- Esteghlal F.C.
Infobox Football club
clubname = Esteghlal F.C.
current = Esteghlal F.C. season 2008-09
fullname = Esteghlal Tehran Football Club
Taj(PerB|تاج) SS(PerB|اس اس)
September 26, 1945
Azadi Stadium Tehran, Iran
capacity = 90,000 [cite web
title=Azadi Stadium capacity
chairman = flagicon|Iran Amirreza Vaez Ashtiani
manager = flagicon|Iran
Persian Gulf Cup
season = 2007-08
position = Persian Gulf Cup 13th
website = http://esteghlalclub.net
Esteghlal Cultural and Athletic Club (PerB| باشگاه فرهنگی ورزشی استقلال ایران) is an
Iranian sports clubmost widely known for its professional football team based in Tehran. It was founded as Taj (PerB| تاج), meaning 'Crown' in Persian and renamed after Islamic Revoloution in 1979. Founded in 1945, they play in the IPL and have spent most of their history in the top tier in Iranian football. It is one of the most famous and popular football clubs in Asia. The club also has a similarly successful futsalsection.
They play their home games at the 90,000 capacity
Azadi Stadiumin Tehran. The club's traditional kit colours are royal blue shirts, shorts and socks.
Esteghlal have been Asian Champions 2 times and have also won 5 National Championship titles.
26 September, 1945, three Iranian military officers Mirzani, Jananpour and Navab started a sports club on FerdowsiStreet, Tehran. Since the founders of the club were mostly interested in cycling, the club's original name was Docharkheh Savaran (PerB| دوچرخه سواران), meaning 'The Cyclists' in Persian. "Docharkheh Savaran" football club played its first official match in 1946, and in 1947was able to win the TehranHazfi Cup.
1949, the club officially changed its name to Taj. The club became the second most loved team in Iranafter some years, and were able to make their fans happy by winning numerous league championships, Hazfi Cups and Asian Club Championships.The club has been able to get successful results in the past couple of years and is always looked at as a contender for the league championship. In the past two years it has finished 2nd or 3rd in the league, but Amir Ghalenoeiwas able to get the team its first championship in the IPL in the 2005-06 season after his third and final year as the manager.
1979 Islamic Revoloution
1979Islamic Revoloution in Iran, the club was confiscated by newly established Islamic government and right now is under the control of the Physical Education Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran(PerB|سازمان تربیت بدنی جمهوری اسلامی ايران), a governmental organization, and change its name to Esteghlal (PerB| استقلال), 'Independence' in Persian. Taj (PerB| تاج) means 'Crown' in Persian, and after the revolution, any sign of the previous monarchist regime was not tolerated.
:"Main articles: Tehran Derby"The club's main rival and its opponent in the Tehran Derby is
Persepolis F.C.The first derby match between the clubs took place on April 5, 1968at Amjadieh Stadium. The Azadi Stadiumis always sold out when the match takes place.Ali samereh Scored the earliest goal in Tehran derby for Esteghlal F.C. against Persepolis F.C.Since 1995, IRIFFhave invited foreign referees to officiate the game to ease fan and player suspicions of referee bias. This occurred after the events of the 38th derby. In the 38th derby ( January 11, 1995) Persepolis was leading in the match by a score of 2-0 until the last 10 minutes of the match. Esteghlal scored 2 goals in quick succession, including one which was a penalty. This angered the Persepolis fans and players who felt the referee was biased towards Esteghlal. Persepolis fans stormed the field, and many fights broke out on the pitch between fans and players. After this match it was decided that Iranian referees will no longer be used for the derby.
AFC Champions League
AFC Champions League 2007
Esteghlal was dropped from the 2007 edition of the Asian Champion's League after the AFC did not receive the club's player list for the tournament in time. Despite efforts by the club management to reverse the decision, AFC upheld its decision [cite web
title=AFC uphold Esteghlal disqualification
accessdate=2007-02-26] and the club's board resigned soon after.
The Azadi Stadium (PerB| ورزشگاه آزادی) is a football
stadiumin Tehran, Iran. It is the home of Esteghlal F.C., Persepolis F.C.and Team Melli. Work on the grounds started in 1973, it was built to host the 1974 Asian Gamesin Iran. The football stadiumis part of the much larger [http://www.azadisportcomplex.com/ Azadi Sport Complex] . The stadiumis the largest stadiumin the IPL.
"Azadi Statium" was renovated in
2003, reducing the capacity of the stadiumto 90,000.
Originally called the "Aryamehr Stadium" in honor of the
Mohammad Reza Pahlaviafter 1979Islamic Revoloution in Iranchange its name.
:"See also": "
Esteghlal F.C. season 2008-09" - As of August 9 2008. [cite web
title=en icon Esteghlal Teh. squad
Iranian clubs are limited to use four players without Iran Citizenship.
Esteghlal Line-up 2008-09
Esteghlal Starting Line-Up In The 2008/09 Season (3-5-2)
1945 to 1970s
Gholam Hossein Mazloomi
Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh
Mehdi Fonouni Zadeh
Masoud Ghafourihaye Asl
* Parviz Boroumand
Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht
World Cup Players
1978 FIFA World Cup
1998 FIFA World Cup
Mehdi Pashazadeh"'flagicon|Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup
Amir Hossein Sadeghi
Current national Players
Current management team
*Iran Local League::"Winner (1): 1970
*Iran 2nd Division::"Runner-Up (1): 1993-94
Hazfi Cup::"Winners (5): 1977, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008":"Runners-Up (2): 1999, 2004"
tatistics and records
*Official shirt sponsors -
*Official shirt manufacturer -
*Technological partner - [http://www.dibait.com/ DibaIT]
*Official Water - Damavand Mineral Water Co.
IPL Shirt sponsors and manufacturers
* [http://www.esteghlalclub.net/ Official club website]
* [http://www.abieteh.com/ Abieteh - Esteghlal Fan Club Official Forum]
* [http://www.esteghlali.com/ Esteghlali - Esteghlal Fan Club website]
* [http://www.esteghlalfc.net./ Esteghlal fc - Esteghlal Fan Club website]
* [http://www.abidelan.org/ Abidelan - Esteghlal Fan Club Forum]
* [http://www.abiparastan.ir/ Abiparastan - Fans Website]
* [http://www.esteghlaltehranfc.com// Esteghlal Tehran - Esteghlal Tehran]
* [http://www.esteghlalfc.ir// Esteghlal Fans - FCE Fans Website]
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