Ghasem Haddadifar

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Ghasem Haddadifar
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Personal information
Full name Ghasem Haddadifar
Date of birth (1983-07-12) 12 July 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Esfahan, Iran
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zob Ahan
Number 8
Youth career
1996–2003 Zob Ahan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003– Zob Ahan 241 (13)
2005–2006 Sanat Naft (loan) 20 (2)
2012 Tractor Sazi (loan) 13 (1)
National team
2010–2015 Iran 17 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:52, 12 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:00,1 June 2015 (UTC)
Haddadifar in a friendly-match against Angola in 2014.

Ghasem Haddadifar (Persian: قاسم حدادی‌فر‎; born July 12, 1983)[1] is an Iranian footballer who plays for Zob Ahan in the Iran Pro League. He is also member of the Iranian national team and represented Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

In 2015 Haddadifar was named Iranian footballer of the season for the 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League season with Zob Ahan.

Club career[edit]

Zob Ahan[edit]

Hadadifar joined Zob Ahan in 2003 after spending seven years with the clubs youth teams.[2] Haddadifar made his debut in the 2003–04 season making nine appearances and scoring once through out his first season. The next year again Haddadifar played a minor role and mainly came on as a substitute in the season which Zob Ahan finished runners up in the league.

He has also been loaned out to Sanat Naft who played in the Azadegan League in 2005 to gain some experience and playing time. Haddadifar was a big part in Sanat Naft's successful season scoring twice in which the club finished third.

After returning to Zob Ahan in 2006 Haddadifar broke into the first team having an increasing role and helping Zob Ahan clinch an eight place finish. In the 2008–09 season Ghasem was Zob Ahan's best player scoring six times and leading Zob Ahan to another league runners-up and scoring twice in Zob Ahan's 5–2 Hazfi Cup final victory over Rah Ahan. The following season Haddadifar had continued success with Zob Ahan, again achieving a runners-up finish in the league. The same season with the help of Haddadifar goal in the semi-final against Al Hilal, Zob Ahan made the final of the AFC Champions League, becoming the second Iranian club to do so, but the club eventually lost to South Korean club Seongnam FC.

After struggling with injury in the 2011–12 season Haddadifar was loaned out to Tractor Sazi for the later half of the season. He helped Tractor Sazi achieve a runners-up finish and the club clinched an AFC Champions League spot for the first time in their history.

The following season after Haddadifar returned to Zob Ahan, the team had a poor season finishing in a relegation play-off, but the club managed to stay up after beating Pas Hamedan in a two-legged play-off. The 2013–14 season did not fare much better for Haddadifar or the club. Zob Ahan escaped relegation on goal difference after finishing thirteenth.

After the arrival of Yahya Golmohammadi as manager of Zob Ahan, both the club and Haddadifar were revived. Haddidifar had a stellar season, helping the club to win the Hazfi Cup again and earn a fourth place finish in the league, which earned Zob Ahan a Champions League slot after a six year absence. Haddidifar was recognized for his individual performances and was named to the 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League Team of the Year and was also recognized as the 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League Player of the Year.

Career Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2003–04 Zob Ahan Pro League 7 1 2 0 - - 9 1
2004–05 10 0 1 0 - - 11 0
2005–06 Sanat Naft Division 1 20 2 0 0 - - 20 2
2006–07 Zob Ahan Pro League 23 0 1 0 - - 24 0
2007–08 24 0 2 0 - - 26 0
2008–09 23 4 6 2 - - 29 6
2009–10 32 3 5 0 5 1 42 4
2010–11 30 1 1 0 6 1 37 2
2011–12 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Tractor Sazi 13 1 0 0 - - 13 1
2012–13 Zob Ahan 28 2 3 0 - - 31 2
2013–14 28 2 2 0 - - 30 2
2014–15 27 0 5 1 - - 32 1
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 273 16 28 3 11 2 312 21
  • Assists
Season Team Assists
10–11 Zob Ahan 2
11–12 Zob Ahan 0
Tractor Sazi 2
12–13 Zob Ahan 2
13–14 Zob Ahan 4
14–15 Zob Ahan 5

International career[edit]

In 2010, Hadadifar received his first cap for Iran in a friendly match against Armenia.[3] On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[4]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Zob Ahan
Tractor Sazi

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

His father was an employee of Zob Ahan Isfahan Steel Company, and he was born in Zob Ahan Hospital. His brother Alireza is also a footballer and is his teammate.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.persianleague.com/index.php/teams?id=191&view=player&sid=21
  2. ^ http://www.iplstats.com/website06-07/playersteam14.htm
  3. ^ http://can.worldfootball.net/spieler_profil/ghasem-hadadifar/4/
  4. ^ "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24". FIFA.com. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Ghasem Haddadifar at Navad

Weblinks[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mohammad Salsali
Zob Ahan Isfahan F.C. captain
2014–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent