Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh

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Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh
Personal information
Full name Sohrab Bakhtiarizad
Date of birth (1972-09-11) September 11, 1972 (age 43)[1]
Place of birth Ahvaz, Iran
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Naft Masjed Soleyman (manager)
Youth career
1990–1992 Jonoub Ahvaz
1992–1994 Entezam Ahvaz
1994–1995 Shahin Ahvaz
1995–1997 Foolad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Foolad
1999–2000 Esteghlal
2000–2001 Erzurumspor 20 (1)
2001–2003 Esteghlal 34 (1)
2003–2004 Foolad 24 (4)
2004–2007 Saba 74 (15)
2007 Pas Hamedan 1 (0)
2008–2009 Foolad 17 (1)
2009–2013 Saba 60 (1)
2013–2014 Esteghlal Khuzestan 15 (1)
National team
1997–2006 Iran 33 (3)
Teams managed
2016– Naft Masjed Soleyman

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 July 2013.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2006

Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh (Persian: سهراب بختيارى زاده ‎‎, born September 11, 1972[2] in Ahvaz, Iran) is a retired Iranian football defender and current coach. He played for many teams like Esteghlal, Foolad, Saba, Erzurumspor, Estehglal Khuzestan and the Iran national football team.

Club career[edit]

He started his professional career with playing for Khuzestani clubs, before moving to Esteghlal FC. After a couple of seasons, he elected to play professionally in Turkish league. The move was far from successful and Sohrab left this club in controversial circumstances.[3]

He returned to Esteghlal soon after. His lack of playing time caused him to be transferred to Foolad. After an impressive season there he moved to Saba Battery. Bakhtiarizadeh was rejuvenated at Saba Battery, where a right mixture of older hands and young prospects ensured that this young team win its first trophy in a relatively short life span. Along with the likes of Ali Daei and Mohammad Navazi, Sohrab won the Hazfi Cup in 2004/05 season and hence qualified for the Asian Champions League. He continued his powerful performance at the heart of Saba defense and did his reputation no harm by scoring goals at set pieces. One of the most memorable moment of his game in the Hazfi Cup final in the 2nd leg was when he gave his team hope by firing a 37-yard thundering free kick that beat Sepahan's goalkeeper, hit the crossbar and even landed behind the goal line in the box and bounced out of the goal, but due to the vision of the linesman, it was not counted a goal.[citation needed]

In August 2007, Bakhtiarzadeh was transferred to the newly formed club Pas Hamedan. He only played one match and had lots of differences with the club where he left the club and moved to Foolad for the season after and did not play in many matches.He moved to Saba for the season after.

Bakhtiarizadeh endured a major injury, and was out for many games during 2010–11 season.

Club Career Statistics[edit]

Last Update 24 July 2013

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2000–01 Erzurumspor Süper Lig 20 1
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2001–02 Esteghlal Pro League 15 1
2002–03 19 0 0
2003–04 Foolad 24 4
2004–05 Saba Battery 25 3
2005–06 26 8 1
2006–07 23 4 5 0 28 4
2007–08 Pas 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Foolad 17 1 1 1 17 2
2009–10 Saba 27 0 2 0 29 0
2010–11 8 1 0 0 8 1
2011–12 16 0 2 0 18 0
2012–13 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
2013–14 Esteghlal Khuzestan 16 1 0 0 16 0
Total Turkey 20 1
Total Iran 240 23
Career total 260 24
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
06–07 Saba Battery 3
10–11 Saba 0
11–12 Saba Qom 0

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Iran in October 1997 in a World Cup 1998 qualification game against Qatar in Tehran. He was not included in Iran's final squad for the 1998 Fifa World Cup, but he was an on-and-off starter for the national team until 2003, when he lost his spot. He scored the last goal in the final of WAFF 2000 where Team Melli won the competition. His brilliant performance in the IPL 2005/06 season was rewarded by a recall to duty after a three-year absence from Team Melli. He appeared in two of Iran's games in the 2006 World Cup, starting against Angola and scoring Iran's only goal in the game. He was called up to the national team again after the World Cup, by new manager Amir Ghalenoei, but did not participate. He has since retired from international football and only participates in club play.[4]







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