Alireza Mansourian

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Alireza Mansourian
Alireza Mansourian in Naft Tehran training.jpg
Mansourian in training in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-12-01) 1 December 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Esteghlal (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Pars Khodro
1995 Esteghlal
1996 Balestier Central
1997 Geylang United
1997–1998 Esteghlal
1998–1999 Skoda Xanthi 23 (0)
1999–2000 Apollon Smyrnis 7 (1)
2000–2002 FC St. Pauli 35 (0)
2002–2008 Esteghlal 230 (8)
National team
1996–1998 Iran 46 (8)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Esteghlal (academy)
2009 Pas Hamedan
2010–2011 Iran (assistant)
2011 Iran (caretaker)
2011–2014 Iran U23
2014–2016 Naft Tehran
2016– Esteghlal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alireza Mansourian (Persian: علی‌رضا منصوریان‎‎, born 2 December 1971) is an Iranian football coach and retired player. He is currently manager of Esteghlal F.C. in Iran Pro League.

Club career[edit]

Mansourian was born in Tehran. During his career, he played for Singapore S.League clubs: Balestier Khalsa FC and Geylang United along with the Iranian club Esteghlal F.C.. He moved to Greek club Xanthi in 1998 after Xanthi fans contributed to raise the amount of money needed to complete the transfer. He played for Skoda Xanthi for one and a half seasons, taking part in 23 games. In December 1999, Mansourian went to Apollon Athens for six months where he played seven games and scored once. After Apollon's relegation, he continued his career in Germany's St. Pauli where he remained for two seasons. Finally he returned to Iran and Esteghlal F.C. where he was appointed as the team's captain. Mansourian said farewell to professional football at the end of the 2007–08 season where Esteghlal became Hazfi Cup Champions.

International career[edit]

Mansourian made 46 appearances for the Iran national football team and scored eight goals.[1] He also participated in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He was head coach of Pas for four months in 2009. In August 2010, Afshin Ghotbi chose Mansourian as his assistant coach for the Iran national football team. After resignation of Ghotbi as head coach of national team, Mansourian was named as interim head coach until the appointment of Carlos Queiroz. He also coached Iran in a 1–0 win against Russia.

Iran U-23[edit]

On 28 April 2011, he became head coach of the Iranian national under-23 football team. On 2 January 2014, Mansourian resigned as head coach of Iran's under-23 side. He was replaced with Nelo Vingada.

Naft Tehran[edit]

He became manager of Iran Pro League club Naft Tehran on 31 May 2014.[3][4] He led Naft Tehran to the third position and final game of Hazfi Cup in his first season at the club. They lost Hazfi Cup final to Zob Ahan. Mansourian's team also showed a good performance at AFC Champions League. Naft Tehran qualified from group stage after finishing second in their group. They also defeated Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli in Round of 16 by away goals rule. However, they lost to Al-Ahli Dubai in Quarter-finals. At the end of the season, Esteghlal offered Mansourian to take the charge of their team after sacking of Amir Ghalenoei. The negotiations broken after Naft Tehran refused to release Mansourian. Mansourian signed a contract extension on 19 August 2015 for next two years. Naft Tehran began the season with selling of some of their squad stars, like Kamal Kamyabinia to Persepolis, Hossein Ebrahimi to Foolad and Leandro Padovani to Sepahan. Unless Naft facing financial problems during the season, Mansourian finished the season with Naft in fifth position. After the end of the season, Mansourian officially resigned and left the club.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

He received offers from English team Brighton & Hove Albion in late 2015, but he turned it down to take over his former club Esteghlal Tehran. There was a tremendous pressure from the fans to bring him back to Esteghlal Tehran.

Esteghlal[edit]

On 1 June 2016, Mansourian was named as head coach of Esteghlal, signed a three-year contract with the club.[5]

Statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Greece League
1998–99 Skoda Xanthi Alpha Ethniki 23 0
1999–20 Apollon Smyrnis 7 1
Germany League
2000–01 FC St. Pauli Bundesliga 11 0
2001–02 4 0
Iran League
2002–03 Esteghlal Iran Pro League 16 0
2003–04 14 2
2004–05 26 2
2005–06 25 0
2006–07 23 2
2007–08 26 2
Country Iran 130 8
Total 175 9

Managerial statistics[edit]

Mansourian coaching Naft Tehran against El Jaish in AFC Champions League
As of 16 February 2017
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA +/- Win %
Pas 6 July 2009 4 October 2009 10 1 3 6 9 16 −7 10.00
Iran 22 January 2011 9 February 2011 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000
Iran U-23 28 April 2011 17 February 2012 3 2 0 1 3 3 +0 66.67
Iran U-22 1 March 2012 2 January 2014 14 12 1 1 33 11 +22 85.71
Naft Tehran 1 June 2014 1 June 2016 77 39 20 18 112 73 +39 50.65
Esteghlal 1 June 2016 Present 27 15 7 5 49 26 +23 55.56
Total 132 70 31 31 207 128 +79 53.03

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Esteghlal

Manager[edit]

Naft Tehran

Individual[edit]

  • IFCA Manager of the Month: March 2015

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mahmoud Fekri
Esteghlal Tehran FC captain
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Farhad Majidi