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Sanat Naft
صنعت نفت آبادان
Full name Sanat Naft Abadan Football Club
Nickname(s) Iran's Brazil (Persian: برزیل ایران, Brezil-e Irān)
Yellow Dragon (Persian: اژدهای زرد, Ezhdehā-ye Zard)
Short name SNAC
Founded 11 January 1972; 49 years ago
Ground Takhti Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,000
Owner NIOC
Head Coach Faraz Kamalvand
League Persian Gulf Pro League
2022–23 Persian Gulf Pro League, 14th

Sanat Naft Abadan Football Club (Persian: مؤسسه فرهنگى ورزشى صنعت نفت آبادان, Bāshgāh-e Futbāl-e San'at Naft-e Ābādān) is an Iranian football club based in Abadan, Iran. They currently play in the Persian Gulf Pro League after being promoted from the Azadegan League in the 2015–2016 season. The team is sponsored by Iran's national petroleum industry and is part of the sports club Sanat Naft Athletic Club. Sanat Naft has a reserve team, Sanat Naft Novin who currently compete in the 2nd Division.

Despite their lack of success in past years, they are supported by the people of Abadan.

Club history

Establishment and early years

Prior to the establishment of the Takhte Jamshid League in 1972, the people of Abadan mostly followed two clubs, Kargar FC and Jam FC. Kargar had been established by workers from Abadan's oil refinery. Ten years later, Parviz Dehdari along with some of his classmates at Razi School established Jam FC. When the Takhte Jamshid League was established, the city of Abadan was given one spot. The club was to be managed by Iran's oil industry. The club's original kit colors were white, blue and black.

Post revolution

Football was popular in Abadan, but everything stopped when the Iranian Revolution took place in 1978. Football was no longer a priority, and it was shoved even farther out of the limelight when the Iran–Iraq War began in 1980. Abadan and Khuzestan were heavily hit during the war. Abadan's refinery was shut down, and hundreds of thousands left the city. From 1980 to 1988 the club was based in Shiraz. Once in Shiraz, the club had to start from Iran's third division, but was able to make it back to the top flight.

After the war the club went back to Abadan, but due to the war's negative effects on the city and poor management in the football club, Sanat Naft has not been able to have any major success.

Iran Pro League

Sanat Naft were present in Iran's Azadegan League until the 2001–02 season when they were relegated. They made it back to the Iran Pro League in 2002, but the club was relegated the same season.

Portuguese coach Acácio Casimiro signed a one–year deal as head coach of Sanat Naft on 18 June 2006 but was later replaced by Ebrahim Ghasempour. After Sanat Naft was promoted to the Iran Pro League they were immediately relegated the same season under head coach Ahmad Tousi. Tousi took over for Ghasempour as he was sacked after 20 games. The club was in last place with only 16 point to show under Ghasempour with a record of 4 wins 4 ties and 12 losses.

Return to the Persian Gulf Pro League

After spending two years in the Azadegan League the club was again promoted to the Iran Pro League in 2010. In their first year Sanat Naft finished a ninth place. The following year the club again finished in 10th place. Before the 2012–13 Iran Pro League season there were high expectations for Sanat Naft. The club was a major disappointment and finished 16th and was relegated back to the Azadegan League.

After a few seasons in the lower division, in the 2015–16 season after a last day 2–1 win against third place team Fajr Sepasi, Sanat Naft returned to the top flight after a three-year absence.


First-team squad

Sanat Naft Abadan F.C. vs Persepolis F.C. - March 2021
Sanat Naft Abadan F.C. - March 2021
No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Farzin Garousian
2 Iran DF Mohammad Tayyebi
4 Iran DF Mohammad Ahle Shakheh
6 Iran MF Raheem Aloubakhsh
7 Iran FW Hassan Beyt Saeed
10 Iran MF Taleb Reykani (Vice Captain)
11 Iran FW Fakher Tahami
12 Iran GK Payam ParsaU21
14 Iran MF Reza AmaninejadU23
17 Iran FW Ahmad ShariatzadehU19
21 Iran DF Omid Khaledi
23 Iraq FW Ali Yousif
29 Iran MF Fardin YousefiU23
No. Position Player
30 Iran FW Mehdi Mamizadeh U23
32 Iran DF Ali Moghnemian
33 Iran MF Meysam Tohidast
38 Iran MF Ali TariU23
56 Iran MF Mohsen ShamlouU23
63 Tajikistan FW Sheriddin Boboyev
70 Iran MF Abbas Bouazar
77 Iran FW Amir Hossein FarhadiU23
79 Iran MF Vahid NamdariU23
80 Iran MF Ali TariU23
Iran MF Omid Seydali
The Gambia FW Bubacarr Trawally

For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2022.


Name Nat From To
Harry Game England February 1972 December 1974
Gholam Hossein Vaghef Iran January 1975 December 1976
Manouchehr Salia Iran February 1977 June 1991
Jassem Ahleiorf Iran June 1991 June 1992
Ali Firouzi Iran June 1992 June 1994
Abdolvahed Bazme Iran June 1994 June 1995
Ali Firouzi Iran June 1995 June 1999
Gevorg Papiyan Armenia June 1999 December 1999
Fereydoun Moeeni Iran December 1999 June 2000
Ebrahim Ghasempour Iran June 2000 June 2002
Mansour Pourheidari Iran June 2002 November 2002
Ebrahim Ghasempour Iran November 2002 June 2003
Abdolreza Barzegari Iran June 2003 October 2003
Hassan Dashti Iran October 2003 June 2004
Baýram Durdyýew Turkmenistan July 2004 January 2005
Parviz Mazloomi Iran January 2005 June 2006
Acácio Casimiro Portugal June 2006 June 2007
Ebrahim Ghasempour Iran June 2007 February 2008
Ahmad Tousi Iran February 2008 June 2008
Mojtaba Taghavi Iran July 2008 February 2009
Bijan Zolfagharnasab Iran February 2009 February 2010
Acácio Casimiro Portugal February 2010 February 2011
Name Nat From To
Gholam Hossein Peyrovani Iran February 2011 November 2011
José Costa Portugal November 2011 September 2012
Acácio Casimiro Portugal September 2012 May 2013
Saeed Salamaat Iran May 2013 June 2013
Ebrahim Ghasempour Iran June 2013 March 2014
Behnam Seraj Iran March 2014 August 2014
Carlos Manuel Portugal August 2014 December 2015
Nader Dastneshan Iran December 2015 January 2017
Firouz Karimi Iran January 2017 May 2017
Faraz Kamalvand Iran May 2017 June 2018
Paulo Sérgio Portugal June 2018 May 2019
Dragan Skočić Croatia July 2019 February 2020
Behnam Seraj Iran February 2020 August 2020
Sirous Pourmousavi Iran September 2020 September 2021
Alireza Mansourian Iran September 2021 June 2022
Reza Parkas Germany July 2022 September 2022
Firouz Karimi Iran September 2022 November 2022
Edson Tavares Brazil November 2022 March 2023
Abdollah Veisi Iran March 2023 January 2024
Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh Iran January 2024 March 2024
Faraz Kamalvand Iran March 2024 current

Club management

Position Nation
CEO Iran Ali Issazadeh
Economic Deputy Iran Meysam Rasti
Sport Deputy Iran Masoud Rezaeiyan
Technical Director Iran Ali Firouzi
Team Manager Iran Morteza Dehdaripour
Manager and Head Coach Iran Faraz Kamalvand
Assistant coaches
Goalkeeping coach

Statistics and records

The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions.

(As of 23 July 2021)

Top goalscorers

Name Nationality Position Goals
1 Abdolhassan Kazemi Iran Iran Striker 43
2 Taleb Rikani Iran Iran Midfielder 39
3 Mohannad Mahdi Al-Nadawi Iraq Iraq Forward 24
4 Rouhollah Arab Iran Iran Forward 23
5 Founéké Sy Mali Mali Forward 20
6 Luciano Pereira Brazil Brazil Forward 15
7 Hossein Baghlani Iran Iran Defender 14
8 Issa Alekasir Iran Iran Forward 12
Leonardo Pimenta Brazil Brazil Forward 12
Karrar Jassim Iraq Iraq Midfielder 12

Top Appearances

Name Nationality Position Apps
1 Taleb Rikani Iran Iran Midfielder 203
2 Hossein Baghlani Iran Iran Defender 171
3 Hossein Saki Iran Iran Left back 132
4 Fakher Tahami Iran Iran Forward 123
5 Rouhollah Arab Iran Iran Striker 116
6 Hakim Nassari Iran Iran Midfielder 111
7 Zobeir Niknafs Iran Iran Midfielder 109
8 Ali Abdollahzadeh Iran Iran Defender 97
9 Milad Jahani Iran Iran Midfielder 95
10 Rasoul Navidkia Iran Iran Central Midfielder 94


  • Azadegan League
    • Runners–up (2): 2001–02, 2009–10

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