|Full name||Masoud Soleimani Shojaei|
|Date of birth||9 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Abadan, Iran|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Las Palmas|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Masoud Soleimani Shojaei (Persian: مسعود سلیمانی شجاعی; born 9 June 1984) is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for UD Las Palmas in Spain. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can also play as a winger or forward.
Shojaei was born in Abadan. 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, displaying good overall dribbling skills and being dubbed The New Karimi.
After the 2006 World Cup, Shojaei moved to the United Arab Emirates and signed for Al Sharjah SC, joining compatriot Rasoul Khatibi and penning a one-year contract worth US$1,200,000. He scored his first goal for the club in the League on 3 October, against Al-Emarat.
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.
Shojaei made his La Liga debut on 31 August 2008, playing 32 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF. 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.
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.
Shojaei spent the entire 2011–12 on the sidelines, due to injury. 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.
On 3 September 2013 Shojaei moved clubs but stayed in Spain, joining Segunda División side UD Las Palmas on a one-year contract. He found the net in his debut, in a 3–1 away success over CE Sabadell FC for the campaign's Copa del Rey.
After good performances with 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 his inclusion in the training camp prior to the finals in Germany, held in Switzerland; during the camp, the manager was impressed enough to include the player in the final squad, but he only appeared once in the tournament, replacing injured Mohammad Nosrati in the early minutes of the 1–1 draw against Angola.
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 South Africa 2010. He had a pivotal role in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, sealing a spot in Brazil for Team Melli. His two assists in an Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on 19 November 2013 sealed Iran's place in the 2015 Asian Cup, just months after their World Cup qualification.
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
|1||28 March 2009||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Saudi Arabia||1–0||1–2||2010 World Cup qualification|
|2||17 June 2009||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul||South Korea||1–0||1–1||2010 World Cup qualification|
|3||12 August 2009||Asim Ferhatovic, Sarajevo||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–2||3–2||Friendly|
|4||7 September 2010||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul||South Korea||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|5||26 March 2013||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City||Kuwait||1–0||1–1||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
- As of 2 November 2013
|2002–03||Sanat Naft||Iran Pro League||12||1||0||0||-||-||12||1|
|United Arab Emirates||League||President's Cup||Asia||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|2013–14||Las Palmas||Segunda División||7||1||1||1||-||-||8||2|
|United Arab Emirates||40||12||0||0||-||-||40||12|
- Assist Goals
Shojaei has six siblings, and two of his brothers are also involved in football.
- Interview with Khanevadeye Sabz magazine (Persian)
- 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)
- Iranian duo to stay at Osasuna; Persian Football, 31 May 2011
- Osasuna's Masoud Shojaei undergoes operation in Germany in an attempt to return from injury; Goal.com, 7 December 2011
- Levante 0–2 Osasuna; ESPN FC, 25 February 2013
- Masoud aparece justo a tiempo (Masoud just in time); Marca, 25 February 2013 (Spanish)
- Osasuna announce Masoud departure; Inside Spanish Football, 15 June 2013
- El Valladolid contacta con Masoud Shojaei (Valladolid contacts Masoud Shojaei); Resultados de Fútbol, 18 June 2013 (Spanish)
- 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)
- Las Palmas no perdona ante el Sabadell (Las Palmas shows no mercy against Sabadell); Marca, 11 September 2013 (Spanish)
- Osasuna official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- TeamMelli official profile
- Masoud Shojaei at National-Football-Teams.com
- Masoud Shojaei – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile