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Karim Ansarifard

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Karim Ansarifard (Persian: ; born 3 April

1990, Ardabil) is an Iranian footballer who plays as a striker Karim Ansarifard
for Greek club Olympiacos and the Iranian national team.
His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Ali
Daei (the coach who scouted him) and he has been named
Daei's "successor".[1]

World Soccer selected Ansarifard as one of the best young

talents in the world alongside Javier Hernndez and Jack
Wilshere.[2] On 13 January 2012, FIFA.com selected him as
one of the players to watch in 2012.[3] Goal.com also chose
him as one of the hottest 100 young football players in the
world.[4] Also in 2012, FIFA ranked him as the 48th best
goalscorer in the world and second best in Asia.

1 Club career
1.1 Saipa
1.2 Persepolis
1.3 Tractor Sazi Ansarifard at Stadion Hartberg during a match
1.4 Osasuna between Iran and Montenegro
1.5 Panionios Personal information
1.6 Olympiacos
Full name Karim Ansarifard
2 International career
3 Style of play Date of birth 3 April 1990 [1]
4 Personal life Place of birth Ardabil, Iran[1]
5 Career statistics
5.1 Club Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
5.2 International goals Playing position Striker
6 Honours Club information
6.1 Club
Current team Olympiacos
6.2 Individual
7 See also Number 10
8 References Youth career
9 External links 20002005 Inter Campus
20052006 Zob Ahan Ardabil
20062007 Saipa
Club career Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Saipa 20072012 Saipa 123 (55)
20122013 Persepolis 31 (8)
During one of Saipa's training camps in Ardabil, Karim's
20132014 Tractor Sazi 28 (14)
home city, he was taken on a training trial by then-coach Ali
Daei and was accepted into the club's youth academy and 20142015 Osasuna 16 (0)
20152017 Panionios 44 (14)
reserves.[1] In the 2007 season Saipa the Iranian reigning
champions encountered problems in scoring after the 2017 Olympiacos 9 (1)
departure of Mohsen Khalili and retirement of then-coach National team
Ali Daei. After 12 weeks Ali Daei moved Ansarifard to the 20052006 Iran U17 3 (0)
first team from the reserves and the young starlet answered 20072008 Iran U20 7 (5)
the coach's faith with good games including the only goal 20092011 Iran U23 13 (5)
against a strong Sepahan team.[5] Ansarifard scored 13 goals 2009 Iran 54 (15)
during the 2009/2010 season. After strong performances, * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the
Karim became fast one of the best players of Saipa and domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2017.
targeted by European clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June
Celtic F.C.[6] later, FC Steaua Bucureti made a 200,000 bid
for a half season loan.[7] In May 2011, it was suggested that
Everton are interested in signing Ansarifard.[8] Despite major interest from European clubs, conscription
problems made the prospect of Ansarifard moving to a foreign club unlikely. Ansarifard renewed his contract
with Saipa for another two years on 14 July 2011. In the 20112012 Iranian Pro League season, Ansarifard
scored 21 goals and made 5 assists for Saipa, becoming the league's top scorer.


There was much speculation during the 201112 Iranian Pro League season that Ansarifard would be leaving
Saipa. On 17 June 2012 he signed a three-years contract with Persepolis.[9] He was given the number 9 shirt.
He scored his first goal in a pre-season match against Aluminium. He made his debut for Persepolis in an
official match against Sanat Naft and scored his first goal for Persepolis against Gahar Zagros. He scored his
first Hat-trick as a Persepolis player (and second in his career) against Paykan. He scored another hat-trick in
the Round of 32 of Hazfi Cup at Malavan. He also scored the Persepolis' first goal in the Hazfi Cup final. His
team would go on to lose on penalties. At the start of the season, Ansarifard initially decided to stay at
Persepolis despite bids from Sepahan, Tractor Sazi and two UAE Pro League sides.[10] However, he fell out
with club head coach Ali Daei during pre-season. He was out listed and was eventually transferred to Tractor
Sazi on 14 July 2013.[11][12]

Tractor Sazi

After Persepolis listed him in the out of the squad, he decided to play another season in Iran and joined Tractor
Sazi. He signed a one-year contract with the option of a transfer to the European leagues in the case of bids.[13]
He made his debut on 1 August 2013 in a 11 draw in Tabriz derby over Gostaresh Foolad. He won Hazfi Cup
title with Tractor Sazi and was named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Ansarifard scored seventeen
goals for Tabriz's reds during his spell at the team, fourteen goals was in the league, making him the season's
top scorer for the second time in his professional career. In July 2014 Ansarifard was released by Tractor Sazi
and was allowed to sign with a European club.


On 29 August 2014, Ansarifard signed a two-year deal with Segunda Divisin's CA Osasuna.[14] He made his
league debut on 4 October 2014, coming on as a substitute for Roberto Torres in the 61st minute against Racing
de Santander.[15][16][17] He made his first start on 18 October in a 32 win against CD Tenerife.[18]


In the summer of 2015, Ansarifard signed with Panionios F.C. in the Superleague Greece.[19] He scored his first
goal for the club in a 51 win over Panetolikos F.C. on 3 October 2015.[20] Ansarifard scored the winning goal
on 7 November 2015 in a match against Platanias. On 28 November 2015, Karim Ansarifard scored a brace and
helped Panionios win against PAS Giannina 20.[21] His solo goal in April 2016 during matchday 28 in a
victory against PAOK earned him goal of the week honours.
On May 2016, Iranian striker of Panionios, whose contract expires at the end of next season, was offered to
PAOK Thessaloniki but the 26-year old international is not on top of Eagles' shortlist right now. He started the
2016-17 season as the undisputable leader of club's offence. On 10 September 2016, he scored his first goal for
the season in a triumphant 3-0 home win against rivals Asteras Tripoli.


On 13 January 2017, Ansarifard signed a 3.5-year contract with Greek giants Olympiacos for a transfer fee of
400,000, while Panionios kept a 10% percentage of the player's next sale.[22] He was assigned the number 17.
On 24 January 2017, he made his first appearance for the club in a Greek Cup 11 away draw against Aris
Thessaloniki, scoring his first goal to equalise the game.[23]

Ansarifard made his league debut on 11 February 2017 in a 20 win against Larissa, coming on as a late second
half substitute. On 23 February 2017, Karim scored a brace in his second Europa League game against
Osmanlispor. With Karim's goals Olympiacos advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2012.[24]
Karim won the UEFA Europa League Player of the week due to his performance against Osmanlispor.[25]

Ansarifard scored his first league goal for Olympiacos on 12 March 2017 in a 20 victory against

International career
He was Invited to Iran national under-17 football team in 2005.[27] In 2006 AFC U-17 Championship, he worn
number 14 and was a benchwarmer. Ansarifard played as a substitute in two matches against Tajikistan[28] and

Karim Ansarifard made his debut against Iceland in November 2009 under Afshin Ghotbi and scored his first
international goal and the only goal of the game. He was given the legendary number 10 previously worn by
Ali Daei and scored on 15 January 2011 his 3rd international goal against North Korea, so Ansarifard became
Iran's youngest ever goalscorer in the AFC Asian Cup. In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Ansarifard
scored a double against Maldives at Azadi Stadium.[30] He came on as a late substitute against Uzbekistan in
the World Cup Qualifiers and assisted with a beautiful pass for Mohammad Reza Khalatbari as a 94th-minute
winner. On 1 June 2014, he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.[31] He
played his first World Cup match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, coming on as a substitute for Ashkan
Dejagah in the 68th minute. He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by
Carlos Queiroz.[32] He provided an assist to Sardar Azmoun in their Asian Cup preparation match against Iraq.

Style of play
He has been compared to Iranian legend Ali Daei and young German
forward Thomas Muller by his fans. His favorite player is Fernando
Torres.[33] He is a center forward with great energy and impressive in
both air and ground. He played as a right winger in first season for
Saipa but in next seasons returned to his main position.[1]

Personal life
Karim Ansarifard with Carlos
He is the last child of the family and he has three brothers and three Queiroz and Ashkan Dejagah before
sisters. He studied Physical Education at Islamic Azad University match of Oman in 2018 FIFA World
Central Tehran Branch.[1] Cup qualification
Career statistics

As of 30 June 2017[34][35]

League Cup Continental Total

Club Season
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
200708 18 1 0 0 5 1 23 2
200809 14 1 1 0 15 1
200910 31 13 1 0 32 13
201011 29 19 1 0 30 19
201112 31 21 0 0 31 21
Totals 123 55 3 0 5 1 131 56
201213 31 8 5 4 36 12
Totals 31 8 5 4 0 0 36 12
201314 28 14 4 2 4 1 36 17
Tractor Sazi
Totals 28 14 4 2 4 1 36 17
201415 16 0 1 0 17 0
Totals 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
201516 30 9 6 1 36 10
Panionios 201617 14 5 1 0 15 5
Totals 44 14 7 1 0 0 51 15
201617 9 1 6 1 4 2 19 4
Totals 9 1 6 1 4 2 19 4
Career Totals 251 92 26 8 13 4 290 104

International goals

As of match played 7 June 2016. Iran score listed first, score column indicates score after each
Ansarifard goal.[34]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2 Iceland 10 10 Friendly
Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium,
2. December 6 Mali 10 12 Friendly
Doha, Qatar
15 January Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, 2011 AFC
3. 17 North Korea 10 10
2011 Doha, Qatar Asian Cup
2014 FIFA
23 July
4. Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 20 Maldives 10 40 World Cup
5 October
5. Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 23 Palestine 20 70 Friendly
2014 FIFA
11 October
6. Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 24 Bahrain 50 60 World Cup
18 April
7. Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 27 Mauritania 20 20 Friendly
2015 AFC
3 March
8. Enghelab Stadium, Karaj, Iran 38 Kuwait 32 32 Asian Cup
30 May Stadion Hartberg, Hartberg, Angola
9. 41 11 11 Friendly
2014 Austria
17 2018 FIFA
Guam National Football
10. November 47 Guam 50 60 World Cup
Stadium, Tamuning, Guam
2015 qualification
11. 40
7 June 2016 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 52 Kyrgyzstan 60 Friendly
12. 60
13. 10 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah 41
November 53 Papua New Guinea 81 Friendly
14. 2016 Alam, Malaysia 81


Tractor Sazi

Hazfi Cup : 201314


Superleague Greece : 201617


Iran Pro League Top Goalscorer : 201112 (21 Goals) , 201314 (14 Goals)
Iran Pro League Team of the Year : 201112 , 201314
Superleague Greece Goal of the Season : 201516
See also
Iranians in Spain
List of current Iranian expatriate footballers

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External links
Karim Ansarifard at PersianLeague.com
Wikimedia Commons has
Karim Ansarifard at TeamMelli.com
media related to Karim
Karim Ansarifard's Profile in 18ghadam.ir Ansarifard.
Karim Ansarifard at National-Football-Teams.com

Sporting positions
Preceded by Iran Pro League top scorer Succeeded by
Reza Norouzi 201112 Jalal Rafkhaei
Preceded by Iran Pro League top scorer Succeeded by
Jalal Rafkhaei 201314 der Luciano

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Categories: 1990 births Living people People from Ardabil Iranian Azerbaijani sportspeople
Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch alumni Iranian footballers Association football forwards
Saipa F.C. players Persepolis F.C. players Segunda Divisin players Superleague Greece players
CA Osasuna players Panionios F.C. players Olympiacos F.C. players Iran international footballers
2011 AFC Asian Cup players 2015 AFC Asian Cup players 2014 FIFA World Cup players
Iranian expatriate footballers Iranian expatriates in Spain Expatriate footballers in Spain
Expatriate footballers in Greece Footballers at the 2010 Asian Games

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