Mohammad Rouyanian

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Mohammad-Reza Rouyanian
Mohammad Rouyanian press conference.jpg
Native name محمد رویانیان
Born Anooshiravan Rouyanian[1]
(1960-05-12) May 12, 1960 (age 57)
Noor, Iran
Children 3

Brigadier general Mohammad Reza Rouyanian (Persian: محمدرضا رویانیان‎‎) is an Iranian businessman, football administrator and former Revolutionary Guard commander. He was the chairman of famous multisport club Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club from 20 September 2011 until his resignation on 22 January 2014. He was Head of Transportation Management Center from 2007 to 2011. Before that, he was Commissioner of the City of Tehran Transportation Police between 2005 and 2007.

On 8 March 2014, Rouyanian was arrested by Iranian police due to his involvements in corruption scandal as part of Babak Zanjani's band.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 12 May 1960 in Noor, Mazandaran Province, Iran. He was joined to the City of Noor Police in 1981 and became Commissioner ten years later. After serving two years as Commissioner of Noor Police, he was appointed as Commissioner of Mazandaran Province Police in 1993. He is married and has two daughters and one son.

Police career[edit]

He was Commissioner of Mazandaran Province Police from 1993 to 2000. He was appointed as first Head of Social Section and was in office until 2005[3] He became Commissioner of the City of Tehran Transportation Police in 2005. Rouyanian was retired in 2007 and was appointed as Transportation Management Center by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad one the same year.[4] He resigned from this position in 2011.

Sports career[edit]

He was a member of Iran military team from 1985 to 1990. He was Ahmadinejad's candidate as head of National Sports Organization in 2009 to succeeding Mohammad Aliabadi but he was refused and withdrawn from this position. He was appointed as one of the Board of Directors of the Persepolis club on 19 September 2011 and was elected as chairman of Persepolis and succeeded Habib Kashani, a day after on 20 September 2011.

On 23 December 2011, Rouyanian appointed Mustafa Denizli as new coach of Persepolis.

He signed contracts with Saeid Ghadami and Éamon Zayed in mid-season as the first players who signed during his time as chairman of Persepolis and also brought back the legend, Mehdi Mahdavikia and signed with Asmir Avdukić on loan.

He managed to attract major players in the transfer season, summer 2012. Shahab Gordan, Jalal Hosseini, Hossein Mahini, Mehrdad Pouladi, Mohsen Bengar, Mohammad Ghazi, Mohammad Ghazi, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Afshin Esmaeilzadeh, Roberto Sousa, Karim Ansarifard, Amir Abedzadeh, Mehrzad Madanchi and Nilson Corrêa, are an example of his purchase. Since then, the team was dubbed the Red Galaxy. After Denizli's resignation, he open talks with Manuel José, Bruno Metsu, Gérard Houllier and Gabriel Calderón and finally signs with Manuel José. In middle of that season José was fired and Yahya Golmohammadi who was the second team coach accepted the president's offer to lead Persepolis. On 20 May 2013, Ali Daei was officially announced as the club's manager for the next three seasons by Rouyanian.[5][6][7][8][9] On 22 January 2014, Rouyanian resigned as the club's chairman and his resignation was accepted by the board of directors.

On 8 March 2014 and just six weeks after his resignation, Rouyanian was arrested to explain his rule in corruption scandal. He is third sport figure to be arrested by Iranian police, just after Babak Zanjani and Saeid Shirini.

Signings[edit]

Rank Player From Year
1. Iran Saeid Ghadami Iran Foolad 2011
2. Libya Éamon Zayed Republic of Ireland Derry City 2011
3. Iran Mehdi Mahdavikia Iran Damash Gilan 2012
4. Iran Hossein Hooshyar Iran Shahrdari Yasuj 2012
5. Iran Hossein Kanaani Youth System 2012
6. Iran Mehrdad Pooladi Iran Mes Kerman 2012
7. Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Avdukić Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka 2012
8. Iran Mohammad Ghazi Iran Zob Ahan 2012
9. Iran Shahab Gordan Iran Zob Ahan 2012
10. Iran Hossein Mahini Iran Zob Ahan 2012
11. Iran Jalal Hosseini Iran Sepahan 2012
12. Iran Mohsen Bengar Iran Sepahan 2012
13. Iran Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh Iran Rah Ahan 2012
14. Iran Afshin Esmaeilzadeh Iran Damash 2012
15. Iran Karim Ansarifard Iran Saipa 2012
16. Brazil Roberto Sousa Portugal Marítimo 2012
17. Iran Amir Abedzadeh United States LA Blues 2012
18. Iran Mehrzad Madanchi United Arab Emirates Al-Shaab 2012
19. Brazil Nilson Corrêa Portugal Guimarães 2012
20. Iran Reza Haghighi Iran Fajr Sepasi 2013
21. Iran Adel Kolahkaj Iran Sepahan 2013
22. Serbia Marko Perović Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2013
23. Iran Reza Mohammadi Iran Sepahan 2013
24. Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Grozdanoski China Liaoning Whowin 2013
25. Iran Omid Alishah Iran Rah Ahan 2013
26. Iran Mehdi Seyed-Salehi Iran Tractor Sazi 2013
27. Iran Meysam Hosseini Iran Naft Tehran 2013
28. Iran Mehrdad Kafshgari Iran Rah Ahan 2013
29. Iran Milad Gharibi Iran Saipa 2013
30. Iran Mohammad Abbaszadeh Iran Nassaji 2013
31. Iran Younes Shakeri Iran Aboomoslem 2013
32. Iran Payam Sadeghian Iran Zob Ahan 2013
33. Iran Ghasem Dehnavi Iran Tractor Sazi 2013
34. Montenegro Marko Šćepanović Montenegro FK Mladost Podgorica 2013
35. Iran Milad Kamandani Youth System 2013
36. Iran Farshad Ghasemi Youth System 2013
37. Iran Mohammad Reza Khalatbari United Arab Emirates Ajman 2013
38. Iran Farzad Hatami Iran Foolad 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ نام اصلی رویانیان فارس
  2. ^ Rouyanian arrested
  3. ^ Mohammad Rouyanian's speaking about his careers
  4. ^ Rouyanian appointed as TMC head
  5. ^ "گل محمدی سرمربی پرسپولیس شد". 
  6. ^ "داستان خداحافظی مهدوی کیا/ دوباره شأن پنج دقیقه ایی به میان آمد". 
  7. ^ "نقش گل محمدی و اخلاق در ماجرای خداحافظی غریبانه مهدوی کیا". 
  8. ^ "يحيي گل محمدي استعفا داد". 
  9. ^ "علی دایی سرمربی پرسپولیس شد". 

External links[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
Habib Kashani
Persepolis chairman
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Ali Parvin