Mehrdad Pooladi

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Mehrdad Pooladi
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Personal information
Full name Mehrdad Pooladi
Date of birth (1987-02-26) February 26, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Karaj, Iran
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Persepolis
Number 16
Youth career
2002–2006 Paykan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Paykan 18 (2)
2007–2009 Esteghlal 37 (1)
2009–2010 Tractor Sazi 30 (6)
2010–2012 Mes 41 (3)
2012 Persepolis (loan) 0 (0)
2012– Persepolis 23 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Iran U–20 8 (0)
2006–2007 Iran U–23 5 (0)
2011– Iran 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Mehrdad Pooladi (Persian: مهرداد پولادی‎, born February 26, 1987) is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Persepolis in Iran's Premier Football League. He is also an Iranian international, where he usually plays as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Esteghlal[edit]

In August 2007, he moved from Paykan to the other Tehrani club, Esteghlal as one of the number of young players that were chosen by coach Naser Hejazi. He scored his only goal in Estghlal's 2–1 away at Moghavemat Sepasi. After Naser Hejazi was sacked and replaced with Firouz Karimi, he fell down in the pecking order and eventually left Esteghlal two years after joining the team.

Tractor Sazi[edit]

His destination for the 2008–09 season was Tractor Sazi where he played only for a single season. In Tabriz he managed to regain his form playing mostly in the center of midfield, scoring six goals in the season the most note worthy was a 40 yard free-kick against his former team Esteghlal in the packed Azadi Stadium.

Mes Kerman[edit]

He transferred to Mes Kerman and played for the team for a year and a half, again mostly as a midfielder. In the mid-season of 2011–12, he was not included in Miroslav Blažević's squad and left the team.

Persepolis[edit]

In January 2012 he moved to Persepolis, but Pooladi could not play in 2011–12 season as he had missed the transfer deadline day. He was however able to register for the 2012 AFC Champions League playing in 7 games and scoring a goal against Al-Shabab from a free-kick in a 3–1 win. He extended his contract with Persepolis for two years, keeping him in the team till 2014.[1] He has established himself as a firm fan favorite due to the high intensity at which he plays the game. Since he has joined Persepolis he play the majority of the games as a Left back occasionally slotting in a defensive midfielder and left winger.

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 21 February 2014.
Club Division Season League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paykan Pro League 2006–07 18 2 2 0 20 2
Esteghlal 2007–08 28 1 1 0 29 1
2008–09 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Tractor Sazi 2009–10 30 6 0 0 30 6
Mes 2010–11 28 0 1 0 29 0
201112 13 3 1 0 14 3
Persepolis 7 1 7 1
2012–13 20 0 3 0 23 0
2013–14 3 0 1 0 4 0
Career Totals 149 12 11 0 7 1 167 13
  • Assist goals
Season Team Assists
06–07 Paykan 3
07–08 Esteghlal 1
08–09 1
09–10 Tractor Sazi 4
10–11 Mes 6
11–12 1
Persepolis 0
12–13 1
13–14 0

International career[edit]

Pooladi in 2014

Pooladi played all three games for Iran U20 at 2006 AFC Youth Championship, as a product of Paykan Tehran.[2][3][4] He also made five appearances in 2005 in Valentin A.Granatkin Memorial - International Youth Tournament for Iran U20.[5] He was also a member of Iran U-23, participating in the 2006 Asian Games.

He started his senior international career under Carlos Queiroz in July 2011 against Madagascar. Queiroz moved Pooladi to the left back position a position that has been problematic for Iran since the retirement of Mehrdad Minavand and Pooladi has taken the opportunity and established himself as first choice left back ever since. On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[6] Pooladi was named as the second best-ranked player in the first week of the tournament behind Thomas Müller by FIFA, after receiving 9.7 points in match against Nigeria.[7] He also showed a good performance in next match, against Argentina. At the end of the tournament's group stages, Poolad was among 30th top players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Esteghlal
Persepolis

References[edit]

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