Büyük Vatankhah

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Buyuk Vatankhah
Personal information
Full name Ezatollah Vatankhah
Date of birth (1943-02-01) February 1, 1943 (age 72)
Place of birth Tabriz, Iran
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1958 Rah Ahan
1958–1960 Taj
1960–1967 Shahin
1967–1974 Persepolis
National team
1973–1974 Iran 6 (0)
Teams managed
1974–1975 Persepolis U-20
1975–1976 Persepolis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Buyuk Vatankhah (Persian: بیوک وطنخواه‎) or Ezzatollah Vatankhah (Persian: عزت الله وطنخواه‎) (born February 1, 1943 in Tabriz, Iran) is a retired Iranian football player and currently a scouter. He has played in Rah Ahan F.C., Taj, Shahin F.C. and Persepolis F.C..[1] After he retired in 1972, he became manager of Persepolis F.C. U20 team and then selected as first-team manager in 1976. He is the first Iranian manager that could win Iranian top division league. His younger brother, Reza, was a team mate at Persepolis for many years.[2]

Buyuk Vatankhah is part of the first generation of contemporary Iranian football players. According to interviews he has given to Iranian press, football was his passion from an early age, a sentiment which angered his traditional father who wanted his son to pursue more "mainstream" activities. In the early 1950s in Iran, playing football beyond a certain age was very much stigmatised. He was only 17 when he first played for the Iranian national team, and it was only then he told his family about his great passion. His career took off after he began to play for Shahin and then played for Paykan only to later return to Shahin and soon thereafter join the start-up Persepolis. He is one of the original Persepolisis. He continues to live in his beloved Tehran, although he has made many visits to Europe and the Persian Gulf States.


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alan Rogers
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
Succeeded by
Hassan Habibi