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Damash Guilan
Full name Damash Guilan Football Club
Nickname(s) Damashe Shahre Baran
Founded 1975 (as Abouzar Rasht); 42 years ago[1]
Ground Dr. Azodi Stadium
Ground Capacity 11,000
Owner Iran Ismaeil Hajipour[2]
Chairman Iran Mohammadmehdi Altafi[3]
Head Coach Iran Hadi Tabatabaei[4]
League Football's 2nd Division
2015–16 Azadegan League, 19th (Relegated)
Current season

Damash Guilan Football Club[5] (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال داماش گیلان‎‎) is an Iranian football club based in Rasht, Gilan. They compete in the Azadegan League.[6]

Damash used to have a Volleyball team Damash Gilan VC.



Abozar Rasht, Esteghlal Rasht and Pegah[edit]

Abozar Rasht fc was founded in 1975 and in 1983 their name changed to Esteghlal Rasht. In 2002 Esteghlal Rasht was relegated from the Persian Gulf Pro League and Pegah Dairy Company bought the club and renamed it Pegah Football Club. The club was promoted back to the Persian Gulf Pro League in 2003, but were relegated in 2005. Pegah was promoted once more in 2007 before being bought by Damash.

Damash Guilan[edit]

In October 2008 Arya Investment Company owned by Amir Mansour Arya bought Pegah Guilan sports activities due to financial problems and Damash Iranian chairman Amir Abedini took over their license.

Pro and Azadegan League[edit]

After poor result at the beginning of the 2008–09 Iran Pro League season Hossein Abdi and Stanko Poklepović were replaced with Bijan Zolfagharnasab, but that did not help neither and Damash was relegated to Azadegan League and The club lost many key players to Pro league teams including Afshin Chavoshi, Mohammad Reza Mahdavi, Adriano Alves.

for 2009–10 season Amir Abedini hired Firouz Karimi who was banned to work in Pro league for one season and brought many players that were working with him in the past to the club. In following season Damash made it to the promotion playoffs but they were eliminated in the playoff game against Sanat Naft and missed out on promotion.

For 2010–2011 season damash signed with former key players Afshin Chavoshi & Mohammadreza Mahdavi and also a Slovenian coach Marijan Pušnik but after only 4 weeks and getting poor result with team he was replaced by his assistant and former Pegah Guilan captain Afshin Nazemi. Despite getting good result with team Nazemi once again was replaced by Mehdi Dinvarzadeh. On April 22, 2011 Damash was able to secure its promotion to IPL two weeks before end of the season with Mehdi Dinvarzadeh.

In their first year after promotion, Damash did well, placing 7th in the league. In their second year, Damash struggled at times, failing to make an impact and finished a quiet 11th place. Damash had a disappointing 2013–2014 season, finishing second last, and were relegated to the Azadegan League for the second time in the clubs history.

Jahanbaksh played for Damash

Shahre Baran[edit]

In March 2016, Damash announced that it had stopped all of its activities in the Azadegan League and had transferred the rights of the team to the Guilan Football Organization. The team was promptly renamed Shahre Baran Football Club and was allowed to continue competing in the Azadegan League.

Shahre Baran was relegated to the 2nd Division in 2016 after a poor season in the Azadegan League.

El Gilano[edit]

Main article: El Gilano

The matches between Malavan Anzali, Damash and Sepidrood F.C. are known as The Derby Of Gilan or El Gilano. This derby is one of Iran's most important and heated derbies. Malavan holds the record for most wins in the derby with 4 over Damash since the start of the Iran Pro League in 2001. Malavan also holds the largest margin of victory as they defeated Damash 3–0 in 2005 and 2013. The derby has a long history of fan violence and fans of Malavan, Damash and Sepidrood have engaged in fights and damaged the stadiums on several occasions. All three teams have been fined by the Iranian FA due to violent behaviour displayed by their fans.

Shahid Azodi Stadium during one of Damash Guilan's match


Dr. Azodi Stadium has been the home stadium of Damash Guilan since 2008. It holds up to 11,000, but attendances of up to 15,000 and 20,000 have been reported as well.


For details on seasons, see List of S.C. Damash seasons

Year Division Position Hazfi Cup
2008–09 IPL 17th Third round
2009–10 Div 1 2nd 1/8 Final
2010–11 Div 1 1st 1/8 Final
2011–12 IPL 7th 1/4 Final
2012–13 IPL 11th 1/2 Final
2013–14 IPL 15th 1/8 Final
2014–15 Div 1 6th Third Round

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Reza Mohammadi
2 Iran MF Hossein Gohari
4 Iran DF Behnam Asgharkhani
5 Iran DF Armin Monfared Doust U23
6 Iran MF Mohammad Rostami
7 Iran MF Mohammadreza Almaskhaleh
8 Iran MF Saeid Ghadami
9 Iran MF Hadi Sohrabi (Captain)
10 Iran FW Saeid Mortazavi
12 Iran FW Milad Ghorbanzadeh
13 Iran FW Mohammad Heydari
14 Iran MF Mostafa Hajati
17 Iran FW Mohammad Jafari
No. Position Player
20 Iran DF Mohammad Talebi U21
21 Iran DF Mojtaba Farzampour U23
23 Iran GK Milad Pourgholi U23
26 Iran FW Saeed Talebi U23
27 Iran DF Amirreza Ghamnak U21
28 Iran MF Saleh Norouzpour U23
29 Iran MF Hafez Yaghoubi U21
33 Iran GK Ashkan Tavana
34 Iran MF Soheyl Hasangholi U23
40 Iran FW Hassan Najafi
44 Iran GK Reza Gholampour U23
72 Iran MF Hossein Hejazian
77 Iran FW Hamid Khodabandelou

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2016.

Club managers[edit]

Seasons Manager Nationality
Oct 2008–Nov 08 Bijan Zolfagharnasab Iran
Nov 2008–Jan 09 Hossein Abdi Iran
Jan 2009–Apr 09 Stanko Poklepović Croatia
Jul 2009–Jun 10 Firouz Karimi Iran
Jun 2010–Jul 10 Markar Aghajanian Iran
Jul 2010–Nov 10 Marijan Pušnik Slovenia
Nov 2010–Dec 10 Afshin Nazemi Iran
Dec 2010–Sep 11 Mehdi Dinvarzadeh Iran
Seasons Manager Nationality
Sep 2011–Jan 12 Ebrahim Ghasempour Iran
Jan 2012–May 12 Mehdi Tartar Iran
Jun 2012–Sep 12 Omid Harandi Iran
Sep 2012–Mar 13 Hamid Derakhshan Iran
Mar 2013–Jan 14 Afshin Nazemi Iran
Jan 2014–Sep 14 Ali Nazarmohammadi Iran
Sep 2014–2015 Omid Harandi Iran
Aug 2015– Majid Jahanpour Iran


Top goalscorers[edit]

# Pos. Name Career League Cup Total
1 Forward Afshin Chavoshi 2008–09
40 3 43
2 Midfielder Reza Mahdavi 2008–09
16 3 19
3 Defender Ali Nazifkar 2008–09
17 1 18
4 Midfielder Ali Amiri 2009–11 12 3 15
5 Forward Amin Motevaselzadeh 2012–14 13 1 14

Top appearances[edit]

# Pos. Name Career League Cup Total
1 Midfielder Mostafa Hajati 2008–14
152 7 159
2 Midfielder Reza Mahdavi 2008–09
147 8 155
3 Midfielder Hadi Sohrabi 2008–11
125 9 134
4 Defender Ali Nazifkar 2008–09
121 7 128
5 Forward Afshin Chavoshi 2008–09
111 6 117

Last updated: May 16, 2016.
Bolded players are currently on the Damash squad.

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