2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup

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Persian Gulf Cup
Season 2007–08
Champions Persepolis
1st Pro League title
9th Iranian title
Relegated Sanat Naft
Shirin Faraz
Champions League Persepolis
Sepahan
Saba Battery
Esteghlal (Hazfi Cup champions)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 721 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorer Mohsen Khalili
Hadi Asghari
(18 goals)
Biggest home win Rah Ahan 5–0 Paykan
(11 March 2008)
Persepolis 5–0 Shirin Faraz
(30 April 2008)
Biggest away win Esteghlal 1–4 Pegah
(11 April 2008)
Fajr Sepasi 1–4 Zob Ahan
(1 May 2008)
Saba Battery 1–4 Persepolis
(14 May 2008)
Highest scoring Paykan 4–2 Bargh Shiraz
(16 August 2007)
Persepolis 3–3 Fajr Sepasi
(21 September 2007)
Persepolis 3–3 Aboumoslem
(10 February 2008)
Esteghlal 4–2 Bargh Shiraz
(29 February 2008)
Saipa 4–2 Shirin Faraz
(3 April 2008)
Bargh Shiraz 3–3 Sepahan
(3 May 2008)
Zob Ahan 4–2 Est. Ahvaz
(17 May 2008)
Longest winning run 4 matches
Persepolis
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
PAS Hamedan
Longest winless run 27 matches
Shirin Faraz
Longest losing run 6 matches
Shirin Faraz
Highest attendance 110,000
Persepolis – Sepahan
(17 May 2008)
Lowest attendance 0 (spectator ban)
Malavan – Zob Ahan
(19 September 2007)
Pegah – Shirin Faraz
(16 November 2007)
Sanat Naft – Saba Battery
(16 November 2007)
Sepahan – Pegah
(22 January 2008)
Persepolis – Sanat Naft
(22 January 2008)
Sepahan – Paykan
(10 February 2008)
Sepahan – Fajr Sepasi
(22 February 2008)
Sepahan – Zob Ahan
(5 March 2008)
Est. Ahvaz – Saba Battery
(17 March 2008)
Sepahan – Est. Ahvaz
(3 April 2008)
Sepahan – Mes Kerman
(18 April 2008)
Shirin Faraz – Pegah
(5 May 2008)
Total attendance 3,314,000
Average attendance 11,272

The 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup (also known as Iran Pro League) was the 25th season of Iran's Football League and seventh as Iran Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Saipa were the defending champions. The season featured 13 teams from the 2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup and three new teams promoted from the 2006–07 Azadegan League: Shirin Faraz as champions, Pegah and Sanat Naft. PAS Hamedan replaced PAS Tehran. The league started on 16 August 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008. Persepolis won the Pro League title for the first time in their history (total ninth Iranian title).

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Manager Nationality Past season
Aboomoslem Mashhad Samen Parviz Mazloomi Iran 6th
Bargh Shiraz Hafezieh Mahmoud Yavari Iran 12th
Esteghlal Tehran Azadi Firouz Karimi Iran 4th
Esteghlal Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz Majid Jalali Iran 2nd
Malavan Anzali Takhti Anzali Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran 14th
Mes Kerman Shahid Bahonar Amir Ghalenoei Iran 9th
Pas Hamedan Ghods Vinko Begovic Croatia N/A
Paykan Tehran Iran Khodro Ali Asghar Modir Roosta Iran 7th
Pegah Rasht Sardar Jangal Nader Dastneshan Iran Qualifier
Persepolis Tehran Azadi Afshin Ghotbi Iran United States 3rd
Rah Ahan Tehran Rah Ahan Davoud Mahabadi Iran 16th
Saba Battery Tehran Shahid Derakhshan Yahya Golmohammadi Iran 13th
Saipa Karaj Enghelab Karaj Ali Daei Iran Champion
Sanat Naft Abadan Takhti Abadan Ahmad Tousi Iran United States Qualifier
Sepahan Esfahan Naghsh Jahan Jorvan Vieira Brazil Portugal 5th
Sepasi Shiraz Hafezieh Gholam Peyrovani Iran 10th
Shirin Faraz Kermanshah Azadi Kermanshah Shahram Mehrpeyma Iran Qualifier
Zob Ahan Esfahan Foolad Shahr Bijan Zolfagharnasab Iran 8th

Below is the list of coaches who left their teams after the start of the season.

Team Name Nationality
Aboomoslem Khodadad Azizi Iran
Esteghlal Ahvaz Firouz Karimi Iran
Esteghlal Nasser Hejazi Iran
Mes Farhad Kazemi Iran
Paykan Samvel Darbinyan Armenia Russia
Pegah Majid Jahanpour Iran
Rah Ahan Akbar Misaghian Iran
Saba Battery Mohammad Hossein Ziaei Iran
Sanat Naft Ebrahim Ghasempour Iran
Sepahan Luka Bonačić Croatia
Shirin Faraz Marco Octavio Brazil
Zob Ahan Zoran Đorđević Serbia

Participating in international competitions[edit]

2008 AFC Champions League

Final classification[edit]

Last updated May 18, 2008

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Persepolis (C) 34 18 11 5 55 34 +21 591 AFC Champions League 2009
Group stage
2. Sepahan 34 17 10 7 53 38 +15 582
3. Saba Battery 34 13 13 8 41 37 +4 52
4. Aboomoslem 34 14 8 12 37 37 0 50
5. Pas Hamedan 34 11 16 7 36 28 +8 49
6. Zob Ahan 34 11 15 8 39 32 +7 48
7. Bargh 34 11 14 9 43 47 -4 47
8. Est. Ahvaz 34 11 13 10 61 51 +10 46
9. Paykan 34 12 10 12 41 42 -1 46
10. Mes Kerman 34 11 12 11 36 34 +2 45
11. Saipa 34 12 9 13 33 35 -2 45
12. Rah Ahan 34 11 11 12 45 40 +5 44
13. Esteghlal 34 11 10 13 44 44 0 43 AFC Champions League 2009
Group stage
(as cup winner)
14. Fajr Sepasi 34 9 15 10 37 41 -4 42
15. Pegah Gilan 34 9 11 14 26 35 -9 38 3
16. Malavan 34 8 12 14 32 41 -9 36
17. Sanat Naft (R) 34 9 8 17 37 46 -9 35 Relegation
to Azadegan League
18. Shirin Faraz (R) 34 3 12 19 25 59 -34 21

1 Persepolis was docked 6 points issued by Fifa.
2 Sepahan was docked 3 points in issued by Iranian Football Federation.
3 In October 2008 Pegah changed its name and sponsorship to Damash Gilan.

Champions
Persepolis F.C.

Results table[edit]

Last updated March 17, 2008

Home ╲ Away ABU BGH EST ESA MLV MES PAS PAY PEG PRS RAH SAB SAP SNA SEP FJR SFZ ZOB
Aboumoslem 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–2
Bargh Shiraz 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–3 0–0 1–0 0–0
Esteghlal 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2
Est. Ahvaz 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 3–2 4–1 2–3 4–1 1–2 0–0 3–2 4–1 3–1 1–1
Malavan 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–1
Sanat Mes 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1
PAS Hamedan 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Paykan 0–0 4–2 3–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–0 2–0
Pegah 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–0
Persepolis 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 5–0 2–1
Rah Ahan 2–0 2–2 0–3 2–2 2–1 3–1 0–0 5–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–1
Saba Battery 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–0
Saipa 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 4–2 1–1
Sanat Naft 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1
Sepahan 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2
Fajr Sepasi 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–4
Shirin Faraz 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–3 2–1 0–3 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–1
Zob Ahan 2–1 2–1 0–1 4–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1

Source: http://www.iplstats.com/
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Player statistics[edit]

Matches played[edit]

34

Attendances[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Persepolis 960,000 110,000 0 60,000 0.77967609894999+77.9%
2 Esteghlal 590,000 90,000 5,000 34,706 -0.9916−0.8%
3 Sanat Naft 200,000 15,000 0 12,500 n/a
4 Malavan 169,000 15,000 0 10,563 -0.97932505099203−2.0%
5 Pegah 145,000 15,000 0 9,063 n/a
6 Saipa 143,000 60,000 1,000 8,412 -0.78860035623887−21.1%
7 Sanat Mes 139,000 15,000 2,000 8,176 0.18099089989889+18.0%
8 Est. Ahvaz 127,000 20,000 0 7,938 0.26663475347056+26.6%
9 Saba Battery 126,000 90,000 1,000 7,412 0.37259259259259+37.2%
10 Aboumoslem 118,000 35,000 1,000 6,941 -0.72810238120214−27.1%
11 PAS Hamedan 116,000 10,000 3,000 6,824 -0.86020421026094−13.9%
12 Sepahan 69,000 15,000 0 6,273 0.033954178341849+3.3%
13 Shirin Faraz 87,000 15,000 0 5,438 n/a
14 Bargh Shiraz 89,000 20,000 1,000 5,235 -0.9403628525238−5.9%
15 Fajr Sepasi 73,000 20,000 1,000 4,294 -0.75772013410976−24.2%
16 Paykan 64,000 30,000 1,000 3,765 -0.594504973946−40.5%
17 Zob Ahan 54,000 15,000 1,000 3,176 -0.77463414634146−22.5%
18 Rah Ahan 45,000 20,000 1,000 2,647 -0.64988951632703−35.0%
League total 3,314,000 110,000 0 11,272 0.11394406561913+11.3%

Updated to games played on 17 May 2008
Source: iplstats.com

Notes:
Matches with spectator bans are not included in average attendances
Pegah, Sanat Naft and Shirin Faraz played last season in Azadegan League
PAS Hamedan replaced PAS Tehran

Highest attendances[edit]

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Persepolis 2–1 Sepahan 110,000 May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17) 34 Azadi
2 Esteghlal 1–1 Persepolis 90,000 October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14) 9 Azadi
2 Saba Battery 1–4 Persepolis 90,000 May 14, 2008 (2008-05-14) 33 Azadi
4 Persepolis 0–0 Rah Ahan 85,000 September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16) 5 Azadi
4 Persepolis 1–1 Esteghlal 80,000 April 4, 2008 (2008-04-04) 26 Azadi
6 Persepolis 3–2 Esteghlal Ahvaz 70,000 October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19) 10 Azadi
6 Persepolis 1–0 Mes Kerman 70,000 November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04) 12 Azadi
6 Persepolis 1–0 Saipa 70,000 November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18) 14 Azadi
6 Persepolis 1–1 Bargh Shiraz 70,000 May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11) 32 Azadi
10 Persepolis 2–1 Paykan 65,000 September 7, 2007 (2007-09-07) 4 Azadi

Notes:
Updated to games played on May 17, 2008. Source: iplstats.com

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