Malavan F.C.

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Full name Malavan Bandar Anzali Football Club
Nickname(s) White Swan (قوی سپید)
Founded 1969; 48 years ago
Ground Takhti Stadium
Bandar-e Anzali
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Ahmad Donyamali
Manager Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
League Azadegan League
2016–17 Azadegan League, 4th
Website Club home page

Malavan Bandar Anzali Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال ملوان بندر انزلى‎‎) is an Iranian football club based in Bandar-e Anzali, Iran. It currently plays in Iran's second football league, the Azadegan League after they were relegated in 2015–16 season. The team is known to have some of the most passionate fans in Iranian football, and is one of the successful teams that is not based in Tehran.

The club is owned by Iranian businessman Sirous Mahjoob and forms the football part of the multisport Malavan Sport and Cultural Club.



Bahman Salehnia created the team in 1968 along with some young athletes from the port city of Anzali. After some time, the Iranian Navy decided to become the team's main sponsor and owner.

Early Years[edit]

The club never really had great success in the league but they were able to become the best non-Tehran based club and finishing third in the 1977 and 1989. Malavan has won the Hazfi Cup on one occasions, in 1990. In 1988 Malavan participated in Asian Club Championship but after beating Saunders SC in first round they withdrew from tournament due to the Iran–Iraq War.

Iran Pro League[edit]

In 2003 Malavan was relegated to the Azadegan League, they only stayed one year in the lower league as they were immediately promoted back to the Iran Pro League. Since then, they have been one of the most stable teams of the league in recent years where they only had few coaches during their history and always finished in mid table and challenge the big teams. They finished 12th in the 2008–09 and 2009–10 season. In 2010–11 season they finished 8th and reached the final of Hazfi Cup but lost to Persepolis. In the 2013–14 Iran Pro League season Malavan achieved a surprising 7th-place finish in the league, their highest ever.


In July 2015 Malavan hired famous Iranian coach Amir Ghalenoi who had won several league titles with Esteghlal and Sepahan. Player such as Arash Afshin, Hossein Mahini and Shahab Karami joined the squad to serve their conscription period. In Ghalenoi's first game in charge, Malavan defeated the Hazfi Cup holders, Zob Ahan 1–0. After only three games Ghalenoi left the club and was replaced by former Persepolis manager Hamid Estili.

On 13 May 2016 after a 2–0 loss to Siah Jamegan, who were behind Malavan before the match started, the clubs was relegated to the Azadegan League for the second time in their history.

Before the start of the 2016–17 season it was announced that controversial manager Mohammad Mayeli Kohan had been named Malavan's manager. Despite achieving good results and being in or near a promotion spot the entire season, Mayeli Kohan was involved in several confrontations with the supporters, which led to many supporters boycotting the team's games.

El Gilano[edit]

The match between Malavan and Damash or Sepidrood is known as the Gilan Derby or El Gilano. This match is one of Iran's most important and heated derby's. Malavan hold the record for most wins in the derby with four since the start of the Iran Pro League in 2001. Malavan also holds the largest margin of victor when they defeated Damash 3–0 in 2005 and again in 2013. The derby is also known for its fan violence. In 2008 after Malavan defeated Damash 2–1, Damash fans attacked Malavan's fans and tore up seats in the stadium. This again occurred when Malavan defeated Damash 3–0 in 2013.


Fans of Malavan in play of Malavan & Esteghlal semi-final in 2010–11 Hazfi Cup

Malavan fans are among Iran's most passionate and loyal fans. People's daily life is tied with Malavan matches . Most businesses are closed during Malavan games.


The table below chronicles the achievements of Malavan in various competitions since the beginning of Iranian Pro league in 2001.

Year Division Position Hazfi Cup
2001–02 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2002–03 Pro League 14th Relegated to the Azadegan League 1/4 Final
2003–04 Division 1 2nd Promoted to the Iran Pro League 1/8 Final
2004–05 Pro League 7th 1/8 Final
2005–06 Pro League 11th Quarter final
2006–07 Pro League 14th 1/8 Final
2007–08 Pro League 16th 1/16 Final
2008–09 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2009–10 Pro League 12th 1/8 Final
2010–11 Pro League 8th Final
2011–12 Pro League 15th Fourth Round
2012–13 Pro League 13th 1/16 Final
2013–14 Pro League 7th 1/8 Final
2014–15 Pro League 13th 1/16 Final
2015–16 Pro League 14thRelegated to the Azadegan League 1/8 Final

For details on seasons, see List of Malavan F.C. seasons


Season Avg. Attendance
2015–16 4,136
2016–17 3,581

Individual Records[edit]

Top scorers of the club in the Iran Pro League era, bold indicates present player.

Top Scorers[edit]

Player Goals Years
Iran Jalal Rafkhaei 68 2005—10, 2011–16
Iran Mohammad Nozhati 23 2004–05, 2007–13
Iran Mehrdad Oladi 20 2009–11, 2012–13, 2014
Iran Pejman Nouri 18 2001–03, 2009–11, 2012–13, 2014–
Iran Mehdi Daghagheleh 16 2010–12, 2013–14

Club officials[edit]


Name Years
Rashid Sazmand 1996–06
Saadollah Pourtahmasbi 2006–09
Ardeshir Pournemat 2009–11
Bahman Salehnia 2011–12
Sadegh Deroudgar 2012–14
Hossein Gholami 2014–15
Ahmad Donyamali 2015–

[1] [2]

Current Coaching Staff[3][edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
Assistant coach Iran Nader Faryadshiran
Assistant coach Iran Mohammad Ghadir Bahri
Goalkeeping coach Iran Mohammad Habibi
Doctor Iran Babak Sayyad
Technical director Iran Ghafour Jahani
Team manager Iran Hossein Gholami

Head Coaches[edit]

Below is a list of Malavan coaches from 1968 until the present day. Firouz Karimi carries the honor of being the first Iranian head coach to assume the title without rising from the Malavan football school.

Name Nationality Years
Bahman Salehnia IranIran 20 May 1968 – 5 February 1997
Nosrat Irandoost Iran 5 February 1997 – 15 December 2000
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran 15 Dec 2000 – 2 July 2002
Bahman Salehnia Iran 15 May 2002 – 2 July 2004
Nosrat Irandoost Iran 2 July 2004 – 5 July 2006
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran 5 July 2006 – 1 January 2010
Farhad Pourgholami Iran 1 January 2010 – 29 September 2012
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran 29 September 2012 – 28 May 2013
Dragan Skočić Croatia 28 May 2013 – 1 June 2014
Nosrat Irandoost Iran 1 June 2014 – 8 October 2014
Stevan Mojsilović Serbia 8 October 2014 – 5 December 2014
Firouz Karimi Iran 6 December 2014 – 1 June 2015
Hamid Estili Iran 10 August 2015 – 20 February 2016
Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran 1 March 2016 – 15 July 2016
Mohammad Mayeli Kohan Iran 22 July 2016 – Present


First-team squad[edit]

as of 13 March 2017[4]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Iman Sadeghi
2 Iran DF Farzad Jafari
3 Iran DF Hamed Noormohammadi
4 Iran MF Mehdi Rostami U21
5 Iran DF Saeb Mohebi
6 Iran DF Ahmad Ahi
8 Iran FW Alireza Azimi
10 Iran FW Shahin Saghebi
11 Iran FW Reza Etemadi
12 Iran FW Mohammadreza Naghdipour
15 Iran MF Mohammad Bakhtiari
16 Iran MF Mohammad Pour Rahmatollah
No. Position Player
17 Iran MF Pouria Gholami U23
19 Iran MF Yaser Vakili
20 Iran MF Hossein Ghanbari
22 Iran GK Alireza Heidari
25 Iran MF Milad Jalali
26 Iran DF Mahyar Zahmatkesh U23
40 Iran MF Saeid Yousefzadeh
44 Iran GK Nima Mirzazad U21
50 Iran DF Vahid Heydarieh
70 Iran FW Bahman Salari
77 Iran FW Siavash Hagh Nazari U21
99 Iran MF Mohammad Abshak

Loan list[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2016.


National titles[edit]

Winners (3): 1975–76, 1986–87, 1990–91
Runner Up (4): 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2010–11
Runner Up (1): 2003–04

Minor titles[edit]

Third Place (1): 1982
Runner Up (1): 1974


  1. ^ "Salehnia return to Malavan". 2002-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ حمید استیلی قراردادش را امضا کرد/ پایان رافت در کادرفنی ملوان (in Persian). Mehr News Agency. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Malavan ملوان انزلی – IPL 2012–2013". 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 


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