he made his way to Paykan FC [3][4] and was one of the star players in the team in its short run in Iranian football. He moved to Persepolis FC[4] as many other Paykan players did after the club was dissolved in 1970. After the Iranian Revolution and during the Iran–Iraq War Parvin was instrumental in helping the Persepolis club survive. By the end of his playing career he was operating in a player/manager position. He retired from competitive football in 1988.

International career[edit]

He played for the Iran national football team and was part of the Iranian Asian Cup winning squads of 1972 and 1976.

Parvin participated in the 1972 Munich Olympics and played in all three of Iran's matches.[5] He also participated at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, again playing in all three of Iran's matches, and he scored in the group game against Poland.[6]

He retired from international football after Iran's exit from the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

He finished his international career with 76 caps and 8 goals.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date City Opponent Result
1 1 September 1970 Tehran, Iran  Pakistan 7–0
2 4 November 1970 Tehran, Iran  Australia 1–2
3 6 May 1973 Tehran, Iran  Kuwait 2–1
4 3 September 1974 Tehran, Iran  Pakistan 7–0
5 3 September 1974 Tehran, Iran  Pakistan 7–0
6 9 September 1974 Tehran, Iran  Malaysia 1–0
7 13 June 1976 Tehran, Iran  Kuwait 1–0
8 28 January 1977 Damascus, Syria  Syria 2–0

Managerial career[edit]

In late 1989 Parvin (or Sultan as many call him) became the Iranian national team manager. He had already gained experience managing Tehran powerhouse, Persepolis FC. At first his popularity grew even more as the team won the 1990 Asian Games football gold medal, but early elimination from the 1992 Asian Cup and failure to qualify for World Cup 1994 cost him his job. He was fired in 1993 and replaced by Stanko Poklepovic.

He later became the manager of Persepolis FC and helped the team to a number of league titles. He left the team briefly in the 2003–04 season but returned the year after as the technical director of the team. After a poor start for Persepolis in the 2005–06 season he again became the manager, only to leave at the end of the season due to the club's poor form.


Parvin as captain of Persepolis
Nat Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Iran Persepolis February 1982 November 1993 317 200 99 18 63.09
Iran Iran November 1989 October 1993 34 15 11 8 44.12
Iran Persepolis September 1998 June 2003 130 71 45 14 54.62
Total 501 291 165 45 58.08

List of seasons[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third / SF Unfinished
Season Club Domestic International Trophies
1982–83 Persepolis W W 2
1983–84 RU 0
1984–85 0
1985–86 3rd 0
1986–87 W W W 3
1987–88 W 1
1988–89 W W SF 2
1989–90 RU W QR 1
1990–91 RU W 1
1991–92 3rd W 1
1992–93 2nd 0
1993–94 none
1998–99 Persepolis W W 2
1999–00 W 3rd 1
2000–01 RU R16 3rd 1
2001–02 W QF 1
2002–03 RU 1R 1
2003–04 none
2005–06 Persepolis 9th R 0

Administrative roles[edit]

On 30 April 2007, Ali Parvin bought the rights to Azadegan League club Ekbatan who he renamed Steel Azin and became one of the members of board of directors.[8] He was elected as Chairman of Steel Azin on 1 December 2010 but was resigned after team was Relegated to the Azadegan League on 15 June 2011. He was also acting chairman of Persepolis from May to October 2001. As of 19 September 2011, Ali Parvin is one of the members of board of directors of Persepolis, serving for second time. On 22 January 2014, and after the resignation of Mohammad Rouyanian as the club's chairman, Parvin was appointed as the club's interim chairman.[9]


Ali Parvin from Persepolis F.C. and Hassan Rowshan from Taj SC before a Sorkhabi derby in 1970s

As a player[edit]




As a manager[edit]



He was selected as one of the seventeen Asian football elites by AFC and received a statue from this confederation.[10] He was named as one of the members of Persepolis Hall of Fame and the club thanked him for his great performance during his senior career at Persepolis. The club gave him a statue of his face and named him as one of the twelve great players of Persepolis in 1970s.[11][12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Parvin married in 1976. He has two daughters and one son. His son, Mohammad Parvin plays for Parseh. He along with his wife, and the family of his children lives in house that he built in the Lavasan area, near Tehran.[15]


  1. ^ Official Ali Parvin site (Persian)
  2. ^ "World Cup 78 campaign". TeamMelli. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Ali Parvin receives statue from AFC
  4. ^ a b "Parvin Stats". TeamMelli. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Macario Reyes (13 November 1999). "XX. Olympiad Munich 1972 Football Tournament". Match results and line-ups. RSSSF. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Macario Reyes (27 November 2008). "XXI. Olympiad Munich 1972 Football Tournament". Match results and line-ups. RSSSF. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2 July 2005). "Ali Parvin - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ali Parvin acquires a new club". Archived from the original on 15 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007. 
  9. ^ Ali Parvin was elected as Persepolis's president
  10. ^ "Ali Parvin receives statue from AFC". 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "اشک‌ها و لبخندها در اولین همایش تجلیل از چهره‌های ماندگار پرسپولیس" (in Persian). The official Persepolis Website. 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "منتقمی: باشگاه در انتخاب چهره های ماندگار دخیل نبود/ این نفرات توسط کمیته پیشکسوتان انتخاب شدند" (in Persian). 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "حواشی کامل مراسم تجلیل از پیشکسوتان/ اشک‌های پیشکسوتان دهه ۵۰ در شب سرخ برج میلاد" (in Persian). 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "چهره های ماندگار باشگاه پرسپولیس معرفی شدند" (in Persian). 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "در بارگاه سلطان". Hamshahri. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nasser Hejazi
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
1998–99, 1999–00
Succeeded by
Mansour Pourheidari
Preceded by
Mansour Pourheidari
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
Succeeded by
Farhad Kazemi