Khodadad Azizi

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Khodadad Azizi
Personal information
Full name Khodadad Azizi
Date of birth (1971-06-22) 22 June 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Mashhad, Iran
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Aboomoslem (technical manager)
Youth career
1983-1988 Aboomoslem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Aboomoslem
1993–1995 Fath Tehran
1995–1997 Bahman
1996–1997 Persepolis (loan) 0 (0)
1997–2000 1. FC Köln 50 (10)
2000 San Jose Earthquakes 20 (3)
2001 Al-Nasr (2)
2001–2005 Pas 82 (23)
2005 Admira Wacker 0 (0)
2005–2006 Oghab
2006 Rah Ahan 10[1] (2)
National team
1992–2006 Iran 47 (11)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Aboomoslem
2008 Payam Khorasan
2009 Esteghlal Ahvaz
2011–2012 Aboomoslem
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Khodadad Azizi (Persian: خداداد عزیزی‎, born 22 June 1971 in Mashhad, Iran) is an Iranian retired professional football striker and a current coach.

Club career[edit]

After playing for a few clubs in Iran and following his brilliant performance in Asia, he moved to Germany in 1997 to play for 1. FC Köln. Azizi, along with his Iranian national team-mates Ali Daei and Karim Bagheri, were among the first Iranians to enter German Bundesliga.

Having played for three seasons in 1. FC Köln, he signed a contract with California based club, San Jose Earthquakes. In 2001, Khodadad Azizi was transferred to the UAE club, Al Nasr, before returning to Iran and joining Pas Tehran.

In 2005, he signed for Admira Wacker in the Austrian Bundesliga, but due to problems with the coach and his staff, he left the team without playing a single minute in an official game. He returned to Iran soon after and signed for lower division club, Oghab. His stay there was not very lengthy as he signed for Rah Ahan in late 2005.

Retirement[edit]

After the 2005–06 season, Azizi retired from club and international football. He finished his international career with 47 caps and 11 goals. Following his retirement, Azizi was employed by his hometown club, Aboomoslem, as club chairman advisor.[2] Azizi also co-owns a sports clothing label called Majid with financial backing from Abdol Majid Saedifar who put a $400,000 into the company. In September 2011, Khabaronline.ir reported Azizi to be the owner of Siah Jamegaan of Khorasaan, a spin off of F.C. Aboomoslem.[3]

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
1989–90 Aboumoslem Qods League
1990–91 Azadegan League
1991–92
1992–93
1993–94 Pas
1994–95
1995–96 Bahman
1996–97
1996–97 Persepolis - - - - 4 4 4 4
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
1997–98 1. FC Köln Bundesliga 20 5 1 0 - - 21 5
1998–99 2. Bundesliga 27 4 1 0 - - 28 4
1999–00 3 1 0 0 - - 3 1
USA League Open Cup North America Total
2000 San Jose MLS 20 3 2 0 - - 22 3
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2000–01 Al-Nasr UAE Football League 2
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2001–02 Pas Persian Gulf Cup ? 8 - -
2002–03 ? 4 - -
2003–04 ? 9 - -
2004–05 17 2
Austria League Cup Continental Total
2004–05 Admira Wacker Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2005–06 Oghab Azadegan League - -
Rah Ahan Persian Gulf Cup 10 2 - -
Total Germany 50 10 2 0 - - 52 10
USA 20 3 2 0 - - 22 3
Career total

International career[edit]

Azizi represented Iran at the 1996 Asian Cup, 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2000 Asian Cup. He was named Asian Player of the Year in 1996, as well as the Asian Cup Most Valuable Player in the 1996 Asian Cup.

Azizi is best remembered for scoring the equaliser against Australia in the second leg World Cup Qualifier in November 1997, sending Iran into France 98.

Coaching career[edit]

In December 2006, Azizi was appointed the manager of Aboomoslem, a Mashhad based football club that he had started his lustrous career with in the early 90's. He was replaced by Parviz Mazloumi in October 2007. He was head coach of Payam Khorasan and Esteghlal Ahvaz for a short time. In 2011, he was appointed as head coach of Aboomoslem for a second time but parted company with the club on 1 June 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Event /مصاحبه با فوتبالیست محبوب ایران: خداداد عزیزی" (in Persian). www.irani.at. Retrieved 11 July 2006. 
  2. ^ "قلعه نويى مربى شجاعى است – عزيزى: به فكر يك مربى خارجى هم باشيم" (in Persian). Iran Varzeshi Newspaper. Archived from the original on 21 July 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "پرسپولیس تیم خداداد را برد" (in Persian). khabaronline.ir. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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