Paykan F.C.

For the automobile, see Paykan. For the missile boat, see Iranian missile boat Paykan.
Full name Paykan Football Club

خودروسازان (Car makers),

لاجوردی ها (Ultramarines)
Founded 1967; 49 years ago
Ground Shahr-e Qods Stadium
Ground Capacity 25,000
Owner Iran Khodro
Chairman Kamran Sahebpanah
Head Coach Majid Jalali
League Persian Gulf Pro League
2015–16 Azadegan League, 1st (Promoted)
Website Club home page

Paykan Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال پيکان) is a football team based in Qods, Iran. The team is sponsored by Iran's main automobile manufacturer Iran Khodro and is named after one of its older products; the Paykan car. Paykan F.C. is the football club of the multisport Paykan Sport Club which also includes Basketball and volleyball teams.



The club was established in 1967 by Mahmoud Khayami with financial help from the Iran Khodro factory. The main objective was to promote their factory's products, and improve their reputation. They were able to lure great players such as Ali Parvin, Majid Halvaei and Amir Abedini, and several of the Persepolis players of the time. In 1969 the team became the Tehran City League's champions and the team appeared to have a bright future. The team was dissolved in 1970 after a series of difficulties between the players and management. Most of the players went back to Persepolis.

Rebirth of Paykan

Paykan still operated without a football team specifically in the 1980s but carried on with basketball, handball, and volleyball teams. Paykan did not have a football team until the year 2000, when they were able to buy Bahman's shares and participate in the top level of Iranian football after 30 years. The team participated in the 2000–01 Azadegan League with Bahman's squad but with a different coach.

Among Iranian football clubs, the team is known to have one of the better organizations in terms of facilities and management. The team had little success and were relegated from the Iran Pro League in the 2004–05 season. They were back in the IPL for the 06–07 season where they finished a respectable 7th and showed their ability to compete at the highest standard.

Relocation to Qazvin

In 2008 Paykan was moved to Qazvin because the city of Tehran had many football teams with low attendance figures. They started the season well but toward the end their results got worse. The team changed their coach in the last weeks of the 2008–09 season and finished in mid table. Although they finished in the top half of the table in 2009–10 season the club chairman decided to replace Hamid Derakhshan with Mohammad Ahmadzadeh as the head coach. Paykan were relegated in 2010–2011, but the following year they earned their promotion back to the Iran Pro League for the 2012–2013 season.

Tehran and Qods

Paykan moved back to Tehran and started playing in the newly renovated Takhti Stadium. Paykan was relegated to Azadegan League again in April 2013. Before the start of the 2013–14 season Paykan once again relocate and this time to the city of Qods. In the 2013–2014 season Paykan finished 2nd in the Azadegan League, thus giving them a shot at Iran Pro League promotion. Paykan defeated Siah Jamegan 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to play Iran Pro League club Fajr Sepasi in a promotion play-off. The first game in Shiraz ended 0–0 with neither team getting the upper hand. But, in the return leg in Qods, Paykan achieved promotion with a lone goal in the 65th minute. Following the good support from the people of Qods, Paykan announced they will be playing in that city for the 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League season. At the end of the 2014–15 season, Paykan finished 15th and was relegated.

In the 2015–16 Azadegan League season, Paykan finished first and were directly promoted to the Persian Gulf Pro League.


Year Division Pos. Hazfi Cup Notes
2001–02 IPL 7th Semifinal
2002–03 IPL 5th Quarterfinal
2003–04 IPL 7th
2004–05 IPL 15th Quarterfinal Relegated
2005–06 Azadegan League 2nd Promoted
2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup 7th Quarterfinal
2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup 7th 1/8 Final
2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup 8th 1/16 Final
2009–10 Persian Gulf Cup 11th 1/16 Final
2010–11 Persian Gulf Cup 17th Round of 32 Relegated
2011–12 Azadegan League 1st Third Round Promoted
2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup 17th Round of 32 Relegated
2013–14 Azadegan League 2nd Third Round Promoted
2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League 15th Round of 16 Relegated
2015–16 Azadegan League 1st Third Round Promoted


Season Avg. Attendance
2016–17 2,987


Official sponsors

For the 2007/08 season it has been announced that Paykan's official kit sponsor will be ISACO.

Kit providers

Club chairmen

Club managers

Managerial history


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.

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Rahman Ahmadi
2 Iran MF Mehdi Shiri
4 Iran DF Amir Hossein Sadeghi
5 Iran DF Siavash Yazdani
6 Iran MF Amir Hossein Amiri U23
7 Iran MF Mohammad Sadegh Barani (captain)
8 Iran MF Siamak Nemati U23
9 Iran FW Arash Borhani
10 Iran MF Bahador Abdi
11 Iran FW Faraz Emamali U21
12 Iran GK Payam Niazmand U21
13 Iran FW Ali Abbasi
14 Iran MF Mahan Rahmani U21
No. Position Player
16 Iran DF Arman Ghasemi
17 Iran DF Shahriar Moghanlou U23
18 Iran DF Mehdi Hosseinzadeh U21
19 Iran FW Peyman Ranjbari
20 Armenia DF Levon Hayrapetyan
22 Iran DF Amir Hossein Bayat
23 Iran MF Abolfazl Ebrahimi
31 Iran GK Hojjat Sedghi U23
37 Iran MF Mehdi Feyzabadi
40 Iran DF Ali Hamoudi
77 Iran MF Sajjad Ashouri
90 Nigeria FW Godwin Mensha
99 Iran FW Morteza Aghakhan U23

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

Former players

For details on former players, see Category:Paykan players.



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