Aluminium Arak F.C.

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Aluminium Arak
آلومینیوم اراک
Full nameAluminium Arak Football Club
Nickname(s)Artesh-e Amir Kâbir (Amir Kabir's army)
Mardan-e Âftab (The sun men)
Founded2001; 23 years ago (2001) as PAS Arak Football Club
GroundImam Khomeini
Capacity15,000
OwnerIRALCO
ChairmanMohammad Rajaeian
Head CoachMojtaba Hosseini
LeaguePersian Gulf Pro League
2022–23Persian Gulf Pro League, 7th
WebsiteClub website

Aluminium Arak Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال آلومینیوم اراک, Bashgah-e Futbal-e Aluminium Arak), commonly known as Aluminium Arak, is an Iranian football club based in Arak, Markazi, that competes in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The club was founded as PAS Arak Football Club in 2001. The club is part of Aluminium Arak Sport and Cultural Club.

The football team plays their home games at the Imam Khomeini Stadium[1] which has a seating capacity of 15,000. The club is owned and supported by the IRALCO (Iranian Aluminium Company).

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

The club was founded as PAS Arak Football Club in 2001. They played their first year in Azadegan League and were relegated at the end of the season.

Sanaye Arak[edit]

In 2002 the club changed their name to Sanaye Arak Football Club. Although they did not participate in 2002–03 Iran 2nd Division they were able to play next season in Azadegan League. Sanaye Arak played six years in Azadegan League. Prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, Sanaye Arak moved from their old stadium to the new Imam Khomeini Stadium, which the club shares today with Shahrdari Arak. In 2008 Sanaye Arak was bought by the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO).

Difficult years[edit]

Due to financial problems, Sanaye Arak was bought by the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) in 2008. They changed the name to Aluminium Arak Football Club. They finished fourth in that season. Only one year later Aluminium Arak terminated their sports activities due to financial problems.

After Aluminium Arak terminated their sports activities, Shensa took over the club. The club was known as Shensa Arak Football Club in 2009–10 Azadegan League. They finished 11th in that season.

Only one year later again, Hamyari Arak took over Shensa and named the club Hamyari Arak Football Club. They finished 11th in the 2010–11 Azadegan League season.

Shahrdari Arak[edit]

In 2011 Municipality of Arak took over the club and named it Shahrdari Arak Football Club. After relegated at the end of the 2012–13 Azadegan League season, Shahrdari Arak finished 13th in 2013–14 Iran 2nd Division. Although the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) bought the club again in 2014, Shahrdari Arak were able to play in the 2015–16 League 3 season as an own club.

Aluminium Arak[edit]

In summer 2014 the Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) bought the club again. They finished first in 2014–15 League 2 and comes back to Azadegan League. They finished ninth in the 2015–16 Azadegan League season.

Aluminum impressed in the 2016–17 Hazfi Cup, as they defeated Persian Gulf Pro League side Paykan 1–0, before losing to five time Persian Gulf Pro League champions Sepahan. They finished the 2016–17 Azadegan League season on place nine.

Name history[edit]

  • PAS Arak Football Club (2001–2002)
  • Sanaye Arak Football Club (2002–2008)
  • Aluminium Arak Football Club (2008–2009)
  • Shensa Arak Football Club (2009–2010)
  • Hamyari Arak Football Club (2010–2011)
  • Shahrdari Arak Football Club (2011–2014)
  • Aluminium Arak Football Club (2014–present)

Crest[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Aluminium Arak plays their home games at the Imam Khomeini Stadium which has a seating capacity of 15,000. The stadium was opened in 2007 and is owned by the Iran Physical Education Organization. It is also the home venue of local rival Shahrdari Arak.

Seasons[edit]

The table below chronicles the achievements of Aluminium Arak in various competitions since 2001.

Season Division League Position Hazfi Cup Notes
2001–02 2 Azadegan League 9th (Group B) Not qualified Relegated
2002–03 3 League 2 Did not enter Promoted
2003–04 2 Azadegan League 14th
2004–05 2 Azadegan League 7th Quarter-final
2005–06 2 Azadegan League 5th (Group A) Did not enter
2006–07 2 Azadegan League 8th (Group B) Round of 32
2007–08 2 Azadegan League 10th (Group B) Round of 16
2008–09 2 Azadegan League 4th (Group A) 2nd round
2009–10 2 Azadegan League 11th (Group B) 3rd round
2010–11 2 Azadegan League 10th (Group A) 3rd round
2011–12 2 Azadegan League 4th (Group A) Round of 32
2012–13 2 Azadegan League 13th (Group A) Did not enter Relegated
2013–14 3 League 2 13th (Group B) 4th round
2014–15 3 League 2 1st (Group A) Did not enter Promoted
2015–16 2 Azadegan League 9th
2016–17 2 Azadegan League 9th Round of 16
2017–18 2 Azadegan League 13th 2nd Round
2018–19 2 Azadegan League 4th 2nd Round
2019–20 2 Azadegan League 2nd 2nd Round Promoted
2020–21 1 Persian Gulf Pro League 11th Quarter Finals

Notes:
The Persian Gulf Pro League was formerly known as Iran Pro League (IPL) and Persian Gulf Cup (PGC)
The Azadegan League was the highest division between 1991 and 2001
The League 2 was formerly known as Iran 2nd Division
The League 3 was formerly known as Iran 3rd Division

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Iran IRN Ahmad Gohari (on loan from Persepolis)
2 DF Iran IRN Ehsan Ghahari
5 MF Iran IRN Amir Nouri
6 DF Iran IRN Abolfazl Soleimani (on loan from Persepolis)
7 FW Iran IRN Mehdi Limouchi
9 FW Iran IRN Sajjad Aghaei
11 FW Iran IRN Morteza Tabrizi
16 DF Iran IRN Younes AkbarpourU21
17 MF Iran IRN Ali Vatandoust
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF Iran IRN Behrouz Norouzifar
29 FW Iran IRN Reza Jabireh
34 DF Iran IRN Milad Fakhreddini
37 FW Iran IRN Esmaeil Sharifat
47 MF Iran IRN Hossein Norouzi
77 FW Iran IRN Mohammadreza Varvani
79 FW Iran IRN Mohammadmehdi Lotfi
83 DF Iran IRN Bahram goudarzi
88 DF Iran IRN Abolfazl Ghanbari

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2022.

Coaches[edit]

Coaches since 2002[edit]

No. Coach from until
1 Iran Ali Rashidi July 2001 June 2003
2 Iran Nasrollah Abdollahi July 2003 Jan 2004
3 Iran Hossein Kazerani Jan 2004 mar 2004
4 Iran Ali Rashidi mar 2004 June 2004
5 Iran Mansour Pourheidari July 2004 June 2005
6 Iran Hossein Abangah July 2005 dec 2005
7 Iran Mansour Pourheidari dec 2005 June 2007
8 Iran Faraz Kamalvand July 2007 March 2008
9 Iran Naser Ebrahimi March 2008 June 2008
10 Iran Javad Zarincheh July 2008 June 2009
11 Brazil Castro Flore September 2009 October 2009
12 Brazil Savio Sousa October 2009 Jan 2010
13 Iran Mansour Pourheidari Jan 2010 June 2010
14 Iran Yaghoub Vatani July 2010 June 2011
15 Iran Nader Dastneshan July 2011 June 2012
16 Iran Ali Hanteh July 2012 September 2012
17 Iran Hamid Jafari September 2012 November 2012
18 Iran Abolfazl Ghadamian November 2012 January 2013
19 Iran Ahmad Chahi November 2012 January 2013
20 Iran Farshad Fallahatzadeh January 2013 February 2013
21 Iran Mohammad Navazi February 2013 March 2013
22 Iran Asghar Sharafi March 2013 April 2013
23 Iran Ali Rashidi April 2013 June 2013
23 Iran Ali Nikbakht June 2013 September 2014
24 Iran Mehdi Pashazadeh September 2014 June 2015
25 Iran Gholamreza Delgarm July 2015 January 2016
26 Iran Davoud Mahabadi January 2016 January 2017
27 Iran Mehdi Pashazadeh January 2017 June 2017
28 Iran Hamed Basiri July 2017 July 2018
29 Iran Mohammad Rabiei July 2018 November 2018
30 Iran Faraz Kamalvand November 2018 April 2019
31 Iran Mahmoud Fekri April 2019 December 2019
32 Iran Rasoul Khatibi January 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aluminium Arak vs Zob Ahan results in goalless tie". Mehr News Agency. 24 April 2023. Retrieved 17 February 2024.