Farhad Majidi

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Farhad Majidi
Farhad Majidi, Esteghlal-Duhail press conference 20190505 1.jpg
Majidi in 2019
Personal information
Full name Farhad Majidi[1]
Date of birth (1976-06-03) 3 June 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Iran U23 (manager)
Youth career
Parchin Industries
Keshavarz
Bahman
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Bahman 19 (10)
1997–1999 Esteghlal 14 (4)
1999–2000 Rapid Wien 12 (2)
2000 Esteghlal 3 (0)
2000–2001 Al-Wasl (25)
2002 Esteghlal 11 (5)
2002–2006 Al-Wasl (44)
2003Al-Ain (loan) 0 (0)
2006Al-Ahli (loan) (6)
2006–2007 Al-Nasr 15 (2)
2007Al-Ahli (loan) 5 (1)
2007–2011 Esteghlal 117 (39)
2011–2012 Al Gharrafa 13 (7)
2012–2013 Esteghlal 21 (7)
Total 291 (109)
National team
1996–2011 Iran 45 (10)
Teams managed
2018–2019 Esteghlal (assistant)
2019 Esteghlal (caretaker)
2019– Iran U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Farhad Majidi Ghadikolaei (Persian: فرهاد مجیدی قادیکلائی‎, born 3 June 1976) is an Iranian coach and retired footballer who currently coaches Iran national under-23 team.[2]

He mostly played as an attacking midfielder for Esteghlal when he was a football player. He started his career at Bahman club and also played in Austrian, Emirati and Qatari clubs. He was a member of Iran national football team from 1996 to 2011, but not played many matches. In 2010, he was nominated for the Asian Footballer of the Year award which finished second in voting.

Club career[edit]

Having played for Esteghlal Tehran for several seasons, Majidi's performance attracted Rapid Vienna to recruit him for one season. However, the offer for a permanent transfer to Austria was not accepted by the Austrians, and they released Majidi who joined Al-Wasl in the UAE.

In the UAE League and in combination with his compatriot Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht, Majidi scored a handful of goals and topped the league chart with Al Wasl. Majidi was unlucky with injuries and was out of action for quite a few matches. One of the highlights of Majidi's career was his short loan to Al-Ain. Majidi was the star of the 2002–03 AFC Champions League semi-final game against Dalian Shide. His goal helped Al Ain to reach the AFC Champions League final match, eventually winning the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

All together in the five years Majidi played for Al Wasl FC, he scored over 100 goals.[3] He left Al Wasl in 2006, joining another UAE club, Al-Nasr.

On 10 February 2007, Majidi signed a contract until the end of the season with Al-Ahli. At the end of the season, Majidi signed a season-long contract with Esteghlal tehran. He extended his contract with Esteghlal tehran for two more season and he was mostly used as the attacking midfielder in 2008–09 season which ended up in winning the league. He had a very good season in 2009–10 season where he was the top scorer of the team and one of the top scorers of ACL.

On 21 December 2011, Majidi left Esteghlal due to personal problems and joined the Qatari side Al Gharrafa.[4] He played until the end of the season at Al Gharafa and his contract was expired on 1 July 2012. Majidi announced his retirement from football on 28 September 2012 after Esteghlal refused to offer him a contract extension.[5][6] but upon request of Esteghlal fans and management, he later withdrew his decision and rejoined the team with an 18-months contract on 18 December 2012.[7] He then won the league title with the team and scored six goals. Finally, Majidi retired for the second time as a football player on 29 October 2013 after Esteghlal was unable to qualified to the finals of the 2013 AFC Champions League.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Iran national football team in December 1996 in the 1996 Asian Cup match against Saudi Arabia. He was occasionally getting called up but never became a regular starter till the arrival of Branko Ivankovic where he was experiencing the top of his football. He was mostly benched by Ivankovic because of Ali Daei and Arash Borhani and decided to leave Team Melli camp in 2004 just before the 2004 AFC Asian Cup where Iran lost the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Jordan in Tehran and he was benched for the whole match. Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was called for a few friendlies but could not break it through to the tournament. Majidi was invited by Amir Ghalenoei and Afshin Ghotbi in 2006 and 2009 for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification and 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification for a couple of matches and was used as the substitute. He was called for few friendlies three months before 2011 AFC Asian Cup but decided to announce his retirement. Majidi was again invited on 23 August 2011 by Carlos Queiroz. He was the oldest player in the Iran national team since he had been a member of the team since 1996, however Majidi does not have many international caps. Farhad Majidi and the Persepolis captain, Ali Karimi, were considered two of the fans' favorite players during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 27 September 2011, Majidi announced his retirement from national playing.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club career statistics[edit]

Source:[3]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
1995–96 Bahman Azadegan League
1996–97 19 10
1997–98 Esteghlal 5 0 5
1998–99 6 0 1 7
1999–00 14 4 0 7 11
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2000–01 Esteghlal Azadegan League 3 0 0 2
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2000–01 Al Wasl UAE Pro League 14
2001–02 11
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2001–02 Esteghlal Persian Gulf League 11 5
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup Asia Total
2002–03 Al Wasl UAE Pro League 12
Al Ain 4 1 4 1
2003–04 Al Wasl 15 13
2004–05 14
2005–06 5
Al Ahli 6
2006–07 Al Nasr 15 2 1
Al Ahli 5 1 3 0 8 1
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Esteghlal Persian Gulf League 22 7 6 2 28 9
2008–09 23 3 2 1 5 0 30 4
2009–10 30 10 1 1 6 5 37 16
2010–11 26 10 2 1 6 5 34 16
2011–12 16 9 2 0 0 0 18 9
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2011–12 Al-Gharafa Qatar Stars League 13 7 3 1 5 0 21 8
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2012–13 Esteghlal Persian Gulf League 11 3 1 0 10 3 22 6
2013–14 10 4 0 0 0 0 10 4
Total Iran
Austria 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
United Arab Emirates 78 4 1
Qatar 13 7 3 1 5 0 21 8
Career total
  • Assists
Season Team Assists
07–08 Esteghlal 2
08–09 Esteghlal 3
09–10 Esteghlal 2
10–11 Esteghlal 5
11–12 Esteghlal 9
11–12 Al-Gharafa 5
12–13 Esteghlal 1
13–14 Esteghlal 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus  Kyrgyzstan 4–0 7–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 16 August 2000 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Georgia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
3 1 September 2000 Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna  Austria 1–0 1–5 Friendly
4 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadium, Tabriz  Guam 1–0 19–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadium, Tabriz  Guam 16–0 19–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadium, Tabriz  Guam 18–0 19–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 17 November 2002 Sabah Al Salem Stadium, Kuwait City  Kuwait 3–1 3–1 Friendly
8 15 August 2003 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Cameroon 2–1 4–1 Friendly
9 26 September 2003 Al-Hassan Stadium, Amman  Jordan 2–1 2–3 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
10 21 June 2004 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Syria 7–1 7–1 2004 WAFF Championship

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Esteghlal (caretaker) 29 April 2019 1 June 2019 5 3 2 0 9 5 +4 060.00
Iran U23 10 June 2019 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Total 5 3 2 0 9 5 +4 060.00

Honours[edit]

Farhad Majidi celebrating after winning IPL title with Esteghlal

Club[edit]

Esteghlal
Al-Ain
Al-Gharafa

national[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "فرهاد مجیدی (قاتل لنگی قادیکلایی". Persianleague.com.
  2. ^ "مجیدی سرمربی تیم امید شد" [Majidi became Omid team coach] (in Persian). Fars News Agency.
  3. ^ a b "گزارش ویژه: نگاهی به دوران حرفه ای فرهاد مجیدی". Goal.com. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. ^ مجيدي به الغرافه قطر پيوست. Varzesh3.com (in Persian).
  5. ^ "Ex-Esteghlal Captain Farhad Majidi Retires". Kabir News. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Majidi announced his retirement from football".
  7. ^ "Majidi returns to Esteghlal".
  8. ^ نامه فرهاد مجیدی برای خداحافظی از تیم ملی. Goal.com (in Persian).

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alireza Mansourian
Esteghlal Tehran FC captain
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Mehdi Rahmati