Iman Mobali

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Iman Mobali
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-11-03) 3 November 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Izeh, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Naft Tehran
Number 23
Youth career
Esteghlal Ahvaz
Foolad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Foolad 73 (24)
2003 Nirouye Zamini (loan) 25 (2)
2005–2008 Al-Shabab 45 (20)
2008–2009 Al Wasl 19 (7)
2009–2010 Al Nasr 15 (6)
2010–2011 Esteghlal 30 (0)
2011–2012 Al Sharjah 8 (0)
2012–2013 Paykan 25 (2)
2013–2014 Esteghlal Khuzestan 25 (2)
2014 Esteghlal (loan) 4 (0)
2014– Naft Tehran 0 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Iran U20 13 (?)
2002–2003 Iran U23 11 (2)
2001– Iran 60 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011

Iman Mobali (Persian: ایمان مبعلی‎; born November 3, 1982 in Izeh, Iran) is an Iranian football player who currently plays for Naft Tehran in Iran Pro League.

Club career[edit]

Foolad[edit]

Mobali joined Foolad's senior team in 2000. He was considered as the creative dynamo of the highly talented Foolad, based in Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province. Mobali was the key member of his team during Foolad's Iran Pro League championship. Which also secured a birth in the AFC Champions League for the first time in club history.

Al-Shabab[edit]

In 2005 Mobali signed a contract with Al-Shabab in the UAE League. In his first season he scored 6 times in 15 appearances. In the following season Mobali was hit with a series of injuries and only managed to make 11 league appearances. In his last year with Al-Shabab he had his best year, he scored 9 goals in 19 appearances and Al-Shabab won the league title.

Al Wasl & Al Nasr[edit]

In summer 2008 he signed a contract with the UAE giants, Al Wasl. In his one and only season with the club, Mobali scored 7 times in 19 appearances. He left the club at the end of the season. He signed for Al Nasr in summer 2009. After a unsuccessful season with Al Nasr, Mobali decided not to extend his contract and returned to Iran.

Esteghlal[edit]

Mobali signed a one-year contract with Esteghlal in spring of 2010. He made 36 total appearances and did not manage to score a goal. He left the club at the end of the season and signed with UAE club Al Sharjah. He only made 8 appearances before leaving the club.

Paykan[edit]

After his stint in Sharjah, Mobali again returned to the Iran Pro League and again returned to Tehran, this time he signed with Paykan in the summer of 2012. He scored twice in 25 appearances but was unable to help Paykan from getting relegated to the Azadegan League.

Esteghlal Khuzestan[edit]

After Paykan was relegated, Mobali left the team and joined newly promoted club Esteghlal Khuzestan. He made 25 appearances and scored twice before being loaned out to his former club Esteghlal. He made 4 appearances with Esteghlal before seasons end.

Naft Tehran[edit]

In summer of 2014 Mobali again returned to the capital and signed a two-year contract with Naft Tehran.

Club career statistics[edit]

Last Update 7 February 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 Foolad Azadegan League 7 2
2001–02 Pro League 16 2
200203 0
Niroye Zamini Division 1
2003–04 Foolad Pro League 21 8
2004–05 29 12
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2005–06 Al Shabab Pro League 15 6
2006–07 11 5
2007–08 19 9
2008–09 Al Wasl 19 7
2009–10 Al Nasr 15 6 4 1 19 6
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2010–11 Esteghlal Pro League 30 0 2 0 4 0 36 0
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2011–12 Al Sharjah Pro League 8 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2012–13 Paykan Pro League 25 2 1 0 26 2
2013–14 Esteghlal Khuzestan 23 2 0 0 23 2
Total Iran 4 0
United Arab Emirates 87 33 0 0
Career total 4 0
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
10–11 Esteghlal 5
12–13 Paykan 2
13–14 Esteghlal Khuzestan 6

International career[edit]

At international level Mobali is considered one of Asia's brightest prospects. Mobali made his debut for Team Melli in January 2001 against China. He was among Iran's under-23 squad in 2002, winning a Gold Medal in the Busan Asian Games.

Although according to many football analysts, Iman is among the most talented Asian players of his generation, his international career has not been as impressive as expected. There is some speculation that Branko Ivanković, the former coach of Iranian national football team, was not a big fan of Iman. He was not always called up to the national team, and even if selected, he was usually on the bench. Some also say that Iman Mobali has had personal issues with Ali Daei, which emerged when Mobali made a dangerous tackle on Ali Daei's legs in a cup match in Iran, although Iman has denied these speculations.

2011 Asian Cup[edit]

Mobali started most of the matches in the group stage for Team Melli in 2011 AFC Asian Cup, and scored a beautiful goal in match against Iraq from a curling free-kick.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2003 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Jordan 2–1 4–1 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2 11 January 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan  Iraq 2–1 2–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup

Awards and honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Foolad
Al-Shabab
Esteghlal

Country[edit]

Iran U-23
Iran

External links[edit]