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Famous Athletes from Iran

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List of famous athletes from Iran, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iran has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Iranian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Iran and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Iran then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Items here include everything from Mohsen Yousefi to Asghar Talebnasab.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Iranian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Iran?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Iran in order to get more information about each one.
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SV Meppen
Ferydoon Zandi (born 26 April 1979) is a retired Iranian professional footballer and a current coach.
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Andranik Eskandarian (Armenian: Անդրանիկ Իսքանտարեան, Persian: آندرانیک اسکندریان‎, born 31 December 1951 in Tehran) is a former Iranian footballer. He played as a defender for the F.C. Ararat ...more
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Aravane Rezaï (French: [aʁavan ʁɛza.i]; Persian: ارغوان رضایی‎ Arghavān-e Rezāyi pronounced [æɾɣævɒːn(-e) ɾezɒːjiː], born 14 March 1987) is an Iranian–French tennis player. She ...more
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Iran national football team
Seyed Ashkan Dejagah (Persian: سید اشكان دژآگه‎, born 5 July 1986), known as Ashkan Dejagah, is an Iranian professional footballer who captains the Iran national football team and playing for ...more
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1. FSV Mainz 05
Daniel Davari is a goalkeeper of Iranian and Polish descent who currently plays for Grasshopper in Switzerland's top flight and the Iranian national team.
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Fulham F.C.
Andranik Timotian-Samarani, commonly known as Andranik "Ando" Teymourian (Persian: آندرانيک تیموریان‎, Ândrânik Teymuryân; Armenian: Անդրանիկ Թէյմուրեան, Andranik ...more
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FC Basel
Behrang Safari (Persian: بهرنگ صفری‎, Persian pronunciation: [behræŋɡ sæfæriː]; born 9 February 1985) is a Swedish international footballer who plays as a defender for ...more
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FC Emmen
Reza Ghoochannejhad Nournia (Persian: رضا قوچان‌نژاد نورنیا‎, born 20 September 1987) is an Iranian professional footballer who currently plays for Apoel as a forward, He is also known as ...more
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Behdad Sami (born June 20, 1986) is an Iranian American professional basketball player. Behdad was the world's first Iranian basketball player to play professionally at any level in the United ...more
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Keivan Zarineh A.S. Cisco Roma
Keivan Zarineh (Persian: کیوان زرينه‎, born 26 May 1985) is a former Italian-Iranian professional footballer.
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Yokohama F. Marinos
Ariajasuru Hasegawa (Japanese: 長谷川 アーリアジャスール; Persian: آریا جسور‎; born 29 October 1988) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Nagoya Grampus. He was ...more
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Amir Shapourzadeh Hamburger SV
Amir Shapourzadeh (Persian: امیر شاپورزاده‎; born 19 September 1982) is an Iranian-born German former footballer who played as a striker, and is the business manager of Admira Wacker.
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Persepolis FC
Afshin Ghotbi' (Persian: افشین قطبی‎, born 8 February 1964 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian American football coach.
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Coquimbo Unido
Alí Manuel Manouchehri Moghadam Kashan Lobos (more commonly known as Alí Manouchehri (Persian: علی مانوئل منوچهری مقدم کاشان لابوس‎), born August 2, 1986 in Vienna) is a ...more
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Ali Parvin (Persian: علی پروین‎; born 20 ُSeptember 1946) is a retired Iranian football player and coach. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Iranian footballers. During his career, he ...more
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FC Ararat Tehran
Edmond Bezik (Persian: ادموند بزيک‎; Armenian: Էդմունդ Բազիկյան, born 12 August 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Armenian-Iranian footballer and coach. He played for Persepolis, Sepahan and ...more
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Serjik Teymourian (Persian: سرژیک تیموریان‎, born 29 May 1974 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Armenian-Iranian footballer. He previously played for Esteghlal and 1. FSV Mainz 05. He played as a ...more
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Navid Fløe Dayyani (born February 17, 1987) is a Danish businessman and former football player, who played for Aarhus Gymnastik Forening in the Danish 1st Division. He was born to an ...more
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Paykan Tehran FC
Robert Christopher Markosyan (Persian: روبرت ماركوسی‎, born 14 August 1976) is a retired Iranian football player.
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Parviz Ghelichkhani (Persian: پرویز قلیچ‌خانی‎, born 4 December 1945) is an Iranian-French retired football player and former captain of Iran national football team. He is now based in France, ...more
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Takaloo
Merdud Takaloo (born 23 September 1975 in Tehran, Iran) (Persian: مهرداد تکلوبیغشی‎), more commonly known as Merdud Takaloo or Takaloo, is an Iranian born British based boxer.
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Hassan Rowshan (Persian: حسن روشن‎, born 2 June 1955) is an Iranian football coach, manager, and former player. He usually played as a striker. He is currently the head of technical committee of ...more
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Jalal Talebi (Persian: جلال طالبی‎, born 23 March 1942) is a retired Iranian football player and manager.
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Iran national football team
Ali Daei (Persian: علی دایی ‎ pronounced [ʔæliː dɑːjiː]; born 21 March 1969) is an Iranian former footballer and businessman. Daei is record holder for the world's all-time leading ...more
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Gholam Hossein Mazloumi (Persian: غلام‌حسین مظلومی‎; 13 January 1950 – 19 November 2014), nicknamed Sar Talaei ("Golden Head"), was an Iranian football player, coach and football ...more