2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup

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Persian Gulf Cup
Season 2008–09
Champions Esteghlal
2nd Pro League title
7th Iranian title
Relegated Payam Mashhad
Damash
Bargh Shiraz
Champions League Esteghlal
Zob Ahan
Mes Kerman
Sepahan
Matches played 306
Goals scored 777 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Arash Borhani (21 goals)
Biggest home win Esteghlal 6–0 Est. Ahvaz
(18 September 2008)
Biggest away win Rah Ahan 1–5 Esteghlal
(4 February 2009)
Highest scoring Zob Ahan 6–3 Saipa
(3 October 2008)
Longest winning run 6 matches
Mes Kerman
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
Mes Kerman
Longest winless run 27 matches
Bargh Shiraz
Longest losing run 3 matches
Bargh Shiraz
Highest attendance 90,000
Persepolis – Damash
(25 September 2008)
Persepolis – Esteghlal
(3 October 2008)
Esteghlal – Persepolis
(13 February 2009)
Lowest attendance 0 (spectator ban)
Persepolis – PAS Hamedan
(9 August 2008)
Total attendance 2,731,000
Average attendance 8,954

The 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup (also known as Iran Pro League) was the 26th season of Iran's Football League and eighth as Iran Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Persepolis were the defending champions. The season featured 15 teams from the 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup and two new teams promoted from the 2007–08 Azadegan League: Payam Mashhad as champions and Foolad. Damash replaced Pegah. The league started on 4 August 2008 and ended on 26 April 2009. Esteghlal won the Pro League title for the second time in their history (total seventh Iranian title).

Teams[edit]

Team City Venue Capacity Head Coach Team Captain Past Season
Aboomoslem Mashhad Samen 35,000 Iran Ali Hanteh Iran Saeed Khani 4th
Bargh Shiraz Shiraz Hafezieh 20,000 Iran Rasoul Korbekandi Iran Sattar Zare 7th
Damash Gilan Rasht Sardar Jangal 15,000 Croatia Stanko Poklepović Iran Mohammad Reza Mahdavi 15th
Est. Ahvaz Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz 30,000 Iran Khodadad Azizi Iran Afshin Komaei 8th
Esteghlal Tehran Azadi 90,000 Iran Amir Ghalenoei Iran Farhad Majidi 13th
Foolad Ahvaz Takhti Ahvaz 15,000 Iran Majid Jalali Iran Ali Badavi Qualifier
Malavan Anzali Takhti Anzali 8,000 Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Iran Masoud Gholamalizad 16th
Mes Kerman Kerman Shahid Bahonar 15,000 Iran Parviz Mazloomi Iran Farzad Hosseinkhani 10th
Moghavemat Shiraz Hafezieh 20,000 Iran Gholam Hossein Peyrovani Iran Mostafa Sabri 14th
Pas Hamedan Hamedan Ghods 5,000 Croatia Vinko Begovic Iran Omid Khouraj 5th
Paykan Qazvin Shahid Rajaei 5,000 Iran Ali Asghar Modir Roosta IranMohammad Reza Tahmasebi 9th
Payam Mashhad Samen 35,000 Iran Kazem Ghiyasiyan Iran Mehdi Hasheminasab Qualifier
Persepolis Tehran Azadi 90,000 Portugal Nelo Vingada Iran Karim Bagheri Champion
Rah Ahan Rey, Iran Rah Ahan 15,000 Iran Mehdi Tartar Iran Ahmad Taghavi 12th
Saba Qom Qom Yadegar Emam 15,000 Iran Firouz Karimi Iran Yahya Golmohammadi 3rd
Saipa Karaj Enghelab Karaj 15,000 Iran Mohammad Mayeli Kohan Iran Ebrahim Sadeghi 11th
Sepahan Esfahan Foolad Shahr 25,000 Iran Farhad Kazemi Iran Moharram Navidkia 2nd
Zob Ahan Esfahan Foolad Shahr 25,000 Iran Mansour Ebrahimzadeh Iran Mohammad Salsali 6th
  • In October 2008 Pegah Gilan terminated their sports activities due to financial problems. Damash Iranian (Damash Mineral Water Company) owned by Amir Abedini took over their license. New club named Damash Gilan.

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

Team Name Nationality
Aboomoslem Hadi Bargizar Iran
Damash Gilan Bijan Zolfagharnasab Iran
Rah Ahan Davoud Mahabadi Iran
Saipa Pierre Littbarski Germany
Sepahan Engin Firat Turkey Germany
Persepolis Afshin Ghotbi Iran United States
Payam Khodadad Azizi Iran
Aboomoslem Amir Hossein Peyrovani Iran
Sepahan Hossein Charkhabi Iran
Damash Gilan Hossein Abdi Iran
Bargh Shiraz Mohammad Abbasi Iran
Payam Abbas Chamanyan Iran
Persepolis Afshin Peyrovani Iran
Est. Ahvaz Akbar Misaghian Iran
Bargh Shiraz Farshad Pious Iran
Payam Majid Hosseinipour Iran
Rah Ahan Mahmoud Yavari Iran
Paykan Ali Asghar Modir Roosta Iran
Aboomoslem Ali Hanteh Iran

League standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Esteghlal (C) 34 19 9 6 70 34 +36 66 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Zob Ahan 34 19 9 6 58 42 +16 66
3 Sanat Mes 34 17 10 7 54 36 +18 61
4 Sepahan 34 14 14 6 46 34 +12 56
5 Persepolis 34 15 10 9 50 41 +9 55
6 Saba Qom 34 12 17 5 49 36 +13 53
7 Foolad 34 13 11 10 50 41 +9 50
8 Paykan 34 13 8 13 43 42 +1 47
9 Moghavemat 34 11 11 12 33 37 −4 44
10 Saipa 34 10 12 12 43 50 −7 42
11 Rah Ahan 34 11 8 15 36 42 −6 41
12 PAS Hamedan 34 10 10 14 40 47 −7 40
13 Malavan 34 9 13 12 31 43 −12 40
14 Est. Ahvaz 34 10 7 17 37 54 −17 37
15 Aboumoslem 34 8 11 15 34 41 −7 35
16 Payam Mashhad (R) 34 9 8 17 33 52 −19 35 Relegation to Template:Fb competition 2009–10 Azadegan League
17 Damash (R) 34 6 13 15 40 56 −16 31
18 Bargh Shiraz (R) 34 5 9 20 35 54 −19 24

Updated to games played on 26 April 2009.
Source: http://www.iplstats.com/website08-09/tableoverall.htm
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. Since Zob Ahab won the 2008–09 Hazfi Cup, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the 2010 AFC Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Champions

Esteghlal F.C.

Results table[edit]

Last updated April 26, 2009

Home ╲ Away ABU BGH EST ESA MLV MES PAS PAY PYM DMG PRS RAH SAB SAP SEP FOL MVT ZOB
Aboumoslem 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 4–0
Bargh Shiraz 2–2 1–4 0–3 3–0 4–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2
Esteghlal 2–0 1–1 6–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 5–0 4–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 5–2 2–0
Est. Ahvaz 1–3 1–0 0–3 3–0 1–0 0–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–2
Malavan 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–1
Sanat Mes 3–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–2
PAS Hamedan 2–1 1–0 2–4 5–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–3 0–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2
Paykan 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–2
Payam Mashhad 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–4 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–3
Damash 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–4 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1
Persepolis 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 2–2
Rah Ahan 3–0 3–0 1–5 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–4 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–1
Saba Qom 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0
Saipa 0–0 2–2 0–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–2 4–1 0–1 1–0 2–4 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–0
Sepahan 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–4 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2
Foolad 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–2 5–1 2–2 3–0 3–0 3–2 2–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 4–1
Moghavemat 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2
Zob Ahan 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 6–3 2–1 2–2 3–1

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]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Iran Arash Borhani[1][2][3][4][5][6] Esteghlal 20
2 Germany Shpejtim Arifi Payam 18
3 Brazil Igor Castro Zob Ahan 16
4 Iran Afshin Chavoshi Damash Gilan 15
5 Iraq Emad Mohammed Sepahan 14
Iran Fereydoon Fazli Saba Qom
6 Iran Siavash Akbarpour Esteghlal 12
Brazil Adriano Alvez Damash Gilan
Iran Davoud Haghi Rah Ahan
8 Iran Iman Haydari Paykan 11
Iran Jalal Rafkhaei Malavan
Iran Maysam Baou Aboomoslem
Senegal Ibrahima Touré Persepolis
Iran Faraz Fatemi Mes Kerman
11 Iran Farid Abedi Bargh Shiraz 10
Iran Amin Motevaselzadeh Moghavemat Sepasi
Mali Issa Traoré Saipa
Iran Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Zob Ahan
Brazil Edinho Mes Kerman
20 5 players 9
25 6 players 8
31 2 players 7
33 8 players 6
41 18 players 5
58 23 players 4
81 18 players 3
99 26 players 2
125 95 players 1
Own goals 0
Total goals 777

Last updated: 11 April 2009
Source: Iplstats.com

Top goalassistants[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Iran Esmail Farhadi Zob Ahan 9
Iran Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Zob Ahan
Serbia Ivan Petrović Persepolis
4 Iran Hassan Ashjari Zob Ahan 8
Iran Mohsen Yousefi Saba Qom
Brazil Fábio Januário Esteghlal
Brazil Éder Luciano Mes
7 Iran Mehdi Shiri Bargh Shiraz 7
Iran Khosro Heydari Esteghlal
Iran Javad Shirzad Pas Hamedan
12 Iran Ali Karimi Persepolis 6
Iran Mohammad Parvin Saipa
Iran Mehrdad Karimian PAS Hamedan
Iran Seyed Mohammad Hosseini Zob Ahan

Last updated: 11 April 2009
Source: Iplstats.com

Cards[edit]

Player Yellow card.svg Yellow card.svgRed card.svg Red card.svg Team
Iran Mohammad Matouri 10 0 1 Payam Mashhad
Iran Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 10 1 0 Zob Ahan
Iran Mohsen Arzani 8 1 0 Payam Mashhad
Iran Alireza Jalili 9 0 0 Payam Mashhad
Iran Morteza Bargizar 9 0 0 Payam Mashhad
Iran Mohammad AghaMohammadi 9 0 0 Est. Ahvaz
Iran Meysam Khosravi 9 0 0 Paykan
Brazil Adriano Alvez 9 0 0 Damash Gilan
Iran Mohsen Bengar 7 1 0 Sepahan
Iran Omid Khouraj 5 1 2 PAS Hamedan
Iran Hanif Omranzadeh 7 1 0 PAS Hamedan
Iran Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht 7 0 1 Persepolis
Iran Maziar Zare 8 0 0 Persepolis

Matches played[edit]

33

Sponsorship[edit]

Team Shirt manufacturers

Team Kit Manufacturer
Esteghlal Uhlsport
Persepolis
Rah Ahan
Sepahan
Aboomoslem Merooj
Esteghlal Ahvaz
Foolad
Mes Kerman
Moghavemat
Paykan
Payam
Damash Gilan
Saba
Zob Ahan
Bargh Daei SWE
Malavan
PAS Hamedan Nahangi
Saipa

Attendances[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Persepolis 651,000 90,000 0 40,688 -0.67813333333333−32.1%
2 Esteghlal 615,000 90,000 10,000 36,176 0.042355788624445+4.2%
3 Sanat Mes 123,000 15,000 1,000 7,235 -0.88490704500978−11.5%
4 Malavan 116,000 15,000 3,000 6,824 -0.64602859036259−35.3%
5 Bargh Shiraz 115,000 20,000 1,000 6,765 0.29226361031519+29.2%
6 Foolad 109,000 20,000 2,000 6,412 n/a
7 Payam Mashhad 103,000 40,000 1,000 6,059 n/a
8 Sepahan 98,000 15,000 2,000 5,765 -0.91901801370955−8.0%
9 Aboumoslem 90,000 35,000 1,000 5,294 -0.76271430629592−23.7%
10 Saipa 89,000 50,000 1,000 5,235 -0.62232524964337−37.7%
11 Moghavemat 86,000 20,000 1,000 5,059 0.17815556590592+17.8%
12 Est. Ahvaz 85,000 20,000 1,000 5,000 -0.62988158226253−37.0%
12 Saba Qom 85,000 15,000 1,000 5,000 -0.67458175930923−32.5%
14 Zob Ahan 84,000 15,000 2,000 4,941 0.55573047858942+55.5%
14 Rah Ahan 84,000 40,000 1,000 4,941 0.8666414809218+86.6%
16 Paykan 68,000 12,000 1,000 4,000 0.062416998671979+6.2%
17 Damash 67,000 15,000 1,000 3,941 -0.4348449740704−56.5%
18 PAS Hamedan 63,000 12,000 1,000 3,706 -0.54308323563892−45.6%
League total 2,731,000 90,000 0 8,954 -0.79435770049681−20.5%

Updated to games played on 26 April 2009
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
Paykan moved from Tehran to Qazvin
Saba Battery moved from Tehran to Qom
Damash replaced Pegah

Highest attendances[edit]

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Persepolis 2–0 Damash 90,000 September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25) 8 Azadi
1 Persepolis 1–1 Esteghlal 90,000 October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03) 9 Azadi
1 Esteghlal 1–1 Persepolis 90,000 February 13, 2009 (2009-02-13) 26 Azadi
4 Persepolis 0–1 Mes Kerman 60,000 September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11) 6 Azadi
4 Persepolis 3–2 Sepahan 60,000 October 26, 2008 (2008-10-26) 12 Azadi
4 Persepolis 1–1 Saipa 60,000 December 9, 2008 (2008-12-09) 18 Azadi
4 Esteghlal 2–1 Saba Qom 60,000 January 23, 2009 (2009-01-23) 23 Azadi
8 Persepolis 3–1 Bargh Shiraz 55,000 October 22, 2008 (2008-10-22) 11 Azadi
9 Saipa 1–1 Persepolis 50,000 August 4, 2008 (2008-08-04) 1 Azadi
9 Esteghlal 2–1 Rah Ahan 50,000 September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27) 8 Azadi

Notes:
Updated to games played on April 26, 2009. Source: iplstats.com

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ رحيمي مقدم: آرش برهاني گل اول استقلال را نزد
  2. ^ Season: IPL2008-2009 Week: 10
  3. ^ Profile of Arash Borhani - IPL 2008-2009
  4. ^ Video of the goal
  5. ^ Iranian Premier League Stats: 2008-2009 Season
  6. ^ Arash Borhani has 12 Goals in 1/2 season: http://ffiri.ir/html/images/lig8/5.jpg