Esteghlal–Sepahan rivalry

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Iran derby
Locale Iran Tehran, Iran
Iran Isfahan, Iran
Teams Esteghlal Football Club
Sepahan Football Club
First meeting 0–4
Sepahan - Esteghlal
(January 28, 1972)
Latest meeting 1–1
Sepahan - Esteghlal
(December 25, 2016)
Next meeting Esteghlal - Sepahan
(June 12, 2017)
Statistics
Meetings total Official: 65
Friendlies: 3
Most wins Sepahan (26)
Most player appearances Moharram Navidkia (26)
Top scorer Mehdi Seyed-Salehi (6)
Largest victory 0–4
Sepahan - Esteghlal
(January 28, 1972)

The rivalry between Esteghlal and Sepahan is a football rivalry played between Iranian football clubs Esteghlal Tehran and Sepahan Isfahan.

History[edit]

Since 1971–72 Iran football season, Esteghlal Tehran and Sepahan Isfahan had several meetings in Iranian League, Hazfi Cup, and friendly matches.

The first was in Local League 1971–72 in Isfahan, that Esteghlal won the match with the result of 4-0. First win for Sepahan was in Takht Jamshid Cup 1974-75 with the result of 1-0.[1]

Before the Iranian Revolution in 1979, two football clubs met 10 times (2 times in Local League and 8 times in Takht Jamshid Cup). From these 10 meetings, each club won 4 matches and the result of 2 matches was draw.

From 1991–92 to 2000-01 Iranian Football Seasons, two clubs met 18 times (16 times in Azadegan League, and 2 times in Naghsh-Jahan Tournament in Esfahan). From these 18 meetings, Esteghlal won 8 matches and Sepahan won 5. The result of the other 5 matches was draw.

Since the establishment of Iran Pro League in 2001, two clubs met 30 times (22 times in Iran Pro League, 6 times in Hazfi Cup, once in AFC Champions League, and once in Tehran Etehadiyeh Cup). From these 30 meetings, Esteghlal won 8 matches and Sepahan won 15. The result of the other 7 matches was draw.

The best win for Esteghlal took place in the clubs first meeting in Local League 1971–72 with the score of 4-0. And the best win for Sepahan was in 2002-03 Hazfi Cup with the score of 3-0.

The highest goal-scoring match was in 2010–11 Iran Pro League with the result of 4-3 for Esteghlal.

Notable matches and seasons[edit]

2001–02 Hazfi Cup[edit]

Two football clubs faced each other in Semi-final of 2001–02 Hazfi Cup in a two-leg meeting.

The importance of this meeting for Esteghlal was that, they missed the championship of 2001–02 Iran Pro League in the last day to Persepolis and Winning the Hazfi Cup was a really high motivation for them. On the other side Sepahan, who lost both the meetings in 2001–02 Iran Pro League to Esteghlal, was really eager to compensate those two losses.

The first leg was held in Isfahan, and Sepahan could win the match with the result of 4-2. However, in the second leg in Tehran, it was Esteghlal who could win the match with the result of 3-1 in a really exciting match. Therefore, after these two dramatic and close matches,two clubs gain the score of 5-5 in total, and Esteghlal could advance into the final just because of higher number of scored-away goals.

In the final, Esteghlal also could beat Fajr Sepasi and became the champion.

A dramatic season for Sepahan (5 matches, 5 wins)[edit]

In 2002-03 Iranian Football Season, two clubs met each other 5 times, and dramatically, Sepahan could won all 5 meetings with coaching of Farhad Kazemi. From these five meetings, 2 of them were in 2002-03 Iran Pro League, 2 of them were in 2002-03 Hazfi Cup, and the last one in a four-team friendly tournament (Etehadiyeh Cup[2]) hosted by Esteghlal.

In 2002-03 Iran Pro League, Sepahan could beat Esteghlal in both league matches in Tehran and Isfahan with the similar result of 3-2.

In the 1/8 final of 2002-03 Hazfi Cup, two clubs again faced each other in a two-leg meeting. The first leg was held in Isfahan, and Sepahan could win the match with the result of 3-0. In the second leg in Tehran, it was again Sepahan who could beat Esteghlal with the result of 1-0.

After the end of 2002-03 Iran's Football Season and before the starting of the new Iranian Football Season, a four-team friendly tournament with the name of Etehadiyeh Cup held in Tehran hosted by Esteghlal. In this tournament Esteghlal as the host, Sepahan and Pas Tehran as the champion and runner-up of 2002-03 Iran Pro League, and Al Wasl from Dubai as the guest team participated. In the Semi-final of the tournament, Seaphan and Esteghlal again faced each other and Sepahan could beat Esteghlal with the result of 3-2 and advanced to the final of the tournament. In the final, Sepahan also could beat Pas Tehran and became the champion.

Therefore, and after these five matches between the club in a single season, Sepahan could win all the matches and made a really dramatic record.

2003–04 Hazfi Cup[edit]

In 2003-04 Iran's Football Season, two football clubs reached the Final of 2003–04 Hazfi Cup.

Esteghlal by coaching of Amir Ghalenoei had a great performance in 2003–04 Iran Pro League and becoming the runner-up. On the other side, Sepahan by coaching of Farhad Kazemi did not have a successful season in 2003–04 Iran Pro League. Therefore, and before the starting of Final, Esteghlal seemed to be the favor for winning the Hazfi Cup title.

The first leg was held in Isfahan and Sepahan could win the match with the result of 3-2, in a really close and exciting match and with the final scoring of Sepahan in 90th minute of the match. By this first-leg result, Esteghlal could simply become the champion with winning the second-leg match with the result of 1-0 or 2-1.

However, the story of second-leg match was different. In the second leg in Tehran and in front of more than 85000 Esteghlal fans, it was Sepahan could perform really great and won the match with the result of 2-0. It was a really unexpected loss for Esteghlal fans and Amir Ghalenoei, due to their great performance during the league season. On the other side, it was a really dramatic win for Sepahan fans and Frahad Kazemi.

Therefore, after these two dramatic matches, Seaphan could become the champion by the total result of 5-2.

2012 AFC Champions League[edit]

At the end of 2011-12 Iran's Football Season, two football clubs met each other in the 1/8 Final of 2012 AFC Champions League.

This was the first meeting of two football clubs in an international and continental tournaments. Moreover, the fact that Sepahan was the winner of 2011–12 Iran Pro League and Esteghlal was the winner of 2011–12 Hazfi Cup, makes this match really important for both football clubs and their fans.

By winning this match, Esteghlal had the possibility to go for the first time to the Quarter-Finals of AFC Champions League since its establishment in 2002. On the other side, Sepahan's fans expected from their team to win this match and go forward for the first Asian title after three-year-in-a-row Iran's football championships.

On May 22, 2012 the match was held in Isfahan and finally Sepahan could win the match with the result of 2-0. Therefore, Sepahan advanced to Quarter-Finals of AFC Champions League for the third time in the history of the club. The Quarter-Final round will be held on September 2012.

All results[edit]

No. Date Est. vs Sep. Esteghlal's goal Sepahan's goal Venue Competition Est. coach Sep. coach Comment
1 28.01.1972 4–0  ? - Isfahan Local League 1971–72 Rajkov Yavari [1][3]
2 17.03.1972 2–0  ? - Tehran Local League 1971–72 Rajkov Yavari [3]
3 11.04.1974 2–0 Mazloumi (34), Jabbari (67) - Tehran Takht Jamshid Cup 1974-75 Rajkov Yavari [4]
4 01.11.1974 0–1 - Heidari (22) Isfahan Takht Jamshid Cup 1974-75 Rajkov Yavari [4]
5 30.05.1975 0–1 - Nadimian (77) Isfahan Takht Jamshid Cup 1975-76 Rajkov Yavari [5]
6 14.11.1975 0–0 - - Tehran Takht Jamshid Cup 1975-76 Rajkov Yavari [5]
7 09.01.1976 1–0 Ebrahimi - Tehran Takht Jamshid Cup 1976-77 Rajkov Yavari [6]
8 02.07.1976 0–1 -  ? Isfahan Takht Jamshid Cup 1976-77 Jekic Yavari [6]
9 10.06.1977 3–3 Nazari (17), Naraghi (45), Rowshan (53)  Shah Zeydi (65), Khorvash (83), Rahimi (88) Tehran Takht Jamshid Cup 1977-78 Jekic Yavari [7]
10 13.01.1978 0–1 - Jahani (35) Isfahan Takht Jamshid Cup 1977-78 Jekic Yavari [7]
11 28.02.1992 3–1 Bayani (2 goals), Fonounizadeh Shahmohammadi Tehran Azadegan League 1991–92 Pourheidari Tabesh [8]
12 22.05.1992 1–2 Fonounizadeh (p) Basirat, Ghanbari (p) Isfahan Azadegan League 1991–92 Pourheidari Tabesh [9]
13 23.04.1993 2–2  ? ? Isfahan Naghsh-Jahan Cup Zolfagharnassab Karimi [10]
14 28.07.1994 3–2 Nadafi, Zarincheh, Akbarian Mousavi, Ghanbari (p) Tehran Azadegan League 1994–95 Bilofsky Hejazi [8]
15 11.11.1994 1–3 Taghavi Mousavi (3 goals) Isfahan Azadegan League 1994–95 Abdollahi Hejazi [9]
16 15.06.1995 1–0 Mansourian - Tehran Azadegan League 1995–96 Pourheidari Yavari [8]
17 09.11.1995 1–2 Varmarzyar Louviniyan, Memariyan Isfahan Azadegan League 1995–96 Pourheidari Yavari [9]
18 02.05.1996 0–1 - ? Isfahan Naghsh-Jahan Cup Pourheidari Korbekandi [11]
19 27.06.1996 0–0 - - Isfahan Azadegan League 1996–97 Pourheidari Korbekandi [9]
20 19.12.1996 1–2 Pashazadeh Stepanyan, Mousavi Tehran Azadegan League 1996–97 Hejazi Korbekandi [8]
21 25.12.1997 2–1 Majidi, Mansourian Khademi Tehran Azadegan League 1997–98 Hejazi Korbekandi [8]
22 08.05.1998 1–0 Garousi - Isfahan Azadegan League 1997–98 Hejazi Korbekandi [9]
23 13.04.1999 1–1 Akbarpour Basirat (p) Isfahan Azadegan League 1998–99 Hejazi Monajati [9]
24 24.05.1999 1–1 Majidi Momenzadeh Tehran Azadegan League 1998–99 Zarincheh Monajati [8]
25 14.10.1999 4–1 Latifi, Dadashzadeh, Nikbakht, Navazi (p) Veisi Isfahan Azadegan League 1999–00 Skomorokhov Nadimian [9]
26 30.01.2000 2–1 Niksirat, Akbarpour Stepanyan Tehran Azadegan League 1999–00 Skomorokhov Nadimian [8]
27 10.11.2000 1–1 Hasheminasab (p) Dehghani Tehran Azadegan League 2000-01 Pourheidari Nadimian [8]
28 04.02.2001 2–0 Hamedani (2 goals) - Isfahan Azadegan League 2000-01 Pourheidari Nadimian [9]
29 27.01.2002 1–0 Fatemi (34) - Isfahan 2001–02 Iran Pro League Pourheidari Poklepovic [12]
30 14.05.2002 3–0 Navazi (10-p), Mohagheghian (46-og), Dinmohammadi (86) - Tehran 2001–02 Iran Pro League Pourheidari Poklepovic [12]
31 07.06.2002 2–4 Akbari (57), Mousavi (64) Stepanyan (17, 48-p, 50), Karimi (55) Isfahan 2001–02 Hazfi Cup Ghalenoei Poklepovic Semi-final[12]
32 11.06.2002 3–1 Akbari (13-p), Fatemi (78), Momenzadeh (82) Bezik (90) Tehran 2001–02 Hazfi Cup Ghalenoei Poklepovic Semi-final[12]
33 03.11.2002 2–3 Nikbakht (52), Akbari (71) Hajipour (10, 32), Navidkia (90-p) Tehran 2002–03 Iran Pro League Koch Kazemi [13]
34 15.02.2003 0–3 - Farshbaf (52, 72), Seyed-Salehi (84) Isfahan 2002–03 Hazfi Cup Koch Kazemi 1/8 Final[14]
35 24.04.2003 2–3 Akbari (75), Hassanzadeh (80-og) Navidkia (43-p, 48), Karimi (88) Isfahan 2002–03 Iran Pro League Zarincheh Kazemi [15]
36 15.05.2003 0–1 - Seyed-Salehi (35) Tehran 2002–03 Hazfi Cup Pourheidari Kazemi 1/8 Final[16]
37 20.08.2003 2–3 Fabritcio (22), Navazi (35) Khatibi (1, 75), Bezik (81) Tehran Tehran Etehadiyeh Cup Ghalenoei Kazemi [2][17]
38 30.11.2003 0–0 - - Isfahan 2003–04 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kazemi [18]
39 12.04.2004 2–1 Enayati (3), Samereh (82) Ramezani (2) Tehran 2003–04 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kazemi [18]
40 02.07.2004 2–3 Akbari (27), Enayati (80) Stepanyan (9), Khormagah (57-og), Hashemizadeh (87) Isfahan 2003–04 Hazfi Cup Ghalenoei Kazemi Final[18]
41 07.07.2004 0–2 - Seyed-Salehi (25, 68) Tehran 2003–04 Hazfi Cup Ghalenoei Kazemi Final[18]
42 31.12.2004 2–2 Samereh (28), Enayati (50) Bezik (67), Khatibi (80) Isfahan 2004–05 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kazemi [19]
43 20.06.2005 2–2 Enayati (13), Akbarpour (69) Khatibi (62, 84) Tehran 2004–05 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Poklepovic [19]
44 16.10.2005 0–1 - Jafarpour (31) Isfahan 2005–06 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Tavares [20]
45 12.02.2006 2–1 Sadeghi (55), Jabari (58) Khatibi (42) Tehran 2005–06 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Tavares [20]
46 01.12.2006 2–1 Baou (39, 90) Maheri (12) Tehran 2006–07 Iran Pro League Marfavi Bonacic [21]
47 20.04.2007 0–1 - Aghili (90-p) Isfahan 2006–07 Iran Pro League Marfavi Bonacic [21]
48 07.10.2007 1–2 Ghorbani (74) Abulhail (7, 90) Isfahan 2007–08 Iran Pro League Hejazi Bonacic [22]
49 29.03.2008 0–1 - Hajsafi (65) Tehran 2007–08 Iran Pro League Karimi Vieira [22]
50 17.08.2008 1–1 Ghorbani (74) Jafarpour (24) Tehran 2008–09 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Firat [23]
51 30.12.2008 1–2 Borhani (74) Navidkia (10), Alizadeh (25-og) Isfahan 2008–09 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kazemi [23]
52 07.08.2009 1–0 Ravankhah (61) - Tehran 2009–10 Iran Pro League Marfavi Ghalenoei [24]
53 05.12.2009 0–2 - Emad Mohammed (45), Aghili (63-p) Isfahan 2009–10 Iran Pro League Marfavi Ghalenoei [24]
54 27.08.2010 4–3 Maydavoodi (18, 43), Majidi (25), Enayati (82-og) Beikzadeh (61), Janjuš (72, 75) Tehran 2010–11 Iran Pro League Mazloumi Ghalenoei [25]
55 24.02.2011 1–1 Seyed-Salehi (90) Jamshidian (38) Isfahan 2010–11 Iran Pro League Mazloumi Ghalenoei [25]
56 03.08.2011 1–1 Borhani (85) Januario (64) Isfahan 2011–12 Iran Pro League Mazloumi Bonacic [26]
57 06.01.2012 1–1 Shirzad (32) Seyed-Salehi (53) Tehran 2011–12 Iran Pro League Mazloumi Kranjcar [26]
58 22.05.2012 0–2 César (8), Bengar (35) Isfahan 2012 AFC Champions League Mazloumi Kranjcar [27]
59 18.11.2012 1–0 Heydari (15) Isfahan 2012–13 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kranjcar
60 30.03.2013 1–1 (4-5 p) Hatami (64) Khalatbari (42) Tehran 2012–13 Hazfi Cup Ghalenoei Kranjcar Semi Final
61 15.04.2013 1–1 Irannejad (93-og) Navidkia (66) Tehran 2012–13 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kranjcar
62 01.08.2013 1–2 Sadeghi (78) Afshin (2), Aghili (55-p) Tehran 2013–14 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kranjcar
63 05.12.2013 0–0 - - Isfahan 2013–14 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kranjcar
64 14.08.2014 1–3 Fakhredini (17) Hajsafi (27-p), Sharifi (33), Chimba (63) Isfahan 2014–15 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Kranjcar
65 30.01.2015 2–1 Enayati (8), Ebrahimi (90+2) Papi (42) Tehran 2014–15 Iran Pro League Ghalenoei Faraki
66 26.10.2015 3-0 Farshid Esmaeili (6), J.Ansari (53), B.Barzay(77) Isfahan 2015–16 Iran Pro League Mazloumi Faraki
67 10.04.2016 0–0 - - Tehran 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League Mazloumi Štimac
68 25.12.2016 1–1 Alimohammadi (69) Barzay (90+2) Isfahan 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League Mansourian Veisi
69 12.06.2016 TBD TBD TBD Tehran 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League

Summary of results[edit]

Total matches[edit]

Teams Matches Wins Draws Loses Goals
For
Goals
Against
Goal
Difference
Points
Sepahan 68 26 19 23 86 89 -3 99
Esteghlal 68 23 19 26 89 86 +3 87

Matches with competition[edit]

Competition Matches Sepahan wins Draws Esteghlal wins
AFC Champions League 1 1 0 0
League 57 18 17 22
Hazfi Cup 7 5 1 1
Friendly 3 2 1 0
Total 68 26 19 23

Competitions details[edit]

Competition Matches Sepahan wins Draws Esteghlal wins
AFC Champions League 1 1 0 0
Local League 2 0 0 2
Takht Jamshid Cup 8 4 2 2
Azadegan League 16 4 4 8
Iran Pro League 30 10 11 10
Hazfi Cup 7 5 1 1
Naghsh-Jahan Cup 2 1 1 0
Tehran Etehadiyeh Cup 1 1 0 0
Total 68 26 19 23

Top goal scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Iran Mehdi Seyed-Salehi 1 Sepahan / Esteghlal 6
Armenia Levon Stepanyan Sepahan
Iran Rasoul Khatibi Sepahan
4 Iran Moharram Navidkia Sepahan 5
Iran Yadollah Akbari Esteghlal
Iran Amin Mousavi Sepahan
Iran Reza Enayati Esteghlal
8 Iran Gholam Hossein Mazloumi Esteghlal 4
9 Iran Farhad Majidi Esteghlal 3
Iran Mohammad Navazi Esteghlal
Iran Edmond Bezik Sepahan
Iran Hadi Aghili Sepahan

1 Seyed-Salehi scored 5 goals as the Sepahan player and 1 as the Esteghlal player.

Most successful coaches[edit]

Rank Head coach Club Matches Win Draw Lost Point Winning rate
1 Iran Farhad Kazemi Sepahan 11 8 2 1 26 73%
2 Iran Amir Ghalenoei 1 Esteghlal / Sepahan 24 6 8 10 26 25%
3 Iran Mansour Pourheidari Esteghlal 11 5 2 4 17 45%
4 Iran Mahmoud Yavari Sepahan 12 5 2 5 17 42%
5 Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar Sepahan 8 4 3 1 15 50%
6 Serbia Zdravko Rajkov Esteghlal 7 4 1 2 13 57%
7 Iran Nasser Hejazi 2 Sepahan / Esteghlal 7 3 1 3 10 43%
8 Croatia Luka Bonacic Sepahan 4 2 1 1 7 50%
9 Iran Rasoul Korbekandi Sepahan 5 2 1 2 7 40%
10 Russia Yevgeni Skomorokhov Esteghlal 2 2 0 0 6 100%
11 Iran Samad Marfavi Esteghlal 4 2 0 2 6 50%

1 Ghalenoei obtained 4 wins as the coach of Esteghlal and 1 win as the coach of Sepahan.
2 Hejazi obtained 2 wins as the coach of Esteghlal and 1 win as the coach of Sepahan.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b تاریخچه بازی های سپاهان و استقلال
  2. ^ a b قهرمان و نايب قهرمان ليگ قبل به فينال رسيدند
  3. ^ a b بازیهای تیم استقلال تهران فصل 50
  4. ^ a b بازیهای تیم استقلال تهران فصل 53
  5. ^ a b بازیهای تیم استقلال تهران فصل 54
  6. ^ a b بازیهای تیم استقلال تهران فصل 55
  7. ^ a b بازیهای تیم استقلال تهران فصل 56
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h مروری بر تاریخچه دیدارهای استقلال و سپاهان در گذر تاریخ
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h تاریخچه دیدارهای سپاهان و استقلال در اصفهان
  10. ^ بازیهای تیم استقلال در جام نقش جهان اصفهان 1372
  11. ^ بازیهای تیم استقلال در جام نقش جهان اصفهان 1375
  12. ^ a b c d 2001-02 Iran Football Season
  13. ^ 2002-03 Iran Football Season
  14. ^ سپاهان، استقلال را در جام حذفي مايوس کرد
  15. ^ طلسم 10 ساله استقلال در اصفهان
  16. ^ 2002-03 Hazfi Cup result
  17. ^ Tehran Etehadiyeh Cup
  18. ^ a b c d 2003-04 Iran Football Season
  19. ^ a b 2004-05 Iran Football Season
  20. ^ a b 2005-06 Iran Football Season
  21. ^ a b Esteghlal results in2006-07 Iran Football Season
  22. ^ a b 2007-08 Iran Football Season
  23. ^ a b Esteghlal results in 2008-09 Iran Football Season
  24. ^ a b Esteghlal results in 2009-10 Iran Football Season
  25. ^ a b Esteghlal results in 2010-11 Iran Football Season
  26. ^ a b Esteghlal results in 2011-12 Iran Football Season
  27. ^ سپاهان گام به مرحله يک‌چهارم نهايي گذاشت