Fajr Sepasi F.C.

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Shahid Sepasi
Fajr Srpasi Old logo.svg
Full name Fajr Shahid Sepasi Fars Football Club
Nickname(s) دورتموند ایران (Iran's Dortmund)
Founded 11 February 1988; 38 years ago
Ground Hafezieh Stadium
Shiraz
Iran
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Jafar Jafari
Head Coach Ali Kalantari
League Azadegan League
2015–16 Azadegan League, 4th
Website Club home page
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 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.

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.

In 2010 for the first time in the club's history, the team was relegated to the Azadegan League for the 2010–2011 season. Fajr quickly rebounded gaining promotion to the Iran Pro League in 2011.

Azadegan League[edit]

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.

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 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
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 Relegated
2014–15 2 Azadegan League 5th 1/8 Final
2015–16 2 Azadegan League 4th Did not enter

Honors[edit]

Winners (1): 2001
Runners-Up (2): 2002, 2003
Winners (1): 1997
Runners-Up (1): 2001

Players[edit]

As of July 23, 2015[2]

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 Mohammad Saleh Khalil Azad
2 Iran DF Farhad Salaripour (on loan from Mes Kerman)
3 Iran DF Milad Sheykh Soleimani
4 Iran DF Reza Moradi (on loan from Foolad)
5 Iran DF Ramtin Soleymanzadeh
7 Iran MF Mehdi Karimian (captain)
8 Iran MF Mehrdad Karimian
9 Iran FW Reza Taheri
10 Iran FW Mehdi Chahkoutahzadeh
11 Iran MF Ali Moslanejad U23
12 Iran FW Ahmad Hassanzadeh
13 Iran FW Ebrahim Salehi (on loan from Esteghlal Khuzestan)
14 Iran MF Ahmad Jafari
16 Iran MF Ahmad Ajorlou U23
17 Iran DF Seyed Ahmad Hayat Manesh
18 Iran MF Ali Fathian U23
20 Iran FW Sadegh Sadeghi Baba-Ahmadi
21 Iran GK Hossein Malek Aliaei U23
22 Iran MF Ali Hesami U21
23 Iran DF Soroush Saeidi (on loan from Foolad)
No. Position Player
27 Iran DF Alireza Zandavi
29 Iran FW Babak Abdollahzadeh U21
30 Iran GK Mehdi Sedghian U21 (on loan from Sepahan)
32 Iran FW Milad Saremi U23
33 Iran DF Vafa Hakhamaneshi
34 Iran MF Iman Basafa (on loan from Esteghlal)
36 Iran DF Mohammad Hosseini U21
42 Iran FW Shahrokh Gholamzrezapour
44 Iran DF Iman Salimi U21 (on loan from Aluminium)
70 Iran GK Reza Heydari
Iran GK Saman Farjam U23
Iran MF Mohsen Fayazbakhsh
Iran MF Meysam Shahmakvandzadeh (on loan from Foolad)
Iran MF Mostafa Mahi (on loan from Foolad)
Iran MF Reza Jabari (on loan from Esteghlal Ahvaz)
Iran Mostafa Rahmani U23
Iran Alireza Bayat U23
Iran Mohammad Reza Babadizadeh U23
Iran Alireza Nikjou U21
Iran Saeid Zare

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2015.

Former players[edit]

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

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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