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Naft Tehran F.C.

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Ground  Takhti Stadium Tehran
Owner  Behnam Pishro Company
Manager  Ali Daei
League  Persian Gulf Pro League
Ground Capacity  30,122
Chairman  Hossein Shahriari
Arena/Stadium  Takhti Stadium
Founded  1950
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Full name  San'ate Nafte Tehran Football Club باشگاه فوتبال نفت تهران
Nickname(s)  Black Cats,Yellow Ghosts

San'ate Nafte Tehran (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال نفت تهران‎‎) is an Iranian football club based in Tehran, Iran. They currently compete in the Persian Gulf Pro League. They were owned by the National Iranian Oil Company previously. Naft Tehran was founded in 1950 and plays in the Takhti Stadium.

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In 2015 for the first time in the club's history Naft played in the AFC Champions League. They defeated Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 to advance to the quarter–finals where they eventually lost to Al-Ahli Dubai.

Establishment

On 23 August 1971, National Iranian Oil Company decided on starting a football team. Before the Iranian Revolution the team competed in the Tehran Football League for several years. In 2003, the club was competing in the Tehran Local Leagues, in 2005 they were promoted to the 3rd Division.

Naft Tehran was competing in Iran's 2nd Division and they turned out to be one of the best teams. In the First Round, they had managed to score 36 goals and convecting only 14, they were on top of Iranjavan with 38 points. In the Second Round, they came out second at the Group B. They were just under Mes Sarcheshmeh with 3 points away and 1 point on top of Esteghlal Jonub Tehran, Naft Tehran after promoted to Azadegan League.

Promotion to Iran Pro League

After three years of competing in the 2nd Division, Naft was promoted to the Azadegan League. Naft Tehran started the season well in Azadegan League and eventually became first in the group tables. Naft Tehran came out with a huge goal difference by conceding the fewest goals, and they were on top of the table by 1 point from Damash Gilan They didn't score much as their top scorer Akbar Saghiri scored 7 goals in the league. It was the first time ever that Naft Tehran went to Iran Pro League.

Iran Pro League

Naft Tehran was competing in Iran's 2nd Division and they turned out to be one of the best teams. In the First Round they had managed to score 36 goals and conceding only 14, they were on top of Iranjavan with 38 points. In the Second Round they came out second at the Group B. They were just under Mes Sarcheshmeh with 3 points away and 1 point on top of Esteghlal Jonub Tehran, Naft Tehran after promoted to Azadegan League.

Naft Tehran started the season well in Azadegan League and eventually became first in the group tables. Naft Tehran came out with a huge goal difference by conceding the fewest goals, and they were on top of the table by one point from Damash Gilan. They didn't score much as their top scorer Akbar Saghiri scored seven goals in the league. It was the first time ever that Naft Tehran went to Persian Gulf Pro League.

Champions League

On the final day of the 2013–14 Iran Pro League season, Naft lead the league and had an opportunity to win the league. However, Naft lost to Sepahan and dropped to 3rd place, which was still good enough for a spot in the AFC Champions League, the first time in club history the team has reached the international stage. In May 2014 Yahya Golmohammadi announced that he would not be extending his contract with Naft and had signed with Zob Ahan. Shortly after on 31 May, Naft revealed Ali Reza Mansourian as their manager for the 2014–15 season. The club qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League group stage after a 1–0 win over Qatari club El Jaish in the play-off round. Naft won its first ever Champions League game in a 2–1 victory against Saudi club Al Shabab. On 6 May 2015 the club advanced to the round of 16 of the AFC Champions League.

On 15 May 2015 on the final matchday of the league Naft went in to the final match second and tied on points with Tractor Sazi, whom they played in the final match. Naft drew with Tractor 3–3 and finished third in the league, securing an Champions League play-off spot. In the Hazfi Cup final, Naft Tehran was defeated by Zob Ahan.

Troubled years

During the 2015–16 season Naft encountered severe financial issues and could not pay the players and coaching staff. The National Iranian Oil Company decided to sell the club and it was believed that relegated Malavan would buy the clubs rights and remain in the Persian Gulf Pro League. However, Behnam Pishro Company bought Naft and the team remained in Tehran.

After Alireza Mansourian left the club to become head coach of Esteghlal, the club hired Iranian legend Ali Daei to lead the club.

Supporters

Before Naft's successful season in the AFC Champions League the club had only a few supporters who were mostly workers of the National Iranian Oil Company. In 2015 after a third-place finish in the league, reaching the final of the Hazfi Cup and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League the club gained some supporters and became the third most popular team in Tehran behind Persepolis and Esteghlal.

Season-by-season

The table below comes from List of Naft Tehran F.C. seasons

The table below chronicles the achievements of Naft Tehran in various competitions since 2003.

Kit Manufacturer

Here is a list of kit manufacturers since 2007 including the sponsor.

First team squad

As of 1 July 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Loan list

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2016.

International players

Players that played for Team Meli and competed in International Competitions while playing for Naft Tehran.

World Cup

2010 Asian Games

  • Iman Mousavi
  • 2014 Asian Games

  • Morteza Pouraliganji
  • Arash Rezavand
  • Individual records

    Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 13 March 2016 (players in bold signifies current Naft Tehran player). (The stats are from 2009)

    Honours

  • Iran Pro League
  • Third Place (2): 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Hazfi Cup
  • Runners-up (1): 2014–15
  • Azadegan League
  • Winner (1): 2009–10
  • 2nd Division
  • Winner (1): 2008–09
  • 3rd Division
  • Winner (1): 2005–06
  • Tehran Province League
  • Winner (1): 2004–05

    References

    Naft Tehran F.C. Wikipedia