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Safar Iranpak

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Safar Iranpak
Personal information
Full name Safar Iranpak
Date of birth (1946-12-23)23 December 1946
Place of birth Masjed Soleyman, Iran
Date of death 30 January 2009(2009-01-30) (aged 62)
Place of death Stockholm, Sweden
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1960–1962 Shahin Ahvaz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1970 Shahin Ahvaz 98 (23)
1970–1980 Persepolis[1] 143 (74)
Total 241 (97)
National team
1971–1975 Iran 19 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Safar Iranpak (23 December 1946 – 30 January 2009) was an Iranian football striker who played for Persepolis and the Iran national football team.

Early life

He was born in Masjed Soleyman on 23 December 1946. He started his playing career for his hometown team Shahin Ahvaz at the age of 12.

Club career

He was promoted to the first team squad of Shahin Ahvaz and joined Persepolis in summer 1968. He played twelve seasons for Persepolis and is the best goalscorer at Tehran derby. He is also the third all-time goalscorer of Persepolis.

International career

Safar Iranpak Beside his teammates Behzadi and Kalani
Safar Iranpak Beside his teammates Behzadi and Kalani

He was invited to the Iran national football team in 1971 and was a part of the title winning team at the 1972 AFC Asian Cup. One of his best international games was against North Korea, where he scored twice and led Iran to qualify for the 1972 Summer Olympics. He retired from national football in 1975.

After retirement and death

After he retired from football in 1980, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden where he died on 30 January 2009 from lung cancer.[2] His body was sent to Ahwaz to be buried in the Behesht-Abad cemetery.

Honours

Club

International

See also

References

  1. ^ ده گلزن برتر تاریخ پرسپولیس Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Former Iran striker dies from lung cancer". Mehr News. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
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