Haghighi in 2014
|Date of birth||2 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Tehran, Iran|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|FC Rubin Kazan|
|2014||→ Sporting Covilhã (loan)||14||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Penafiel (loan)||24||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 July 2015.
Alireza Haghighi (Persian: علیرضا حقیقی (help·info), born 2 May 1988) is an Iranian goalkeeper who plays for Russian side FC Rubin Kazan, and the Iranian national team. Haghighi represented Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Honours
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Having joined the senior squad of Persepolis at the age of 16. He made his debut in match against Saipa on 17 October 2006 and saved a penalty against the legendary Ali Daei. Haghighi was playing for Persepolis Youth teams since 2002, after being scouted by coaches of Persepolis Football School in past years. He started the 2007–08 season with two other goalkeepers already ahead of him in the pecking order at Persepolis (Hassan Roudbarian, Team Melli's number one and Mehdi Vaezi, who has also been invited to the national team, but never capped). During this season, Haghighi did not play at all but extended his contract at the end of the season.
During the 2008–09 season, Haghighi was lucky to play in a lot of games because of injuries to two main goalkeepers Misagh Memarzadeh and Mehdi Vaezi which made Haghighi become the first choice keeper for many games and statistically he was the number one keeper during this season that he was trained under legendary Iranian keeper Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh.
In December 2011, Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan sent a transfer request to Persepolis. He officially left Persepolis on 9 January 2012. On 14 January 2012, Haghighi signed a 4-year deal with Rubin Kazan. He signed a contract with the Russian club on 11 January and made his debut three days later in a pre-season friendly match. However, he never played for Rubin in an official match at his next two seasons.
Return to Persepolis (loan)
On 18 July 2013, Haghighi returned to Persepolis and signed a six months loan contract with the club. On 23 October 2013, Haghighi played in a 5–1 win over Padideh Shandiz in a Hazfi Cup match, marked his first match for Persepolis after 18 months. He then played another Hazfi Cup match, this time against Alvand Hamedan which he keeping a clean sheet.
His loan contract ended on December 3, 2013.
Sporting Covilhã (loan)
Haghighi was called back to the Rubin Kazan side during the 2014 winter transfer period. In January 2014, Haghighi signed a loan contract with Portuguese Segunda Liga side Sporting Covilhã, on loan from Rubin Kazan. With Haghighi in net, Sporting Covilha avoided relegation. After 14 appearances with the club, Haghighi's loan contract ended and he returned to Rubin.
On 24 August 2014, Haghighi signed a one year loan contract with Primeira Liga side Penafiel. They won their first game on 20 September against Vitória with Haghighi keeping a clean sheet in their 2–0 win. On 24 February 2015 Haghighi was named the Primeira Liga Player of the Week for Matchday 22 after his clean sheet in a 1–0 against Vitoria Setubal. After his good performances at Penafiel, Sporting Braga became interested in Haghighi.
Return to Rubin Kazan
Club Career statistics
- As of 02 March 2015
|Rubin Kazan||Premier League||2011–12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Portugal||Season||League||Taça de Portugal||Europe||Total|
Haghighi led Iran to the finals of West Asian U-15 tournament, held in Qatar in 2002, alongside teammate Mohammad Parvin. He was part of Iran U17 at 2004 AFC U-17 Championship, also playing all 3 games for Iran U20 at 2006 AFC Youth Championship. He made 3 appearances in 2005 Valentin A.Granatkin Memorial – International Youth Tournament for Iran U20.
Haghighi was invited to Iran U23 in Asian Games 2006, although he did not play any match. He did not play in 2008 AFC Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament. Under Gholam Peyrovani's management of Iran U23, He was invited again; but missed many trainings and friendly matches of Iran U23, including Tehran 6-Team Tournament, South Africa Camp, and friendly match against Poland. Peyrovani did not invite Haghighi for 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games stating "he is too old to play in 2012 London Olympics", despite inviting 28 years old Mehdi Rahmati as a Wild Card player. Peyrovani also rejected having any problems with Haghighi.
Haghighi was called up to Iran national football team in 2010 under management of Afshin Ghotbi. In 2012 Haghighi was called up to the 2012 WAFF Championship in Kuwait. He started in a game against Bahrain. The game ended 0–0.
2014 FIFA World Cup
On 1 June 2014, he was included in Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz. On 16 June 2014, Haghighi started in Iran's opening match in the World Cup against Nigeria. With a goalless draw, Haghighi became the first Iranian goalkeeper to achieve a clean sheet at a FIFA World Cup. He also started Iran's next two matches in the World Cup against Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He showed a good performance in the Argentina match where he saved shots from Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergio Agüero. He conceded the only goal of the match in the 91st minute when Lionel Messi dribbled inside and curled a left-footed shot past the outstretched hands of Haghighi. In Iran's next and final match of the tournament, Haghighi conceded goals from Bosnia and Herzegovina strikers, where Iran was eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the group stages after a 3–1 defeat.
2015 AFC Asian Cup
He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz. Haghighi was one of three goalkeepers that kept a clean sheet throughout the group stages of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
- Rubin Kazan
- (Persian) Haddadpour, Mehdi; Zarei, Asghar. Persepolis F.C. Official pictorial lexicon and Yearbook of 2007–2008. Honarkade Khojaste
- "Iran Youth team debut on Sunday". Iran Sports Press. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
- Haghighi left Persepolis after 11 years
- Goalkeeper Alireza Khagigi became player of "Rubin"
- Iran keeper heads to Russia
- Haghighi rejoins to Persepolis
- Official: Haghighi joined Persepolis on loan
- "Iran Sport". Iran Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- AFC Youth Championship 2006: Heartbreak for Iran as Japan, DPR Korea go through to last eight
- AFC Youth Championship 2006: Jong, Kim double up as DPR Korea thrash Iran
- Iran rally for 3–1 win over Tajikistan
- "RSSSF". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- Behnegarsoft.com. "Aftab". Aftabnews.ir. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Hamshahri". Hamshahrionline.ir. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Khabaronline". Khabaronline.ir. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "IRIB". Iribnews.ir. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Mehr". Mehrnews.com. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Fars". Farsnews.net. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Fardanews". Fardanews. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "goal.com" (in Persian). goal.com. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- Khabaronline[dead link]
- "Aftab". Aftabir.com. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "asriran". asriran. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "goal.com" (in Persian). goal.com. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24". FIFA.com. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Queiroz Names Team Melli Squad". afcasiancup.com. 30 December 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alireza Haghighi.|