Hassan Rowshan

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Hassan Rowshan
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Personal information
Full name Hassan Rowshan
Date of birth (1955-06-02) 2 June 1955 (age 63)[1][2]
Place of birth Tehran, Iran[2][3]
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Esteghlal (academy director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1978 Taj
1978–1982 Al Ahli
1982–1983 Esteghlal
1983–1984 Al Ahli
1984–1988 Esteghlal
National team
1974–1980 Iran 48 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 July 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2011

Hassan Rowshan (Persian: حسن روشن‎, born 2 June 1955) is an Iranian football coach, manager, and former player. He usually played as a striker. He is currently the head of technical committee of Esteghlal.

Early life[edit]

Rowshan was 13 when he joined Taj youth team. He initially faced many problems, such as his house being far from the Taj training ground in Nazi Abad. His father used to accompany him to the Taj football and training grounds. His father would either wait for Hassan to finish training, carefully watching his moves or given half a chance would joined in a senior matches when the eldest fancied a game of football. During their long trip back home, Hassan's father would always talk football to him, never tiring from the subject and always willing to advise and offer tips on how to improve his game and skills.

Rowshan's first success came at the school's football championship. While in the sixth grade at Pasargad Shemiran school, he was a member of the school football team. He experienced the sweet taste of championship at that early age, and thought of future championship and grand occasions. Although the championship was sweet at school level, Rowshan did not seriously consider playing this level of football anything other than a pastime and filling the gap.

His first taste of real football came when a visiting Brazilian youth team was in town for a friendly match. 20 thousand spectators were at Amjadieh Stadium eager to observe and enjoy some Brazilian magic. Somehow the trainer decided to give young Rowshan an opportunity to play the last 20 minutes. This was by all means a very difficult experience for a youngster who never played in front of more than a dozen people. His fear of the crowd and the immense pressure he felt, could not be overcome and the team lost the match, 2–1.

Like many Iranians of his generation, Hassan was born in a family of football fans. His father bought him his own plastic ball, so that he would not bother them while playing football. Hassan played in the neighborhood, and during one of the matches with SaadAbad team, he was approached by Homayoun Behzadi, a national team forward of that time, who whispered to him "You are a complete player".[This quote needs a citation]

Later, Behzadi recruited Rowshan for Sharq, a team playing in the third division of Tehran league. His contribution to this team was not too successful and the team failed to gain promotion to the second division and subsequently it was disbanded. Since little Rowshan tasted competitive football, he was determined to join a club in the league rather than going back to street football. In 1969 Rowshan joined Taj club (known today as Esteghlal Tehran), one of the two big clubs of Iran.

Club success[edit]

Rowshan was quickly becoming a household name in Iran. With his club, Taj Tehran, he won many championship and trophies. He first broke into the Taj side when he was 17 years old and played his first season in Takht Jamshid Cup. He won the Iranian league in 1975 and reached the second place in 1974. Further he won the Hazfi Cup in 1977.

After the World Cup 1978, although Hasan Rowshan had limited playing time in Argentina, the scouts from several countries discovered his potential and send representations to his club in order to recruit him. Rowshan settled for UAE and in particular Al-Ahli club of Dubai. Jointly with his national teammate, Hassan Nazari, they won the championship for Al Ahli in 1980. From 1982 to 1983 he joined Esteghlal F.C. again for a few games.

In 1984, Roshan rejoined Esteghlal F.C. again, where he could win the Tehran Province League in 1985.

National team success[edit]

However, the highlights of his career were winning the football tournament of the Asian Games in Tehran in 1974 and Asian Cup 1976 in Tehran as well as reaching the quarterfinals of the Summer Olympics in Montreal in 1976 and winning the qualification for the World Cup finals in Argentina 1978. During the Asian qualification games, Rowshan excelled. His goals and assists was a major contribution to the success of the team and eventual qualification. This success did not come easy, as his constant runs and skills in maneuvering and dribbling made him a target for some rough tackles, he missed some games due to a serious and long lasting knee injury.

His injury after the qualification games were a major problem for coach Heshmat Mohajerani. When Iran played its first game, Rowshan was doubtful. However, he didn't even play one single full game and scored the only goal for Iran in a 4-1 loss to Peru. After the World Cup 1978, many critics in Iran indicated that if Iran had a fully fit Rowshan, the results would have been much better than what was achieved.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Rowshan is a certified coach by The FA England.He also holds many world class coaching degrees.[citation needed] He was appointed as the Technical Manager for Iran national under-20 football team in 2005, however he resigned later.

Football School[edit]

When he returned to Iran in the 90s, he formed a top quality football school for kids which was a huge success. Hassan Rowshan Football School was the first academic football school in Middle East.

Return to Esteghlal[edit]

Hassan Rowshan became the head of Esteghlal's Football Academy on 6 August 2007. It's understood that he offered a new Football development system based on Aston Villa's academy, but head of Iran's Sports organization Mr.Ali Abadi & Fatholahzadeh refused to provide the required budget (150K USD per year). Iranian press revealed that Hassan Rowshan tried to fight the powerful insider relationships of the club but he resigned later in 2008. Alireza Mansourian took over the Academy. On 15 July 2011, he was appointed as head of technical committee of Esteghlal by Ali Fathollahzadeh succeeding Nasser Hejazi.


  1. ^ "Hassan Roshan". Fifa.
  2. ^ a b c d "Hassan Roshan". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  3. ^ Hassan Rowshan. takhtejamshidcup.com