Farhad Majidi

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Farhad Majidi
Farhad Majidi 2012.jpg
Majidi in 2012
Personal information
Full name Farhad Majidi Ghadikolaei[1]
Date of birth (1976-06-03) 3 June 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran[1]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder/ Striker (retired)
Club information
Current team
Espanyol (scout)
Youth career
Parchin Industries
1993–1995 Bahman
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Bahman (7[2])
1997–1999 Esteghlal
1999–2000 Rapid Wien 12[2] (2)
2000 Esteghlal 6[2] (0)
2000–2006 Al-Wasl (68[2])
2003 Al-Ain (loan) 0[2] (0)
2006 Al-Ahli (loan) (6[2])
2006–2007 Al-Nasr 15 (3)
2007 Al-Ahli (loan) 5 (1[2])
2007–2013 Esteghlal 138 (46)
2012 Al Gharrafa (loan) 15 (6)
National team
1996–2011 Iran 45 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 September 2011

Farhad Majidi (Persian: فرهاد مجیدی‎, born 3 June 1976) is a retired Iranian professional footballer who mostly played as an attacking midfielder. He was also a member of Iran national football team. In 2010, he was nominated for the Asian Footballer of the Year award which become second in the voting.

Club career[edit]

Having played for F.C.|Esteghlal] for several seasons, Majidi's performance attracted Rapid Vienna to recruit him for one season. However, the offer for a permanent transfer to Austria was not accepted by the Austrians, and they released Majidi who joined Al-Wasl in the UAE.

In the UAE League and in combination with his compatriot Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht, Majidi scored a handful of goals and topped the league chart with Al Wasl. Majidi was unlucky with injuries and was out of action for quite a few matches. One of the highlights of Majidi's career was his short loan to Al-Ain. Majidi was the star of the AFC Champions League 2002-03 semi-final game against Dalian Shide. His goal helped Al Ain to reach the AFC Champions League final match, eventually winning the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

All together in the five years Majidi played for Al Wasl FC, he scored over 100 goals.[2] He left Al Wasl in 2006, joining another UAE club, Al-Nasr.

On 10 February 2007, Majidi signed a contract until the end of the season with Al-Ahli. At the end of the season, Majidi signed a season-long contract with Esteghlal. He extended his contract with Esteghlal for two more season and he was mostly used as the attacking midfielder in 2008–09 season which ended up in winning the league. He had a very good season in 2009–10 season where he was the top scorer of the team and one of the top scorers of ACL.

On 21 December 2011, Majidi left Esteghlal due to personal problems and joined the Qatari side Al Gharrafa.[3] He played until the end of the season at Al Gharafa and his contract was expired on 1 July 2012. Majidi announced his retirement from football on 28 September 2012 after Esteghlal refused to offer him a contract extension.[4][5] but upon request of Esteghlal fans and management, he later withdrew his decision and rejoined the team with an 18-months contract on 18 December 2012.[6] He then won the league title with the team and scored six goals. Finally, Majidi retired for the second time as a football player on 29 October 2013 after Esteghlal was unable to qualified to the finals of the 2013 AFC Champions League.

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 12 2
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
1999–00 Esteghlal Azadegan 6 0
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2000–01 Al Wasl UAE League
Al Ain 4 1 4 1
2003–04 Al Wasl
Al Ahli 6 6
2006–07 Al Nasr 15 3 1 4
Al Ahli 5 1 3 0 8 1
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Esteghlal Pro League 22 7 6 2 28 9
2008–09 23 3 2 1 5 0 30 4
2009–10 30 10 1 1 7 5 38 16
2010–11 26 10 2 1 6 5 34 16
2011–12 16 9 2 0 0 0 18 9
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2011–12 Al-Gharafa Stars League 15 6 3 1 4 0 22 7
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2012–13 Esteghlal Pro League 11 3 1 0 6 3 18 6
2013–14 10 4 0 0 4 0 14 4
Total Iran
Austria 12 2
United Arab Emirates
Qatar 15 6 3 1 4 0 22 7
Career total
  • Assists
Season Team Assists
07–08 Esteghlal 2
08–09 Esteghlal 3
09–10 Esteghlal 2
10–11 Esteghlal 5
11–12 Esteghlal 8
11–12 Al-Gharafa 5
12–13 Esteghlal 1
13–14 Esteghlal 1

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Iran national football team in December 1996 in the 1996 Asian Cup match against Saudi Arabia. He was occasionally getting called up but never became a regular starter till the arrival of Branko Ivankovic where he was experiencing the top of his football. He was mostly benched by Ivankovic because of Ali Daei and Arash Borhani and decided to leave Team Melli camp in 2004 just before the 2004 AFC Asian Cup where Iran lost the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Jordan in Tehran and he was benched for the whole match. Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was called for a few friendlies but could not break it through to the tournament. He was invited by Amir Ghalenoei and Afshin Ghotbi in 2006 and 2009 for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification and 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification for a couple of matches and was used as the substitute. He was called for few friendlies three months before 2011 AFC Asian Cup but decided to announce his retirement. He was again invited on 23 August 2011 by Carlos Queiroz. He was the oldest player in the Iran national team since he had been a member of the team since 1996, however he does not have many international caps. Farhad Majidi and the Persepolis captain, Ali Karimi, were considered two of the fans' favorite players during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 27 September 2011, Majidi announced his retirement from national playing.[7]


Farhad Majidi playing for Esteghlal in a Champions League match against Al-Ain




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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alireza Mansourian
Esteghlal captain
Succeeded by
Mehdi Rahmati