Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (born 1983)
Khalatbari in 2014
|Full name||Mohammad-Reza Khalatbari Limaki|
|Date of birth||14 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Ramsar, Iran|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|2012||→ Al Wasl (loan)||10||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:16, 31 August 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:22, 30 May 2014 (UTC)
Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (Persian: محمدرضا خلعتبری, born 14 September 1983) is an Iranian international football player who currently plays for Saipa F.C. He can play as attacking midfielder, winger and forward.
After two years with Aboumoslem, in July 2006, he signed for Zob Ahan, where he played important matches and led his team to win the Hazfi Cup in June 2009. During the Summer of 2009, Khalatbari had a trial at FC Köln, however the manager (Zvonimir Soldo) stated that Khalatbari was "lacking physical strength" and that "he might be a problem in Germany",. He returned after his failed trial to become one of the most influential players in league and ACL in the 2009–10 season, where Zob Ahan reached the Champions League final for the first time in club history.
He left Zob Ahan in June 2011 and signed a contract with Al Gharrafa Qatar. After an unsuccessful half season at Al-Gharrafa, Khalatbari left the club in the winter transfer window.
In early 2012, he was moved to UAE Pro-League side Al Wasl during the winter transfer window which was under Diego Maradona's management. He was one of the key players in Al Wasl's run to the GCC Champions League final where Al Wasl lost to Bahraini club Al-Muharraq on penalties.
Sepahan and Ajman
On 10 July 2012, he joined Iranian champion Sepahan. He won the Hazfi Cup with Sepahan and became the league's top assistant player with 13 assists. He was also one of the league's top scorers with 14 league goals. Khalatbari had one of the best years in hs career with 17 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions. At the end of 2012–13 season, he moved to Ajman but the transfer was canceled after the renaming of UAE Pro League to UAE Arabian Gulf League.
On 1 September 2013, Persepolis and Ajman reached an agreement with a fee around $800,000 and he joined Persepolis with a two-year contract. He made his debut in the Tehran derby match against Esteghlal. His first goal came when he scored a penalty kick in a match against Gostaresh Foolad. His six league goals helped Persepolis to a second placed league finish and a berth in the Asian Champions League. At the end of season, while he had financial problems with Persepolis, he paid one third of Ajman's debt (fee around $250,000) and skip his debts (fee around 3,400 million Rials). on 15 July 2014, Persepolis released him.
Return to Sepahan
Club career statistics
- As of 10 December 2014
|2003–04||Shamoushak||Iran Pro League||14||1||–||–|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||Asia||Total|
|2011–12||Al Gharrafa||Qatar Stars League||8||2||1||1||0||0||9||3|
|United Arab Emirates||League||President's Cup||Asia||Total|
|2011–12||Al Wasl||UAE Pro-League||10||3||4||1||–||–||14||4|
|2012–13||Sepahan||Iran Pro League||32||14||5||2||8||1||45||17|
|Total||United Arab Emirates||10||3||4||1||–||–||14||4|
Khalatbari plays as both winger and attacking midfielder for Iran. He's played in the WAFF Championships, 2010 World Cup qualifiers and 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers. He played an important role in securing Iran's spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup under manager Carlos Queiroz. He was selected in Iran's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Carlos Queiroz. However, Khalatbari did not make in the final 23-man squad.
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
|1.||9 February 2011||Al Dhafra Stadium, Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates||Russia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||28 July 2011||Galolhu National Stadium, Malé, Maldives||Maldives||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||3 June 2012||JAR Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||15 August 2012||Széktói Stadion, Kecskemét, Hungary||Tunisia||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|5.||11 June 2013||Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran||Lebanon||1–0||4–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Khalatbari is best known for his technical skill and fast pace on the ball, his vision and his shooting capabilities.
- Zob Ahan
- AFC Champions League: 2010 (Runner-up)
- Iran Pro League: 2008–09 (Runner-up), 2009–10 (Runner-up)
- Hazfi Cup: 2008–09
- GCC Champions League: 2012 (Runner-up)
- WAFF Championship: 2008
- Mohammad Reza Khalatbari at National-Football-Teams.com
- Cologne close in on Khalatbari
- Tehran Times
- Angle Chronicle
- Mehrnews: Khalatbari joined Persepolis with a 2-years contract
- Fars: Khalatbari paid Ajman's third part of debts
- Perspolisnews.com: Khalatbari skip his debts
- Khabaronline: Khalatbari released by Perspolis
- Sepahan FC: Khalatbari joined Sepahan
- "Team Melli final 30 given to FIFA". Persian Football. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
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