Fajr Sepasi F.C.

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Shahid Sepasi
Fajr Srpasi Old logo.svg
Full name

Fajr Shahid
Sepasi

Fars Football Club
Founded 1988, as F.C. Fajr Shahid Sepasi
Ground Hafezieh Stadium
Shiraz
Iran
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Jafar Jafari
Head Coach Mahmoud Yavari
League Iran Pro League
2013–14 Iran Pro League, 14th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Fajr Shahid Sepasi Shiraz Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال فجر شهید سپاسی شیراز‎) is an Iranian football club based in Shiraz, Iran.

The club is one the more financially restricted teams in Iran's football, and is owned by Iran's Basij. Prior to the club's affiliation with the Basij many young players who had yet to serve in the military (2 year military service is mandatory in Iran) choose to play for Fajr Sepasi, because of the close relationship between the team and the Iranian military.

The club consists of mostly young players, and does not have a very large following in Shiraz, Bargh, Fajr's rival has a much stronger fan base in the city. The biggest win of Fajr in IPL was in December 2012 when they defeat Aluminium Hormozgan F.C. by 6 goals.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

In 1988, a group of youngsters, who were from Shiraz along with Jafar Jafari, established a football team named Behzad. They started play in the 2nd division of Shiraz's local city league. When Majid Sepasi, was killed in the Iran–Iraq War, the team renamed itself Fajr Shahid Sepasi, to honor him. By 1991 the club had been bought by Sepah Pasdaran. In 1995 they became champions of Fars province, and in 1996 were promoted to the Azadegan League. The club has remained in the highest level of Iranian football since then, and surprised everyone when they won the Hazfi Cup in 2001.

Takeover[edit]

Moghavemat Shahid Sepasi emblem (2007-2011)

In December 2006 Sepah Pasdaran sold its shares in sport to Basij, therefore all Fajr teams were renamed to Moghavemat teams. Fajr Sepasi are now officially known as Moghavemat Shahid Sepasi Shiraz, although the name is not in common use yet.[1] Jafar Jafari is the club's chairman since the establishment of the club in 1988.

They kept the coach Gholam Hossein Peyrovani till 2009 where he was appointed as Iran's olympics team head coach and had to leave the club so Peyrovani left the club after 10 years being in charge and he was finished his last season in mid table and was replaced by Davoud Mahabadi and after poor results he was replaced by Mohammad Ahmadzadeh and got relegated in the first season without Peyrovani.

Shiraz Derby[edit]

Main articles: Shiraz Derby

The Shiraz Derby is played between Fajr Sepasi and Bargh Shiraz, but due to Bargh's relegation to the Azadegan League and then the 2nd Division, the derby has not been played in over 5 years.

Season-by-season[edit]

The table below chronicles the achievements of Moghavemat Sepasi in various competitions since 1995.

Season Division League Position Hazfi Cup Notes Asian Cup Winners Cup
1995–96 3 Fars Province League 1st Did not qualify Promoted Did not qualify
1996–97 2 2nd Division 1st 1/16 Final Promoted
1997–98 1 Azadegan League 4th Not held
1998–99 1 Azadegan League 10th 1/16 Final
1999–00 1 Azadegan League 3rd 1/8 Final
2000–01 1 Azadegan League 9th Cup
2001–02 1 Iran Pro League 10th Final First Round
2002–03 1 Iran Pro League 4th Final Did not qualify
2003–04 1 Iran Pro League 11th 1/8 Final
2004–05 1 Iran Pro League 11th 1/16 Final
2005–06 1 Iran Pro League 10th 1/8 Final
2006–07 1 Iran Pro League 10th 1/16 Final
2007–08 1 Iran Pro League 14th 1/8 Final
2008–09 1 Iran Pro League 9th 1/16 Final
2009–10 1 Iran Pro League 16th 1/16 Final Relegated
2010–11 2 Azadegan League 2nd 1/32 Final Promoted
2011–12 1 Iran Pro League 13th 1/8 Final
2012–13 1 Iran Pro League 12th 1/4 Final
2013–14 1 Iran Pro League 14th 1/16 Final

Honors[edit]

Winners (1): 2001
Runners-Up (2): 2002, 2003

Winner: 1997

Runners-Up: 2001

Players[edit]

As of November 27, 2013[2]

First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
4 Iran MF Alireza Jalili
5 Iran DF Saeed Ghezelagchi
6 Iran MF Hadi Imani
8 Iran MF Mehrdad Karimian (Captain)
9 Iran FW Amin Shojaeian
10 Iran MF Siamak Koohnavard
11 Iran MF Mehrzad Madanchi
12 Iran MF Mohammad Afand
13 Iran MF Hamid Jokar
14 Iran MF Masoud Rigi U23
16 Iran MF Arman Ramezani U23 (on loan from Malavan)
17 Iran FW Jalaleddin Ali Mohammadi U23
18 Iran DF Mohammad Ansari U23
20 Iran MF Farshid Esmaeili U21
21 Iran FW Mohammad Reza Hosseini
No. Position Player
23 Iran GK Mohammad Saleh Khalil Azad U23
25 Iran DF Samad Zare
26 Iran DF Ramtin Soleymanzadeh
27 Iran MF Bahram Rashid Farokhi U23
28 Iran MF Abdolreza Zarei U19
29 Iran FW Mohammad Nozhati
30 Iran GK Mohammad Khazaei
32 Iran DF Bahman Maleki U23
33 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Samir Bekrić
34 Iran DF Mohammad Ali Faramarzi U21
35 Iran FW Hossein Fazeli U21
36 Iran MF Mohammad Daneshgar U21
38 Iran MF Meysam Khodashenas
40 Iran FW Mojtaba Zarei
44 Iran FW Mohammad Heidari

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers winter 2013–14.

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Fajr Sepasi players.

Famous players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basij buy out Sepah". IRNA. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  2. ^ "فجر سپاسی". Ffiri.ir. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 

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