Pious in Azadi Stadium
|Full name||Farshad Pious|
|Date of birth||January 12, 1962|
|Place of birth||Tehran, Iran|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2010–2012||Gol Gohar Sirjan|
|2014||Khoneh Be Khoneh|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Farshad Pious (Persian: فرشاد پیوس, born January 12, 1962 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Iranian football player who was a striker for a number of clubs in Iran, most notably Persepolis, as well as Iran national football team. He is regarded as one of the best players in the history of Iranian football. He helped Persepolis win their only ever Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 1991 and also led them to a runners-up finish the following year. Pious was named the Iranian Football League top scorer on seven occasions. He is also Persepolis' greatest ever scorer with 153 goals in 211 games.
Pious started his professional career with Rah Ahan in 1980, a year after the Iranian Revolution. Pious played three seasons with Rah Ahan in the Tehran Provincial League, which was the highest football league at the time. He scored 21 goals in 28 games during his time at Rah Ahan. He signed for Shahin in 1983, he scored 5 goals in 6 games before leaving the club. In 1984 Pious made a surprising move when he signed with 2nd Division club Nirooye Havaei. Pious showed his class and proved he belongs in a top club as he became the top scorer of the league with 24 goals in 20 games.
In 1985 Pious finally made his big move as he signed with Tehran giants Persepolis. In his first season Pious managed to score 10 times in 14 games. Pious broke through in his second season as he scored 15 goals in 18 games across all competitions and was named Tehran Provincial League top scorer. His goals helped Persepolis win the league and also the Tehran Hazfi Cup. Pious was again key in the following season as he improved his scoring record and scored 19 times in 20 games and was again named the leagues top scorer. With the help of Pious, Persepolis again won the Tehran Provincial League and also won the re-instated national cup the Hazfi Cup. In Pious' last season with Persepolis he scored 16 goals in 16 games and was again named the leagues top scorer.
Return to Persepolis
In the same season Pious returned to his former club Persepolis. He had his worst season at Persepolis, only scoring 5 times in 12 games in the newly established Qods League, despite his scoring issues Pious still helped Persepolis to the final of the league where they lost to rivals Esteghlal 2-1 in one of the most important Tehran derby's. In 1990 there was no league in Iran and this allowed Pious and Persepolis to focus on the Asian Cup Winners' Cup he scored 7 times in 4 games in the competition and helped Persepolis claim their first ever continental title with a 1-0 win in the final over Muharraq. In the 1991–92 season Pious scored 11 times in 22 games in the newly established Azadegan League and was named top scorer as Persepolis finished third, three points behind champions Pas Tehran. In the 1992–93 season, Persepolis again competed in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup. Pious scored 1 goal in 4 games as Persepolis went to the final but lost to Japanese club Nissan 2–1 on aggregate. In the same season in the Azadegan League, Pious fared no better, scoring 4 goals in 12 games as Persepolis lost in the final to Pas Tehran on penalties. In the 1993–94 season Persepolis again finished as runners-up in the Azadegan League. Pious' 8 goals in 13 games was not enough as the club finished three points behind champions Saipa. The 1994–95 season was arguably Pious' best season at the club, he scored 20 times in 22 games and was the leagues top scorer. Pious' goals helped Persepolis reach the semi-final where they faced rivals Esteghlal in the Tehran derby. In the first leg Pious scored in the 51st minute as the game ended in a 2–2 draw. In the second leg the match finished 0-0 meaning Esteghlal advanced on the away goals rule. In 1996 Pious finally won the elusive Azadegan League, Pious only managed to score 4 times in 15 games but the club still went on to win their first ever Azadegan League. The 1996–97 season was Pious' last season and he only managed to play 6 games and scored 5 times as he battle through injury. Persepolis still won the Azadegan League for the second time in a row and also finished third place in the Asian Club Championship. Pious ended his career at Persepolis as one of the clubs greatest ever players and the clubs greatest ever scorer with 153 goals in 211 games.
He made his Team Melli debut on June 25, 1984 in a friendly against China, and his last cap was on October 9, 1994 in Asian Games against Yemen. Pious helped Iran win gold at the 1990 Asian Games, Iran went undefeated through the entire tournament and beat North Korea in the final on penalties.
- Iranian Football League (4): 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90 (Runner-up), 1991–92 (Runner-up), 1992–93 (Runner-up), 1993–94 (Runner-up), 1995–96, 1996–97
- Hazfi Cup (2): 1987–88, 1990–91,
- Tehran Hazfi Cup (1): 1987
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1990–91, 1992–93 (Runner-up)
- Iranian Football League top goalscorer (7): 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1991–92, 1994–95
- Qatar Stars League top goalscorer (1): 1988–89
- IFCA Best Second Division Manager (1): 2015–16
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|Iran national football team captain