Mehrdad Pooladi

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Mehrdad Pooladi
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Personal information
Full name Mehrdad Pooladi
Date of birth (1987-02-26) February 26, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Karaj, Iran
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
2002–2006 Paykan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Paykan 18 (2)
2007–2009 Esteghlal 37 (1)
2009–2010 Tractor Sazi 30 (6)
2010–2012 Mes 41 (3)
2012 Persepolis (loan) 0 (0)
2012–2014 Persepolis 23 (0)
2014–2015 Al-Shahania 20 (2)
National team
2005–2006 Iran U–20 8 (0)
2006–2007 Iran U–23 5 (0)
2011–2015 Iran 28 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2015

Mehrdad Pooladi (Persian: مهرداد پولادی‎, born February 26, 1987) is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Al-Shahania in the Qatar Stars League. He is also an Iranian international, where he usually plays as a left back.

Pooladi is a utility player, formerly playing as a forward and attacking midfielder in his youth and playing regularly as a full back, defensive midfielder and winger.[1][2][3]

Club career[edit]


In August 2007, he moved from Paykan to Esteghlal as one of the number of young players that were chosen by coach Naser Hejazi. He scored his only goal in Estghlal's 2–1 away at Moghavemat Sepasi. After Naser Hejazi was sacked and replaced with Firouz Karimi, he fell down in the pecking order and eventually left Esteghlal two years after joining the team.

Tractor Sazi[edit]

Pooladi joined Tractor Sazi for the 2008–09 season where he played only for a single season. In Tabriz he managed to regain his form playing mostly as a central midfielder, scoring six goals in the season. The most noteworthy was a 40 yard free-kick against his former team Esteghlal in the Azadi Stadium.

Mes Kerman[edit]

He transferred to Mes Kerman and played for the team for a year and a half, again mostly as a midfielder. In the mid-season of 2011–12, he was not included in Miroslav Blažević's squad and left the team.


In January 2012 he moved to Persepolis, Pooladi could not play in 2011–12 season as he had missed the transfer deadline day. He was however able to register for the 2012 AFC Champions League playing in 7 games and scoring a goal against Al-Shabab from a free-kick in a 3–1 win. He extended his contract with Persepolis for two years, keeping him in the team until 2014.[4] He has established himself as a fan favorite due to the high intensity at which he plays the game. Since he joined Persepolis he played the majority of the games as a left back, occasionally slotting in as a defensive midfielder and left wing. After a good showing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he was monitored by Premier League clubs such as Southampton, Hull City and Swansea City.[5] On 17 September 2014 the FFIRI disciplinary committee announced a sentence on his contract with Persepolis for the forthcoming 2014–15 season due to conscription issues. According to this sentence, the contract is cancelled after the end of the 2013–14 season (in May 2014), therefore he become a free agent and was free to choose his club.[6][7]


Pooladi officially joined coach Miguel Ángel Lotina's Qatari side Al-Shahania with a one-year contract after IFF's rule that he is a free agent due to conscription issues.[8] On 5 December 2014, he provided an assist to Masoud Shojaei.[9] He also scored a 35–yard free kick for them towards the end of the season.[10][11]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2015.
Club Division Season League Domestic Cuo Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paykan Pro League 2006–07 18 2 2 0 20 2
Esteghlal 2007–08 28 1 1 0 29 1
2008–09 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Tractor Sazi 2009–10 30 6 0 0 30 6
Mes 2010–11 28 0 1 0 29 0
201112 13 3 1 0 14 3
Persepolis 7 1 7 1
2012–13 20 0 3 0 23 0
2013–14 3 0 1 0 4 0
Al-Shahania Qatar Stars League 2014–15 20 2 1 1 21 3
Career Totals 169 14 11 0 7 1 188 16
  • Assist goals
Season Team Assists
06–07 Paykan 3
07–08 Esteghlal 1
08–09 1
09–10 Tractor Sazi 4
10–11 Mes 6
11–12 1
Persepolis 0
12–13 1
13–14 0

International career[edit]

Pooladi in 2014

Pooladi played all three games for Iran U20 at 2006 AFC Youth Championship, as a product of Paykan Tehran.[12][13][14] He also made five appearances in 2005 in Valentin A.Granatkin Memorial - International Youth Tournament for Iran U20.[15] He was also a member of Iran U-23, participating in the 2006 Asian Games.

He started his senior international career under Carlos Queiroz in July 2011 against Madagascar. Queiroz moved Pooladi to the left back position a position that has been problematic for Iran since the retirement of Mehrdad Minavand and Pooladi has taken the opportunity and established himself as first choice left back ever since.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[16] Pooladi was named as the second best-ranked player in the first week of the tournament behind Thomas Müller by FIFA, after receiving 9.7 points in the opening match against Nigeria.[17] He also showed a good performance in the next match against Argentina.

2015 Asian Cup[edit]

He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz.[18] On 23 January 2015, he received a controversial red card in the quarter-final match of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup against Iraq by referee Ben Williams.[19][20]




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