Masoud Shojaei

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Masoud Shojaei
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Personal information
Full name Masoud Soleimani Shojaei
Date of birth (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Abadan, Iran
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1999–2000 Sanat Naft
2000–2002 Saipa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sanat Naft 12 (1)
2003–2006 Saipa 60 (5)
2006–2008 Al-Sharjah 40 (12)
2008–2013 Osasuna 101 (8)
2013–2014 Las Palmas 29 (5)
National team
2005 Iran B 6 (0)
2004– Iran 53 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014

Masoud Soleimani Shojaei (Persian: مسعود سلیمانی شجاعی‎; born 9 June 1984) is an Iranian professional footballer who last played for UD Las Palmas in Spain. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can also play as a winger or forward.

After playing in his country for two clubs and with Al-Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, he went on to spend several seasons in Spain with Osasuna, appearing in 112 official games.

An Iranian international since 2004, Shojaei represented the country in two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Shojaei was born in Abadan, and lived most of his life in Abadan and Tehran.[1] He started his career with Sanat Naft F.C. before moving to Saipa F.C. of Karaj in the Iran Pro League; having signed at the age of 19, he went on to play three seasons with the latter.

After the 2006 World Cup, Shojaei moved to the United Arab Emirates and signed for Al Sharjah SC. He scored his first goal for the club in the League on 3 October, against Al-Emarat.

Osasuna[edit]

On 23 June 2008, after previous attempts from VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Italy's S.S.C. Napoli, Shojaei signed with Spanish side CA Osasuna for three years, teaming up with compatriot Javad Nekounam. The deal included a 6 million buyout clause for the first 18 months of his contract, being reduced to €3.5 million for the remainder of his stay.[2]

Shojaei made his La Liga debut on 31 August 2008, playing 32 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.[3] During his first two seasons he appeared almost always as a substitute, as the Navarrese managed to maintain its division status; the player remained a regular even after the coaching change at the club, as José Ángel Ziganda was replaced by José Antonio Camacho.[4][5]

Shojaei – who was addressed by his first name during his spell in Spain – appeared regularly again for Osasuna in the 2010–11 campaign, but also spent one month at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with his national team. In late May he renewed his contract with the club for another two seasons, also having the option of an annual renewal of his link.[6]

Shojaei spent the entire 2011–12 on the sidelines, due to injury.[7] On 25 February 2013, in only his fourth appearance since returning, he scored a stunning goal to help Osasuna win it 2–0 at Levante UD.[8][9]

Despite a solid start to his spell, Shojaei was eventually released in June 2013.[10] Shortly after he was linked with a move to fellow league club Real Valladolid,[11] but nothing came of it.

Las Palmas[edit]

On 3 September 2013 Shojaei moved clubs but stayed in Spain, joining Segunda División side UD Las Palmas on a one-year contract.[12] He found the net in his debut, in a 3–1 away success over CE Sabadell FC for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[13]

Shojaei scored twice and provided an assist in the first half of the league fixture against the same opponent on 15 March 2014, in an eventual 5–0 home win.[14]

After the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, it was announced that Masoud Shojaei did not receive a contract extension from UD Las Palmas. With Masoud Shojaei featuring in 29 matches and scoring 5 goals, the Las Palmas based club reached the play-offs for promotion to La Liga, ending sixth at the table. After beating Sporting Gijón in a two-legged game, they nearly missed out promotion by conceding a last-minute goal to Córdoba in the final play-off match. This caused riots at the stadium when the fans ran into the field.

International career[edit]

Whilst at Saipa, Shojaei earned a place in Iran national under-23 football team, catching the eye of senior side coach Branko Ivanković. He was first called up to play for the full national team in November 2004, for a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Laos – it was the only cap he would win until the training camp prior to the finals in Germany, held in Switzerland; he was included in the final squad but only appeared once in the tournament, replacing injured Mohammad Nosrati in the early minutes of the 1–1 draw against Angola.[15]

Shojaei began appearing more regularly in the 2010 World Cup qualification stages, scoring in a 1–1 draw against South Korea in the final game. However, Team Melli did not qualify for the tournament in South Africa.[16] Iran did manage to reach the 2014 World Cup, with him as a regular starter in the qualifiers.[17]

On 1 June 2014, Shojaei was included in Carlos Queiroz's list for the 2014 World Cup.[18]

International goals[edit]

Shojaei playing for Iran in May 2014
Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 March 2009 Azadi, Tehran, Iran  Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–2 2010 World Cup qualification
2 17 June 2009 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 1–1 2010 World Cup qualification
3 12 August 2009 Asim Ferhatovic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1–2 3–2 Friendly
4 7 September 2010 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5 26 March 2013 Al Kuwait Sports Club, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 1–0 1–1 2015 Asian Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 April 2014[19]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2002–03 Sanat Naft Iran Pro League 12 1 0 0 - - 12 1
2003–04 Saipa 14 2 0 0 - - 14 2
2004–05 22 1 0 0 - - 22 1
2005–06 24 2 1 0 - - 25 2
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2006–07 Al-Sharjah UAE League 20 7 0 0 - - 20 7
2007–08 20 5 0 0 - - 20 5
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2008–09 Osasuna La Liga 33 3 1 0 - - 34 3
2009–10 36 2 5 1 - - 41 3
2010–11 18 2 2 0 - - 20 2
2011–12 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2012–13 14 1 1 0 - - 15 1
2013–14 Las Palmas Segunda División 22 5 2 1 - - 24 6
Total Iran 72 6 1 0 0 0 73 6
United Arab Emirates 40 12 0 0 0 0 40 12
Spain 121 10 11 2 0 0 132 12
Career total 233 28 11 1 0 0 244 31
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
2008–09 Osasuna 7
2009–10 Osasuna 1
2010–11 Osasuna 6
2011–12 Osasuna 0
2012–13 Osasuna 0
2013–14 Las Palmas 10

Personal life[edit]

Shojaei has six siblings, and two of his brothers are also involved in football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Khanevadeye Sabz magazine (Persian)
  2. ^ Masoud Shojaei, internacional iraní, ficha por Osasuna para tres temporadas (Masoud Shojaei, Iranian internacional, signs with Osasuna for three seasons); Osasuna's official website, 23 June 2008 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Empate de justicia en Pamplona (Fair draw in Pamplona); Marca, 31 August 2008 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Los suplentes de Osasuna vencen por 2–1 al Izarra de Tercera División (Osasuna bench players defeat Izarra from Tercera División 2–1); Diario de Navarra, 23 September 2010 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Camacho descarta a Nekounam y a Masoud pese a tener el alta médica (Camacho ousts Nekounam and Masoud in spite of being fully fit); Diario de Navarra, 4 February 2011 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Iranian duo to stay at Osasuna; Persian Football, 31 May 2011
  7. ^ Osasuna's Masoud Shojaei undergoes operation in Germany in an attempt to return from injury; Goal.com, 7 December 2011
  8. ^ Levante 0–2 Osasuna; ESPN FC, 25 February 2013
  9. ^ Masoud aparece justo a tiempo (Masoud just in time); Marca, 25 February 2013 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Osasuna announce Masoud departure; Inside Spanish Football, 15 June 2013
  11. ^ El Valladolid contacta con Masoud Shojaei (Valladolid contacts Masoud Shojaei); Resultados de Fútbol, 18 June 2013 (Spanish)
  12. ^ El internacional iraní Masoud jugará en la UD hasta final de temporada (Iranian international Masoud will play for UD until end of season); Las Palmas' official website, 3 September 2013 (Spanish)
  13. ^ Las Palmas no perdona ante el Sabadell (Las Palmas shows no mercy against Sabadell); Marca, 11 September 2013 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Shojaei brace and assist in Las Palmas win [VIDEO]; Persian Football, 16 March 2014
  15. ^ Iran 1–1 Angola; BBC Sport, 21 June 2006
  16. ^ South Korea 1–1 Iran; ESPN Soccernet, 17 June 2009
  17. ^ World Cup qualifying 2014: Charting Iran's journey to Brazil; Bleacher Report, 24 October 2013
  18. ^ "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24". FIFA.com. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "M. Shojaei". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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