Mohammad Mayeli Kohan

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Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
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Mohammad Mayeli Kohan in 2016
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Mayeli Kohan
Date of birth (1953-06-05) 5 June 1953 (age 65)
Place of birth Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1969–1974 Ghasre Yakh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 Naft Tehran
1976–1990 Persepolis
National team
1978–1982 Iran 6 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1992 Persepolis (assistant)
1991–1992 Iran (assistant)
1992–1995 Iran Futsal
1995–1997 Iran
2003 Iran U23
2003–2004 Saipa
2004 Paykan
2006–2007 Foolad
2008–2011 Saipa
2012–2013 Gahar Zagros
2013 Saba Qom
2016–2017 Malavan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mohammad Mayeli Kohan (Persian: محمد مایلی کهن‎, born 5 June 1953 in Bandar-e Anzali) is a retired Iranian football player and a current coach. He recently managed Malavan in Azadegan League.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 5 June 1953 in Bandar-e Anzali in Iran. His father was a farmer. He has two brothers and one sister. He was married in 1978 with an Iranian Azari woman and has two sons.[citation needed]


After strong qualification of Iran to World Cup 2018, people give him nickname "Queirozy Kohan" for his baseless criticism of Carlos Queiroz during Iran's qualification campaign.

Playing career[edit]

He moved to Tehran in 1967 and joined Ghasre Yakh Club in 1969. He played there until 1974. From 1974 to 1976 he played at Naft Tehran. Mayeli Kohan then joined Persepolis in 1976. His best time was in Perspolis. He retired from playing in 1990. He played for Iran national football team 6 times.

Coaching career[edit]


He was chosen as assistant manager of Perspeolis just months after his retirement in 1990 and became assistant manager of Iran national football team in 1991 by Ali Parvin.

Iran futsal[edit]

In 1992, he became head coach of Iran national futsal team and was in team's charge until 1995. Iran national futsal team became in Fourth place at 1992 FIFA Futsal World Cup with Mayeli Kohan.

Iran football[edit]

After good results with national futsal team, he was appointed as manager of Iran national football team after Stanko Poklepović's resignation. He coached team in 1996 AFC Asian Cup and was ranked in third place. He invited players such as Farhad Majidi, Khodadad Azizi and Ali Daei to the national team which team became Iran's best players in next years.

Iran Under-23[edit]

In 2003, Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran appointed Mayeli Kohan as the head coach of Iran national under-23 football team. He resigned two months later to become the head coach of Iran Pro League side Saipa.


He became head coach of Saipa in July 2003 replacing Giovanni Mei. He was head coach until the end of season which lead team in 13th ranked and team was relegated to the Azadegan League and Mayeli Kohan was sacked by the club.


After his poor showing with Saipa, he was appointed as the head coach of Paykan in 2004. He had an unsuccessful stint with Paykan and resigned shortly after.


He took a hiatus from coaching for two years but returned to manage Foolad in 2006. Foolad were relegated to Azadegan League a sharp decline from their previous season's 8th place finish. He was fired two days after the end of season.

Returning to Saipa[edit]

He was returned to Saipa in 2008 after Ali Daei became head coach of Iran national football team. During 2008–09 season, he received good results with Saipa and ended the season in 10th rank, finishing bad years of coaching. He was reappointed for two years by club chairman in 2009.Saipa F.C.'s last minute goal against Esteghlal F.C. in a game held in April 2009, threatened Esteghlal's chance of winning the Iranian title. After the game, because of fan clashes between the two teams and fan insults towards Mayeli Kohan and his family, Mayeli Kohan sent a letter to Esteghlal manager Amir Ghalenoei which reportedly included harsh references to Ghalenoei's height, facial appearance and background.[1][2] When he was appointed as head coach of Iran national football team in 2009, he wasn't resigned as his position in Saipa and after he was refuse to coaching national team, he came back to Saipa. He was end 2009–10 season in 8th rank and 2010–11 season in 11th rank and was resigned as head coach of Saipa in the last match which they won and wasn't relegated to Azadegan League. After one of Saipa's games, when one of the reporters asked him about his great winning streak with Saipa 4 games in a row, Mayelikohan started to cry and couldn't give the reporter any answer

Appointment as Iran national team coach for second time[edit]

Mayeli Kohan as technical manager with Iran U-23 team

He was assigned as the new coach of Iran National football team on 7 April 2009 replacing Ali Daei who had been sacked a week earlier and was released on 21 April 2009.

As a result of conflicts with Amir Ghalenoei, an angered Ghalenoei, along several other Esteghlal players and officials including Fabio Januario, Farhad Majidi and Arash Borhani, stormed the IRIFF headquarters demanding an action to be made against Mayeli Kohan. Several days later Mayeli Kohan resigned without coaching Iran in any match.[2]

Technical Manager of Persepolis[edit]

He was appointed as Technical Manager of Persepolis by Habib Kashani on 6 July 2011. He was resigned on 20 August 2011 after his deference with head coach.[3]

Gahar Zagros[edit]

On 27 August 2012, Mayeli Kohan was appointed as head coach of Gahar Zagros, replacing with Mehdi Tartar who resigned last month. He returned to management after nearly two years. His side was relegated to the Azadegan League, just one year after their promotion. He left the team at the end of the season.

Saba Qom[edit]

On 30 May 2013, he signed a one-year contract with Saba Qom.[4] His first match as head coach of Saba was a 1–0 win over Malavan.


Mayeli Kohan became manager of newly club Malavan on 21 July 2016.


As of 17 April 2017
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Iran 26 April 1996 7 November 1997 40 24 10 6 060.00
Saipa 1 August 2003 1 August 2004 26 3 12 11 011.54
Iran U-23 3 May 2003 12 May 2004 8 5 0 3 062.50
Saipa 6 December 2008 21 May 2011 75 30 35 10 040.00
Gahar Zagros 27 October 2012 11 May 2013 23 3 5 15 013.04
Saba Qom 1 June 2013 11 November 2013 16 4 4 8 025.00
Malavan 21 July 2016 27 May 2017 34 16 11 7 047.06
Total 219 84 75 57 38.36


Mayeli Kohan in Iran national under-23 football team training in 2015




Iran Futsal

Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Votes % Rank Notes
2008 Parliament 95,878 5.50 67th Lost[5]


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  3. ^ Mayeli Kohan resigns as Persepolis Technical Manager
  4. ^ مایلی کهن سرمربی صبای قم شد
  5. ^ "تعداد و درصد آراء 100 نامزد اول تهران", Asr Iran (in Persian), retrieved 10 February 2016

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