|Full name||Hossein Kaebi|
|Date of birth||23 September 1985|
|Place of birth||Ahvaz, Iran|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Current club||Esteghlal Khuzestan|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:09, 24 July 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Hossein Kaebi (also spelled Ka'abi; Persian: حسین کعبی, pronounced [hoˈsein-e ˈkæʔbiː]; born September 1985 in Ahvaz) is an Iranian football player who currently plays for Esteghlal Khuzestan in the Iran Pro League and the Iran national football team.
Hossein is the youngest of a 14 siblings family, including 8 older brothers and 5 older sisters. His family descends of the Arab minority of Khuzestan. Kaebi is known for using his pace in getting forward from right-back to support his team's attacks. He also has a ferocious nature, despite his short stature, and a great work rate.
Kaebi started his football in Esteghlal Ahvaz F.C. youth academy, before moving to Foolad. It was in this club that Croatian coach Vinko Begović quickly discovered him and soon he was in the first team line-up despite his tender young age. He was selected for the U17 team that played in the AFC U-17 Championship 2000. He was also selected for the national team soon after the Asian Championship. Kaebi started getting attention from European clubs at an early age and went on a 3-week trial at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003. He was part of the Team that won the Iran's Premier Football League on 2004 with Foolad for first time. Kaebi disappointed many when he signed for UAE club Emirates. Kaebi signed a contract with Persepolis F.C. on 25 February 2007 on a 6-month deal.
On 5 July 2007, he signed a two-year deal with Leicester City for an undisclosed fee, making his debut as a substitute in a 4–1 win over Watford on 25 August. Kaebi used a translator to speak for him during his time at Leicester City as he could not speak English. He was relegated to the reserve squad following the sacking of Martin Allen on 29 August.
Kaebi revealed on 19 September that he was settling in well with the club and was eager to show his talent to the fans. But on 15 October, he told the Leicester Mercury that he was frustrated at being left in the reserve squad. This left many Iranian fans to question the club's decision to leave an international footballer out of the first team setup. Kaebi later declared to Sky Sports that if his "time on the bench continues then" he would consider leaving Leicester.
He finally made his long awaited start on 11 December in a 3–1 defeat to Ipswich Town on 11 December 2007. He was however transfer listed by then-manager Ian Holloway on 23 December, eight days after featuring in a 2–0 defeat to Hull City, his last ever appearance for the club. He was released by mutual consent on 4 February 2008, after he failed to secure a move from Leicester when the January transfer window closed.
Return to Iran
He was returned to Persepolis after he failed to make an impact at Leicester City. He won the Iran's Premier Football League for the second time under Afshin Ghotbi. Despite the offer from Persepolis F.C. he decided to move to Saipa F.C.. He said he wanted to experience new team and he could not continue playing for Persepolis F.C. but he never said why. Many others believed that he moved to Saipa F.C. for a better offer. After 2 seasons he settled in one club and played in Asian Champions League also played 26 games in 2008–9 season for Saipa.Then he joined Steel Azin and spent two seasons before joining Rah Ahan in 2011 where he joined his beloved coach Ali Daei where they fall apart after Kaebi failed to attend few training sessions on time and he decided to leave and move to Sanat Naft in January 2013 where he stayed for half a season and 6 months before joining Esteghlal Khuzestan for 2013–14 season.
Club Career Stats
Last update: 24 July 2013
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||Asia||Total|
|2004–05||Al Sadd||Qatar Stars League||18||3||6||2||24||5|
|United Arab Emirates||League||President's Cup||Asia||Total|
|2006–07||Emirates||UAE Football League||7||1||-||-||7||1|
|United Arab Emirates||7||1||-||-|
- Assist Goals
Kaebi won his first cap having just turned 16, scoring his first international goal against Cameroon League XI on 15 August 2003, although the match was not considered an official international. He scored his first official goal for Iran against New Zealand in the 2003 AFC/OFC Cup Challenge . In 2004, he was named amongst World Soccer Magazine's Top 10 most promising players. He was in Iran squad for 2004 Asian Cup which finished third and he also won the 2004 West Asian Football Federation Championship in Tehran. Kaebi was in the Iran squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, appearing in all three matches of the group stage. His most memorable performance came against Portugal, where he was able to 'clamp down' both Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo. He was also included in the squad for the 2007 Asian Cup, making just one appearance against China, which ended in a 2–2 draw. He was called to Team Melli for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He also performed in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification for Team Melli.
He called Afshin Ghotbi a Football agent rather than a coach which after this he was not invited again under his spell and even after that he was invited just once under the spell of Carlos Queiroz in October 2011.In 2010 he made a mistake against Qatar in a friendly and Iran lost in the last minute and he was dropped for the rest of the matches and was used as a substitute for a while
On 19 November, Kaebi had a fight with Emarati player Ismaeil Mattar. After a clean Kaebi tackle, Matter went up to the defender and started to insult him. Kaebi, who knew Arabic, was offended.
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
|1||15 August 2003||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Cameroon||3–0||4–1||Friendly|
|2||12 October 2003||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||New Zealand||3–0||3–0||AFC/OFC Cup Challenge|
- Iran Pro League Winner: 2
- Third Place:1
- 2006/07 With Persepolis F.C.
- AFC/OFC Cup Challenge winner:
- West Asian Football Federation Championship winner: 1
- "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HOSSEIN KAEBI". Football Media. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
- "Kaebi joins Wolves". BBC News. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
- Foxes recruit Iran defender Kaebi BBC Sport 5 July 2007.
- Leicester 4–1 Watford, BBC Sport 25 August 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.
- Allen ends brief Leicester reign, BBC Sport 29 August 2007. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.
- Kaebi settled at Leicester, Sky Sports 19 September 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-20.
- WHEN WILL CITY PLAY THE PRINCE OF PERSIA?, Leicester Mercury 15 October 2007. Retrieved on 2007-10-18.
- Iranian banking on Holloway, Sky Sports 28 November 2007. Retrieved on 2007-11-28.
- Kaebi Starts, Leicester City 11 December 2007.
- Holloway begins clear-out, Sky Sports 23 December 2007. Retrieved on 2007-12-24.
- "Kaebi departs Walkers". Sky Sports. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
- "Ali Daei – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 January 2008. "...the matches against ... Cameroon League XI (1–2, 30- 5–03 in Abuja, LG Cup), and Cameroon XI (4–1,..., 15- 8–03 in Tehran, LG Cup) ..., are not considered full "A" international matches"
- Portugal 2–0 Iran, BBC Sport 17 June 2006. Retrieved on 2007-09-04.
- China 2–2 Iran: Nekounam seals fightback, ESPN 15 July 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-29.
- Hossein Kaebi career stats at Soccerbase
- Hossein Kaebi at TeamMelli.com
- Hossein Kaebi's Profile at Leicester City Official Site