Famous figures in Persepolis-Esteqlal Derbies

TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) – After 47 years of rivalry and 79 derbies, now Persepolis and Esteqlal seek to find a win in spring, where 18 derbies have been played.

Persepolis seeks its first win in this month, and Esteqlal will seek to continue its upper hand in spring derbies in the history of rivalry. In spring derbies, Esteqlal has won 7 matches; Persepolis has won 3 matches, with 7 other matches drawn. In 17 matches, Esteqlal has scored 17 and Persepolis 13 goals. The 80 derby will be fourth match played in May, which has proved to be of a good omen for Esteqlal, when they have enjoyed a 3-0 and 3-1 win against Persepolis, with the third match being a goalless draw.

The last derby played in May traces back to 13 years ago, which had not had a winner. The first ever derby was played in April 5 1968 which was a goalless draw. In all 79 derbies played, Esteqlal leads with 24 wins against Persepolis’ 19 win, with 36 matches being drawn. Esteqlal however comes next in goal count with 73 goals vs. Persepolis’ 76 goals.

The most recent derby was played in November 24 2014, when Persepolis returned back to exchange a losing position with a 2-1 win. The latest blues win was recorded no less than 41 months ago in December 9 2011 when Esteqlal enjoyed a 3-0 win.

Homayoun Behzadi and Imon Zayed are the only players to achieve a hat trick in all derbies; Isa Traore was the first foreign player to score a goal as well. Safar Iranpak (7 goals, Persepolis), Hossein Kalani (6 goals, Persepolis), and Mehdi Hasheminasab (5 goals; 4 for Persepolis and a single goal for Esteqlal) are the record setting in goal scoring in all derbies. Darioush Mostafavi was the first player to play for both blues and reds; Gholamreza Fathabadi, Shahroukh Bayani, and Mehdi Hasheminasab had played and scored for both blues and reds. Hasheminasab scored four times for Persepolis and once for Esteqlal; Fathabadi scored twice for Persepolis and once for Esteqlal; and Bayani scored twice for Esteqlal and once for Persepolis.

A 6-0 win for Persepolis was and is the largest margin of victory against Esteqlal, achieved in September 7 1973. 3 matches remained unfinished (4th, 6th, and 36th derbies), which were all announced 3-0 wins for Esteqlal by Football Federation. Only once in the history of the derby was the result of a match determined by penalty shootouts in March 10 1989 where Persepolis defeated blues 4-2.

 The fastest goal scored was by Ali Samereh just before the 1st minute of the match in 53rd derby. Hossein Kalani scored fastest goal for Persepolis, however he did the feat in 2nd minute of the match. The latest goal was scored by Maziar Zare in 90+4 of 66th derby for Persepolis. Esmail Sharifat opened for Esteqlal in 107th minute of the 73rd derby, a match in Knockout Cup of Iran which was the latest goal scored proper.

The first referee was Abdolreza Mozoun, with Pakistani Bahador Khan being the first foreign referee of the derbies. The first goal was scored by Ahmad Monshizadeh in 8th minute of the third derby. Kambiz Jamali of Esteqlal and Homayoun Behzadi had been the first captains of the blues and reds. The first red card was received by Reza Vatankhah of Persepolis of the third derby. Ali Parvin has the most matches played in derby with 20 matches. Alireza Nikbakht Vahedi comes second with 19 matches and Afshin Peirovani (Persepolis) is the third record holder with 18 matches.

Mahdi Mahdavikia and Ahmadreza Abedzadeh are the most famous players never suffered a defeat in derbies; Amir Qale Noei of Esteqlal was a third to enjoy the occasion, when the last derby defeat disqualified him of the record.



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