Mostafa Arab

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Mostafa Arab
Personal information
Full name Mostafa Arab
Date of birth (1941-08-13) August 13, 1941 (age 75)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958 Daraei F.C. ? (?)
?–1958 Shahpar ? (?)
1958–1973 Oghab FC
National team
1959–1972 Iran 48 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mostafa Arab PhD (born August 13, 1941 in, Tehran Iran) is a retired Iranian footballer. He usually played as a defender.

After Hossein Kaebi, Arab is the second youngest Iran national football team player of all time debuting at the age of 16.

Arab played for Iran at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[1]


Arab has six different master's degrees from colleges and universities in Iran and U.S. He also has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Leadership and Human Behavior.

Arab teaches as a professor in a private academy, he is furthermore the President and Publisher of his own publication company in Southern California ("Pajouhesh" monthly and "Arya" newsletter).


  • Selected All Star team in the Continental of Asia twice (1966–1968)
  • Athlete of the Year 3 times in Iran
  • Bronze medallist in the World Armed Forces Championship in 1968, Athens, Greece
  • Silver medallist in the Asian games in 1966, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gold medallist in the Asian Nations Cup 1972, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gold medallist in the Asian Nations Cup 1968, Tehran, Iran
  • Captain/Player of Iranian national team in pre Olympic Games in 1972, Germany
  • Captain/Player of Iranian national team in Olympic Games in 1964, Tokyo, Japan
  • Captain/Player in the Iranian Imperial Air Force team for 18 years
  • Captain/Player and Iranian Armed Forces for 16 years
  • Recipient of the presidential Sports Award honored by President Ronald Reagan


  1. ^ "Mostafa Arab Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hassan Habibi
Iran national football team captain
Succeeded by
Parviz Ghelichkhani