Mojtaba Jabbari

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Mojtaba Jabbari
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Personal information
Full name Mojtaba Jabbari Kordgeshlagi
Date of birth (1983-06-16) June 16, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Robat Karim, Tehran, Iran
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Ahli
Youth career
1995–1999 Rah Ahan
1999–2002 Esteghlal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Aboomoslem 55 (7)
2005–2013 Esteghlal 135 (26)
2013 Sepahan 5 (0)
2013– Al Ahli 74 (15)
National team
2005 Iran B 6 (2)
2005–2014 Iran 31 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 August 2014

Mojtaba Jabbari (Persian: مجتبی جباری‎‎, pronounced [moˈdʒtæbɒː ˈdʒæˈb-bɒːɾiː]; born June 16, 1983 in Robat Karim) is an Iranian football player who currently plays and formerly the Iranian national team as an attacking midfielder.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Due to his father's career as an employee for Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRR), Jabbari began his club football playing for Rah Ahan. His coach at the club, Ahadi soon moved to Esteghlal youth team, and took Jabbari with him. To gain experience, he was loaned out to Aboomoslem. He was part of the team that went to final of the Hazfi Cup with Aboomoslem.


There he was able to show his talents and after a solid season rejoined Esteghlal in the 2005–06 season. Jabbari was one of the most impressive players in the league that season and was considered by many to be the league MVP.[citation needed] He helped the team win the championship that season.

In 2006, he got injured and was not ready to play until the second half of 2006–07 season, in which he made a comeback in a 20-minute appearance vs. Saipa on January 27, 2007. He is back to the club's starting lineup for the 2007–08 season. He was a key player in Esteghlal's Hazfi Cup final victory Pegah scoring and assisting a goal in the 3–0 win on a day which he lost his father. He scored Esteghlal's first goal of the 2008–09 season in a 2–0 victory over former club Aboomoslem.

Jabbari was on trial with Grenoble Foot 38 of French Ligue 1 but was not signed as Grenoble Foot 38 ran into financial problems.[2] He had some problems with the club coach after the first AFC Champions League and was fined by the club. He started the 2009–10 season as usual with injury where he was out for most of the season and only featured in few matches but in 2010–11 season, he was able to become one of the regular players. He scored a goal in the Tehran derby on September 16, 2011 and was selected as best player of the match. He won the Hazfi Cup for the second time in this season. He also helped Esteghlal to win league title in 2012–13 season after four years.


After multiple rather harsh criticism he had made against the management of the club over the past few years, in early July 2013 after some unsuccessful preliminary negotiations to extend his contract the club's chairman decided not to move forward till he officially apologized for his remarks. At the same time, Jabbari claimed that he had been waiting for an apology from the club for about 2 weeks. Eventually no apology was exchanged and on July 6, 2013 he signed a one-year contract with Sepahan.[3] After playing just five games for Sepahan, he was fired by Sepahan coach Zlatko Kranjčar and was banned from training.

Al Ahli[edit]

On October 1, 2013, Jabbari signed a one-year loan contract with Al Ahli of Qatar Stars League.[4] In January 2014 Jabbari completed a permanent move to Al Ahli, he signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract. He finished the season with scoring five goals and assisting six times in twenty one matches.

Jabbari scored the first two goals of the 2014–15 season in Al Ahli's 4–1 win over Al-Sailiya. He also assisted two goals in Al Ahli's second game against Qatar SC. On September 3, 2014, Jabbari was named as August's Player of the Month. The award makes him the first ever winner in Qatar Stars League's history.[5] On March 10, 2015, Al Ahli extended Jabbari's contract until 2017.

Club career statistics[edit]

Last update: December 14, 2014

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2002–03 Aboomoslem Pro League 13 2 1 0 14 2
2003–04 15 0 0 0 15 0
2004–05 27 5 5 0 32 5
2005–06 Esteghlal 24 5 0 0 24 5
2006–07 2 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 27 1 6 1 33 2
2008–09 22 8 0 0 1 0 23 8
2009–10 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2010–11 19 2 2 2 5 0 26 4
2011–12 24 10 2 2 3 1 29 13
2012–13 16 0 4 0 8 0 28 0
2013–14 Sepahan 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Qatar League Emir Cup Asia Total
2013–14 Al Ahli Stars League 21 5 2 3 23 8
2014–15 24 7 0 0 24 7
Career total 239 44 22 8 19 1 279 53
  • Assist goals
Season Team Assists
05–06 Esteghlal 7
07–08 Esteghlal 8
08–09 Esteghlal 4
10–11 Esteghlal 3
11–12 Esteghlal 9
12–13 Esteghlal 4
13–14 Sepahan 1
13–14 Al Ahli 6
14–15 Al Ahli 7

International career[edit]

While playing for Aboomoslem, Jabbari was called up to the national team camps several times, but was not able to create a place for himself in the team. He also played for Iran B team in the Islamic Solidarity Games held in Saudi Arabia. Soon after he was called up to the national team again, and made his international debut versus Bosnia on February 2, 2005. After his impressive displays the following season in Esteghlal, he was a constant call up to the national team and there was some chance that he might have been a starter.He played the last match of Iran against Japan in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification then he was called up for Iran's preliminary World Cup 2006 squad, but missed the tournament as he was injured during training in Switzerland.[6]

The injury kept him out of Team Melli for 2007, but came back to the team in January 2008 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

He was recalled by Carlos Queiroz in 2011 and was scored his first national goal on October 11, 2011 against Bahrain. He was also scored an other goal in the match with Bahrain on November 11, 2011 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification and later on performed in 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification as well.

In April 2014, he announced he would be retiring from the national team.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 October 11, 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Bahrain 2–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 November 11, 2011 National Stadium, Manama  Bahrain 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 November 15, 2011 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta  Indonesia 2–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Jabbari's family is Iranian Azerbaijani from the Ardabil city of Ardabil Province.[8][9]






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