Karo Haghverdian

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Karo Haghverdian
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Personal information
Full name Karo Haghverdian
Date of birth (1945-01-11) 11 January 1945 (age 73)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1958–1963 Gohar F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1966 Ararat Tehran
1967 Shoa F.C.
1968–1973 Taj SC
National team
1970–1975 Iran 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 February 2012

Karo Haghverdian (Armenian: Կարո Հախվերդեան; born January 11, 1945)[1] is a retired Iranian Armenian football player.

Early life[edit]

Haghverdian started playing football at the age of 13 when he joined amateur side Gohar F.C.[2] Under the guidance of coach Areshavir Yeritsian, Haghverdian developed into a star player for the team. However, his parents - worried about how his passion for football was affecting his schooling - cautioned Haghverdian to stop playing football and to concentrate on his studies instead.[2]

Going against his parent's wishes, Haghverdian continued to play. His performances on the pitch helped his team win several local championships.[2]


In 1963, Haghverdian was spotted by Ararat Tehran FC coach Garnik Mehrabian. Noticing his talent, Mehrabian immediately signed Haghverdian to a contract for the remainder of the season.[2] Haghverdian continued to play for the team for three seasons, until he was spotted by Taj S.C. manager Zdravko Rajkov.[1] Haghverdian spent 6 seasons with Taj S.C., in where he participated in a record 17 Tehran derbys against rival Persepolis F.C.[3]


Haghverdian received 23 caps by the Iran national football team, scoring his only goal against Pakistan in the 1970 RCD Cup.[4]


  1. ^ a b Karo Haghverdian at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ a b c d "Statistics: Iran [ Team Melli]". teammelli.com. 
  3. ^ matcheshttp://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/stories/classicderby/news/newsid=1165699.html
  4. ^ "Statistics: Iran [ Team Melli]". teammelli.com. 

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