Behrang Safari

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Behrang Safari
Behrang Safari.jpg
Safari warming up for Basel in 2011
Personal information
Full name Behrang Safari
Date of birth (1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Left winger
Club information
Current team
Basel
Number 19
Youth career
1992–2001 Lunds SK
2001–2004 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Malmö FF 59 (2)
2008–2011 Basel 94 (1)
2011–2013 Anderlecht 34 (0)
2013– Basel 32 (0)
National team
2008–2013 Sweden 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014, 24:00 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2013, 24:00 (UTC)

Behrang Safari (Persian: بهرنگ صفری[behræŋɡ sæfæriː]; born 9 February 1985) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a defender for FC Basel in the Swiss Super League and the Swedish national team.[1]

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

He emigrated to Sweden as a two-year-old from Tehran with his family. They settled in the small town of Höganäs, and later moved to Lund when he was five.[2]

Malmö FF[edit]

Safari came through the ranks at Malmö FF and played his first game in the Allsvenskan in July 2004 when he came on as a substitute. He made his UEFA debut in the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup on 19 June 2004 against Cork City F.C..[3] He won the Allsvenskan in his first season and became a first-team regular the following season.[4]

FC Basel[edit]

On 15 June 2008, Malmö announced that Safari had been sold to FC Basel in Switzerland.[5] This was confirmed one day later by FCB Online.[6] He made his Basel debut on 23 July 2008 in a 1–0 win over Grasshopper Club Zürich at St. Jakob-Park. He played his first European game in a Basel shirt on 30 July 2008 in a 1–1 Champions League qualifying match draw against IFK Göteborg at Ullevi. He scored his first goal for Basel in the 4–0 home win against BSC Young Boys on 7 February 2010. Safari won the double with Basel in 2010 and the Swiss national championship again in 2011.[7] He played 94 league games for Basel during his three-year contract.

Anderlecht[edit]

On 30 May 2011, Behrang signed a contract for the Belgian club Anderlecht. He had his debut for Anderlecht on 29 July 2011 in the 2–1 away defeat against Oud-Heverlee Leuven. He played his first European game for the team in the Europa League qualifying away win against Bursaspor in the Bursa Atatürk Stadium on 18 August 2011.[8] He won the league in his first season with Anderlecht.

Return to Basel[edit]

After Safari's return to Basel, he featured in their 2013-14 Champions League campaign.[9] At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Safari won his third league championship with Basel.[10] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. During the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel reached the group stage and finished the group in third position. Thus they qualified for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.

The next season, Safari started for Basel as a left back and played in the 2014–15 Champions League.[11]

International[edit]

Safari was called up to the Swedish national team for their friendly match tour in January 2008.[12] He played in all of the matches, which were a 1–0 win over Costa Rica, a 2–0 defeat to the United States, and a 0–0 draw with Turkey. During his debut game against Costa Rica, Safari set up the only goal of the game with a cross to Samuel Holmén, who volleyed the ball into the back of the net.

Safari featured in Sweden's Euro 2012 qualifiers and was called up to their Euro 2012 squad by manager Erik Hamrén.[13]

Honours[edit]

Basel
R.S.C. Anderlecht

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