Hadi Aghily

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Hadi Aghily
Hadi Aghili 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Seyyed Hadi Aghily Anvar
Date of birth (1981-01-15) 15 January 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran[1]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central Defender
Club information
Current team
Sepahan
Number 5
Youth career
Rah Ahan
1999–2001 Persepolis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Persepolis 0 (0)
2001–2004 Saipa 63 (2)
2004–2011 Sepahan 178 (14)
2011–2012 Al-Arabi 20 (0)
2012–2013 Qatar SC 16 (4)
2013– Sepahan 43 (6)
National team
2006–2012 Iran 69 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

Hadi Aghily (Persian: هادی عقیلی‎, born 15 January 1981 in Tehran, Iran)[2] is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Sepahan in the Iran Pro League.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Aghily was born in Tehran. He was part of the Persepolis youth academy, but he left the club for Saipa in 2001.

Sepahan[edit]

After three years at Saipa, he moved to Sepahan where he won the Hazfi Cup and also played in the AFC Champions League final in 2007. He also played in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup. After his good games he was linked with a move to Japanese teams and also with a return to Persepolis, but he decided to extend his contract with Sepahan. He had so many injuries during the 2008–09 season that he did not play many matches for Sepahan and missed some of the matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification for Team Melli.

On 28 July 2009, Aghili traveled to Freiburg in order to negotiate a future move to the Bundesliga side. However, negotiations were cut short after a few days and the club released a statement saying that "Hadi was not the player that they were looking for."[3] He won the league with Sepahan twice in a row before joining Al-Arabi in 2011. He left Sepahan in summer 2011 after seven seasons.

Qatar Stars League[edit]

On July 2011, Aghili signed a new contract with Al-Arabi. He wears the number 55 and was the club's captain. He won the Sheikh Jassem Cup while with the club. There were rumors that he would join Persepolis after the Iran Pro League season had finished,[4] but he signed with Qatar SC on 22 June 2012, remaining in Qatar Stars League for another season. He played many matches for the team.

Return to Sepahan[edit]

On 19 June 2013, he returned to his former club, Sepahan, after spending two seasons in Qatar.[5] He officially rejoined the club on 1 July 2013, signing a two-year contract. He made his debut in a 2–0 win over Foolad and scored his first goal at the next match from penalty kicks in a 2–1 away win against Esteghlal. He was also the captain of Sepahan for their match with Esteghlal, as Moharram Navidkia did not play because of injury. On 9 June 2014, Aghily signed a new three-year contract with Sepahan, extending it until 30 June 2017.

Club career statistics[edit]

  • Last Update: 10 December 2014 '
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2000–01 Persepolis Azadegan League 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 Saipa Iran Pro League 21 1
2002–03 22 1
2003–04 20 0
2004–05 Sepahan 26 0 3 1
2005–06 27 0
2006–07 27 3 5 4 12 0 44 7
2007–08 28 2 2 1 5 2 35 5
2008–09 23 0 1 0 5 1 29 1
2009–10 22 5 2 0 6 0 30 5
2010–11 25 4 3 1 8 3 36 8
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2011–12 Al-Arabi Qatar Stars League 20 0 0 0 5 0 25 0
2012–13 Qatar SC 16 4 0 0 16 4
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2013–14 Sepahan Iran Pro League 27 5 1 0 6 0 33 5
2014–15 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total Iran 283 21 43 7
Qatar 36 4 5 0
Career total 319 25 49 7
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
05–06 Sepahan 1
07–08 Sepahan 1
0–09 Sepahan 1
10–11 Sepahan 1
11–12 Al-Arabi 7
12–13 Qatar SC 1
13–14 Sepahan 1
14–15 Sepahan 0

International career[edit]

Hadi Aghily after scored goal in match against Qatar during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

In October 2006, he was called up to join Team Melli for an LG cup tournament held in Jordan. He made his debut for Iran on 4 October 2006 in a match against Iraq. In July 2007 Aghily was selected again to join the Iranian squad at the 2007 Asian Cup.

He has been a member of the Iranian squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He served as the captain of Team Melli during the West Asian Football Federation Championship 2008 and won the Cup. Aghily also played in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification for Team Melli. He was one of the main players of Team Melli in West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010 and 2011 Asian Cup.

Retirement[edit]

Prior to the 2015 Asian Cup Qualifying match against Lebanon, he left the team camp because he knew he would not be in the starting lineup. He was banned for one year and Carlos Queiroz announced that Aghily would not be part of the team anymore. Before the last three matches in June 2013 for World Cup qualifications, he publicly apologised to the fans and the coach, but he still was not invited to play. In July 2013 he revealed that the Iranian FA and Carlos Queiroz wanted him to sign an apology letter, but Mehdi Rahmati advised him not to, as he believed Iran would lose the first match and would then beg him to return.[6]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 May 2008 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Zambia 3–2 3–2 Friendly
2 11 August 2008 Takhti Stadium, Tehran  Qatar 3–0 6–1 2008 WAFF
3 15 August 2008 Takhti Stadium, Tehran  Jordan 1–0 2–1 2008 WAFF
4 6 January 2010 National Stadium, Singapore, Kallang  Singapore 1–0 3–1 2011 ACQ
5 11 August 2010 Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan  Armenia 1–1 3–1 Friendly
6 11 August 2010 Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan  Armenia 3–1 3–1 Friendly
7 24 September 2010 Amman International Stadium, Amman  Bahrain 1–0 3–0 2010 WAFF
8 24 September 2010 Amman International Stadium, Amman  Bahrain 2–0 3–0 2010 WAFF
9 6 September 2011 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar 1–0 1–1 2014 WCQ
10 11 October 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Bahrain 3–0 6–0 2014 WCQ

Honours[edit]

Hadi Aghily as Al-Arabi captain with Cabore

Club[edit]

Sepahan
Al-Arabi

Country[edit]

Iran

Trivia[edit]

Hadi Aghily scored two own goals in two matches for Sepahan during FIFA Club World Cup 2007, which accounted for half of the goals conceded by Sepahan in the tournament.[7][8] He has also scored more goals for the national team than any other defender in Team Melli's history.

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