Paykan F.C.

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Paykan
پيکان
Paykan Qazvin.svg
Full name Paykan Football Club
Nickname(s)

خودروسازان (Car makers),

لاجوردی ها (Ultramarines)
Founded 1967; 51 years ago
Ground Shahr-e Qods Stadium
Capacity 25,000
Owner Iran Khodro
Chairman Kamran Sahebpanah
Head Coach Majid Jalali
League Persian Gulf Pro League
2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League, 6th
Website Club website
Current season

Paykan Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال پيکان‎) is a football team based in Tehran, Iran. The team is sponsored by Iran's main automobile manufacturer Iran Khodro and is named after one of its older products; the Paykan car. Paykan F.C. is the football club of the multisport Paykan Sport Club which also includes Basketball and volleyball teams.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

The club was established in 1967 by Mahmoud Khayami with financial help from the Iran Khodro factory. The main objective was to promote their factory's products, and improve their reputation. They were able to lure great players such as Ali Parvin, Majid Halvaei and Amir Abedini, and several of the Persepolis players of the time. In 1969 the team became the Tehran City League's champions and the team appeared to have a bright future. The team was dissolved in 1970 after a series of difficulties between the players and management. Most of the players went back to Persepolis.

Rebirth of Paykan[edit]

Paykan still operated without a football team specifically in the 1980s but carried on with basketball, handball, and volleyball teams. Paykan did not have a football team until the year 2000, when they were able to buy Bahman's shares and participate in the top level of Iranian football after 30 years. The team participated in the 2000–01 Azadegan League with Bahman's squad but with a different coach.

Among Iranian football clubs, the team is known to have one of the better organizations in terms of facilities and management. The team had little success and were relegated from the Iran Pro League in the 2004–05 season. They were back in the IPL for the 06–07 season where they finished a respectable 7th and showed their ability to compete at the highest standard.

Relocation to Qazvin[edit]

In 2008 Paykan was moved to Qazvin because the city of Tehran had many football teams with low attendance figures. They started the season well but toward the end their results got worse. The team changed their coach in the last weeks of the 2008–09 season and finished in mid table. Although they finished in the top half of the table in 2009–10 season the club chairman decided to replace Hamid Derakhshan with Mohammad Ahmadzadeh as the head coach. Paykan were relegated in 2010–2011, but the following year they earned their promotion back to the Iran Pro League for the 2012–2013 season.

Tehran and Qods[edit]

Paykan moved back to Tehran and started playing in the newly renovated Takhti Stadium. Paykan was relegated to Azadegan League again in April 2013. Before the start of the 2013–14 season Paykan once again relocate and this time to the city of Qods. In the 2013–2014 season Paykan finished 2nd in the Azadegan League, thus giving them a shot at Iran Pro League promotion. Paykan defeated Siah Jamegan 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to play Iran Pro League club Fajr Sepasi in a promotion play-off. The first game in Shiraz ended 0–0 with neither team getting the upper hand. But, in the return leg in Qods, Paykan achieved promotion with a lone goal in the 65th minute. Following the good support from the people of Qods, Paykan announced they will be playing in that city for the 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League season. At the end of the 2014–15 season, Paykan finished 15th and was relegated.

In the 2015–16 Azadegan League season, Paykan finished first and were directly promoted to the Persian Gulf Pro League. In the winter of 2017, after a good first half of the season, Paykan became the first ever Persian Gulf Pro League side to sign an Afghan player, when they signed Afghan national team captain Faysal Shayesteh.

Seasons[edit]

Year Division Pos. Hazfi Cup Notes
2001–02 Pro League 7th Semifinal
2002–03 5th Quarterfinal
2003–04 7th
2004–05 15th Quarterfinal Relegated
2005–06 Azadegan League 2nd Promoted
2006–07 Pro League 7th Quarterfinal
2007–08 7th 1/8 Final
2008–09 8th 1/16 Final
2009–10 11th 1/16 Final
2010–11 17th Round of 32 Relegated
2011–12 Azadegan League 1st Third Round Promoted
2012–13 Pro League 17th Round of 32 Relegated
2013–14 Azadegan League 2nd Third Round Promoted
2014–15 Pro League 15th Round of 16 Relegated
2015–16 Azadegan League 1st Third Round Promoted
2016–17 Pro League 6th Round of 32
2017–18 6th Round of 32

Sponsorship[edit]

Official sponsors[edit]

For the 2007/08 season it has been announced that Paykan's official kit sponsor will be ISACO.

Kit providers[edit]

Club chairmen[edit]

Club managers[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Updated as August 11, 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Vahid Sheikhveisi
2 Iran DF Mehdi Shiri (on loan from Persepolis)
5 Iran DF Mehran Mousavi
6 Brazil MF Magno Batista
7 Iran FW Issa Alekasir
8 Iran MF Abolfazl Ebrahimi
9 Iran FW Faraz Emamali U25
10 Iran MF Mehdi Momeni
11 Iran FW Mohammad Ghazi
13 Iran DF Abolfazl Razzaghpour U23
14 Iran MF Mahan Rahmani U23
16 Iran DF Arman Ghasemi
19 Iran MF Sajjad Moshkelpour
20 Iran DF Hojjat Haghverdi
26 Iran MF Mohammad Khodabandelou U21
27 Iran GK Mehdi Amini (on loan from Sepahan)
No. Position Player
29 Iran FW Morteza Khorasani U23
33 Iran MF Ali Mostafa Khanzadi U21
34 Iran MF Sina Asad Beygi U23
40 Iran DF Ali Hamoudi
44 Iran MF Alireza Rezaei U21
45 Iran MF Shahin Saghebi
70 Iran FW Saeed Vasei
77 Iran FW Saman Nariman Jahan
80 Iran MF Alireza Koshki U19
90 Iran FW Amir Roostaei U21
93 Iran DF Nader Mohammadi U23
99 Iran MF Amir Hossein Karimi U23
Iran DF Arash Ghaderi U23
Iran DF Amirhossein Jeddi U21
Iran MF Mohammadreza Ahmadi U21

Loan list[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
23 Iran DF Ali Shahsavari U23 (on loan from Gol Gohar until January 6, 2019)

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2018.

Former players[edit]

For notable former players, see Category:Paykan F.C. players.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-06-27.

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