Hamid Estili

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Hamid Estili
Hamid Estili.jpg
Estili in 2013
Personal information
Full name Hamid Reza Estili
Date of birth (1967-04-01) 1 April 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rah Ahan (manager)
Youth career
1982–1989 Pas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Pas
1992–1993 Persepolis 20 (1)
1993–1994 Bahman
1994–1995 Al Qadisiya Kuwait
1995–1996 Bahman
1996 Geylang United
1996–1998 Bahman
1998–2004 Persepolis 98 (9)
National team
1990–2000 Iran 82 (12)
Teams managed
2004–2008 Persepolis (Assistant)
2009–2010 Steel Azin
2010–2011 Shahin Bushehr
2011 Persepolis
2014– Rah Ahan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hamid Reza Estili (Persian: حميد استيلی‎, born 1 April 1967 in Tehran) is an Iranian football coach and retired player. Estili was a member of Iran national football team and is mostly remembered for his memorable goal and goal celebration against USA at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[1][2] He is currently head coach of Rah Ahan in Iran Pro League.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1 April 1967 in Nazi Abad, Tehran. His father was a businessman and his mother was a nurse. He began his career in football with playing in Pas Tehran in 1982. His younger brother was also a footballer and died in April 2011 after an accident.

Club career[edit]

Estili has played for many clubs such as Al Qadisiya Kuwait, Bahman, Esteghlal Jonoub, Geylang United and Pas, but his best years were spent at Persepolis.

After the 1998 FIFA World Cup he signed for FK Austria Wien,[citation needed] however due to unforeseen circumstances, he returned to Iran and played the remaining six years of his career at his beloved Persepolis FC.

In the famous Tehran derby played in 2000, he fought with Mohammad Navazi at the end of the match and was arrested by Police. They were imprissoned in Qasr Prison for 3 days.[3] He was suspended for the rest of season.[4]

He retired from competitive club football in 2004.

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
1992–93 Persepolis Azadegan League 15 0 0 0 8 1 291 31
1993–94 5 1 1 0 4 0 10 1
1998–99 18 4 6 0 - - 24 4
1999–00 21 2 1 0 7 0 29 2
2000–01 11 2 0 0 9 2 20 4
2001–02 Iran Pro League 16 0 4 0 - - 20 0
2002–03 20 1 ? ? 3 0 ? ?
2003–04 12 0 ? ? - - ? ?
Total 118 10 122 02 31 3 1672 152
  • 1 includes 6 matches and 2 goals in Tehran Super League.
  • 2 Statistics Incomplete.

International career[edit]

Estili started playing football from an early age and was able to impress, eventually being called up the national football team. At age 23, he made his debut versus the USSR. He was known as the workhorse of the national team, but is mostly remembered for his memorable goal and goal celebration against USA at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Estili retired from international football after match against South Korea in 2000. He had 82 caps and 12 goals for the national team.

Goals scored[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date City Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  Japan 1–0 2–1 World Cup Qualifier
2 6 June 1997 Damascus, Syria  Syria 0–0 1–0 World Cup Qualifier
3 2 September 1997 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 0–3 1–3 Friendly
4 26 September 1997 Tehran, Iran  Kuwait 0–1 1–1 World Cup Qualifier
5 17 October 1997 Dalian, China  China PR 0–2 4–2 World Cup Qualifier
6 17 October 1997 Dalian, China  China PR 1–2 4–2 World Cup Qualifier
7 17 October 1997 Dalian, China  China PR 2–2 4–2 World Cup Qualifier
8 19 October 1997 Tehran, Iran  Saudi Arabia 0–0 1–1 World Cup Qualifier
9 22 April 1998 Tehran, Iran  Jamaica 0–0 1–0 LG Cup
10 21 June 1998 Lyon, France  United States 1–0 2–1 World Cup
11 12 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon  Lebanon 2–0 4–0 Asian Cup
12 12 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon  Lebanon 3–0 4–0 Asian Cup
82 43 23 16 12 109

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant Coach of Persepolis[edit]

Early Years (2004–2007)[edit]

Estili was appointed as assistant coach for Persepolis FC in 2004, as the assistant of Ali Parvin, and then Rainer Zobel.[5] A few months after Arie Haan was chosen as the Head coach, he was sacked by him.[5] After Haan left the team in August 2006, and Mustafa Denizli was signed as the head coach, Estili returned to his former position. On 13 January 2007, During the 2006–07 mid-season break, Estili left the team being sacked again,[5] this time by Denizli due to problems with him. Denizli later stated that "It would be better for him to take some professional trainings",[6] and Estili Compared Denizli's contract with the Treaty of Turkmenchay.[7]

Assistantship of Afshin Ghotbi (2007–2008)[edit]

Estili was the assistant coach to Afshin Ghotbi, the head-coach of the club in the IPL 2007/08 season. However, with a lot of tension between the two coaches over the team selection, players, and other decisions it was foreseen that one of them will have to leave Perspolis F.C. at the end of the season.[8] Ghotbi left at the end of the season, and Estili was touted as the new Perspolis manager. However, with Ghotbi's return, Estili left Perspolis.[5]

Steel Azin[edit]

He was appointed as the head coach of the new promoted team Steel Azin in summer of 2009 and had many starts such as Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hossein Kaebi, Fereydoon Zandi, Amir Shapourzadeh and Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht but after failing to progress in Hazfi Cup and totally missing the chance of winning the league he was sacked in 19 April 2010.[5]

On 20 September 2009; in the half time break of the match against Esteghlal, he experienced a squeal with Fereydoon Zandi. Zandi threw a bottle toward him, and Estili then slapped Zandi. The incident led to a fight.[5]

Shahin Bushehr[edit]

He was appointed Head Coach of Shahin Bushehr on 1 June 2010 and was fired on 4 April 2011, replaced by Mahmoud Yavari. at the time he was sacked, Shahin were in 17th place out of 18, achieving 16 points in 18 matches.[9]

Return to Persepolis as Head Coach[edit]

On 1 June 2011, It was announced that he is one of the candidates for coaching Persepolis,[10] alongside Hamid Derakhshan and the current coach, Hazfi Cup winner Ali Daei.[11] Chairman of the club, Habib Kashani, launched a "Technical Committee" consisting of Bijan Zolfagharnasab, Mohammad Panjali and Mohammad Zadmehr to select the next coach among the three.[12][13] Daei exposed his proposal for 2011–12 season to the club, but he was unable to remain in the club due to tensions with Habib Kashani.[11] Technical Committee stated a condition for Daei: "Daei Should communicate properly with Kashani", which he rejected.[14] On 21 June 2011, Estili was selected as head coach of Persepolis by "The Technical Committee".[15]

Some fans believed that the Technical Committee was a show from Kashani to pull over Daei, and select his "beloved friend" Estili.[16] In a Poll by Navad, 68% believed that "Estili won't be successful with Persepolis".[17]

In the opening match of the season against Malavan, which ended 1–1 after the weak performance of Persepolis and late tying goal by Hossein Badamaki, fans started screaming the name of Ali Daei since 60th minute, showing their displeasure.[18] protests continued in next matches by Booing Estili and Kashani, and slogans wanting them to leave the club.[19][20][21][22] In a poll by Navad on 15 August 2011, 51% believed that the way Estili was chosen is the main reason of protests. Other reasons included weak performance by players (36%) and impatient fans (%13).[23]

He led Persepolis in the 15 matches with five won, five defeats and five draws. He finally resigned on 9 December 2011 after a 3–0 home defeat to arch rivals Esteghlal in quarter-finals of 2011–12 Hazfi Cup.

On 27 November 2012, he was appointed as Persepolis Academy's Director by Mohammad Rouyanian.

Rah Ahan[edit]

On 26 June 2014, Estili was named as new manager of Rah Ahan.


As of 19 August 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Steel Azin July 2009 April 2010 34 15 11 8 44.12 60 51 +9
Shahin Bushehr June 2010 April 2011 28 6 9 13 21.43 25 31 −6
Persepolis June 2011 December 2011 18 7 5 6 38.89 23 23 0
Rah Ahan June 2014 Present 4 1 1 2 25.00 5 6 –1
Total 84 29 26 29 34.52 113 111 +2

Personal life[edit]

Estili is an Iranian Azari. His father was born in Baku, Soviet Union and his mother is from Sarab. He was married in 1999 with Anahita Zahraee and has two daughters, Atena (born 2002) and Anita (born 2005).[24] They are currently living in Saadat Abad.


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