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Malavan Anzali FC
ملوان بندر انزلى
Full name Malavan Bandar Anzali Football Club
Nickname(s) White Swans (Persian: قوی سپید‎)
Founded 1968; 47 years ago
Ground Takhti Stadium, Bandar-e Anzali
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Sirous Mahjoob
Chairman Hossein Gholami
Manager Firouz Karimi
League Iran Pro League
2013–14 Iran Pro League, 7th
Website Club home page

Malavan Bandar Anzali Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال ملوان بندر انزلى‎) is an Iranian football club based in Bandar-e Anzali, Iran. It currently plays in Iran's top football league, the Persian Gulf Pro League. The team is known to have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in Iranian football, and is one of the successful teams not based in Tehran. The club is owned by Iranian businessman, Sirous Mahjoob, and is known to have one of the best youth football programs in the country. Malavan is the football club of the multisport Malavan Sport and Cultural Club.



Bahman Salehnia created the team in 1969 along with some young athletes from the port city of Anzali. After some time, the Iranian Navy decided to become the team's main sponsor and owner. Salehnia can be called the team's founder; he took over as the team's head coach in 1985, and until 1998 remained in the position. Until 2010 the team has only had two other coaches, Mohammad Ahmadzadeh and Nosrat Irandoost and the last head coach of this team from 2010 is Farhad Pourgholami which gave his position to Mohammad Ahmadzadeh in the middle of the season again. The club was transferred to Mr. sirous Mahjoob who is one of the abroad financiers & sport managers on 2013. His activities include banking & Hotel. He has about 2000 employees around the world. He determines for board of directors, and provides all the costs of the club.


Salehnia was last manager of the team when he helped the team climb out of the 1st division and back into the IPL. The club has never really had great success in the league but they were able to become the best non-Tehran based club and finishing third in the 1977 and 1989. Malavan has won the Hazfi Cup on one occasions, in 1990. In 1988 Malavan participated in Asian Club Championship but after beating Saunders SC in first round they withdrew from tournament due to the Iran–Iraq War.

Iran Pro League[edit]

In 2003 Malavan was relegated to the Azadegan League, they only stayed one year in the lower league as they were immediately promoted back to the Iran Pro League. Since then, they have been one of the most stable teams of the league in recent years where they only had few coaches during their history and always finished in mid table and challenge the big teams. They finished 12th in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 season. In 2010-11 season they finished 8th and reached the final of Hazfi Cup but lost to Persepolis. In the 2013-14 Iran Pro League season Malavan achieved a surprising 7th place finish in the league, their highest ever.

El Gilano[edit]

Main articles: El Gilano

The match between Malavan and Damash or Sepidrood F.C. is known as The Derby Of Gilan or El Gilano. This derby is one of Iran's most important and heated derby's. Malavan hold the record for most wins in the derby with 4 since the start of the Iran Pro League in 2001. Malavan also holds the largest margin of victor as they defeated Damash 3-0 in 2005 and 2013. The derby is also known for its fan violence. In 2008 after Malavan defeated Damash 2-1, angry Damash fans attacked Malavan's fans and tore up 1000 seats of the stadium. This was also a similar scene when Malavan thrashed Damash 3-0 in 2013.


Malavan is known to have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in Iran. Their famous chant is Ghouye sepide khazari/Malavan bandar Anzali (Persian: قوی سپید خزری/ملوان بندر انزلی‎) which means the white swan of north/Malavan of bandar Anzali. Malavan fans are very passionate about Sirous Ghayeghran and they have a special chant that they always sing when their team is behind to remind the legacy of Ghayeghran to players. In 2010-11 season when Malavan faced Esteghlal the semi-final of Hazfi Cup, and lot fans, even more than the capacity of the stadium, went to see the match After the achievement of Malavan they celebrated this victory all over the city. In the final match day even more went to stadium. Malavan fans are known for their occasional violence, such as when Malavan lost to Persepolis in the final of the Hazfi Cup, a riot ensued after the match and the fans broke the fence, invaded the pitch and attacked riot police.


The table below chronicles the achievements of Malavan in various competitions since the beginning of Iranian Pro league in 2001.

Year Division Position Hazfi Cup
2001–02 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2002–03 Pro League 14th Relegated to the Azadegan League 1/4 Final
2003–04 Division 1 2nd Promoted to the Iran Pro League 1/8 Final
2004–05 Pro League 7th 1/8 Final
2005–06 Pro League 11th Quarter final
2006–07 Pro League 14th 1/8 Final
2007–08 Pro League 16th 1/16 Final
2008–09 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2009–10 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2010–11 Pro League 8th Final
2011–12 Pro League 15th Fourth Round
2012–13 Pro League 13th 1/16 Final
2013–14 Pro League 7th 1/8 Final

For details on seasons, see List of Malavan F.C. seasons

Club officials[edit]


Name Years
Rashid Sazmand 1996–06
Saadollah Pourtahmasbi 2006–09
Ardeshir Pournemat 2009–11
Bahman Salehnia 2011–12
Sadegh Deroudgar 2012–14
Hossein Gholami 2014–

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Current Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Firouz Karimi
First team coach Iran Majid Saleh
Assistant coach Iran Mohammad Habibi
Assistant coach Iran Gholam Mohammadvand
Doctor Iran Babak Sayyad
Technical director Iran Nosrat Irandoost
Team manager Iran Hossein Gholami

Head Coaches[edit]

Below is a list of Malavan coaches from 1968 until the present day. Firouz Karimi carries the honor of being the first Iranian head coach to assume the title without rising from the Malavan football school.

Name Nationality Years
Bahman Salehnia IranIran May 20, 1968–Feb 5, 1997
Nosrat Irandoost Iran Feb 5, 1997–Dec 15, 2000
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran Dec 15, 2000–July 2, 2002
Bahman Salehnia Iran May 15, 2002–July 2, 2004
Nosrat Irandoost Iran July 2, 2004–July 5, 2006
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran July 5, 2006–Jan 1, 2010
Farhad Pourgholami Iran Jan 1, 2010–Sept 29, 2012
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran Sept 29 2012–May 28, 2013
Dragan Skočić Croatia May 28, 2013–June 1, 2014
Nosrat Irandoost Iran June 1, 2014–Oct 8, 2014
Stevan Mojsilović Serbia Oct 8, 2014–Dec 5, 2014
Firouz Karimi Iran Dec 6, 2014–


First-team squad[edit]

as of 10 December 2014[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Iman Sadeghi U23
3 Iran DF Abolhassan Jafari
5 Iran DF Ezzatollah Pourghaz
6 Iran DF Ahmad Ahi
8 Iran MF Pejman Nouri
9 Iran MF Maziar Zare (Captain)
10 Iran FW Jalal Rafkhaei
12 Iran MF Soheil Rahmani
13 Iran MF Mohsen Yousefi
14 Iran DF Aziz Maeboodi
15 Iran DF Hossein Kanaani U21
16 Iran MF Alireza Ramezani
17 Iran MF Mohammad Jalali U21
No. Position Player
19 Iran MF Mohammad Razipour U23
20 Iran FW Ali Abedi U21
21 Iran MF Mohammad Darabi U23
22 Iran GK Hossein Hosseini U23
23 Iran DF Shayan Kargar U23
25 Iran DF Sadegh Moharrami U21
26 Iran MF Mahyar Zahmatkesh U23
27 Iran FW Arman Ramezani U23
33 Iran GK Mohammadreza Ghavidel U23
35 Iran MF Reza Etemadi
40 Iran MF Saeid Yousefzadeh
44 Iran GK Nima Mirzazad U21

Loan list[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Iran MF Mohammad Pour Rahmatollah (at Tractor Sazi until end of 2015–16 season)
Iran FW Shahin Saghebi (at Tractor Sazi until end of 2015–16 season)

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers winter 2014–15.

Notable players[edit]


National titles[edit]

Winners (3): 1975–76, 1986–87, 1990–91
Runner Up (4): 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2010–11
Runner Up (1): 2003–04

Minor titles[edit]

Third Place (1): 1982
Runner Up (1): 1974



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