Andranik Teymourian

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Andranik Teymourian
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Personal information
Full name Andranik Teymourian-Samarani[1]
Date of birth (1983-03-06) 6 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Esteghlal
Number 14
Youth career
1998–2000 Ararat Tehran
2000–2002 Esteghlal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Oghab 36 (3)
2004–2006 Aboumoslem 44 (3)
2006–2008 Bolton Wanderers 20 (2)
2008–2010 Fulham 1 (0)
2009 Barnsley (loan) 11 (0)
2010–2011 Tractor Sazi 21 (1)
2011–2012 Esteghlal 25 (1)
2012–2013 Al-Kharitiyath 20 (0)
2013– Esteghlal 26 (1)
National team
2005 Iran B 6 (0)
2005– Iran 83 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:06, 19 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:58, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Andranik Teymourian-Samarani (Persian: آندرانيک تيموريان‎, Armenian: Անդրանիկ Թէյմուրեան, known as Andranik "Ando" Teymourian, born 6 March 1983) is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Esteghlal in the Iran Pro League. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but can also play as a wide midfielder. From 2006 to 2010, he played for three clubs in England, including Bolton and Fulham in the Premier League.

Teymourian played his first match for Iran in 2005, and has featured in their squads for the 2006 and 2014 World Cups, and also the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups. He is notably the first Christian to captain the Iranian national team.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Andranik was born in Tehran, Iran to ethnic Armenian parents. He started with Oghab F.C. in Iran's Azadegan League, and continued his professional career playing for F.C. Aboomoslem in the Iranian Premier League. In the 2005–06 season, Andranik made 26 appearances for F.C. Aboomoslem and scored one goal.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In late August 2006 he signed a two-year deal with FA Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, for an undisclosed fee, after being granted a work permit.[4] He scored his first two goals for Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round in a 4–0 win over Doncaster Rovers on 6 January 2007, in only his third appearance.[5] Andranik then went on to make his full Premier League debut against Fulham on 11 February 2007. He then made a number of impressive substitute appearances and became a firm favourite at the Reebok Stadium.[citation needed] His first two league goals came during a man-of-the-match performance against local rivals Wigan Athletic on 7 April 2007.[6][7]

Fulham[edit]

On 12 June 2008, Andranik signed a two-year contract with Fulham after moving on a free transfer.[8] He made his Fulham debut against Arsenal, in which he helped secure a 1–0 victory.[9] On 2 February 2009 he went on loan to Barnsley of the Football League Championship until the end of the season.[10] He later stated that he wanted to stay with Fulham for the 2009–10 season. On 1 July 2010 Fulham announced that Andranik had been released from his contract with Fulham.[11]

In July 2010, Teymourian was named in Blackburn Rovers' team to face Southport FC in a pre-season friendly.[12]

On 22 July 2010 Teymourian began talks with Sheffield United F.C. after turning down a tour with Blackburn Rovers across Australia. Blades coach Gary Speed is believed to have recommended Teymourian to Blades boss Kevin Blackwell as Speed and Teymourian played together at Bolton Wanderers.[13] However Teymourian began talks with Blackburn Rovers about a deal to stay with the Premier League club possibly on a short-term deal.[14] However, the move broke down as he was denied a work permit.

Tractor Sazi[edit]

On 19 September 2010 Teymourian returned to Iran to join the Tabriz-based club Tractor Sazi, the move marked the end of his career in England.[15][16]

Esteghlal[edit]

It was confirmed in mid-July 2011 that Teymourian had signed a contract with Tehran and IPL club Esteghlal. He made his debut for club against Sepahan. On 9 November 2011, he was named as one of the 10 finalists for the Asian Player of the Year.[17] He won the Hazfi Cup in his first season.

Al Kharaitiyat[edit]

Teymourian signed a one-year deal with Qatari side Al Kharaitiyat SC worth $1.8 million. After his contract ended on 1 July 2013, he left the club.

Return to Esteghlal[edit]

On 18 July 2013, Teymourian returned to Esteghlal after signing a three-year contract with the club.[18][19] He made his debut in a 1–2 loss to Sepahan. He scored a 40-yard goal in a match against Buriram United which Esteghlal won 2–1.[20] Teymourian suffered a broken arm and was out of play for a month. He returned to the fields at the league's two final matches which Esteghlal finished the season at 5th place and missed next years' Champions League.

On 2 August 2014, Teymourian was named the 2013–14 season's best player on the annual awards ceremony of the season. [21]

International career[edit]

Teymourian has played for Iran's national football teams at the youth level, before being selected to take part with the senior side. He was a member of the national team during the 2006 World Cup. Pictures of an emotionally and physically drained Teymourian at the end of Iran's last game of the 2006 World Cup have begun to take the shape of Iranian football's most notable photograph from the event. Teymourian dropped to the grass and began sobbing while trainers attended to him. He has started to be recognized as a national hero in Iran because of the passion he showed for his country in the 2006 World Cup. He played in the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups, as well as the WAFF Championships. The midfielder cemented his spot as a starter next to Javad Nekounam, leading Iran to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

On 18 May 2014, Teymourian captained Iran in the match against Belarus, making him the first Christian to captain the Iranian national team.[2][3] On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[22] He played full 90 minutes in all three group stage matches, becoming the second most capped Iran player at the World Cup with six matches, after Mehdi Mahdavikia.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 February 2006 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Chinese Taipei 1–0 4–0 2007 ACQ
2 18 July 2007 Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 2–0 2–0 2007 Asian Cup
3 12 August 2009 Asim Ferhatovic, Sarajevo  Bosnia-Herzegovina 3–2 3–2 Friendly
4 18 November 2009 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Macedonia 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5 3 September 2010 Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium  China PR 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6 28 September 2010 Amman International Stadium  Oman 2–2 2–2 2010 WAFF
7 2 September 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Indonesia 3–0 3–0 2014 WCQ
8 11 October 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Bahrain 4–0 6–0 2014 WCQ

Club career statistics[edit]

Last updated 8 August 2014

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004–05 Aboomoslem Pro League 18 2 5 0 23 2
2005–06 26 1 0 0 26 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Bolton Premier League 17 2 2 2 2 0 21 4
2007–08 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 8 0
2008–09 Fulham 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2008–09 Barnsley Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10 Fulham Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010–11 Tractor Sazi Pro League 21 1 1 0 22 1
2011–12 Esteghlal 20 1 2 0 3 0 25 1
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2012–13 Al Kharaitiyat Qatar Stars League 20 0 1 1 21 1
Iran League Hazfi Cup League Cup Asia Total
2013–14 Esteghlal Pro League 22 1 4 0 5 1 31 2
2014–15 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total Iran 109 6 10 0 7 1 126 7
England 32 2 2 2 3 0 5 0 42 4
Qatar 20 0 1 1 0 0 21 1
Country 161 8 13 3 3 0 12 1 189 12

Personal life[edit]

Andranik's elder brother Serjik Teymourian, was also a football player and played for 1. FSV Mainz 05 as a defensive midfielder and now is his agent.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Aboomoslem
Esteghlal

National[edit]

Iran

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 405. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Andranik Teymoruain, the first christian captain of Iran". Isport.ir. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Andranik Teymourian plays in the Iranian football team". Azad-Hye Middle East Armenian portal. Retrieved 29 August 2006. 
  4. ^ "Trotters tie up Teymourian deal". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2006. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Ian (6 January 2007). "Doncaster 0–4 Bolton". BBC. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Phillips, Owen (7 April 2007). "Wigan 1–3 Bolton". BBC. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wigan 1-3 Bolton: Andranik at the double". ESPN Soccernet. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Andranik Signs". Fulham FC. Archived from the original on 13 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Match: Fulham vs Arsenal". ESPNsoccernet. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Andranik Loan". Fulham FC. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Player Contract Round-Up". Fulham FC. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Southport 0-3 blackburn rovers". Southport F.C. 17 July 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blades consider Teymourian" skysports.com 26 July 2010 Link retrieved 26 July 2010
  14. ^ Blackburn Rovers closing in on first signing lancashiretelegraph.co.uk 3 August 2010 Link retrieved 1 January 2014
  15. ^ "Tractor takes Teymourian on board". AFC. Retrieved 20 September 2010. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Reprint of aforementioned AFC article on messageboard". Tractor Sazi F.C. forum. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "آندو در جمع 10 بازيكن برتر آسيا". FC Esteghlal. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Official: Teymourian signs with Esteghlal". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "آندرانيک تيموريان به استقلال پيوست". Varzesh3.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "عکس روز: عجب شوتی بود پسر!". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Teymourian tops Iran league awards". The-afc.com. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24". FIFA.com. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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