2011–12 Azadegan League

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Azadegan League
Season 2011–12
Champions Paykan
Promoted Paykan
Aluminium Hormozgan
Gahar Zagros
Relegated Sanat Sari
Payam Mokhaberat
Sanati Kaveh
Bargh Shiraz
Matches played 367
Goals scored 691 (1.88 per match)
Top goalscorer Bahman Tahmasebi (13 goals)
Biggest home win Iranjavan 4 - 0 Mes Rafsanjan
Biggest away win Payam Mokhaberat 1 - 7 Paykan
Highest scoring Payam Mokhaberat 1 - 7 Paykan

The 2011–12 Azadegan League will be the 11th season of the second-level football league competition of Iran.

The league is composed of 28[1] teams divided into two divisions of 14 teams each, whose teams will be divided geographically. Teams will play only other teams in their own division, once at home and once away for a total of 26 matches each.

In each division, one team are promoted to Persian Gulf Cup, and one team enter into a play-off and two teams are relegated to the third-level Second Division. In total, the league promotes three teams to Persian Gulf Cup and relegates four teams to the Second Division.

The league was started at 1 September 2011.[2][3]

Teams[edit]

The league will feature three clubs relegated from Iran Pro League: Steel Azin returned to the Azadegan League after two seasons in the top division, whereas Paykan were relegated after a two-year stint. The third team Pas Hamedan, were relegated for the first time in club history to a lower league.

Group A[edit]

Team City Venue Capacity Head Coach Note
Aboomoslem Mashhad Samen 35,000 Iran Khodadad Azizi
Parseh Tehran Tehran Kargaran 5,000 Iran Mehdi Dinvarzadeh Changed name from Damash
Etka Gorgan Karim Abad 15,000 Iran Hamid Kolalifard
Foolad Yazd Yazd Nassiri 6,000 Republic of Macedonia Zoran Smilevski
Iranjavan Bushehr Shahid Beheshti 15,000 Iran Abdolrahim Kharazmi
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz Bagh Shomal 20,000 Iran Mohammad H Ziaei
Mes Rafsanjan Rafsanjan Noushabad 10,000 Iran Akbar Zabardast
Payam Mokhaberat Shiraz Hafezieh 20,000 Iran Asghar Akbari
Paykan Tehran Iran Khodro 5,000 Iran Farhad Kazemi
Saipa Shomal Qa'em-Shahr Vatani 15,000 Armenia Samvel Darbinyan
Sanat Sari Sari Shohada Stadium 15,000 Iran Nader Dastneshan
Shahrdari Arak Arak Imam Khomeini 15,000 Iran Hamid Kolalifard Replaced for Hamyari Arak
Shahrdari Bandar Abbas Bandar Abbas Takhti 10,000 Portugal Acácio Casimiro
Steel Azin Semnan Takhti 10,000 Iran Faraz Kamalvand

Group B[edit]

Team City Venue Capacity Head Coach Note
Aluminium Hormozgan Bandar Abbas Takhti 10,000 Iran Akbar Misaghian
Bargh Shiraz Shiraz Hafezieh 20,000 Iran Mehrdad Shekari
Esteghlal Khuzestan Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Iran Majid Bagherinia Replaced for Esteghlal Jonub
Gahar Zagros Dorood Takhti 10,000 Iran Davoud Mahabadi
Gol Gohar Sirjan Imam Ali 2,000 Iran Mehdi Mohammadi
Machine Sazi Tabriz Bagh Shomal 20,000 Iran Rasoul Khatibi
Naft Masjed Soleyman Masjed Soleyman Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Iran Siavash Bakhtiarizade
Nassaji Qa'em-Shahr Vatani 15,000 Iran Davoud Mahabadi
Nirooye Zamini Tehran Jey Stadium Iran Ali Rouzbahani
PAS Hamedan Hamedan Shahid Mofatteh 10,000 Croatia Vinko Begović
Sanati Kaveh Tehran Aliaf Stadium 5,000 Iran Majid Namjoo-Motlagh
Shahrdari Yasuj Yasuj Takhti Yasuj 5,000 Iran Abdollah Chamanian
Shirin Faraz Kermanshah Azadi Stadium 7,000 Iran Majid Aghajari
Tarbiat Yazd Yazd Nassiri 6,000 Iran Hadi Bargizar

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Aboomoslem Iran Ali Hanteh Resigned 2011 Iran Kazem Ghiasian 2011
Sanati Kaveh Iran Saket Elhami[4] Resigned 20 October 2011 14 Iran Ahmad Sanjari 29 October 2011
Aboomoslem Iran Kazem Ghiasian Sacked 19 November 2011 8 Iran Khodadad Azizi 19 November 2011
Sanati Kaveh Iran Ahmad Sanjari Resigned November 2011 14 Iran Morteza Yekeh Nov 2011
Sanati Kaveh Iran Morteza Yekeh 17 November 2011 14 Iran Mehdi Dinvarzadeh Nov 2011
Sanati Kaveh Iran Mehdi Dinvarzadeh Resigned 1 December 2011 14 Iran Ali Nazarzadeh 1 December 2012
Sanati Kaveh Iran Ali Nazarzadeh End of caretaker spell 2 December 2011 14 Iran Majid Namjoo-Motlagh 3 December 2011
Pas Hamedan Iran Faraz Kamalvand Resigned 12 January 2012 5 Iran Jalal Cheraghpour[5] 12 January 2012
Parseh Iran Hossein Peyrovani Resigned 19 January 2012 Iran Edmond Yunanpour[6] 25 January 2012
Pas Hamedan Iran Jalal Cheraghpour End of caretaker spell 22 January 2012 Croatia Vinko Begović[7] 22 January 2012
Gostaresh Iran Hossein Ziaei Sacked 31 January 2012 12 Iran Hadi Bargizar[8] 31 January 2012
Parseh Iran Edmond Yunanpour Feb 2012 Iran Mehdi Dinvarzadeh[9] 5 February 2012
Steel Azin Iran Human Afazeli Resigned 18 February 2012 11 Iran Faraz Kamalvand[10] 18 February 2012
Sanat Sari Iran Reza Taghavi[11] Sacked 18 February 2012 14 Iran Farshad Pious 19 February 2012
Shahrdari Arak Iran Nader Dastneshan[12] Sacked 27 February 2012 7 Iran Ali Hanteh 27 February 2012

Standings[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Paykan (P) 26 14 8 4 44 26 +18 50 Promotion to 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup
2 Iranjavan (Q) 26 13 9 4 31 16 +15 48 Azadegan League 2011-12 Play Off
3 Sh. Bandar Abbas 26 10 8 8 26 27 −1 38
4 Sh. Arak 26 9 10 7 19 17 +2 37
5 Foolad Yazd 26 9 9 8 25 23 +2 36
6 Aboomoslem 26 8 10 8 21 18 +3 34
7 Etka 26 9 7 10 21 20 +1 34
8 Saipa Shomal 26 8 9 9 26 26 0 33
9 Gostaresh 26 7 11 8 25 30 −5 32
10 Steel Azin 26 10 10 6 29 22 +7 0281
11 Parseh Tehran 26 8 4 14 20 29 −9 28
12 Mes Rafsanjan 26 6 8 12 22 28 −6 26
13 Sanat Sari (R) 26 7 5 14 20 34 −14 26 Relegation to 2nd Division
14 Payam Mokhaberat (R) 26 5 10 11 15 28 −13 25

Updated to games played on 7 May 2012.
Source: Foolad FC
1 Steel Azin was docked 12 points by FIFA.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Group B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aluminium (P) 26 15 7 4 28 12 +16 52 Promotion to 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup
2 Gahar (P) (Q) 26 11 9 6 23 16 +7 42 Azadegan League 2011-12 Play Off
3 Machine Sazi 26 11 8 7 32 25 +7 41
4 Pas Hamedan 26 10 9 7 29 25 +4 39
5 Nassaji Mazandaran 26 10 7 9 26 26 0 37
6 Est. Khuzestan 26 9 8 9 28 23 +5 35
7 Sh. Yasuj 26 10 5 11 24 27 −3 35
8 Naft Masjed Soleyman 26 8 10 8 25 26 −1 34
9 Gol Gohar 26 9 6 11 28 28 0 33
10 Niroye Zamini 26 7 11 8 23 24 −1 32
11 Shirin Faraz 26 7 11 8 22 27 −5 32
12 Tarbiat Yazd 26 7 9 10 21 26 −5 30
13 Sanati Kaveh (R) 26 7 8 11 24 23 +1 29 Relegation to 2nd Division
14 Bargh Shiraz (R) 26 4 6 16 12 37 −25 18

Updated to games played on 7 May 2012.
Source: Foolad FC
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results table[edit]

Group A[edit]

Home ╲ Away ABU PAT ETK FOY GOS IRJ MSR PMS PAY SAI SAN SHA SHB STL
Aboomoslem 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–2
Parseh Tehran 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–4 0–1 1–2 1–2
Etka 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–2
Foolad Yazd 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
Gostaresh 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–4 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0
Iranjavan 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–2
Mes Rafsanjan 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 4–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–2
Payam Mokhaberat 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–7 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0
Paykan 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 4–2 0–0 4–1 2–1
Saipa Shomal 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2
Sanat Sari 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–0
Sh. Arak 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0
Sh. Bandar Abbas 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–3 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1
Steel Azin 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–1

Updated to games played on 18 April 2012.
Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group B[edit]

Home ╲ Away ALH BGH ESK GZA GOL MST NFT NSJ NRO PAS KAV SHY SFZ TAR
Aluminium 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0
Bargh Shiraz 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–1
Est. Khuzestan 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1
Gahar 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–1
Gol Gohar 1–2 3–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 3–2 0–1 2–1
Machine Sazi 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–2
Naft Masjed Soleyman 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0
Nassaji Mazandaran 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Niroye Zamini 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–2
Pas Hamedan 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1
Sanati Kaveh 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1
Sh. Yasuj 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 2–2
Shirin Faraz 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Tarbiat Yazd 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 2–1

Updated to games played on 9 February 2012.
Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play Off[edit]

First leg played on May 1, 2012; return leg to be played on May 8, 2012
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iranjavan 1 - 1 Gahar Zagros 1-1 0-0

Winner is promoted to the Persian Gulf Cup

Final[edit]

The Final scheduled to play on May 2, 2012
Team 1 Score Team 2 Notes
Paykan (w/o)[13] Aluminum Hormozgan

Player Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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