Reza Ghoochannejhad

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Reza Ghoochannejhad
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Personal information
Full name Reza Ghoochannejhad Nournia
Date of birth (1987-09-20) 20 September 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Mashhad, Iran
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Heerenveen
Number 9
Youth career
LAC Frisia 1883
Cambuur
1998–2005 Heerenveen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Heerenveen 2 (0)
2006–2007 Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 13 (4)
2009 Emmen (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2010 Go Ahead Eagles 10 (6)
2010–2011 Cambuur 37 (15)
2011–2013 Sint-Truiden 31 (18)
2013–2014 Standard Liège 10 (4)
2014–2016 Charlton Athletic 38 (3)
2014–2015 Al-Kuwait (loan) 10 (11)
2015 Al-Wakrah (loan) 9 (2)
2016– Heerenveen 2 (1)
National team
2003 Netherlands U16 1 (0)
2003–2004 Netherlands U17 4 (0)
2005 Netherlands U18 1 (0)
2006–2007 Netherlands U19 3 (1)
2012– Iran 28 (13)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:23, 12 August 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2015

Reza Ghoochannejhad Nournia (Persian: رضا قوچان‌نژاد‎‎, born 20 September 1987), is an Iranian footballer who plays for Heerenveen and the Iranian national team as a forward, having previously played for Dutch national youth teams.

Ghoochannejhad represented Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Early life[edit]

Ghoochannejhad was born in Mashhad, Iran and emigrated to the Netherlands when he was only 4 years old, being musically talented as a violinist.[1]

Club career[edit]

Heerenveen[edit]

Ghoochannejhad spent twelve years in the Eredivisie side Heerenveen's academy, rising through the ranks at Leeuwarden clubs LAC Frisia 1883 and Cambuur, before making his senior Heerenveen debut against AZ Alkmaar in 2006.[1][2]

In the summer of 2009, Ghoochannejhad folded his contract with Heerenveen due to his focus on his academic studies at the Vrije University of Amsterdam, studying jurisprudence and political theory.[1] After meeting Marc Overmars, he convinced Ghoochannejhad to sign for the Go Ahead Eagles.[1][2]

Cambuur[edit]

In his first game for Cambuur, on 22 January 2010 against BV Veendam, he scored his first goal after nine seconds for his new team, tying Johan Cruyff's record for the fastest goal in the Netherlands.[1][3][4] During his time at Cambuur, he also played as a winger. On 14 February 2011, Ghoochannejhad scored a hat trick against FC Emmen.[5]

Sint-Truiden[edit]

In June 2011, Ghoochannejhad transferred to Sint-Truiden,[6] scoring his first goal in the Belgian Pro League against Club Brugge.[7]

Standard Liège[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Sint-Truiden came to an agreement with Standard Liège. Ghoochannejhad joined Standard Liège in January 2013 after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal, while scoring 10 goals in 12 matches in the half-season he remained with Sint-Truiden.[8] The following season, he represented Liège in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.[9]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 30 January 2014, Ghoochannejhad joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on a two-and-a-half-year deal, becoming the second Iranian after Karim Bagheri to play for the Addicks.[10][11] On 1 February, he made his first appearance for Charlton in a 2–1 defeat away to Wigan Athletic, where he played the full 90 minutes and hit the bar with a shot on goal in the first half.[12] He made his FA Cup debut in a 2–1 fifth round win at Sheffield Wednesday on 24 February.[13] He scored his first goal on 1 April in a 1–0 league win at Leeds United.[14]

Al-Kuwait (loan)[edit]

On 6 August 2014, Ghoochannejhad joined Al-Kuwait on a season-long loan deal.[15] On 15 August, he made his debut as a substitute against Qadsia SC in the Kuwait Super Cup. On 26 August, he scored his first goal in the 2014 AFC Cup against Persipura Jayapura.[16] He scored his first league goal for the club on 30 August in a 1–1 draw against Al Jahra. On 12 September, he scored 4 goals in an 8–1 win over Al-Sahel.[17][18] He then scored a hat trick in 14 minutes in another game for Al-Kuwait.[19] Ghoochannejhad scored 11 goals in 10 league matches with the club.

Al-Wakrah (loan)[edit]

In February 2015, Ghoochannejhad signed a four-month loan deal with Qatar Stars League club Al-Wakrah. He scored his first goal on 27 February 2015 against Umm Salal.[20] Al-Wakrah escaped relegation on the last day and Ghoochannejhad's loan deal expired at the end of the season.

Return to Charlton[edit]

In the summer of 2015, Ghoochannejhad announced he would be returning to Charlton Athletic for the 2015–16 season. He scored his first goal of the season in a 4–1 League Cup victory against League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.[21] Reza scored his first league goal of the season on 7 November 2015 in a 3–1 win against Sheffield Wednesday. He was released by the south London club on Thursday 19 May 2016 following the end of the 2015/16 season. In total, Ghoochannejhad made 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals. Reza left the club after they got relegated.

Return to Heerenveen[edit]

On 22 June 2016, Ghoochannejhad returned to former club Heerenveen. In his first friendly match with the club Reza scored a brace and also earned an assist.

International career[edit]

Ghoochannejhad shaking hands with Argentinian star Lionel Messi before 2014 FIFA World Cup Group match

Ghoochannejhad represented the Netherlands from 2003 to 2007, having played for the Netherlands national under-19 football team.[4] After being invited to the Iranian national team by coach Carlos Queiroz, he made his senior national team debut on 16 October 2012 in Iran's 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier victory against South Korea,[22] while scoring his first two goals in his third international cap against Lebanon in a 5–0 Asian Cup qualifier win.[23] On 4 June 2013, Ghoochannejhad scored the lone goal in a World Cup qualifier against Qatar.[24] Days later, he scored against Lebanon in a 4–0 win.[25] He scored the winning goal again in the next match, a 1–0 win against South Korea.[26] This led to Iran's qualification at the top of their group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[27]

His goal-scoring streak continued, scoring in each of the Asian Cup qualifying matches against Thailand and Lebanon to secure Iran's spot in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup as well as becoming the top scorer of the qualifiers and bringing his tally to six goals in six consecutive competitive international matches.[28] Ghoochannejhad scored on 5 March 2014 against Guinea in a friendly to bring his record to seven goals in seven matches with a total of nine goals in eleven matches.[29]

On 1 June 2014, Ghoochannejhad was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[30] On 25 June 2014, he scored Iran's only goal of the tournament in the 3–1 defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[31][32] He became the first ever Charlton Athletic player to score at a FIFA World Cup.[33]

Ghoochannejhad at Iran national team training

On 30 December 2014, Ghoochannejhad was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad.[34] He scored the only goal in the team's final group stage match against the United Arab Emirates, ensuring Team Melli qualified from Group C in first place.[35] In the quarter-final match against Iraq, Ghoochannejhad scored Iran's third equalizer in the 119th minute as they drew 3–3 at Canberra Stadium and were eventually defeated 7–6 in a penalty shootout.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 June 2016[37]
Club performance League Cup Continental Others Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Others Total
2005–06 SC Heerenveen Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 Go Ahead Eagles Eerste Divisie 13 4 2 0 0 0 15 4
2007–08 SC Heerenveen Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
200809 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FC Emmen Eerste Divisie 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
2009–10 Go Ahead Eagles 10 6 2 1 0 0 12 7
SC Cambuur 13 2 1 0 0 0 14 2
2010–11 24 13 3 1 0 0 27 14
2016–17 SC Heerenveen Eredivisie 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Others Total
2011–12 Sint-Truidense Pro League 21 11 2 1 0 0 23 12
201213 Second Division 10 7 2 3 0 0 12 10
Standard Liège Pro League 9 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
2013–14 1 1 1 1 7 0 0 0 9 2
England League FA Cup Europe Others Total
2013–14 Charlton Athletic Championship 15 1 2 0 0 0 17 1
2015–16 23 2 1 1 1 1 25 4
Kuwait League Emir Cup AFC Others Total
2014–15 Al-Kuwait Premier League 10 11 1 0 2 1 1 0 14 12
Qatar League Qatari Stars Cup AFC Others Total
2014–15 Al-Wakrah Qatar Stars League 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2
Total Netherlands 74 26 8 2 0 0 82 28
Belgium 41 22 6 7 7 0 0 0 54 29
England 38 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 42 5
Kuwait 10 11 1 0 2 1 1 0 14 12
Qatar 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2
Career total 172 64 18 10 9 1 2 1 201 76

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Ghochannejad is son of Jalal and Mahin Ghoochannejhad. His uncle, Jabar Ghoochannejhad is a volleyball coach in Iranian Volleyball Super League.[39] Agil Etemadi, an Iranian-Dutch footballer who currently plays for Almere City is his cousin.[40] Since 12 March 2015, he dates Servin Bayat, a sister of Iranian actress Sareh Bayat.[41] The couple married on 30 March 2016 in a private ceremony held in Imam Reza mosque.[42]

He said that he is a long time supporter of his home town football club, Aboomoslem in his interview.[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Alec Cordolcini (23 July 2013). "Reza Ghoochannejhad – From Obscurity To Shooting Iran To 2014 World Cup". Insidefutbol.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Reza Ghoochannejhad per direct naar Eagles – sc Heerenveen". Sc-heerenveen.nl. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iranian Player Reza Ghoochannejhad scores for SC Cambuur after 9 seconds! Football YouTube". Fanchants.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Player profile Reza Ghoochannejhad". AFC. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Emmen vs. Cambuur LIVE Commentary". Goal.com. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Marc Reunes. "Reza: 'Op mijn 35ste wil ik perfect viool spelen' – Sportwereld". Nieuwsblad.be. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eijkelkamp Pro Soccer | Ghoochannejhad kiest voor Sint-Truiden". Eijkelkampro.nl. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.stvv.com/nl/nieuws/hotnews/d/detail/reza-blijft-nog-6-maanden-bij-stvv
  9. ^ "Standard's Ghoochannejhad with goalless appearance in Europa League". Persianfootball.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Reza Ghoochannejhad is signed and completed". Twitter. 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Transfer news: Charlton sign Reza Ghoochannejhad from Standard Liege". Sky Sports. 30 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sport – Wigan Athletic 2–1 Charlton Athletic". Bbc.com. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Charlton Athletic". bbc.com. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Leeds v Charlton – 1st Apr 2014 | Report | Sky Bet Ch'ship | Sky Sports Football". .skysports.com. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ghoochannejhad leaves on loan". Charlton Athletic. 6 August 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.fourfourtwo.com/au/news/persipura-6-al-kuwait-1-agg-8-4-hosts-romp-holders-make-history
  17. ^ http://footballitarin.com/video_page.php?id=11924
  18. ^ http://us.soccerway.com/matches/2014/09/12/kuwait/premier-league/al-kuwait-sc/al-sahell/1902409/
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/CAFC_Daily/status/511572451181203456
  20. ^ Ghoochannejhad scores debut goal in Qatar [VIDEO]
  21. ^ "Charlton Athletic 4-1 Dagenham & Redbridge". 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015 – via BBC Sport. 
  22. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/matches/round=257777/match=300191832/report.html
  23. ^ "AFC ASIAN CUP AUSTRALIA 2015". The-afc.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  24. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/matches/round=257777/match=300191835/report.html
  25. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/matches/round=257777/match=300191837/report.html
  26. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/matches/round=257777/match=300191836/report.html
  27. ^ "Iran soccer team qualifies for 2014 World Cup". UPI.com. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "AFC ASIAN CUP AUSTRALIA 2015". The-afc.com. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Iran's hopes rest on a Charlton striker". Persianfootball.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24". FIFA.com. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup™ - Matches - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  32. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup™ - Matches - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  33. ^ "Reza makes Charlton history at World Cup". Charlton Athletic FC. 25 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Queiroz Names Team Melli Squad". afcasiancup.com. 30 December 2014. 
  35. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/asian-cup/up-for-the-cup-iran-wins-but-omar-abdulrahman-dazzles-luongo-targets-next-level/story-e6frf4fu-1227189918654
  36. ^ "Asian Cup 2015: Iraq claims incredible shootout win over rival Iran to reach semi-finals". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  37. ^ Reza Ghoochannejhad profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  38. ^ Reza Ghoochannejhad profile at Soccerway
  39. ^ برگزاری مراسم عقد ازدواج رضا قوچان‌نژاد درحرم مطهر رضوی
  40. ^ 90 newspaper
  41. ^ خانه / اخبار داغ / ازدواج رضا قوچان نژاد با سروین بیات ،خواهر ساره بیات + عکس ازدواج رضا قوچان نژاد با سروین بیات ،خواهر ساره بیات + عکس
  42. ^ قوچان‌نژاد با خواهر یکی از بازیگران سینما ازدواج کرد
  43. ^ گفتگو با قوچان نژاد

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