Habib Kashani

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Habib Kashani
Habib Kashani.jpg
Member of City Council of Tehran
Assumed office
10 April 2003
Personal details
Born (1955-03-06) March 6, 1955 (age 61)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran
Alma mater Isfahan University

Habib Kashani (Persian: حبيب کاشانی‎‎) is an Iranian politician and businessman. He is a member of City Council of Tehran since 10 April 2003. He was the chairman of famous multisport club Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club based in Tehran, Iran, between 1 June 2007 to 1 June 2008 and for a second term from 1 October 2009 to 20 September 2011. He is also a member of the AFC Committee for Professional Clubs and business manager of Iran national under-23 football team.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 6 March 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He begin teaching in Tehran schools after receiving his B.C. from Isfahan University. He participated in the Iran-Iraq War from 1981 to 1985. When he returned to Tehran, he continue his teaching career. He was a sports teacher.

Sports career[edit]

He became chairman of the club on 1 June 2007. He contracted with Afshin Ghotbi in the 2007-08 Persian Gulf Cup and with Ghotbi became Champion of that year's league. He resigned from his post one year later and continued his career in City Council. When Abbas Ansarifard resigned his position in September 2009, Kashani was re-Selected as chairman of the club and in December 2009, he was contracted with Ali Daei but was unsuccessful in the league. They won the 2009–10 Hazfi Cup. Kashani has been a board member of the Football Federation of Iran since August 3, 2010.[2] After triumphing another Hazfi Cup with Ali Daei in next season, Daei left the club due to conflicts between Kashani and him, which were unfolded in a highly disputed debate at Navad.[3] He signed a contract with the choice of "Technical Committee", Hamid Estili as new head coach of Persepolis on 21 June 2011.

Some fans believed that the Technical Committee was a show from Kashani to pull over Daei, and select his "beloved friend" Estili.[4] In the opening match of the season against Malavan, which ended 1–1 after the weak performance of Persepolis and late tying goal by Hossein Badamaki, fans started screaming the name of Ali Daei since 60th minute, showing their displeasure.[5] protests continued in next matches by Booing Estili and Kashani, and slogans wanting them to leave the club.[6][7][8][9] In a poll by Navad on August 15, 2011, 51% believed that the way Estili was chosen is the main reason of protests. Other reasons included weak performance by players (36%) and impatient fans (%13).[10] Kashani resigned as chairman of Persepolis on 20 September 2011. [11]


Rank Player From Year
1. Iran Mohsen Khalili Iran Saipa 2007
2. Iran Mohammad Nosrati Iran Pas Tehran 2007
3. Iran Hossein Kaebi United Arab Emirates Emirates 2007
5. Iran Rahman Ahmadi Iran Sepahan 2010
6. Iran Alireza Noormohammadi Iran Rah Ahan 2010
7. Iran Maziar Zare United Arab Emirates Al-Sharjah 2010
8. Iran Mohammad Nouri Iran Saba 2010
9. Iran Amir Hossein Feshangchi Iran Saba 2010
10. Iran Gholamreza Rezaei Iran Foolad 2010
11. Burkina Faso Hervé Oussalé Belgium RAEC Mons 2010
12. Mali Sékou Berthé England Plymouth Argyle 2010
13. Iran Vahid Hashemian Germany VfL Bochum 2010
14. Iran Ali Karimi Germany Schalke 04 2011
15. Iran Mohammad Nosrati Iran Tractor Sazi 2011
16. Iran Misagh Memarzadeh Iran Foolad 2011
17. Iran Mehrdad Oladi Iran Malavan 2011
18. Iran Reza Hamzepour Iran Youth System 2011
19. Burkina Faso Mamadou Tall Portugal União Leiria 2011
20. Iran Javad Kazemian Iran Sepahan 2011

Political career[edit]

He was elected as Member of City Council of Tehran in local election of 2003 and assumed office on 10 April 2003. He is a supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then, he was reelected in 2006 and 2013 and currently is the longest-serving member of the council along with Mehdi Chamran.


  2. ^ حبيب کاشاني عضو هيات رئيسه فدراسیون فوتبال شد
  3. ^ (Persian)Goal.com
  4. ^ Tabnak
  5. ^ (Persian) Goal.com
  6. ^ Khabaronline
  7. ^ Khabaronline
  8. ^ Rajanews
  9. ^ perspolis-club.com
  10. ^ Qudsonline
  11. ^ Kashani resigns as Persepolis chairman

External links[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard
Persepolis chairman
Succeeded by
Dariush Mostafavi
Preceded by
Abbas Ansarifard
Persepolis chairman
Succeeded by
Mohammad Rouyanian