Iranian football expats in 2015/16 season

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Iranian players embrace for their national anthem before the 2015 Asian Cup match between IR Iran and the UAE at Suncorp Stadium on January 19, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Transfer market is usually sizzling hot in the summer, with players in hunt for a new adventure. Iranian expat players are no exception.

There have been several moves by Iranian players, with the most recent one being ’s move from newly-promoted NEC team to the top team AZ Alkmaar few days ago.

Yet there have been several transfers to the second-tier leagues as well as return to Persian Gulf League. In this article, we take a look at all Iranian players currently plying their trade in Europe, Major League Soccer (MLS) and Asia.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 25: The referee shows yellow card to Karim Ansari Fard (10) of Iran during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F soccer match between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on June 25, 2014. (Photo by Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Karim Ansarifard – Released by Osasuna after several disappointing seasons, the striker switched from La Liga’s Osasuna to Greece’s Super league team Panionios.

Steven Beitashpour – Iranian-Canadian defender continues to play at MLS side, Vancouver Whitecaps this season.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Dutch league’s NEC striker just recently moved to Dutch top team, AZ Alkmaar.

Masoud Shojaei –Shojaei continues to play at Qatar’s Al Shahaniyah team.

Jalal Hosseini – Hosseini is no longer considered an expat as he left Qatar’s Al Ahli to join Iran league’s Naft Tehran.

– Iranian wonderkind in a surprising move, left the top Russian team, Rubin Kazan to join his mentor at another Russian team of the First division, Rostov.

Reza Ghoochanejad – Ghoochanejad who had joined Qatar’s Al Wakrah in a loan deal, after World Cup 2014, has came back to the second-tier English Championship side Charlton Athletic for one more year.

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Saeed Ezzatolahi (Photo by Getty Images)

Saeed Ezzatolahi – Ezzatolahi who was emerging as a talent in Spain’s Athletico Madrid B team, decided to join his compatrior Sardar Azmoun at Russia’s Rostov team this season.

Morteza Pouraliganji – Pouraliganji continues to play in Chinese Super League at Tianjin Teda. He is currently the only Iranian player who plays in Chinese football.

Alireza Haghighi – Iran national team goalkeeper, Haghighi continues to play at Russia’s top team Rubin Kazan.

Mohamad Nouri – Mohamad Nouri in a rather disappointing move joined Qatar’s second division team Al Mesaimeer this season.

Ashkan Dejagah – Ashkan Dejagah continues to play in Qatar’s Al Arabi team.

Mehrdad Pouladi – Mehrdad Pouladi as well will stay at Qatar’s Al Shahaniya.

Andranik Teymourian – Iranian national, Teymourian decided to jon Qatar’s Umm Salal for this season.

Mojtaba Jabbari – Alireza Jabbari will remain in Qatar’s Al Ahli this season.

Pejman Montazeri – Montazeri as well decided to stay put at Qatar’s Al Ahli.

BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY - MARCH 15: Daniel Davari of Braunschweig controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Braunschweig and VfL Wolfsburg at Eintracht Stadion on March 15, 2014 in Braunschweig, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Daniel Davari (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Daniel Davari – Former Iran national team goalkeeper continues his demotion and has just joined Germany’s second-tier team Arminia Bielefeld.

Javad Nekounam – The newly-retired Iranian international officially left Osasuna to return home and play for Saipa.

Taha Zareyee – The new Iranian emerging talent just joined Portugal’s second-tier team Leixoes this season to test his career in Europe.

Mohsen Bayatinia – Became the first Iranian internatonal to ever play in Thailand and during summer transfer joined Thai Premier League side, Sisaket.

In summary, 18 Iranian football players currently play outside Iran. Of which, four of them play in second-tier league teams. These four players are: Ghoochanejad (English Championship), Mohamad Nouri (Qatar second division), Daniel Davari (Bundesliga 2) and Taha Zareyee (Portugal second division).

The chart below displays the vast geographical location of Iranian players. Iranian players play in different continents from coast to coast. Yet as evident in the chart, majority of the 18 players, have decided to play in Qatar league.