Mansour Pourheidari

Mansour Pourheidari
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-01-26)26 January 1946
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Date of death 4 November 2016(2016-11-04) (aged 70)
Place of death Tehran, Iran
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1962–1965 Daraei
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1975 Taj
1975–1977 Daraei
National team
1970–1971 Iran 3 (0)
Teams managed
1983–1986 Esteghlal
1986–1989 Al-Ahli
1989–1992 Esteghlal
1995–1996 Esteghlal
1996–1998 Fajr Sepasi
1998–2000 Iran
2000–2002 Esteghlal
2002–2003 Sanat Naft

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mansour Pourheidari (Persian: منصور پورحیدری, 26 January 1946 – 4 November 2016) was an Iranian football player, coach and manager.

He started his football career at Daraei, before joining Taj (currently known as Esteghlal) in 1965. He played ten years for Taj and returned to Daraei in 1975 to play his final career's two years at the club. He was also a Iran player, earned three caps. After retiring from playing football, Pourheidari started his coaching career, becoming assistant manager of Esteghlal. He was promoted as first team manager in 1983. He was head coach of the club for 9 years in overall, managed them in 309 games. He is also the only Iranian that has won AFC Champions League as both player and coach. He died on 4 November 2016 of cancer.[1] He was technical manager and a member of the board of the directors of Esteghlal at the time of his death.

Playing careers

He began his football career at the age of 17 in Daraei but was transferred to Taj (now Esteghlal) in 1965 and played as a right defender for ten years and won the Asian Championship in 1970. He also played for Iran national football team and had 3 caps.[2] He retired in 1977 from football.

Managerial careers

He began his managerial career in 1980 as assistant coach to Abbas Razavi and Asghar Sharafi. He was promoted as the club's head coach in 1983 after the resignation of Sharafi. After three years, he was resigned and becomes head coach of UAE Pro-League side, Al-Ahli and led the team until 1989. He was re-appointed as Esteghlal manager in 1989 and won the league in the following seasion. He also led Esteghlal to their second Asian trophy in 1991. He was left the team in the next year but was returned again as head coach in 1995 and led the team for one season. After that, he becomes head coach of Fajr Sepasi for two seasons but was unable to earn any trophy. He became head coach of Iran national football team in 1998 and led it until 2000. Pourheidari was also a member of the Board of directors of Esteghlal for decades.[3] He was team manager of Esteghlal from 2010 to 2012 and from 2012, he was technical manager of the club.

Coaching career statistics

As of 31 March 2010
Team From To Record
Iran September 1998 February 2000 191063 52.6% 3720 +17
Total 19 10 6 3 52.6% 37 20 +17


Playing honours

Managerial honours

Iran national team

Individual honours

Personal life

He was married to Farideh Shojaee, former Iran Football Federation vice president.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hassan Habibi
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
Succeeded by
Firouz Karimi
Preceded by
Ali Parvin
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
Succeeded by
Ali Parvin
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