|Full name||Alireza Haghighi|
|Date of birth||2 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Tehran, Iran|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Current club||Rubin Kazan|
|2013–2014||→ Persepolis (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 January 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Having joined the senior squad of Persepolis at the age of 16. He made his debut in match against Saipa on 17 October 2006 and saved a penalty against the legendary Ali Daei. Haghighi was playing for Persepolis Youth teams teams since 2005, after being scouted by coaches of Persepolis Football School in past years. He started the 2007–08 season with two other goalkeepers already ahead of him in the pecking order at Persepolis (Hassan Roudbarian, Team Melli's number one and Mehdi Vaezi, who has also been invited to the national team, but never capped). During this season, Haghighi did not play at all but extended his contract at the end of the season.
During the 2008–09 season, Haghighi was lucky to play in a lot of games because of injuries to two main goalkeepers Misagh Memarzadeh and Mehdi Vaezi which made Haghighi become the first choice keeper for many games and statistically he was the number one keeper during this season that he was trained under legendary Iranian keeper Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh.
In December 2011, Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan sent a transfer request to Persepolis. He officially left Persepolis on 9 January 2012. On 14 January 2012, Haghighi signed a 4-year deal with Rubin Kazan. He signed a contract with the Russian club on 11 January and made his debut three days later in a pre-season friendly match. However, he never played for Rubin in an official match at his next two seasons.
Loan to Persepolis
On 18 July 2013, Haghighi returns to Persepolis and signed a one-year loan contract with the club. On 23 October 2013, Haghighi played in a 5–1 win over Padideh Shandiz in a Hazfi Cup match, marked his first match for Persepolis after 18 months. He then played another Hazfi Cup match, this time against Alvand Hamedan which he keeping a clean sheet.
Club Career statistics
- As of 1 November 2013
|Rubin Kazan||Premier League||2011–12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Haghighi became Runner-up of West Asian U-15 Tornoument held in Qatar in 2002, Alongside teammate Mohammad Parvin. He was part of Iran U17 at 2004 AFC U-17 Championship, also playing all 3 games for Iran U20 at 2006 AFC Youth Championship. He made 3 appearances in 2005 Valentin A.Granatkin Memorial – International Youth Tournament for Iran U20.
Haghighi was invited to Iran U23 in Asian Games 2006, although he did not play any match. He did not play in 2008 AFC Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament and Sosha Makani was the first choice. Under Gholam Peyrovani's management of Iran U23, He was Invited again; but missed many trainings and friendly matches of Iran U23, including Tehran 6-Team Tournament, South Africa Camp, friendly away match against Poland . Peyrovani did not invite Haghighi for 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games stating "he is too old to play in 2012 London Olympics", despite inviting 28 years old Mehdi Rahmati as a Wild Card player. Peyrovani also rejected having any problems with Haghighi.
Haghighi was called up to Iran national football team in 2010 under management of Afshin Ghotbi. In 2012 Haghighi was called up to the 2012 WAFF Championship in Kuwait. He started in a game against Bahrain. The game ended 0-0.
In March 2010, it was reported that Haghighi is dating famous Iranian actress Elnaz Shakerdoust. The rumours were furthered when ISNA even called Haghighi "her husband". Both have rejected that they have a relationship.
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