|Full name||Afshin Ghotbi|
|Date of birth||8 February 1964|
|Place of birth||Tehran, Imperial State of Iran|
|1984–1988||UCLA Bruins women|
|1988–2001||Global Soccer School|
|1988–1991||La Cañada Spartans|
|1997||San Fernando Valley|
|1997–1998||United States (assistant)|
|2000–2002||South Korea (assistant)|
|2002–2004||Suwon Bluewings (assistant)|
|2004–2005||Los Angeles Galaxy (assistant)|
|2004–2007||South Korea (assistant)|
|2016–2018||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright|
|2019–2021||Cangzhou Mighty Lions|
Afshin Ghotbi was born in Tehran. He is the son of a teacher in Iran with whom he left Iran at the age of 13 after his father remarried and moved to Los Angeles, where he has been a resident for more than two decades. He received his BSc qualification in Electrical Engineering from UCLA where he was a member of the football team.
Prior to coaching at the professional level, Ghotbi founded one of the best youth football academies named AGSS in Southern California, responsible for the discovery and development of players such as Peter Vagenas and John O'Brien and many more.
He became assistant manager of the USMNT from 1997 to 1998, working under Steve Sampson. He also participated in the USMNT squad for 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he had an emotional moment as his adopted country he worked played against Iran, the country of his origin.
He worked for Korea Republic national football team under Dutchman Guus Hiddink from December 2000 till July 2002 as a football analyst. He continued his journey in Korea by taking the role of an assistant coach of Samsung Bluewings from 2002 to 2004. He returned to Korean National Team, as an assistant coach under Dick Advocaat from October 2005 until July 2006. He continued as an assistant coach for Korea under Dutch head coach Pim Verbeek, who he knew back in 2000 as part of South Korea's 2002 World Cup perpetration, from July 2006 till July 2007.
Return to Iran
In 2007, he was Head-Coach of Persepolis F.C., an Iran Pro League club, in compliance with the new contract he signed in August 2007. In February 2008 his name was on the shortlist for coaching the Iranian national team, however the job went to Ali Daei. He ultimately led Persepolis to Iranian Pro league championship in May 2008. Ghotbi left Persepolis in June 2008.
Afshin Ghotbi was re-appointed as the new Persepolis head coach on 3 July 2008, after agreeing to sign a two-year deal following meeting Persepolis officials in Dubai.
Following the session held at Persepolis club on 18 November 2008, Ghotbi announced his resignation on 19 November 2008.
Iranian national team
After just three weeks after being announced as manager, Mayeli Kohan became the spearhead of a heated dispute between himself and Esteghlal F.C. manager Amir Ghalenoei. This resulted in the IRIFF forcing Mayeli Kohan's resignation as manager of Team Melli. A week later, Afshin Ghotbi agreed to succeed Mayeli Kohan as head coach of the Iranian national team, becoming the first American to take the job. After this appointment, Ghotbi said in an interview "A life dream, a longtime ambition and a journey written in the stars is about to be realized I have to thank all the people around the world who have cheered, supported and inspired me to have this opportunity", Despite taking only one goal and 5 points in 3 matches in 11 days, Iran fell short to qualify for the World Cup 2010. He continued to coach Team Melli in 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification where he won 3 matches out of 4 and lost the other one to Jordan Away which he the team earned 13 points and qualified as the group leaders. With some wonderful results in friendlies (such as winning against Bosnia-Herzegovina and China and South Korea in their land and winning 8 matches in a row in 2010), Ghotbi earned the trust of the fans and qualified for the Asian Cup in Qatar. Later on he finished second in West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010. Iran was the only team in the Asian Cup 2010 competition to win all 3 group matches beating Iraq, North Korea and United Emirates with scoring 6 goals and conceding 1. Iran faced South Korea in the quarter-finals and lost South Korea by a goal from Yoon Bit-garam in extra time after a 0-0 regulation result.
Move to J. League
After the Asian Cup, Ghotbi signed three-year contract with Japan's J. League Division 1 side Shimizu S-Pulse. He led the team for the end of 2011 season which ended in the tenth rank. In his second season at the club, his team started the league very successfully but later on they lost their form and finished the league in 9th place with one progress. They also reached the final game of J. League Cup but lost 1–2 to Kashima Antlers. On 30 July 2014, Ghotbi left Shimizu by mutual contest after leaving the club at the 12th place.
On 24 May 2016, Thai League T1 side Buriram United made an announcement of the appointments of Afshin Ghotbi. He has become the first Asian American foreign head coach of the club. On 28 May, Afshin Ghotbi made his managerial debut for Buriram United in a domestic league game against Nakhon Ratchasima and collected the win with 1-0 result. On 21 August, his contract was terminated after 3 months in charge.
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Ghotbi was appointed by China League One team Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in November 2016. In the 2017 season, the team finished third.  After being dismissed in 2018, he returned for a second spell in July 2019. He led the team to promotion into the Chinese Super League that year. He left by mutual consent in September 2021.
- As of 11 August 2021
|San Fernando Valley||1997||1997||18||9||7||2||30||31||−1||50.00|
|Persepolis||27 July 2007||18 November 2008||51||26||15||10||88||59||+29||50.98|
|Iran||22 April 2009||22 January 2011||30||16||6||8||39||27||+12||53.33|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||1 February 2011||30 July 2014||146||59||29||58||219||198||+21||40.41|
|Buriram United||24 May 2016||20 August 2016||22||12||7||3||61||28||+33||54.55|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||7 November 2016||1 November 2018||51||25||19||7||80||55||+25||49.02|
|Foolad||1 December 2018||1 June 2019||16||6||5||5||17||21||−4||37.50|
|Cangzhou Mighty Lions||20 July 2019||6 September 2021||65||25||13||27||60||72||−12||38.46|
Note: win or lose by penalty shoot-out is counted as the draw in time.
- Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
- Iran Football Federation Award
- Manager of the year (2007–08), Persepolis
- "UCLA alums leading U.S. and Iran toward World Cup". Los Angeles Times.
- Afshin Ghotbi. afshinghotbi.com
- United Soccer Leagues (USL) Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Uslsoccer.com (13 July 2009). Retrieved on 22 August 2013.
- "Afshin Ghobti's Official Bio". Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Is MLS next for Ghotbi, U.S. soccer's globetrotter?". ESPN.com. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
- "Aftab" (in Persian). Aftab.
- Duerden, John (31 October 2007). "Meet the American who could lead Iran". The Guardian. London.
- "Afshin Ghotbi: '1998 had a bigger magnitude for Iranians than Americans'". TheGuardian.com. 18 December 2019.
- Bell, Jack (23 April 2009). "Iran Asks Iranian-American to Salvage Cup Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- "Coach quits after triumph". FIFA. Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
- Azim-Araghi, Ali (3 July 2008) Afshin Ghotbi Appointed as the New Perspolis Coach.
- IFF confirms Mayelikohan resignation. PersianLeague.com (22 April 2009). Retrieved on 22 August 2013.
- Iran Appoint Afshin Ghotbi As National Team Coach. Goal.com (22 April 2009). Retrieved on 22 August 2013.
- Bell, Jack (23 April 2009). "Iran Asks Iranian-American to Salvage Cup Bid". The New York Times.
- "Ghotbi took control Shimizu S-Pulse". Afshin Ghotbi. 26 January 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011.
- "BREAKING! ผลงานไม่เข้าเป้า!บุรีรัมย์แยกทาง"ก็อตบิ"ก่อนพักเบรค | Goal.com".
- "Summary - China League One - China PR - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
- "Shijiazhuang's Iranian coach Ghotbi has high hopes for Chinese football". South China Morning Post. 25 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
- "Summary - China League One - China PR - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway".
- Reuters (6 September 2021). "China's Cangzhou parts company with Iranian coach Ghotbi". Reuters. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
- J.League data site(in Japanese)
|Awards and achievements|
|Preceded by|| Iran Pro League Winning Manager