Sardar Azmoun

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Sardar Azmoun
Iran vs. Montenegro 2014-05-26 (053).jpg
Azmoun in 2014 with Iran
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 20)
Place of birth Gonbad, Golestan Province, Iran[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward, Winger[3]
Club information
Current team
Rostov (on loan from Rubin Kazan)
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2008 Oghab Gonbad
2008–2009 Shamoushak Gorgan
2009–2010 Etka Gorgan
2010–2013 Sepahan
2013–2014 Rubin Kazan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Sepahan 0 (0)
2013– Rubin Kazan 27 (5)
2015– Rostov (loan) 10 (3)
National team
2009–2011 Iran U–17 6 (7)
2011–2014 Iran U–20 18 (19)
2015– Iran U–23 4 (4)
2014– Iran 8 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015

Sardar Azmoun (Persian: سردار آزمون‎, born 1 January 1995 in Gonbad-e Kavus)[4] is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for FC Rostov on loan from Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League and the Iranian national team.[5]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Sardar Azmoun started to play club football when he was 9.[6] He began his career at Oghab Gonbad of Gonbad-e Kavus.[7] He also played volleyball and was invited to Iran's national under-15 volleyball team.[6] After some years, he joined Shamoushak Gorgan, before joining Etka Gorgan, which was playing in Division 1 in Iran at the time.[8]

Sepahan[edit]

At age 15, Sardar joined Sepahan's youth ranks.[7] While Sardar appeared for the club during their preseason friendlies abroad in Turkey, he did not make a professional appearance for the club as Sepahan won the 2011–12 Iran Pro League, and lifted the trophy.[6]

During the 2012–13 season thanks to Azmoun's great display in the Iran's youth team, his name started being mentioned along some of Europe's top clubs. It was during the winter of 2013 when he transferred to Rubin Kazan at the age of 17.[7]

Rubin Kazan[edit]

2012-13 season[edit]

In January 2013, he received an offer from Russian team Rubin Kazan to join them, meanwhile, he had contract offers from two Iranian teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal, as well as a bid from Inter Milan, but he rejected the offers to work with Kurban Berdyev in the Russian Premier League.[7] In his first season at the club, he made 8 appearances for his club reserve team, scoring two goals and receiving one yellow card. He was also picked for the 18 man match day squad on a number of occasions, but failed to make his senior debut.

2013-14 season[edit]

Azmoun in training with Rubin Kazan

On 25 July 2013, he made his debut for the senior team in a UEFA Europa League match against Jagodina, coming on as a 73rd minute substitute as Rubin won 1–0.[9] He is the youngest ever Iranian footballer to play in a European match. On 29 August, he scored his first goal in just his second senior appearance for Rubin in a 3-0 Europa League win against Molde, coming on as a substitute in the 64th minute.[10] He made his league debut with a goal and an assist on 6 October 2013, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute in a 5–1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala.

On 27 March 2014, English Premier League side Arsenal reportedly made a £2 million offer to Kazan for the transfer of 19-year-old Azmoun, sparking interest from A.C. Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Barcelona as well.[11][12][13]

On 30 March 2014, he scored his second league goal for Rubin Kazan in a 2–1 defeat to Rostov.[14] On 6 April, he scored a goal in Rubin Kazan's defeat to Zenit St. Petersburg.[15] In a match against Kyrlia Sovetov on 10 May, Azmoun came on as a substitute in the 55th minute, scoring a goal and providing an assist in a 4–0 win.[16][17]

2014-15 season[edit]

On 4 July 2014, Rubin Kazan announced through their official website that Azmoun will remain at the club despite his transfer offers from Arsenal, Liverpool and Zenit St. Petersburg. He scored Rubin Kazan's goal in a 1–1 draw against Hellas Verona in a pre-season friendly match on 27 July 2014. He scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Terek Grozny during the 87th minute. On 30 October, he scored a goal in their victory over Spartak Moscow in the 2014–15 Russian Cup.[18]

Rostov (loan)[edit]

Azmoun playing for Rostov against Kuban Krasnodar on 16 March 2015

On 26 February 2015, Azmoun signed a three-and-a-half-month loan deal with relegation-battling Russian Premier League club FC Rostov until the end of the season.[19][20] On 16 March, Azmoun came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute and scored the match winner in the 88th minute against Kuban Krasnodar.[21] Azmoun again found the back of the net on 26 April 2015 in Rostov's 2–2 draw against Dynamo Moscow. His good performance earned him a place on the Russian Premier League Team of the Week.[22]

International career[edit]

At national level, he became the top scorer of the 2012 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, scoring 7 goals in six games. On 5 October 2013, Azmoun was called up to the Iranian national football team against Thailand by Carlos Queiroz.[23][24] Three days later, Azmoun played for the Iran under-20 team during the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification in Kerman. In the match against Lebanon, Azmoun captained the team by scoring two goals, assisting one and drawing a penalty.[25] He was selected in Iran's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Queiroz.[26]

He made his senior debut on 26 May 2014 in a friendly match against Montenegro, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute for Gucci.[27] However, Azmoun was not included in Iran's squad for the World Cup, announced on 1 June 2014.[28] He scored his first goal on 18 November 2014 in a 1–0 friendly win over South Korea.[29]

He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz.[30] He scored a goal in the next match, a 1–0 friendly win over rivals Iraq. Azmoun then scored the winner in the second game of the Asian Cup with a great piece of individual skill against Qatar.[31] He also opened the scoring against Iraq in the quarter-finals with a header.

Azmoun was called into Iran's Olympic qualifiers in March 2015.[32] He was the tournament's leading goalscorer going into the final matchday with 4 goals in 3 matches.

Personal life[edit]

Azmoun is of Iranian Turkmen origin.[33][34] He speaks Turkmen and Persian fluently, and is fond of riding on horseback.[35] He decided to wear number 69 at Kazan as a tribute to his hometown's vehicle registration plate.[6]

He is the son of Khalil Azmoun, former Iranian national volleyball team player who has coached several volleyball teams, such as Golgohar Sirjan and Javaheri Gonbad.[36]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sepahan

International[edit]

Iran U-17

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Azmoun playing for Iran in a 2014 friendly match against Montenegro

Club[edit]

As of 20 December 2014[40]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sepahan 2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
201213 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rubin Kazan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 14 4 1 0 2 1 17 5
2014–15 13 1 2 1 0 0 15 2
Rostov 10 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Total 37 8 3 1 2 1 42 10
Career total 37 8 3 1 2 1 42 10

International[edit]

Appearances[edit]

International statistics
Team Year Apps Goals
Iran 2014 3 1
2015 5 3
Total 8 4

Goals[edit]

Under-17[edit]
Under-20[edit]
Under-23[edit]
Senior[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ turkmenili
  2. ^ "Sardar Azmoun profile". espnfc.com. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  3. ^ 28
  4. ^ http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/espnfcunited/id/13682?cc=5901
  5. ^ "Azmoun to join Rubin Kazan". Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Sardar Azmoun at Navad
  7. ^ a b c d Radio Farda
  8. ^ IRNA
  9. ^ Rubin - Jagodina
  10. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2014/matches/round=2000468/match=2012465/postmatch/lineups/index.html
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  15. ^ http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/723290/Live
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  19. ^ Sardar Azmoun Joins Rostov
  20. ^ "Дзюба снова в Ростове!". http://www.fc-rostov.ru/ (in Russian). FC Rostov. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/nationalleagues/nationalleague=russia-russian-football-premier-league-2000000024/matches/match=fk-rostov-kuban-krasnodar-300283450/index.html
  22. ^ http://football.kulichki.net/ruschamp/sim/15-25/
  23. ^ Queiroz announced Team Melli players for Thailand match
  24. ^ Azmoun invited to the Iran national team
  25. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/afc-u19-championship-2014-schedule-results.html?fixtureid=7584&stageid=293&tMode=C&view=ajax&show=matchsummary
  26. ^ Queiroz names Iran squad
  27. ^ http://ca.soccerway.com/matches/2014/05/26/world/friendlies/montenegro/iran/1658751/
  28. ^ "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24". FIFA.com. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  29. ^ Iran 1 South Korea 0: Late Azmoun strike seals victory
  30. ^ "Queiroz Names Team Melli Squad". afcasiancup.com. 30 December 2014. 
  31. ^ http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/01/15/qatar-vs-iran-2015-asian-cup-live-scores-blog/
  32. ^ Azmoun and Jahanbakhsh Invited to Olympic Football Team
  33. ^ Дар Сердара. Иранский туркмен — надежда казанского футбола - или просто лучший игрок Туркмении
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  36. ^ 'سردار آزمون'، بازیکن تیم ملی فوتبال جوانان ایران در پایان تورنمنت جام دوستی روسیه با هفت گل زده عنوان برترین گلزن این مسابقات را از آن خود کرد (Persian)
  37. ^ http://www.the-waff.com/
  38. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/cis2012.html
  39. ^ http://football.kulichki.net/ruschamp/sim/15-25/
  40. ^ Soccerway profile

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