Fajr Sepasi F.C.
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|Full name||Fajr Shahid Sepasi Fars Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||دورتموند ایران (Iran's Dortmund)|
|Founded||11 February 1988; 38 years ago|
|Head Coach||Ali Kalantari|
|2015–16||Azadegan League, 4th|
|Website||Club home page|
The club is one of 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.
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.
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. 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.
At the end of the 2013–14 season Fajr Sepasi finished 14th and was relegated to the Azadegan League. In their first season back in the second tier Fajr finished 14th and missed out on promotion.
- Main articles: Shiraz Derby
The table below chronicles the achievements of Fajr Sepasi in various competitions since 1995.
|Season||Division||League||Position||Hazfi Cup||Notes||AFC Champions League|
|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|
|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||Relegated|
|2014–15||2||Azadegan League||5th||1/8 Final|
|2015–16||2||Azadegan League||4th||Did not enter|
- Winners (1): 2001
- Runners-Up (2): 2002, 2003
- Winners (1): 1997
- Runners-Up (1): 2001
As of July 23, 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2015.
For details on former players, see Category:Fajr Sepasi players.
- Mansour Pourheidari (1996–98)
- Mahmoud Yavari (1998–99)
- Gholam Hossein Peyrovani (1999–09)
- Davoud Mahabadi (2009–10)
- Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (2010)
- Ali Kalantari (Sept 1, 2010 – Nov 30, 2011)
- Mahmoud Yavari (Nov 27, 2011 – May 31, 2013)
- Gholam Hossein Peyrovani (July 1, 2013 – Sept 7, 2013)
- Mahmoud Yavari (Sept 15, 2013 – Jun 28, 2014)
- Ali Kalantari (Aug 10, 2014– )
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