Persian Gulf Pro League

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Persian Gulf Pro League
لیگ برتر خلیج فارس
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Founded1970
2 November 2001
(current format)
CountryIran
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Azadegan League
Domestic cup(s) Hazfi Cup
Iranian Super Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Persepolis (14th title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Persepolis (14 titles)
Most appearances Jalal Hosseini (492)
Top goalscorer Reza Enayati (149 goals)
TV partners Iraqiya Sports
Website IranLeague.ir
Current: 2020–21 Persian Gulf Pro League

The Persian Gulf Pro League (Persian : لیگ برتر خلیج فارس, Lig-e Bartar-e Khalij-e Fārs), formerly known as the Iran Pro League (Persian: لیگ برتر ایران, Lig-e bartar-e Irān), is the highest division of professional football in Iran. It is the top-level football league in Iran since its foundation on 2 November 2001. Each year, its top team becomes the Iranian football champion, and the two lowest finishers are relegated to Azadegan League.

Contents

Since 2013, the league comprises 16 teams. The winner and runner-up of the Persian Gulf Pro League along with the Hazfi Cup champion are automatically qualified for the AFC Champions League group stages. The third of the Persian Gulf Pro League is qualified for the AFC Champions League Play-off round. The bottom two teams in the league are relegated to Azadegan League. In the past, the format and number of teams were changed for various times. Persepolis is the most successful club with seven titles.

History

To the turn of the millennium the Iranian Football Federation decided to create a new professional football league. In 2001 the Iran Pro League was founded as the new top-level football league in Iran. [1] With the foundation of the Iran Pro League also professional football was finally established in Iran. After the Iran Pro League was established as the professional football league of Iran, Azadegan League was declared as the second-highest league in the Iranian football league system. [1] The Iran Pro League comprised 14 clubs until the 2003–04 season.

Persian Gulf Pro League champions
SeasonChampionsRunners-up
2001–02 Persepolis Esteghlal
2002–03 Sepahan PAS Tehran
2003–04 PAS Tehran Esteghlal
2004–05 Foolad Zob Ahan
2005–06 Esteghlal PAS Tehran
2006–07 Saipa Esteghlal Ahvaz
2007–08 Persepolis Sepahan
2008–09 Esteghlal Zob Ahan
2009–10 Sepahan Zob Ahan
2010–11 Sepahan Esteghlal
2011–12 Sepahan Tractor
2012–13 Esteghlal Tractor
2013–14 Foolad Persepolis
2014–15 Sepahan Tractor
2015–16 Esteghlal Khuzestan Persepolis
2016–17 Persepolis Esteghlal
2017–18 Persepolis Zob Ahan
2018–19 Persepolis Sepahan
2019–20 Persepolis Esteghlal
2020–21 Persepolis Sepahan

The first winner of the Iran Pro League was Persepolis, who beat archrival Esteghlal by one point on the final match day. Esteghlal was the leading team after 25 matchdays, but they lost their last match away against Malavan 0–1, while Persepolis could beat Fajr Sepasi with the same score at home. Esteghlal Rasht and East Azerbaijan's famous club Tractor had been relegated to the Azadegan League. Tractor took eight years to return to Iran's highest division. The first top goal scorer of the Iran Pro League was Reza Enayati of Aboomoslem with 17 goals. The next season was won by Sepahan, the most supported team of Isfahan. Sepahan was the first Iranian football champion based outside of the capital Tehran. At the end of the season three traditional teams were relegated to Azadegan League: Aboomoslem, Malavan and Sanat Naft Abadan.

The runner-up of the 2002–03 season, PAS Tehran, became the Iranian football champion of the 2003–04 Iran Pro League. It was the last Iranian championship for PAS Tehran as one of the most successful Iranian football clubs of all time. PAS Tehran's professional football team was dissolved in 2007. Ali Daei, who returned to Persepolis, became the top goal scorer with 16 goals. The 2003–04 season was the last edition of the league with 14 teams.

In 2004 the number of teams were increased from 14 to 16 teams. Foolad of Ahvaz became the first champion from Khuzestan Province after winning the 2004–05 Iran Pro League six points ahead of Zob Ahan. Reza Enayati of Esteghlal became the league's top goal scorer for the second time in his career after scoring 20 goals in 24 matches. He repeated his success with 21 goals in the 2005–06 Iran Pro League when Esteghlal celebrated their first championship since 2001. They defeated Bargh Shiraz in front of over 100,000 fans at Azadi 4–1 and won the league one point ahead of PAS Tehran. Shamoushak Noshahr and Shahid Ghandi (today known as Tarbiat Yazd) relegated to Azadegan League.

Persian Gulf Cup

On 12 August 2006, the Iranian Football Federation decided to give the league another name. [2] Since then the league primarily had been known in Iran as Persian Gulf Cup (PGC). The Football Federation decided this to promote the Persian naming. The name of the Persian Gulf has been disputed by some Arab countries since the 1960s due to political and ethnic differences between Iran and Arab countries. The football Federation decided also to change the logo of the league. The finally logo was selected from over 130 designs and unveiled on 14 November 2006. [3] Under the leadership of Iranian football legend Ali Daei, Saipa won the 2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup two points ahead of Esteghlal Ahvaz. Until 2007 six different teams won the league title successively. For the first time in history a foreign player became the league's top goal scorer. Nigerian striker Daniel Olerum scored 17 goals in 27 matches for Aboomoslem. The winner of only two seasons before, Foolad, had to relegated to Azadegan League.

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Persepolis players celebrating winning 2017–18 season

Before the start of the 2007–08 season the number of teams were increased from 16 to 18 teams. The professional football team of PAS Tehran was also dissolved before the start of the season. Instead of PAS Tehran a new club was founded in Hamadan and named PAS Hamedan. This was part of the strategy by the Iranian Football Federation to locate more teams in cities outside of Tehran. In 2008 also Saba Battery was moved from Tehran to Qom. Since then the club is known as Saba Qom. The championship of the 2007–08 season was decided on the last macthday. Persepolis defeated Sepahan in front of an incredible crowd of 110,000 fans at Azadi 2–1. Sepehr Heidari scored the decisive goal in a dramatic match in the sixth minute of additional time. Sanat Naft and Shirin Faraz (today known as Rahian Kermanshah) relegated to Azadegan League. The next season was dominated by Perspolis archrival Esteghlal and the two surprising teams Zob Ahan and Mes Kerman. Zob Ahan was the leading team after 75 minutes on matchday 34 before they lost their match against Foolad due to three conceded goals in the last 15 minutes with 1–4. In the meantime Esteghlal saved their 1–0 lead against Payam Mashhad and won the league due to better goal difference. Last but not least Payam Mashhad had to relegated alongside Bargh Shiraz and Damash.

The 2009–10 Persian Gulf Cup was dominated by the two Isfahan based clubs Sepahan and Zob Ahan. Ultimately Sepahan won the league six points before Zob Ahan. Sepahan Iraqi striker Emad Mohammed became the second foreign player, who won the league's top goal scorer award. He scored 19 goals, one more as teammate Ibrahima Touré. Sepahan repeated their success by winning the 2010–11 and 2011–12 Persian Gulf Cup. For the first time in history of Iranian football a team became the Iranian champion three times in a row. Esteghlal broke Sepahan's success finally in 2013. Esteghlal won the 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup and became for the eight time in their history the Iranian champion. During an exciting championship battle between Esteghlal and Sepahan, they faced each other in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on week 32. Moharram Navidkia scored the opening goal for Sepahan, however Esteghlal equalized in the 94th minute due to an own goal by Sepahan defender Mohsen Irannejad. On week 33 Sepahan lost their away game against Damash 1–2 while Esteghlal could beat Foolad in Ahvaz with 1–0 and became the 2013 champion.

The League was scaled down from 18 to 16 teams before the beginning of the next season. Foolad won the 2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup after an exciting, though a very defensive season at the same time. At the end Foolad ranged just 36 goals for the title. On the last matchday four other teams, Esteghlal, Naft Tehran, Persepolis and Sepahan, had the chance to win the championship alongside Foolad. While Esteghlal were defeated by Tractor at home with 1–3 and lost their AFC Champions League spot, Persepolis won their away game against Esteghlal Khuzestan with 1–0. Sepahan and Naft Tehran faced each other directly. Also Sepahan lost their AFC Champions League spot although they won the match with 1–0. Both teams had the same goal difference but Naft Tehran scored more goals in the season. Finally Foolad saved their championship after they defeated Gostaresh Foulad away by a goal of Mehrdad Jama'ati.

Persian Gulf Pro League

Esteghlal Khuzestan celebrate their championship in 2016. Esteghlal Khuzestan championship 03.jpg
Esteghlal Khuzestan celebrate their championship in 2016.

The league changed its name from Persian Gulf Cup to Persian Gulf Pro League in 2014. The Iranian Football Federation decided also to change the logos of the Persian Gulf Pro League and of the Azadegan League. The 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League was embossed by an exciting championship battle between Sepahan, Tractor and Naft Tehran. Tractor was ahead of their opponents Naft Tehran on goal difference, and a point of Sepahan. Tractor and Naft Tehran faced each other at Sahand, while Sepahan had to play Saipa at home. Tractor were in front 3–1 after an hour thanks to goals from Brazilian striker Edinho, Andranik Teymourian and Farid Karimi. But then the game started to turn worse for Tractor. A very controversial red card for national team captain Andranik Teymourian and two goals by the visitors destroyed Tractor dreams. Furthermore, there were strange events in the stadium, including a lot of misinformation and disturbed telecommunication. Although Sepahan secured their title with a 2–0 victory over Saipa, thousands of Tractor supporters celebrated on the pitch, believing that they won the league for the first time in club's history. [4] [5]

Also the 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League was not decided until the last matchday. Thanks to two goals from Rahim Zahivi at the last matchday against Zob Ahan, the Ahvaz based team Esteghlal Khuzestan won the league sensational in front of Persepolis and Esteghlal. [6] Persepolis missed their big opportunity winning the league after eight years. They were shocked on matchday 28 as they lost their match against Naft Tehran 0–2 at a packed Azadi. However Persepolis dominated the next season and won the 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League clear before Esteghlal and Tractor. [7] Persepolis football team claimed the Iran Professional League (IPL) with three games to spare and repeated the title in 2017-18 Season. The Following Season Persepolis again were champion for three times in a row.

Format

In the past, the number of teams were changed for various times. Since 2013, the league comprises 16 teams. Over the course of a season, which runs annually from July to the following May, each team plays twice against the others in the league, once at home and once away, resulting in each team competing in 30 games in total. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the league table by points gained, then goal difference, then goals scored and then their head-to-head record for that season.

At the end of the season, the club with the most points becomes the Iranian champion. Currently, the Championand the Hazfi Cup champion qualify automatically for the group phase of the AFC Champions League, while the second and third-place teams enter the AFC Champions League at the Play-off round. The bottom two teams are relegated to Azadegan League. Furthermore, all teams in the Persian Gulf Pro League can participate in the Hazfi Cup.

Number of teamsPeriod
14 2001–02 until 2003–04
16 2004–05 until 2006–07, since 2013–14
18 2007–08 until 2012–13
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Logo from 2014

Ranking

As of 11 March 2020

RankingMember AssociationClub PointsPoints
(100%)
20202019Mvmt2017201820192020Points
13Green-Up-Arrow.svg +2 Flag of Japan.svg Japan 21.85013.85021.8006.23363.733100.000
24Green-Up-Arrow.svg +2 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia 18.60010.00026.3505.60060.55095.006
31RedDownArrow.svg –2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 24.56716.20017.3501.35059.46793.306
42RedDownArrow.svg –2 Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar 13.40019.85015.9004.25053.40083.787
56Green-Up-Arrow.svg +1 Flag of Iran.svg Iran 16.20018.85011.5002.90049.45077.589
65RedDownArrow.svg –1 Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea 9.95018.35013.6001.85043.75068.646
78Green-Up-Arrow.svg +1 Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 15.05016.2005.0500.90037.20058.368
810Green-Up-Arrow.svg +2 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan 5.0509.4009.0006.90030.35047.621
97RedDownArrow.svg –2 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates 11.3508.1007.6331.85028.93345.397
109RedDownArrow.svg –1 Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq 8.9338.6338.3001.20027.16742.626

Clubs (2020–21)

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Locations of clubs in 2020–21 Persian Gulf Pro League
TeamLocationStadium [8] Capacity
Aluminium Arak Arak Imam Khomeini 15,000
Esteghlal Tehran Azadi 76,807
Foolad Ahvaz Foolad Arena 30,655
Gol Gohar Sirjan Sirjan Imam Ali8,000
Machine Sazi Tabriz Bagh Shomal 12,000
Mes Rafsanjan Rafsanjan Shohadaye Noushabad10,000
Naft Masjed Soleyman Masjed Soleyman Behnam Mohammadi 8,000
Nassaji Qaem Shahr Vatani 18,000
Paykan Shahr-e Qods Shahre Qods 25,000
Persepolis Tehran Azadi 76,807
Saipa Tehran Pas Stadium 8,250
Sanat Naft Abadan Takhti Abadan 22,000
Sepahan Isfahan Naghsh-e-Jahan 75,000
Padideh Mashhad Imam Reza Stadium 25,000
Tractor Tabriz Sahand 66,833
Zob Ahan Fuladshahr Foolad Shahr 20,000

Champions

Persian Gulf Pro League

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasons
Persepolis
7
2
2001–02, 2007–08, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Sepahan
5
3
2002–03, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Esteghlal
3
5
2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13
Foolad
2
0
2004–05, 2013–14
PAS Tehran
1
2
2003–04
Saipa
1
0
2006–07
Esteghlal Khuzestan
1
0
2015–16
Zob Ahan
0
4
Tractor
0
3
Esteghlal Ahvaz
0
1

Total

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasons
Persepolis
14
9
1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Esteghlal
8
10
1970–71, 1974–75, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13
PAS Tehran
5
5
1976–77, 1977–78, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003–04
Sepahan
5
3
2002–03, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Saipa
3
0
1993–94, 1994–95, 2006–07
Foolad
2
0
2004–05, 2013–14
Esteghlal Khuzestan
1
0
2015–16
Zob Ahan
0
4
Tractor
0
3
Bahman
0
2
Homa
0
1
Esteghlal Ahvaz
0
1

All-time Pro League table

Pos.ClubSeasonsMatchesWinDrawLossGFGAGDPtsChampionsRunners-upThird placeRelegatedBest rank
1 Esteghlal Tehran 120612301193118904555+34910803571st
2 Persepolis Tehran 23420612294193125870565+30510627221st
3 Sepahan Esfahan 520612276200136879581+29510255311st
4 Zob Ahan Esfahan 619582226197159713592+121874412nd
5 Foolad Khuzestan 18548209186153635560+758132211st
6 Saipa Tehran 19582181206195641667−26749111st
7 Tractor Tabriz 71237214311683446345+1015443112nd
8 Saba Qom/Saba Battery Tehran 13414128159127468460+8543113rd
9 Paykan Tehran 15428137132189478575−9754345th
10 Malavan Anzali 814436121145170403502−9950727th
11 Fajr Sepasi Shiraz 12368101135132347406−5943824th
12 Rah Ahan Tehran 1142891114149353447−9438718th
13 Naft Tehran 8252918873284258+27361213rd
14 Mes Kerman 8264859980310292+18354113rd
15 Aboomoslem Khorasan 9270839097295304−933914th
16 Naft Abadan 92827985118298380−8232237th
17 Esteghlal Ahvaz 92748078116327402−75318122nd
18 PAS Tehran 96168725937263181+82274121st
19 Bargh Shiraz 8236607898250335−8525817th
20 Damash Gilan/Pegah Gilan/Esteghal Rasht 1082485681111228344−11624827th
21 Padideh Khorasan/Shahr Khodro Mashhad 156180626157173170+32474th
22 Esteghlal Khuzestan 6180456867174220−46197111st
23 Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 5150396051147161−141778th
24 PAS Hamedan 4136384850143165−2216215th
25 Shahin Bushehr 4132274857122175−53129213th
26 Pars Jonoubi Jam 3902238308287−510415th
27 Naft Masjed Soleyman 3901343345995−368218th
28 Steel Azin Tehran 1126819232685112−278015th
29 Mashin Sazi Tabriz 39015314465111−4676111th
30 Nassaji Mazandaran 2601529165961−2749th
31 Shamoushak Noshahr 38616264464118−5474114th
32 Siahjamegan Khorasan 39015274864117−5372113th
33 Shahrdari Tabriz 2681429257997−1871112th
34 Sepidrood Rasht 2601117324892−4450113th
35 Aluminium Hormozgan 134714132640−1435115th
36 Payam Khorasan 13498173352−1935116th
37 Gol Gohar Sirjan 130712112734−73310th
38Mes Sarcheshmeh13459202354−3124118th
39 Shirin Faraz Kermanshah 12134312192559−3421118th
40 Shahid Ghandi Yazd 1313047192143−2219116th
41 Gahar Zagros Doroud 14134310212459−3519118th
42 Mes Rafsanjan
43 Aluminium Arak
2020–21 Persian Gulf Pro League
2020–21 Azadegan League
2020–21 League 2
Dissolved

Source: iplstats.com
Notes:
Only league matches; play-offs are not included in the all-time table.
1 Esteghlal was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
2 Persepolis was deducted six points in the 2005–06 season.
3 Persepolis was deducted six points in the 2007–08 season.
4 Persepolis was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
5 Sepahan was deducted three points in the 2007–08 season.
6 Zob Ahan was deducted one point in the 2005–06 season.
7 Tractor was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
8 Malavan was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
9 PAS Tehran was deducted one point in the 2006–07 season.
10 Damash was deducted one point in the 2013–14 season.
11 Steel Azin was formerly known as Ekbatan.
12 Rahian Kermanshah was formerly known as Shirin Faraz.
13 Tarbiat Yazd was formerly known as Shahid Ghandi.
14 Gahar Zagros was formerly known as Damash Lorestan.
15 Shahr Khodro was deducted six points in the 2017–18 season.

Attendances

Average league attendances

SeasonAverageHighest attended clubClub averageLowest attended clubClub average
2005–06 9,179 Esteghlal 33,467 Shamoushak Noshahr 3,542
2006–07 10,119 Esteghlal 35,000 Rah Ahan 4,073
2007–08 11,235 Persepolis 60,000 Rah Ahan 2,647
2008–09 8,954 Persepolis 40,688 PAS Hamedan 3,706
2009–10 12,298 Tractor 57,647 Paykan 2,313
2010–11 9,383 Tractor 42,000 Paykan 1,941
2011–12 9,488 Tractor 39,533 Mes Sarcheshmeh 1,706
2012–13 7,964 Esteghlal 34,250 Rah Ahan 1,942
2013–14 7,631 Persepolis 29,467 Rah Ahan 1,664
2014–15 6,921 Tractor 27,488 Saba Qom 1,365
2015–16 8,048 Persepolis 47,036 Naft Tehran 1,594
2016–17 8,086 Persepolis 48,567 Gostaresh Foulad 1,018
2017–18 9,060 Persepolis 39,786 Gostaresh Foulad 817
2018–19 12,212 Tractor 46,963 Esteghlal Khuzestan 1,507
2019–20 8,629 Persepolis 27,556 Machine Sazi 840
2020–21 0

Notes:
Matches with spectator bans are not included in average attendances.

Highest attended season matches

SeasonHome teamScoreAway teamAttendanceDateWeekStadium
2005–06 Esteghlal4–1Bargh Shiraz100,00021 April 200630 Azadi
2006–07 Persepolis2–1Esteghlal95,0003 November 20068 Azadi
2007–08 Persepolis2–1Sepahan110,00017 May 200834 Azadi
2008–09 Persepolis2–0Damash90,00025 September 20088 Azadi
Persepolis1–1Esteghlal90,0003 October 20089 Azadi
Esteghlal1–1Persepolis90,00013 February 200926 Azadi
2009–10 Tractor0–0Moghavemat95,00022 January 201024 Sahand
2010–11 Esteghlal1–0Persepolis100,00015 October 201011 Azadi
2011–12 Persepolis0–2Esteghlal100,00016 September 20117 Azadi
2012–13 Esteghlal0–0Persepolis100,00025 January 201323 Azadi
Esteghlal1–2Damash100,00010 May 201334 Azadi
2013–14 Esteghlal0–0Persepolis100,0006 September 20138 Azadi
2014–15 Tractor3–3Naft Tehran80,00015 May 201530 Sahand
2015–16 Persepolis4–2Esteghlal100,00015 April 201626 Azadi
2016–17 Persepolis4–0Padideh80,00019 April 201728 Azadi
2017–18 Esteghlal1–0Persepolis100,0001 March 201825 Azadi
2018–19 Persepolis0–0Sepahan90,00026 April 201927 Azadi
2019–20 Tractor2–4Esteghlal80,0001 November 20199 Sahand

Records

All-time top scorers

As of 22 June 2021
No.PlayerGoalsYears
1 Flag of Iran.svg Reza Enayati 1472001–2017
2 Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Rajabzadeh 1162001–2018
3 Flag of Iran.svg Arash Borhani 1152002–2017
4 Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Periera 862012–present
5 Flag of Iran.svg Fereydoon Fazli 852001–2010
6 Flag of Brazil.svg Édinho 822008–2017
7 Flag of Iran.svg Jalal Rafkhaei 792005–2016
8 Flag of Iran.svg Karim Ansarifard 772007–2014
9 Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Reza Khalatbari 762004–present
10 Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Gholami 732001–2018

Players in bold are still active in the league.

All-time top appearances in Iran league

As of 31 July 2021
NoPlayerAppearanceYears
1 Flag of Iran.svg Jalal Hosseini 492 [9] 2002–present
2 Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Rahmati 482 [9] 2001–2020
3 Flag of Iran.svg Ebrahim Sadeghi 438 [9] 2000–2017
4 Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Rajabzadeh 381 [9] 2001–2018
5 Flag of Iran.svg Morteza Asadi 380 [9] 2005–2018
6 Flag of Iran.svg Amir Hossein Sadeghi 379 [9] 2003–2018
7 Flag of Iran.svg Mohsen Bengar 372 [9] 2003–2018
8 Flag of Iran.svg Khosro Heydari 370 [9] 2002–2019
9 Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Nouri 369 [9] 2000–present
10 Flag of Iran.svg Pejman Nouri 367 [9] 2001–2016

Broadcasting and sponsorship

Broadcasting

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Logo of IRIB TV3, the league's important TV partner

The state-owned television channel IRIB has the broadcasting rights for the most matches of the Persian Gulf Pro League, Azadegan League and Hazfi Cup. Each match of Esteghlal and Persepolis is broadcasting by IRIB TV3, IRIB's popular channel. In addition to that Esteghlal and Persepolis playing not at the same time with the exception of the Sorkhabi derby and the last two matchdays of each season. IRIB Varzesh shows other important matches, while the remaining games are shown on IRIB regional channels. Furthermore, Navad , a popular weekly football program broadcast by IRIB TV3, shows highlights of all Persian Gulf Pro League and Azadegan League matches.

Sponsorship

The Persian Gulf Pro League has been sponsored since 2005. There have been four sponsors since the league's formation.

Ownership

See also

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The 2011–12 Persian Gulf Cup was the 29th season of Iran's Football League and 11th as Iran Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Sepahan were the defending champions. The season featured 15 teams from the 2010–11 Persian Gulf Cup and three new teams promoted from the 2010–11 Azadegan League: Damash as champions, Mes Sarcheshmeh and Fajr Sepasi. The league started on 2 August 2011 and ended on 11 May 2012. Sepahan won the Pro League title for the fourth time in their history.

2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup

The 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup was the 30th season of Iran's Football League and 12th as Iran Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Sepahan were the defending champions. The season featured 15 teams from the 2011–12 Persian Gulf Cup and three new teams promoted from the 2011–12 Azadegan League: Paykan as champions, Aluminium Hormozgan and Gahar Zagros. The league started on 19 July 2012 and ended on 10 May 2013. Esteghlal won the Pro League title for the third time in their history.

2012–13 Hazfi Cup football tournament season

The 2012–13 Hazfi Cup was the 26th season of the Iranian football knockout competition. Esteghlal was the defending champion, but was eliminated by Sepahan in semi-final. The competition started on 13 December 2012 and was ended on 5 May 2013. Sepahan won the title after defeating Persepolis in final.

2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup

The 2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup was the 31st season of Iran's Football League and 13th as Iran Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Esteghlal were the defending champions. The season featured 14 teams from the 2012–13 Persian Gulf Cup and two new teams promoted from the 2012–13 Azadegan League: Esteghlal Khuzestan and Gostaresh both as champions. The league started on 24 July 2013 and ended on 11 April 2014. Foolad won the Pro League title for the second time in their history.

2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 32nd season of Iran's Football League and 14th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Foolad were the defending champions. The season featured 13 teams from the 2013–14 Persian Gulf Cup and three new teams promoted from the 2013–14 Azadegan League: Padideh as champions, Naft Masjed Soleyman and Paykan. The league started on 1 August and ended on 15 May 2015. Sepahan won the Pro League title for the fifth time in their history.

The 2015–16 Hazfi Cup was the 29th season of the Iranian football knockout competition. Zob Ahan Isfahan was the defending champion. The competition started on 27 August 2015 and the final was played on 29 May 2016.
Zob Ahan won the tournament for the second time in a row after defeating Esteghlal in the final.

2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2016–17 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 34th season of Iran's Football League and 16th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Esteghlal Khuzestan were the defending champions. The season featured 13 teams from the 2015–16 Persian Gulf Pro League and three new teams promoted from the 2015–16 Azadegan League: Paykan as champions, Machine Sazi and Sanat Naft. The league started on 25 July 2016 and ended on 4 May 2017. Persepolis won the Pro League title for the third time in their history.

2016–17 Hazfi Cup football tournament season

The 2016–17 Hazfi Cup was the 30th season of the Iranian football knockout competition. Zob Ahan Isfahan, the defending champions, were eliminated by Tractor Sazi in the semi final in extra time. The competition started on 12 September 2016, and the final was played on 11 May 2017. Naft Tehran defeated Tractor Sazi at the final and earned their first title.

2017–18 Hazfi Cup football tournament season

The 2017–18 Hazfi Shield Cup was the 31st season of the Iranian football knockout competition. The competition begin in August 2017 and the final was played on May 3, 2018. Mehdi Sharifi, then center forward for Persian side Tractor SC was the Cup's top scorer with five goals. The Cup was won by Esteghla FC in a 1–0 victory over Khooneh Be Khooneh. The Finals only goal was be scored by Mame Thiam, an Esteghlal forward in the 35' minute of the game. This was Esteghlal seventh Hazfi Cup title.

2018–19 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2018–19 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 36th season of Iran's Football League and 18th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Persepolis were the defending champions. The season featured 13 teams from the 2017–18 Persian Gulf Pro League and two new teams promoted from the 2017–18 Azadegan League: Naft Masjed Soleyman as champions and Nassaji Mazandaran. Machine Sazi replaced Gostaresh. The league started on 26 July 2018 and ended on 16 May 2019. Persepolis won the Pro League title for the fifth time in their history, a total 12th Iranian title.

The 2016–17 season is Tractor's 9th season in the Persian Gulf Pro League. Tractor is captained by Mehdi Kiani.

2018–19 Hazfi Cup football tournament season

The 2018–19 Hazfi Cup was the 32nd season of the Iranian football knockout competition.

2019–20 Persian Gulf Pro League

The 2019–20 Persian Gulf Pro League was the 37th season of Iran's Football League and 19th as Persian Gulf Pro League since its establishment in 2001. Persepolis are the defending champions and won their record-extending 4th consecutive title and 13th title overall on 24 July with four games to spare. The season featured 14 teams from the 2018–19 Persian Gulf Pro League and two new teams promoted from the 2018–19 Azadegan League: Shahin Bushehr and Gol Gohar Sirjan.

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