Mehrab Shahrokhi

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Mehrab Shahrokhi
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Personal information
Full name Mehrab Shahrokhi
Date of birth (1944-02-02)February 2, 1944
Place of birth Ahvaz, Iran
Date of death February 1, 1993(1993-02-01) (aged 48)
Place of death Tehran, Iran
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1960–1962 Shenaye Ahvaz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Shenaye Ahvaz 21 (3)
1963–1966 Shahin 53 (7)
1966–1967 Daraei 25 (0)
1967–1970 Paykan 68 (5)
1970–1975 Persepolis 107 (9)
1975–1976 Shahbaz 20 (2)
National team
1963–1974 Iran 78 (6)
Teams managed
1977–1982 Persepolis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mehrab Shahrokhi (محراب شاهرخی in Persian) (February 2, 1944 - February 1, 1993) was an Iranian footballer born in Ahvaz, Iran. He was an Afro-Iranian from Southern Iran. He was nicknamed The Black Bomber (Persian: بمب افکن سیاه) because of his style of play and dark skin and his strong kicks.

Club career[edit]

Shahrokhi began his football career in his birthplace, Ahvaz, playing for Shenaye Ahvaz Club. In 1963 he moved to Tehran and began playing for Shahin F.C.. Shahrokhi left for Daraei F.C. in 1966, after problems with Shahin's management. His spell at Darei was short-lived, moving first to Paykan F.C. and then to Persepolis F.C.. There he could win the Iranian championship in 1972 and 1974.

He continued playing with Persepolis until 1974 and retired from football in 1975.

International career[edit]

While still in Ahvaz, in 1963 Shahrokhi was invited to join the Iranian national football team. He was to participate in the football tournament of the 1964 Summer Olympics, but he missed out after boycotting the team along with a number of other Shahin players. They refused to accompany the national team because the national team director — a fan of Shahin's rival, Daraei F.C. — had decided to drop several Shahin players from the squad in favor of Daraei players. A number of players including Shahrokhi were banned from any involvement in football for one year.

In 1968, he won with the national team its first major title, the Asian Cup in Iran.


In 1976 came Shahrokhi's debut in Iranian cinema, acting in a movie called Alafhaye Harz. Acting was not his passion though, and he became the manager of several teams after retirement, but was not able to achieve anything impressive, as the Iranian Revolution and Iran–Iraq War caused football's presence to diminish in 1980s Iran.


Mehrab Shahrokhi died on February 1, 1993, dying an impoverished man having spent most of his wealth keeping afloat his beloved Persepolis during the club's darkest days.


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