Karim Ghanbari

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Karim Ghanbari
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Personal information
Full name Karim Ghanbari
Date of birth (1967-02-03) 3 February 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Dezful, Iran
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1985–1987 Zob Ahan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Zob Ahan
1990–2002 Sepahan
2002–2004 Foolad
Teams managed
2005–2008 Sepahan (assistant)
2008 Sepahan (caretaker)
2008–2009 Al-Nasr (assistant)
2009–2011 Sepahan (assistant)
2011 Sepahan (caretaker)
2012–2013 Naft Tehran (assistant)
2013–2014 Rah Ahan (assistant)
2014–2015 Paykan (assistant)
2016– Sepahan (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Karim Ghanbari (born 3 February 1967 in Dezful) is an Iranian football manager who is currently assistant manager of Sepahan. He came to Sepahan as assistant to Luka Bonačić in 2006, and was the caretaker head coach of Sepahan from 14 October 2011 to 1 November 2011.[1] He was also Bonačić's assistant coach in Al-Nasr from 2008 to 2009.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 3 February 1967 in Dezful, Khuzestan Province. His family was moved to Isfahan in 1972. He began playing football in Zob Ahan Youth team in 1985.

Playing career[edit]

He was joined to Zob Ahan's First team squad in 1987 and was played for it until 1990. In 1990, he signed a contract with another Isfahan based team, Sepahan. He was played for Sepahan until 2002 and was one of the Sepahan's best players. He later joined to Foolad and was retired from playing football in 2004.

Coaching career[edit]

He was selected as Sepahan's assistant coach in 2006 by Luka Bonačić.[2] After Sepahan was unable to win the 2007–08 seasion and was ranked as runner up like AFC Champions League and winning Hazfi Cup in both 2006 and 2007, Bonačić was resigned as Sepahan's head coach and was appointed as Dubai based team, Al-Nasr Sports Club.[3] He was selected Ghanbari as his first team assistant coach which was worked with him until his dismissal in February 2009. After he expired his contract with Al-Nasr, he became assistant manager of Sepahan for a second time under management of Amir Ghalenoei. He continue his career with Sepahan after Ghalenoie's resignation in 2011. Bonačić was appointed as Sepahan head coach for a second tensure and Ghanbari was one of his assistants. On 14 August 2011 and after Bonačić was sacked by club due to bad results, Ghanbari became caretaker manager of Sepahan.[4][5] He was replaced with Zlatko Kranjčar after Sepahan was eliminated from Hazfi Cup. On 30 May 2012, he was named as Mansour Ebrahimzadeh's assistant coach in Naft Tehran. After Ebrahimzadeh signed as head coach of Rah Ahan, Ghanbari also signs a contract to become his assistant.


As of 30 October 2011
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA +/-
Sepahan October 2011 November 2011 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1
Total 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1