Karim Ansarifard

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Karim Ansarifard (Persian: ‫ ;ﮐﺮﯾﻢ اﻧﺼﺎریﻓﺮد‬born 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 Hernández 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 2000–2005 Inter Campus
2005–2006 Zob Ahan Ardabil
2006–2007 Saipa
Club career Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Saipa 2007–2012 Saipa 123 (55)
2012–2013 Persepolis 31 (8)
During one of Saipa's training camps in Ardabil, Karim's
2013–2014 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 2014–2015 Osasuna 16 (0)
2015–2017 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‡

Ansarifard signed with Panionios F. Ansarifard scored seventeen goals for Tabriz's reds during his spell at the team. In the 2011–2012 Iranian Pro League season.[14] He made his league debut on 4 October 2014. FC Steaua București made a €200. Karim Ansarifard scored a brace and helped Panionios win against PAS Giannina 2–0. After strong performances. In July 2014 Ansarifard was released by Tractor Sazi and was allowed to sign with a European club.[13] He made his debut on 1 August 2013 in a 1–1 draw in Tabriz derby over Gostaresh Foolad. On 28 November 2015.[11][12] Tractor Sazi After Persepolis listed him in the out of the squad. * 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.[20] Ansarifard scored the winning goal on 7 November 2015 in a match against Platanias.[6] later. in the Superleague Greece.[8] Despite major interest from European clubs. His team would go on to lose on penalties. On 17 June 2012 he signed a three-years contract with Persepolis.[19] He scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 win over Panetolikos F.[7] In May 2011. He scored his first Hat-trick as a Persepolis player (and second in his career) against Paykan.[21] His solo goal in April 2016 during matchday 28 in a victory against PAOK earned him goal of the week honours. Ansarifard initially decided to stay at Persepolis despite bids from Sepahan. on 3 October 2015. he decided to play another season in Iran and joined Tractor Sazi. After 12 weeks Ali Daei moved Ansarifard to the 2005–2006 Iran U17 3 (0) first team from the reserves and the young starlet answered 2007–2008 Iran U20 7 (5) the coach's faith with good games including the only goal 2009–2011 Iran U23 13 (5) against a strong Sepahan team.000 bid for a half season loan.[15][16][17] He made his first start on 18 October in a 3–2 win against CD Tenerife. targeted by European clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and ‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2017 Celtic F. coming on as a substitute for Roberto Torres in the 61st minute against Racing de Santander. fourteen goals was in the league. Ansarifard signed a two-year deal with Segunda División's CA Osasuna. At the start of the season. Tractor Sazi and two UAE Pro League sides. He won Hazfi Cup title with Tractor Sazi and was named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He scored another hat-trick in the Round of 32 of Hazfi Cup at Malavan. Ansarifard renewed his contract with Saipa for another two years on 14 July 2011. it was suggested that Everton are interested in signing Ansarifard.C.C. He was out listed and was eventually transferred to Tractor Sazi on 14 July 2013. He signed a one-year contract with the option of a transfer to the European leagues in the case of bids.[10] However. he fell out with club head coach Ali Daei during pre-season.Ali Daei. making him the season's top scorer for the second time in his professional career.C. He scored his first goal in a pre-season match against Aluminium. conscription problems made the prospect of Ansarifard moving to a foreign club unlikely. He made his debut for Persepolis in an official match against Sanat Naft and scored his first goal for Persepolis against Gahar Zagros. He also scored the Persepolis' first goal in the Hazfi Cup final. .[9] He was given the number 9 shirt. Persepolis There was much speculation during the 2011–12 Iranian Pro League season that Ansarifard would be leaving Saipa.[5] Ansarifard scored 13 goals 2009– Iran 54 (15) during the 2009/2010 season. Osasuna On 29 August 2014. Ansarifard scored 21 goals and made 5 assists for Saipa. becoming the league's top scorer.[18] Panionios In the summer of 2015.

Ansarifard played as a substitute in two matches against Tajikistan[28] and Yemen.[22] He was assigned the number 17. His favorite player is Fernando Torres. 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.[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.[24] Karim won the UEFA Europa League Player of the week due to his performance against Osmanlispor. On 1 June 2014. He started the 2016-17 season as the undisputable leader of club's offence. In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. so Ansarifard became Iran's youngest ever goalscorer in the AFC Asian Cup.[25] Ansarifard scored his first league goal for Olympiacos on 12 March 2017 in a 2–0 victory against Atromitos. he worn number 14 and was a benchwarmer. On 10 September 2016.[23] Ansarifard made his league debut on 11 February 2017 in a 2–0 win against Larissa. he was called into Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz. On 24 January 2017. he made his first appearance for the club in a Greek Cup 1–1 away draw against Aris Thessaloniki. Style of play He has been compared to Iranian legend Ali Daei and young German forward Thomas Muller by his fans.[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. scoring his first goal to equalise the game. Olympiacos On 13 January 2017. On 23 February 2017.[31] He played his first World Cup match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Iranian striker of Panionios. he scored his first goal for the season in a triumphant 3-0 home win against rivals Asteras Tripoli. Ansarifard scored a double against Maldives at Azadi Stadium.[33] He is a center forward with great energy and impressive in both air and ground. Karim scored a brace in his second Europa League game against Osmanlispor.[27] In 2006 AFC U-17 Championship.000. He studied Physical Education at Islamic Azad University match of Oman in 2018 FIFA World Central Tehran Branch. was offered to PAOK Thessaloniki but the 26-year old international is not on top of Eagles' shortlist right now.[1] Cup qualification . With Karim's goals Olympiacos advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2012.[26] International career He was Invited to Iran national under-17 football team in 2005. Ansarifard signed a 3.5-year contract with Greek giants Olympiacos for a transfer fee of €400. whose contract expires at the end of next season.[32] He provided an assist to Sardar Azmoun in their Asian Cup preparation match against Iraq.On May 2016. coming on as a late second half substitute.[29] 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. while Panionios kept a 10% percentage of the player's next sale. He played as a right winger in first season for Saipa but in next seasons returned to his main position. He was called into Iran's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014 by Carlos Queiroz. coming on as a substitute for Ashkan Dejagah in the 68th minute.

Iran score listed first.[34] . score column indicates score after each Ansarifard goal.Career statistics Club As of 30 June 2017[34][35] League Cup Continental Total Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals 2007–08 18 1 0 0 5 1 23 2 2008–09 14 1 1 0 – – 15 1 2009–10 31 13 1 0 – – 32 13 Saipa 2010–11 29 19 1 0 – – 30 19 2011–12 31 21 0 0 – – 31 21 Totals 123 55 3 0 5 1 131 56 2012–13 31 8 5 4 – – 36 12 Persepolis Totals 31 8 5 4 0 0 36 12 2013–14 28 14 4 2 4 1 36 17 Tractor Sazi Totals 28 14 4 2 4 1 36 17 2014–15 16 0 1 0 – – 17 0 Osasuna Totals 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 2015–16 30 9 6 1 – – 36 10 Panionios 2016–17 14 5 1 0 – – 15 5 Totals 44 14 7 1 0 0 51 15 2016–17 9 1 6 1 4 2 19 4 Olympiacos 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 23 Palestine 2–0 7–0 Friendly 2011 2014 FIFA 11 October 6. Angola 9. 4–0 7 June 2016 Azadi Stadium. Enghelab Stadium. 41 1–1 1–1 Friendly 2014 Austria 17 2018 FIFA Guam National Football 10. 2013–14 Superleague Greece Goal of the Season : 2015–16 . Tehran. Tehran. 2011 AFC 3. 2. Shah 4–1 November 53 Papua New Guinea 8–1 Friendly 14. Iran 24 Bahrain 5–0 6–0 World Cup 2011 qualification 18 April 7. Tehran. 10 Shah Alam Stadium. score. Tamuning. Karaj. Tehran. Tehran. cap. Iran 2 Iceland 1–0 1–0 Friendly 2009 30 Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium. result and competition No. Qatar 2009 15 January Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium. Malaysia 8–1 Honours Club Tractor Sazi Hazfi Cup : 2013–14 Olympiacos Superleague Greece : 2016–17 Individual Iran Pro League Top Goalscorer : 2011–12 (21 Goals) . Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition 10 1. Iran 52 Kyrgyzstan 6–0 Friendly 12. Hartberg. November 47 Guam 5–0 6–0 World Cup Stadium. 2016 Alam. Tehran. Qatar Asian Cup 2014 FIFA 23 July 4. 17 North Korea 1–0 1–0 2011 Doha. Azadi Stadium. November Azadi Stadium. Guam 2015 qualification 11. Azadi Stadium. Iran 27 Mauritania 2–0 2–0 Friendly 2012 2015 AFC 3 March 8. opponent. December 6 Mali 1–0 1–2 Friendly Doha. Azadi Stadium. 6–0 13. venue. 2013–14 (14 Goals) Iran Pro League Team of the Year : 2011–12 . International goals by date. Iran 20 Maldives 1–0 4–0 World Cup 2011 qualification 5 October 5. Iran 38 Kuwait 3–2 3–2 Asian Cup 2014 qualification 30 May Stadion Hartberg. Azadi Stadium.

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Archived fromthe original (http://www. you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.ir (23 July 2011).com.fifa.com media related to Karim Karim Ansarifard's Profile in 18ghadam. "Karim Ansarifard"(http://www. 32.pdf) .afcasiancup.presstv. PressTV – Iran beats Maldives 4–0 in WC qualifiers(http://www.com/Documents/competitions/fixtures/1552.html) .ir/Nsite/FullStory/?Id=24570) 34. players Persepolis F.C.C.net. Inc. 1 June 2014. 33.aftabir.afcasiancup. 28. .com (6 September 2005).com/news/en/nekounam-headlines-iranian-squad/10ppu97hz8lxf1 ik1ux49b1v e0) on 1 January 2015. Presstv. superleaguegreece. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation.C. FIFA.php?title=Karim_Ansarifard&oldid=790969928" 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.com/news/view/2005/sep/06/c6c1125996753_sport_football.ir/detail/190464.archive. 29. Aftab (http://www.soccerway.com/uploads/Documents/competitions/fixtures/1555. a non-profit organization.org/web/20150101072926/http://www.html) on 1 June 2014. 30. players Olympiacos F.org/w/index. Retrieved 30 June 2017.footballiran. Retrieved 4 May 2012.com..wikipedia. additional terms may apply. "Queiroz Names Team Melli Squad" (https://web.com Sporting positions Preceded by Iran Pro League top scorer Succeeded by Reza Norouzi 2011–12 Jalal Rafkhaei Preceded by Iran Pro League top scorer Succeeded by Jalal Rafkhaei 2013–14 Éder Luciano Retrieved from "https://en. Aftabir. Retrieved 4 May 2012. (PDF) .the-afc. Karim Ansarifard (http://www.com/news/ en/nekounam-headlines-iranian-squad/10ppu97hz8lxf1ik1ux49b1ve0) . 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 This page was last edited on 17 July 2017.superleaguegreece.com Wikimedia Commons has Karim Ansarifard at TeamMelli.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=quieroz-trims-squad-to-24-23518 54.archive. Retrieved 1 June 2014. "Queiroz trims Iran squad to 24"(https://web. players Segunda División players Superleague Greece players CA Osasuna players Panionios F. (PDF) . afcasiancup.C.fifa. Match Summary (http://images.com/players/karim-ansarifard/47410/)at Soccerway 35. Retrieved 4 May 2012.pdf) .org/web/20140601164415/http://www.ir Ansarifard.com/worldcup/news/ y%3D2014/m%3D6/news%3Dquieroz-trims-squad-to-24-2351854. Retrieved 4 May 2012. Archived from the original (http://www. By using this site.html). at 08:03. 30 December 2014. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Karim Ansarifard at National-Football-Teams.the-afc.net/el/teams/team/olympiacos-fc-463/2016-2017-superleag ue-61/pla yers/karim-ansarifarnt-2603).ir (http://www. External links Karim Ansarifard at PersianLeague.php/%DB%B2%DB%B9-%D8% A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%DB%8C%D9%83%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%88%D B%8C-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85-%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C-%D9%81%D9%88%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A 7%D9%84-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B9%D9% 88%D8%AA). 31. footballiran. Match Summary (http://www. 27.