Rasoul Khatibi

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Rasoul Khatibi
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Personal information
Full name Rasoul Paki Khatibi
Date of birth (1978-09-22) 22 September 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Tabriz, Iran
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward (retired)
Club information
Current team
Tractor Sazi (manager)
Youth career
1993–1996 Machine Sazi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Tractor Sazi
1997–1999 Pas
1999–2000 Hamburger SV 4 (0)
2000 Esteghlal (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2003 Pas (16)
2003 Esteghlal (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2006 Sepahan 67 (32)
2006–2007 Sharjah (12)
2007–2008 Emirates 22 (14)
2008–2009 Dhafra (2)
2009 Sepahan 8 (0)
2009–2011 Gostaresh 36 (16)
2010 Tractor Sazi (loan) 11 (2)
2011–2012 Machine Sazi 3 (2)
2012–2013 Gostaresh 14 (7)
National team
1999 Iran U–23 4 (3)
1998–2008 Iran 27 (5)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Machine Sazi
2012–2014 Gostaresh
2014– Tractor Sazi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:36, 25 July 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:36, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Rasoul Khatibi (Persian: رسول خطیبی‎, born 22 September 1978) is an Iranian football retired player and coach who currently manages Tractor Sazi.[1] He is a former member of the Iranian national team.

Club career[edit]

He began his professional football career, playing for his hometown club, Tractor Sazi, following footsteps of his brother, Hossein Khatibi. He was able to impress, and after scoring many goals for his club, he was transferred to Pas Tehran. He continued to play well, giving himself a chance to join Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga along with fellow Iranian internationals Mehdi Mahdavikia and Vahid Hashemian.

While playing in Hamburg, he only had a couple of appearances, and was not able to make good use of his chances. He soon returned to Iran, back to his old club, Pas. He then briefly played for Esteghlal in the Asian Champions League before signing for Sepahan. Sepahan was able to win the IPL championship in 2003 and Khatibi started showing his good form again. In the 2005–06 season, he was able to score ten goals, completing his impressive record in Sepahan with 32 goals in three seasons. His tally would have been higher if not for his poor chances to goals ratio. In June 2006, he signed a two year contract with UAE club, Sharjah FC, after rejecting an offer from Spanish second division side CD Tenerife. In 2007, Khatibi signed a new contract with Emirates for $700,000 to join his Iranian team-mate Reza Enayati. The contract has a clause which states that if a European club offers Khatibi a contract, then the existing contract with Emirates Club will be canceled. He then joined Gostaresh Foolad as player-manager. He announced his retirement on 5 August 2013.

International career[edit]

Khatibi has played for Iranian national teams of various age levels. He was a constant member of the Iran Olympic team team during his time in Teraktor Sazi and Pas, but despite the talent on the team, they were never successful. He gained his first international cap on 15 February 1999 versus Kuwait. His appearances for the national team have been inconsistent, but due to his good form in the 2005–06 season he was called up to the main squad which headed to Germany for World Cup 2006. He has 24 caps and 5 goals for the national team.

Coaching career[edit]

After joined Machine Sazi in summer 2011, he becomes player-manager of Machine Sazi Tabriz on 1 July 2011 to lead the team in Azadegan league.[1] After spending one season at Machine Sazi and led them to the third rank and lost the promotion play-off on goal difference, he becomes head coach of another Tabrizi based team, Gostaresh Foolad and led the club to promotion to the Iran Pro League. He renewed his contract for another three seasons on 13 May 2013 but resigned on 26 December 2013 after a run of unsuccessful results.

On 31 May 2014, Khatibi was appointed as new manager of Tractor Sazi, replaced Toni Oliveira.[2] He signed a three-year contract and is the youngest manager at the club's history.

Statistics[edit]

Club career stats[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
1998–99 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 4 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
1999–00 Esteghlal Azadegan 0 0 0 0 ? ?
2000–01 Pas 6
2000–02 Pro League 8
2002–03 2
Esteghlal 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 2
2003–04 Sepahan 19 8 2
2004–05 27 14 4
2005–06 21 10
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2006–07 Sharjah UAE Pro-League 12
2007–08 Emirates 22 14
2008–09 Dhafra 2
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2008–09 Sepahan Pro League 8 0 1 0 6 1 15 1
2009–10 Gostaresh Division 1 23 12 3 15
2010–11 Tractor Sazi Pro League 11 2 0 0 11 2
2010–11 Gostaresh Division 1 13 4
2011–12 Machine Sazi 3 2 1 1 4 3
2012–13 Gostaresh 10 5 0 0 10 5
2013–14 Pro League 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total Germany 4 0
Iran
United Arab Emirates 28 0 0
Career total
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
2005–06 Sepahan 5
2010–11 Tractor Sazi 0

Managerial stats[edit]

As of 18 September 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Machine Sazi July 2011 July 2012 28 12 8 8 42.86% 35 28 +7
Gostaresh July 2012 January 2014 47 19 16 12 40.30% 66 47 +19
Tractor Sazi May 2014 Present 9 6 2 1 66.66% 19 8 +11
Total 83 36 26 21 43.37% 117 83 +34

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Pas
Esteghlal
Sepahan
Gostaresh

As a manager[edit]

Gostaresh
Tractor Sazi

References[edit]

External links[edit]