Amir Abedzadeh

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Amir Abedzadeh
Personal information
Full name Amir Abedzadeh[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 21)[1]
Place of birth Tehran, Iran[1]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Rah Ahan
Number 22
Youth career
2006–2007 Persepolis
2008 Brentford
2008–2009 Dinamo Dorigo
2009 Tottenham Hotspur
2009–2010 London Tigers
2010 Persian F.C. London
2012–2014 Persepolis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 LA Blues 14 (0)
2011 LA Blues 23 3 (0)
2012–2014 Persepolis 0 (0)
2014– Rah Ahan 9 (0)
National team
2014– Iran U-23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015

Amir Abedzadeh (Persian: امیر عابدزاده‎, born 26 April 1993) is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Rah Ahan in the Iran Pro League as a goalkeeper. He is the son of former Iranian national team goalkeeper Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh.[2]

Club career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Abedzadeh was a member of the Persepolis Youth Academy from 2006 to 2007,[3] having previously trained under his father since he was 7. He moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 15,[2] and after spending two months with the third-tier outfit of Brentford[4] and taking part in a trial with Arsenal,[5] he joined Tottenham Hotspur's academy team in 2009. Abezadeh left Tottenham in the same year, following their signing of Italian goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri.[6][7]

During his time in the UK, Abedzadeh also played for amateur youth teams Dinamo Dorigo,[8] London Tigers,[2][9] and Persian FC, the latter of the G.E. Roberts Enfield Football Alliance League.[10]

United States[edit]

Abedzadeh was unable to obtain a work permit in UK and after briefly returning to Iran and training with Iran Pro League side Steel Azin, where his father was a coach, to keep himself on form,[11] he moved to the United States in 2011,[9] and signed for the Los Angeles Blues in the USL Pro, where his father was an assistant coach.[12] He made his debut on 7 June 2011, playing for Los Angeles Blues 23 (LA Blues' reserve team) in a USL Premier Development League game against Orange County Blue Star. He made 8 saves but conceded 5 goals, and was also shown a yellow card.[13][14] In 2012 he had the option to join Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, but he decided to extend his contract with the Blues.[15]

Persepolis[edit]

He signed a three-years contract with Persepolis on 15 July 2012.[16] He played for Persepolis U21 in AFC Vision Asia U-21 Tehran Premier League. He scored goal for Persepolis U21 in game with Niroye Zamini U21.[17] Abedzadeh left the Persepolis in 2014 and without playing a single game for the club.

Rah Ahan[edit]

On 3 July 2014, Abedzadeh joined Rah Ahan with signing a four-year ontract. He will be worked under his father, Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh who also works at Rah Ahan as goalkeeping coach. He played his first professional match on 19 September 2014 against his former team Persepolis, where he comes as a substitute of injured Igor Nenezić in 34th minute.

Club career statistics[edit]

as of 6 November 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Season Club League League Cup Continental Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
2011 LA Blues USL Pro 4 2 4 2
LA Blues 23 USL PDL 3 1 3 1
2012 LA Blues USL Pro 10 6 10 6
2012–13 Persepolis Persian Gulf Pro League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Rah Ahan 7 0 1 0 4 0
Total United States 23 9 0 0 0 0 23 9
Iran 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 26 9 1 0 0 0 27 9

International career[edit]

Abedzadeh has impressed his wishes to wear his father's number 1 in Iran national football team one day, however he was unable to find a place for himself in Iran youth teams.[6]

He was once called up to Iran national under-17 football team's camp for 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kish Island, but never invited again.[4][6]

About his playing probability in Iran national under-23 football team, Abedzadeh said: "Again, they told me that they wanted to take the players who have been together for a long time and know each other well... They also explained that if we should qualify, they are going to call in new players to take a look at them. So hopefully they can beat Iraq and qualify for the Olympics, and hopefully I'll get my chance then. I think the problem is that I was in England for the past four years and that they weren't able to watch me play as much as the local players. That has been pretty disappointing for me."[4]

Abedzadeh was part of Iran's team for in 2014 AFC U-22 Championship, but he did not played any match. In 2015, he was invited to Olympic team for 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification.

Honours[edit]

Persepolis

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Profile at uslsoccer.com
  2. ^ a b c "Amir Abedzadeh: Wait for the Second Generation of Abedzadeh Family." (in Persian). Khanevadeye Sabz Magazine. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  3. ^ (Persian) Haddadpour, Mehdi; Zarei, Asghar. Persepolis F.C. Official pictorial lexicon and Yearbook of 2007–2008. Honarkade Khojaste
  4. ^ a b c Amir Abedzadeh: Filling the Shoes. 31 May 2011 – USL PRO (USL PRO) Los Angeles Blues
  5. ^ (Persian) Iran Varzeshi
  6. ^ a b c "With Amir Abedzadeh: I want to replace my daddy!" (in Persian). Goal Newspaper. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Comolli coup as Tottenham secure Italian youth keeper Ranieri
  8. ^ Dinamo Dorigo home page Dinamo Dorigo – 2008/09
  9. ^ a b (Persian) Aftab
  10. ^ Challenge Cup Final
  11. ^ (Persian) Seyyed Ehsan Hashemi, Goal Daily
  12. ^ Iranian Legend Making a Home in Los Angeles
  13. ^ Official Match Information
  14. ^ Blue Star Too Much For Blues 23. LA Blues 23 News Release, Tuesday, 7 June 2011. Koonie faghat !
  15. ^ Abedzadeh Re-Signs with Los Angeles Blues: Top goalkeeping prospect has sights set firmly on starting job
  16. ^ Abedzadeh joins Persepolis
  17. ^ Abedzadeh Score Goal Persepolis

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