Hossein Sadaghiani

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Hossein Sadaghiani
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Personal information
Full name Amir Hossein Sadaghiani
Date of birth (1903-01-01)January 1, 1903
Place of birth Salmas, Iran
Date of death December 1, 1982(1982-12-01) (aged 79)
Place of death Tehran, Iran
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1920–1923 Fenerbahçe
1923–1924 Rapid Vienna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1925 Ferdowsi Club
1929–1930 CS Marchienne-Monceau
1930–1933 Charleroi 54 (34)
1933–1934 Fenerbahçe
1934–1935 Moignelée
1935–1936 Peruwelz
1937–1939 Toofan
National team
1926 Tehran XI 4
Teams managed
1941–1951 Iran
1945–1964 University of Tehran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dr. Amir Hossein Sadaghiani (1 January 1903 – 1 December 1982) was an Iranian football player and manager. He was a striker during his playing career and afterwards was Iran national football team's head coach from 1941 till 1950.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Dr. Sadaghiani is the first ever Iranian soccer player to play abroad in a European league. He played for youth teams of Fenerbahçe and Rapid Wien then returned to Iran and established Ferdowsi Club in Mashhad, but his stay was short as he returned to Tehran a year later.

At 26, he moved Europe to study in Belgium. He arrived at the Université du travail de Charleroi in 1929. He joined CS Marchienne-Monceau, a provincial second division team. He proved to be a very gifted player so he made his mark in Belgium's second Division (1930-1932) and thirth division (1932-1933) playing for R. Charleroi S.C. for three successful seasons.

In the 1930s, his premature baldness earned him the nickname of "Panne de verre", a walloon folklore expression used for bald people.

After Charleroi, he moved to Turkey for a year with Fenerbahçe then back to Belgium where he played in Division III and IV. In 1936 he left Belgium and finished his football career with Toofan in Tehran.

National career[edit]

Although Sadaghiani never played for the Iranian national team as it was not created until 1941, he has 4 caps to his name when in 1926 he played for a Tehran XI team that traveled to Baku, USSR. Tehran XI lost three games and drew one.

Managerial career[edit]