|Full name||Rahman Rezaei|
|Date of birth||20 February 1975|
|Place of birth||Noor, Iran|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defender (retired)|
|Current club||Paykan (youth team manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rahman Rezaei (Persian: رحمان رضايی , born 20 February 1975 in Noor) is an Iranian retired football player and coach. He is also a former member of the Iran national football team and usually plays in the centre back position.
He was originally discovered by Iranian manager, Nasser Hejazi. Rezaei played for Zob Ahan in Isfahan for five seasons. After impressive performances for the club and the national team, he was transferred to Perugia for €150,000 euros and then to Messina.
Rahman Rezaei is currently the most successful Asian defender in Europe. In the 2003/2004 season, he helped Messina gain promotion to Serie A. He had been one of Messina's most consistently used players with 36 appearances in their 2004–05 mid-table finish. After steadily playing for his club for three seasons, at the end of August 2006 Rezaei signed with another Serie A club, Livorno.
He has won numerous plaudits in Italy and has been dubbed "The Flying Carpet". In addition, his fans in Messina have named him the "Secretary of Defense". In January 2006, he acquired Italian citizenship through his marriage to an Italian-Iranian Helia Hashemi.
In July 2008, an Iranian newspaper reported Iranian giants Persepolis were holding talks with Rezaei. However, in mid-July, Afshin Ghotbi was re-appointed manager of Persepolis and cut the talks with Rezaei, stating that the club were not looking for a centre-back player at that moment in time.
On 10 August 2009, Rezaei signed a one-year, $700 thousand contract with Qatari side Al Ahli SC. In 2010 he signed with Shahin Bushehr. A half-year later he joined Paykan. He announced his retirement from football on 4 July 2012.
Club career statistics
Last Update 20 May 2011
|2008–09||Persepolis||Persian Gulf Cup||13||0||3||0||4||0||20||0|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||Asia||Total|
|2009–10||Al Ahli SC||Persian Gulf Cup||9||1||-||-||9||1|
|2010–11||Shahin||Persian Gulf Cup||6||0||0||0||-||-||6||0|
In European football, Rahman Rezaei is considered a solid defender well inclined to launch devastating counterattacks. However his role is different in the Iranian national football team, where he is a straight defensive centre back. He was formerly a forward, but has proved to be an indispensable defensive stalwart for an Iranian side considered top-heavy in attacking players.
He was among the key players for Iran in World Cup 2006, but he did not perform as well as everyone had hoped. He received some criticism following a couple mistakes which led to goals being scored against the team.
On 6 April 2007 Rezaei stated he will retire from international football after the 2007 Asian Cup., but in another interview in December 2007 he expressed his intention to return to the national team. Rezaei was given his No. 5 jersey and was selected for Team Melli's 2010 World Cup Qualification matches.
|Iran national team|
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
|1||3 June 2005||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||North Korea||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||28 May 2006||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–2||5–2||Friendly|
|3||7 February 2007||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Belarus||2–0||2–2||Friendly|
- "GlobeandMail.com: Soccer – Rahman Rezaei". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
- "ESPNsoccernet: Rahman Rezaei". ESPN. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
- "پس از جام ملتها از تيم ملي خداحافظي ميكنم". ISNA. Retrieved 22 July 2007. (Persian)
- "رحمان رضايي رسما از تيم ملي فوتبال خداحافظي كرد". ISNA. Retrieved 22 July 2007. (Persian)
- "Rahman Rezaei: I intend to return to the national team". IranSportsPress. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
- Rahman Rezaei at National-Football-Teams.com
- (Italian) Rahman's profile on Official Website of A.S. Livorno Calcio
- Rahman Rezaei at PersianLeague.com
- Rahman Rezaei at TeamMelli.com