Habib Khabiri

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Habib Khabiri
Personal information
Date of birth 1952 (1952)
Date of death June 21, 1984 (aged 31–32)
Place of death Tehran, Iran
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
National team
1977–1980 Iran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Habib Khabiri (1952 – June 21, 1984) was an Iranian footballer and captain of the Iran national football team. He was arrested for membership of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran in 1983. He was subsequently tortured and executed by shooting the following year.[1][2][3] His brother, Mohammad, was also an Iranian international and vice-president of the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran.[4]


  1. ^ Nayeb-Agha, Hassan (13 June 2014). "The ghosts that hang over Iran's World Cup squad". The Nation. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Iran Exiles Report Execution Of 40, Including Soccer Star". New York Times. 24 July 1984. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  3. ^ "One Person's Story: Habib Khabiri". Human Rights & Democracy for Iran. Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ Thomsen, Ian (1 June 1998). "Political Football Americans will experience the deep-seated nationalism of World Cup play when the U.S. meets Iran in an emotional test for both sides". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 27 January 2015.

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