Jalal Hosseini

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Jalal Hosseini in Iran training.jpg
Hosseini in Iran training in 2016
Personal information
Full name Seyed Jalal Hosseini [1]
Date of birth (1982-02-03) February 3, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Bandar Anzali,[2] Iran
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Persepolis
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2003 Malavan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Malavan 84 (2)
2005–2009 Saipa 117 (8)
2009–2012 Sepahan 94 (4)
2012–2014 Persepolis 57 (2)
2014–2015 Al Ahli 28 (0)
2015–2016 Naft Tehran 26 (2)
2016– Persepolis 25 (1)
National team
2006–2010 Iran U23 26 (5)
2007– Iran 108 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Seyyed Jalal Hosseini (Persian: سید جلال حسینی‎‎, born February 3, 1982), commonly known as Jalal Hosseini, is an Iranian football defender who currently plays for Persepolis in Persian Gulf Pro League and the Iranian national team. He has been a member of Iran's U-23 side as a wild card player on two occasions, in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games, winning a bronze medal in 2006. Hosseini has represented Iran at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, 2011 AFC Asian Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In October 2016, Hosseini was selected as one of the best 3 defenders in the world during 2018 world cup qualification games, by France Football magazine.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hosseini was born on 3 February 1982 in Khoshk-e Bijar, Rasht County,[4] Gilan Province. He majored in German Studies.

Club career[edit]

Saipa[edit]

Hossieini playing for Saipa in a 2008 AFC Champions League match

He moved from Malavan to Saipa in summer 2005. Before that he was link with a move to Persepolis but the move was cancelled. During the 2005–06 season, he was the most consistent player for his club, making 28 full appearances and scoring one goal.[5] He continued his solid performance for Saipa during the 2006–07 season with 26 full appearances and one goal and also won the league. He also played in the AFC Champions League matches for Saipa.

Sepahan[edit]

He signed for Sepahan in summer 2009 and became their regular player for the season. He won the Persian Gulf Cup for three times in a row with Sepahan. After three years and 94 league appearances, Hosseini left the club in 2012 as one of the league's most established Center Backs.

Persepolis[edit]

He signed a one-year contract with Tehran's reds until the end of 2012–13 Season.[6] He extended his contract with Persepolis for one year in February 2013, keeping him in the team till 2014. He was regarded as the Iran Pro League's best defender. He was one of the main players in Persepolis' second place league finish in 2014. Hosseini was named the best defender in the 2013–14 season.

Al-Ahli[edit]

On 17 July 2014, Hosseini joined Qatar Stars League's Al-Ahli with signing a one-year contract. He left the club in May 2015.[7]

Naft Tehran[edit]

Hosseini left Qatar and joined Persian Gulf Pro League runners–up Naft Tehran in the summer of 2015. With Hosseini Naft reached the quarter–finals of the 2015 AFC Champions League. Midway through the season, Hosseini and many Naft players and management had disputes with the board as they had not been paid. As a result of this Hosseini left the club before the 2016–17 season.

Persepolis[edit]

In spring of 2016, after days of negotiation, Hosseini announced he had signed with his former club Persepolis. Shortly after he was announced as the club captain for the 2016–17 season.

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2015
Club Season League Cup[i] Continental[ii] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malavan 2002–03 Pro League 24 0
2003–04 Azadegan League 30 0
2004–05 Pro League 30 2 1 0 31 2
Saipa 2005–06 28 1 0 0 28 1
2006–07 26 3 2 0 28 3
2007–08 34 1 1 0 7 0 42 1
2008–09 29 3 1 0 30 3
Sepahan 2009–10 32 1 1 0 6 1 39 2
2010–11 32 2 4 0 9 0 45 2
2011–12 30 1 1 0 6 1 37 2
Persepolis 2012–13 30 1 5 0 35 1
2013–14 27 1 2 0 29 0
Iran 312 16 19 0 28 2 359 18
Al-Ahli 2014–15 Stars League 25 0 1 0 26 0
Qatar 25 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
CareerTotals 337 16 20 0 28 2 385 18
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
09–10 Sepahan 3
10–11 1
11–12 0
12–13 Persepolis 0
13–14 0
14–15 Al-Ahli 0

International career[edit]

Hosseini was a member of Iran national under-23 football team, participating in the 2006 Asian Games. He debuted for the senior national team in a friendly match against Belarus in February 2007.

Having joined Team Melli again in July 2007, he played in all four of Iran's matches and scored Iran's first goal in its opening match at the 2007 Asian Cup against Uzbekistan. He was called again for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. He also played in 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification for Team Melli and 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification. He featured in West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010 and 2011 Asian Cup. On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[8] He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz.[9]

International caps[edit]

Iran
Year Apps Goals
2007 11 1
2008 16 1
2009 14 0
2010 12 1
2011 13 2
2012 8 0
2013 8 1
2014 7 0
2015 10 1
2016 9 1
Total 108 8

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 July 2007 Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur  Uzbekistan 1–1 2–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup
2 26 March 2008 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Kuwait 2–0 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 1 October 2010 Amman International Stadium, Amman  Iraq 1–0 2–1 WAFF 2010
4 17 July 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Madagascar 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5 11 October 2011 Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Bahrain 1–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 October 2013 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Thailand 1–0 2–1 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 8 October 2015 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman 1–1 1–1 2018 WCQ and 2019 ACQ
8 6 October 2016 Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

He is the second of five sons of Jahan Hosseini. His younger brother, Jamal is currently plays for Malavan's youth team. In January 2010, Hosseini married with his long-time girlfriend, Leila Riyahi. The couple's first child was born on 18 December 2013, a daughter with the name of Noura, same with Hosseini's then-coach at Persepolis Ali Daei's daughter name. On 15 February 2016, the couple's second girl was born and was named Mila.

Honours[edit]

Hosseini training with Persepolis

Club[edit]

Saipa
Sepahan
Persepolis

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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