Saba Qom F.C.

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Saba Qom
صبای قم
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Full name Saba Qom Football Club
Founded 1974 (as Mohemmat Sazi Artesh); 43 years ago
Ground Yadegar Emam Stadium, Qom
Ground Capacity 10,610
Chairman Reza Mousavi
Head Coach Samad Marfavi
League Azadegan League
2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League, 15th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Saba Qom Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال صبای قم‎‎) is an Iranian football team based in Qom, Iran and currently plays in the Azadegan League. The team is a former part of Saba Battery Club, owned by Saba Battery Co., and was moved to Qom in 2007, although they were formerly registered as a team from Tehran playing at Shahid Derakhshan Stadium of Robat Karim.

Saba won the 2005 edition of the Hazfi Cup and the 2005 edition of the Iranian Super Cup under Iranian football legend Ali Daei.

History[edit]

Mohemmat sazi Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال مهمات سازی‎‎) was Iranian football club based in Tehran, Iran. They play in the 2nd Division.

Establishment[edit]

In 1974 a football called Mohemat Sazi was established in Tehran. The team never had any major success and only played in the lower leagues of the Iranian football league system. They came close to making it to Tehran's top football league in the 1980s. In the early 1990s the club was sponsored by a company named Maham. During the later stages of the club's history they were sponsored by Sanam, an electronics company.

Takeover[edit]

In 2002 the club's shares were sold to Saba Battery Company (also known as Niru Company) which is under the control of Iran's Ministry of Defense. Due to the club's greatly improved financial status the team was able to purchase talented players and were promoted to the Iran Pro League in 2004. [1]

Domestic Titles[edit]

2004–2005[edit]

In the first year of participation in Iran Pro League, Saba Battery managed to participate in the AFC Champions League for the first time ever, After becoming champions of the Hazfi Cup under Milan Živadinović. In the 2005 season Saba Battery also won the Iranian Super Cup, defeating Foolad the Iran Pro League champion 4–0. [2] And until 2016 they remained the only team to have the title. [3] [4]

2006–2007[edit]

Although Saba Battery did not have a successful year in Iran Pro League, they were competitive in the Hazfi Cup. Saba Battery became Runners-up after losing to Sepahan 4–2 in aggregate, with Mohammad Hossein Ziaei. Since Sepahan became 5th in the Iran Pro League, that meant that Saba Battery won't be going to AFC Champions League.

Iran Pro League[edit]

The team debuted in the Iran Pro League in the 2004–05 season and made the headlines when they signed Iranian legend and FIFA all-time greatest international goalscorer Ali Daei from Persepolis. With the help of Daei the team was able to secure a berth for the Asian Champions League after winning the 2005 Hazfi Cup, however failing to make it out of their group. In the same year Saba won the Iranian Super Cup defeating league champions Foolad 4–0. After the departure of Ali Daei in 2006, Saba signed former Bosnia and Herzegovina international Alen Avdić as his replacement. In 2007 Saba once again made the final of the Hazfi Cup, this time losing 4–0 to Sepahan on aggregate.

Move to Qom[edit]

In 2008 Saba relocated to Qom because the city of Tehran had many football teams with low attendance figures. The team was renamed Saba Qom after the move. Saba was one of the few teams of the league in 2008–09 season which did not change managers during the season and finished in 6th position at the end of the season something that happened again in the next season. In the 2011–12 Persian Gulf Cup, Saba Qom finished 4th securing a play-off spot for the 2013 AFC Champions League. In the play-off Saba lost to Al Shabab on penalties and failed to qualify to the group stage.

Ali Daei Era[edit]

In July 2015 Saba announced that legendary former Iranian footballer and coach Ali Daei would lead the club for the 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League season. Daei attracted several former national team players to the club, namely: Hamed Lak, Ghasem Dehnavi, Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Reza Haghighi, Mohammad Ghazi and Hashem Beikzadeh. Saba started well and were within contention of an AFC Champions League in the first half of the season, but in the second half they faltered and eventually finished in seventh place.

Season-by-season[edit]

For details on seasons, see List of Saba Qom F.C. seasons

The table below chronicles the achievements of Saba Qom in various competitions since 2002.

Season League Position Hazfi Cup AFC Notes
2002–03 Azadegan League 6th Did not enter Did not enter
2003–04 Azadegan League 1st Did not enter Did not qualify Promoted
2004–05 Iran Pro League 9th Cup Did not qualify
2005–06 Iran Pro League 4th Semi-final Group stage
2006–07 Iran Pro League 13th Final Did not qualify
2007–08 Iran Pro League 3rd Quarter-final Did not qualify
2008–09 Iran Pro League 6th Semi-final Group stage
2009–10 Iran Pro League 6th Quarter-final Did not qualify
2010–11 Iran Pro League 10th Round of 32 Did not qualify
2011–12 Iran Pro League 4th Quarter-final Did not qualify
2012–13 Iran Pro League 9th Round of 16 Play-off
2013–14 Iran Pro League 9th Round of 32 Did not qualify
2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League 9th Round of 32 Did not qualify
2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League 7th Round of 16 Did not qualify

Kit Manufacturer History[edit]

List of Kit Manufacturers since 2005 including the sponsor.

Period Kit provider Sponsor
2005–06 Majid NA
2006–07
2007–08
2008–09
2009–10 Daei Sport SSEZ
2010–11 Varna
2011–12 Majid Vegal
2012–13 Lojix
2013–14 Adakele
2014–15 Merooj Azar Khodro

Club chairmen[edit]

Club managers[edit]

Name Nat From To
Parviz Mazloomi Iran 2002 2004
Milan Živadinović Serbia 2004 2005
Majid Jalali Iran 2005 2005
Mohammad Hossein Ziaei Iran 2005 2006
Farhad Kazemi Iran 2006 2006
Mohammad Hossein Ziaei Iran 2006 2008
Yahya Golmohammadi Iran 2008 2008
Firouz Karimi Iran 2008 2009
Mohammad Hossein Ziaei Iran 2009 2009
Rasoul Korbekandi Iran 2009 2010
Mahmoud Yavari Iran 2010 2010
Abdollah Veysi Iran 2010 2012
Yahya Golmohammadi Iran 2012 2012
Samad Marfavi Iran 2012 2013
Mohammad Mayeli Kohan Iran 2013 2013
Samad Marfavi Iran 2013 2014
Mehdi Tartar Iran 2014 2015
Ali Daei Iran 2015 2016
Samad Marfavi Iran 2016 Present

Coaching Staff[edit]

Samad Marfavi, current head coach of Saba Qom.
Staff [5] Name
Head coach Iran Samad Marfavi
Assistant coach Iran Reza Enayati
Assistant coach Iran Morteza Kashi
Assistant coach Iran Hossein Ganjian
Goalkeeping coach Iran Karim Bostani
Fitness Trainer Iran Masoud Momeni
Doctor Iran Akbar Rezaei
Analyzer Iran Ali Akbar Sarlak
Chiropractor Iran Mohammadreza Mehranpour

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of July 1, 2016[6] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Iran DF Davoud Bahadori U23
5 Iran MF Ghasem Dehnavi
6 Iran MF Mehdi Hosseini U23
7 Iran FW Keivan Amraei
9 Iran FW Mansour Tanhaei
14 Iran MF Omid Jahanbakhsh U23
15 Iran MF Omid Nezamipour
17 Iran MF Mohsen Karami U21
18 Iran MF Mehran Amiri
19 Iran DF Mohammad Milad Abadi U23
20 Iran DF Mirhani Hashemi
21 Iran DF Erfan BadiU21
22 Iran GK Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi
23 Iran DF Hamidreza Divsalar
No. Position Player
24 Iran GK Mohammadreza Ghodratipour
25 Iran DF Arash Bale MoghadasiU21
26 Iran DF Mehdi Mohammadzadeh
27 Iran DF Mohammadali YariU21
29 Iran DF Ali BaloochU21
30 Iran MF Milad Abtahi
35 Iran MF Hassan Karimi U21
47 Iran DF Meysam Majidi
55 Iran DF Hanif Omranzadeh
68 Iran GK Mohsen Forouzan
70 Iran FW Ahmad Hasanzadeh
75 Iran MF Mohammadreza Baouj U21
77 Iran FW Ali Fatemi
79 Iran FW Mehrdad Bayrami

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2016.

AFC Champions League[edit]

Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
2006 Group Stage
(Group C)
Qatar Al Gharafa 4–1 0–2
Syria Al-Karamah 1–2 1–0
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 2–2 2–4
2009 Group Stage
(Group A)
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–1 1–1
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 0–2 2–1
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 0–0 3–5
2013 Play-off United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 1–1 P

Individual Records[edit]

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 13 March 2016 (players in bold signifies current Saba Qom player).

Club honors[edit]

Unofficial titles[edit]

  • Iran Shohada Cup
Winner: 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • تاریخچه. Official Club Website (in Persian). Retrieved November 9, 2006. 
  1. ^ http://www.sabayeqom.com/2015-10-10-14-19-25/2015-10-10-14-32-50.html
  2. ^ http://www.aftabir.com/news/view/2005/aug/29/c6c1125305229_sport_football.php/%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%88%D9%BE%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%81%D9%88%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%83%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B5%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%82%D9%87%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C
  3. ^ http://www.tebyan.net/newindex.aspx?pid=12896
  4. ^ http://www.imna.ir/fa/doc/news/63014/%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%B4%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%88%D9%BE%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AD%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B2%DB%8C
  5. ^ http://iranleague.ir/League/ClubProfile/76
  6. ^ http://ffiri.ir/club/%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B4%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%84%DB%8C%DA%AF-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B1/101/%D8%B5%D8%A8%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%82%D9%85/10007/

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