Navidkia with Sepahan in 2014
|Full name||Moharram Navidkia|
|Date of birth||1 November 1982|
|Place of birth||Isfahan, Iran|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2015||Sepahan (interim player-manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2016.
^1 Apps and Caps only includes 2002–03 onwards
Moharram Navidkia (Persian: محرم نویدکیا, born 1 November 1982 in Isfahan, Iran) is a retired Iranian footballer who plays as the captain of Sepahan in Iran's Premier League. He plays as a midfielder. His original last name was Ghara Gozlu which he changed later to Navidkia. He is an ethnic Azeri originally from Marand, East Azerbaijan.
As an international player, he is the former captain of the Iran under-23 team and has collected 25 caps for the senior team of Iran, before bidding his farewell on December 2009. His brother, Rasoul Navidkia is also a professional footballer who plays in Sepahan.
He began his career at Sepahan football club in 1998. From 1998 to 2002 he played as the Defensive Midfielder, while from 2002 and by the suggestion of Farhad Kazemi his playing post has been changed to Attacking Midfielder. He managed to attract attention during the 2002–03 Iran Premier League season while playing for a team many at first thought to be average, but they won the championship title at the end.
He was selected the best player of IPL for the 2003–04 season and was considered one of the best Iranian players despite his young age. Due to his potential talent, young age, and impressive performances, he was transferred to VfL Bochum even though he was injured at the time of the signing.
He was not able to recover his old form, and went back to Sepahan in 2006 on loan. After the World Cup in Germany, Navidkia signed a contract with Sepahan again. He had difficulties with the injuries during his career in Sepahan and finally in the 2009–10 season he had his most stable season after a few years. He retired from football on 17 October 2016, after playing 16 years at Sepahan.
Club career statistics
- Last Update: 14 May 2016
|2001–02||Iran Pro League||24||0||24||0|
|2005–06||Sepahan||Iran Pro League||11||3||4||0||–||15||3|
- Assist Goals
He was first selected to the national team during the West Asian Football Federation tournament in 2002, which was held in Syria. He made his debut for Iran against Jordan in August 2002. His biggest achievement was winning the gold medal of the 2002 Asian Games with Iran U-23 in Busan, where he continued his impressive display during the games. He played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification for Team Melli.
Having been selected among Iran's reserve men for the 2006 World Cup, he was called up to join the team in Germany to replace injured Sattar Zare. He bid his farewell to national team on December 2009. In May 2011, he was called up to Iran national team by Carlos Queiroz, but he rejected the offer due to his "several injuries and surgeries" which makes him unable to play for both national team and club.
- Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
|1||27 October 2003||Kim Il-Sung Stadium, Pyongyang||North Korea||3–1||3–1||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
Awards and honours
- Iran Pro League (5): 2002–03, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
- Iran Pro League Runner up: 2007–08
- Hazfi Cup (4): 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2012–13
- AFC Champions League: 2007 (Runner-up)
- Iran U-23
- Football Iran News & Events Player of the season: 2002–03, 2012–13
- Iranian Footballer of the Year: 2003, 2013
- با برترین بازیکن لیگ دوازدهم/زیبای ترک فوتبال اصفهان (in Persian). goal.com. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- صحبت های جنجالی نویدکیا در مورد حواشی تیم سپاهان (in Persian). Varzesh3. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
- "I suffer wrong diagnosis, Navidkia says". persianfootball.com. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- Mahoob, Kaveh. "Quick Study of Branko's Provisional Squad". footballmedia.net. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- محرم نويدكيا: دامداري بعد از فوتبال! (in Persian). iranpress.ir. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Navidkia bids farewell to Iran football". Tehran Times. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- رسول نویدکیا:هیچ وقت نمی توانم کنار محرم بازی کنم (in Persian). goal.com. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Moharram Navidkia" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Navidkia back to Sepahan on loan!". PersianLeague.com. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- محرم نویدکیا بازهم به تیم ملی نیامد/ابراهیمی و عرب دعوت شدند (in Persian). goal.com. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
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