Alireza Jahanbakhsh

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Jahanbakhsh at Iran training 20190123.jpg
Jahanbakhsh in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alireza Jahanbakhsh Jirandeh[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Qazvin, Iran
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, Attacking midfielder[2]
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 16
Youth career
2005–2007 Payam Alborz Qazvin[2]
2007–2008 Persian Qazvin[2]
2008–2010 Damash Gilan[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Damash Tehran 12 (0)
2011–2013 Damash Gilan 44 (10)
2013–2015 NEC 55 (17)
2015–2018 AZ 85 (34)
2018– Brighton & Hove Albion 11 (0)
National team
2010–2013 Iran U20 17 (11)
2011–2015 Iran U23 6 (1)
2013– Iran 47 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:17, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9:16, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Alireza Jahanbakhsh Jirandeh (Persian: علیرضا جهانبخش جیرنده‎,Persian pronunciation: [æliːɾezɑː dʒæhɑːnˈbæxʃ], born 11 August 1993) is an Iranian professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and the Iranian national team. He represented Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Jahanbakhsh also represented Iran at the U20 and U23 levels.

In 2014 Jahanbakhsh was voted the second greatest young talent of the 2013–14 Eredivisie season.[3] In the 2017–18 Eredivisie season, Jahanbakhsh scored 21 league goals and became the first Asian player to become top scorer in a major European league.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Alireza Jahanbakhsh was born on 11 August 1993 in Qazvin.[6][7][8]

Club career[edit]

Damash[edit]

Jahanbakhsh played most of his youth in Payam Alborz Qazvin and Persian Qazvin before joining the youth academy of Damash Gilan in 2008. Jahanbaksh started his career in 2010 with Damash Tehran, an affiliate of Damash Gilan in the 2nd Division. In 2011, Alireza returned to Gilan and at the age of 17. In 2011, Jahanbakhsh played his first game for Damash Gilan in the Iran Pro League against Mes as one of Damash's youngest ever players.[9][10] Alireza scored his first goal on 15 January 2012 in a 1–0 victory against Fajr. In 42 league appearances with Damash, he scored 10 goals.

NEC[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 26 May 2013, Jahanbakhsh reached a verbal agreement with Dutch Eredivisie outfit NEC for a three-year deal. This deal was subject to a medical examination and obtaining a visa and work permit.[11][12] He officially joined the club on 1 July 2013. He made his debut as a substitute in a league match against Groningen on 3 August 2013.[13] He scored his first goal in an 8–0 win over Harkemase Boys in the KNVB Cup.[14] On 1 December 2013, Jahanbakhsh scored two goals and assisted the other in a 3–2 league match win over AZ Alkmaar.[15] On 22 December, he scored and assisted at FC Groningen while providing a secondary assist on 15 February 2014 against RKC Waalwijk. On 22 March, when NEC were down 2–0 at halftime, Jahanbakhsh came on as a substitute after the half and provided an assist to Michael Higdon in their 2–2 draw at Heerenveen.[16]

On the final day of the 2013–14 season, Jahanbakhsh scored two late goals against Ajax to save NEC from automatic relegation, instead securing a relegation playoff spot.[17][18][19] Alireza was originally voted the Eredivisie's greatest talent of the season before becoming runner-up to Memphis Depay.[20][21]

2014–15 season[edit]

On the opening day of the 2014–15 Jupiler League, Jahanbakhsh scored a goal in a 3–1 win against FC Eindhoven.[22] On 29 August, he scored two goals and provided two assists in a 4–1 win at Helmond Sport.[23] On 20 September, he scored against FC Emmen to help bring NEC to the top of the league table.[24] Three days later, on 23 September, AJ scored a free kick in extra time and converted a penalty in their win against Ajax II at Amsterdam during the second round of the 2014–15 Dutch Cup.[25][26] On 3 October, he scored a goal and provided an assist in a 2–1 win against Almere City to send NEC to the Eredivisie play-offs as quarter-season league champions.[27][28] On 17 October 2014, Jahanbakhsh was named the Best Player of the First Period of the 2014–15 Jupiler League.[29]

On 28 November, he opened the scoring with a volley and provided two assists in a 5–1 win over Jong Twente.[30] On 1 February 2015, in his first game upon his return from the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, he scored a bicycle kick and was named man of the match in the 3–1 win over Helmond Sport.[31][32] On 13 February, he scored a goal and provided two assists in a 3–2 win over FC Emmen with another goal against Achilles '29 days later to bring his tally to 4 goals in 5 consecutive matches after the Asian Cup.[33][34]

At the end of the season, Jahanbakhsh was selected by fans as NEC's player of the season.[35] On 12 May 2015 Jahanbakhsh was voted as the Eerste Divisie's best player for the 2014–15 season, with twelve goals and eighteen assists in the league.[36][37]

AZ[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 3 August 2015, Jahanbakhsh signed a five–year contract with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.[38][39] He was given number nine as his jersey number, and made his Eredivisie debut for AZ on 12 September 2015 in a 3–1 win over De Graafschap.[40] Jahanbakhsh made his UEFA Europa League debut in a 2–1 group stage win over Athletic Bilbao on 1 October 2015.[41] Alireza recorded his first assist for AZ on 21 November 2015 in a 3–1 victory against Heerenveen. Jahanbakhsh scored his first goal for AZ on 30 January 2016 in a match against his former club NEC.[42] He scored his second goal of the season and also recorded his fourth assist on 13 February 2016 in a 6–3 victory over Heracles Almelo.

2016–17 season[edit]

In June 2016 Jahanbakhsh switched from number 9 to number 7 for the upcoming 2016–17 season.[43] On 2 July 2016, in AZ's first preseason match, Jahanbakhsh recorded a goal and an assist in his teams 5–1 victory. On 28 August he scored his first goal of the season against FC Utrecht. The match was ended 2-1 which Jahanbakhsh scored the winning goal.

On 13 January 2017, Jahanbakhsh scored a brace and recorded an assist, as well as being named man of the match in a 3–1 victory against Go Ahead Eagles. On 21 August 2016, he scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 win over newly promoted Utrecht.[44] On 16 February 2017, he scored his first ever European goal in a 4–1 loss to Lyon in Round of 32 of the Europa League.[45]

Jahanbakhsh was named the best winger of the 2016–17 season in the Dutch League.[46]

2017–18 season[edit]

Jahanbakhsh in a pre-match warmup with Brighton in August 2018

Alireza scored a hat trick and recorded an assist on 18 April 2018 against Vitesse in the 2017–18 Eredivisie.[47] Jahanbakhsh scored another hat trick on the last match day to become the leading goal scorer of the Eredivisie season with 21 goals, and also finished joint third with 12 assists.[5] He became the first Asian player ever to become the top goalscorer in a top level European league.[48]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 25 July 2018, Jahanbakhsh transferred to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed club record fee, signing a five-year contract.[49] He announced on his Instagram that he will wear number 16, the same number he used to wear in his first season at NEC.[50]

On 11 August 2018, Jahanbakhsh made his debut for Brighton as a substitute in the club's opening match of the Premier League season against Watford.[51]

International career[edit]

Jahanbakhsh playing for Iran in a friendly match against Montenegro, 26 May 2014

Youth[edit]

Jahanbakhsh was part of the squad that played at the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship in China, playing in two games. Being only 16 at the start of the championships in 2010, he continued at the same age group, captaining the national under-20 team for their successful 2012 AFC U-19 Championship qualification by scoring 5 goals in four appearances. At the championships, he added two more to his tally against the United Arab Emirates and South Korea.[52]

Jahanbakhsh was called into Iran's Olympic qualifiers in March 2015 and was named team captain.[53] With the presence of Jahanbakhsh the under-23 team qualified to the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship in Qatar. As the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship was not held during the FIFA International Match Calendar, Jahanbakhsh was not released by AZ Alkmaar.[54]

Senior team[edit]

Alireza Jahanbakhsh playing for Iran in a friendly match against Turkey, 2018

On 5 October 2013, Jahanbakhsh was called up to Team Melli in a 2015 Asian Cup qualifier against Thailand by manager Carlos Queiroz, and he served his first cap as a substitute in the 82nd minute.[55][56] His first national team goal came in his second game on 15 November in a 3–0 win at Thailand.[57] On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[58] He played in all three matches against Nigeria, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Queiroz.[59]

Jahanbakhsh in Iran training before 2018 FIFA World Cup

Jahanbakhsh scored Iran's second goal in June 2016 in a 2–0 World Cup qualifier victory against Qatar.

In May 2018, he was named in Iran's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[60] He played all three group matches against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

In December 2018, Jahanbakhsh was selected for Iran's 23-man squad for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[61] On 16 January 2019, he made his competitive debut in a 0–0 draw against Iraq in the last match of the group stage.[62] In the latter match, he scored his first goal in the tournament in the 2–0 victory against Oman.[63]

Style of play[edit]

Jahanbakhsh has been compared to Iranian legend Mehdi Mahdavikia.[64] He has been praised for his assisting ability and has been described as a technically gifted player who is able to use both feet.[65] In Holland, Jahanbakhsh established himself as a dangerous and pacy player.[66] In several interviews Jahanbakhsh revealed his life time dream is to play in Bundesliga, although there is huge interest in him from Italian and English sides declaring that as a kid he grew up watching his idols Ali Daei, Ali Karimi and Vahid Hashemian play for Bayern Munich and Mehdi Mahdavikia for Hamburger SV.[67][68]

Outside football[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Jahanbakhsh is outfitted by German sportswear manufacturer Adidas.[69]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 February 2019[70][71]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Damash Tehran 2010–11 2nd Division 12 0 0 0 12 0
Damash Gilan 2011–12 Pro League 16 2 2 0 18 2
2012–13 28 8 4 1 32 9
Total 44 10 6 1 50 11
NEC 2013–14 Eredivisie 27 5 4 1 2[nb 1] 0 33 6
2014–15 Eerste Divisie 28 12 3 1 31 13
Total 55 17 7 2 2 0 64 19
AZ 2015–16 Eredivisie 23 3 3 0 3[a] 0 29 3
2016–17 29 10 4 0 9[a] 1 1[nb 1] 1 43 12
2017–18 33 21 6 1 39 22
Total 85 34 13 1 12 1 1 1 111 37
Brighton & Hove Albion 2018–19 Premier League 11 0 2 0 1 0 14 0
Career total 207 61 28 4 1 0 12 1 3 1 251 67
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Notes

  1. ^ a b Includes Eredivisie playoffs

International[edit]

As of 28 January 2019[72]
Iran
Year Apps Goals
2013 3 1
2014 8 0
2015 6 0
2016 9 2
2017 8 1
2018 9 1
2019 4 1
Total 47 6

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.[73]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

NEC

AZ

International[edit]

Iran U20

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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